Joe Arpaio holds news conference; remains defiant after court hearing

It was contentious, dramatic, and tense; Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the witness stand in a contempt of court hearing, apologizing for not following the judge's orders.

He even admitted his attorney had the judge's wife investigated over comments she allegedly made.

Court watchers say the normally brash Sheriff looked defeated on the stand.

For the first time since that testimony, Arpaio is talking. He held a news conference on a case of drug smuggling violence, but the discussion soon turned to his contempt of court charges.

He seemed to get emotional when he asked if the case is worrying him.

"I never worry about anything ok? I've been around 55 years in law enforcement; I take it serious all right?" said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Some say that Arpaio choked up when he made that statement, it's a side of Joe Arpaio that isn't often seen.

FOX 10 asked him if he was surprised that Republicans who court him for endorsements haven't come out publicly in his defense.

"I have to say I'm getting a lot of high-powered Republicans calling me," said Arpaio.

Were they calling him quietly?

"Yeah, they're supporting me," said Arpaio.

So who are the ones calling him?

"Let's say high officials," said Arpaio.

Arpaio wouldn't say who the officials were, but then the question comes up. If Republicans are publicly distancing themselves from the Sheriff, what does that say about his election coming up next year.

"If you lose you lose, if you win you win, I'm gonna worry about it. But I'm a fight. I'm talking about politics now, not the case. The politics, I'm not talking about the case right?" he said.

"I am elected, so I'm not just going to walk out of here and say bye, I can't do that," said Arpaio.

So Joe Arpaio stays defiant, but he appears worn down by all of this controversy.

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