He is accused of knowingly violating a judge's order to stop enforcing immigration law. Now Sheriff Arpaio is back in court, part of his ongoing contempt of court case.
He's facing the same judge that he and his attorneys tried to have thrown off the case.
Judge Murray Snow isn't going anywhere, it marks the beginning of the second phase of the hearing. In court it was clear the ACLU tried to show leaders at MCSO knew what the judge ordered them to do, but ignored it.
Arpaio's Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan was on the stand. The ACLU's attorney pressed him on how much he knew of the judge's orders and how the agency responded.
She read e-mails in court that appeared to show the Sheriff's Attorney trying to warn top leaders that MCSO's actions may be in violation of the court's orders.
In response Sheridan said, "I don't recall getting an e-mail," and "I don't recall anyone advising me about it."
The Sheriff and his top aides already admitted to ignoring the judge's orders but say it wasn't intentional.
The hearing in Federal Court will help determine the scope of the problems inside MCSO, and what an appropriate punishment should be.
Sheridan is expected back on the stand Friday.