Closing arguments set for Nov. 20 in Sheriff Arpaio's contempt case

After a weeks long hearing in the racial profiling case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, both sides wrapped up testimony.

Now the judge will decide how to punish the Sheriff's Office for violating orders to stop enforcing federal immigration law.

Testimony began in late April.

The six-term sheriff has acknowledged disobeying orders from U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, including letting his officers conduct immigration patrols for 18 months after the judge ordered them stopped.

The hearings could lead to fines, increased oversight of the sheriff's office and a possible criminal contempt hearing against Arpaio.

The hearings also examined a secret investigation by Arpaio's office that critics say was intended to discredit the judge.

Arpaio insists he didn't investigate Snow and instead maintains the investigation centered on a claim that the bank information of thousands of people had been breached.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report

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