(ABC15) — The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was charged Tuesday with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge's order in a racial-profiling case, leaving the 84-year-old lawman in a tough spot two weeks before Election Day as he seeks a seventh term.
Prosecutors promised two weeks ago that they would charge Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the misdemeanor count wasn't officially filed against him until U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it.
A formal trial date is scheduled for Dec. 6
On Wednesday, a federal judge set a Nov. 3 status conference -- five days before the election -- in the sheriff's racial profiling case.
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