PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Major changes could be coming to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected back in court for the first hearing since the judge in a racial profiling case found Arpaio in contempt of court.
The judge has ruled that the sheriff and some of his top deputies are in contempt of court. And that they violated his orders. Now it is time to figure out how to punish and change the sheriff's office.
One of the largest points of contention will likely be how to compensate the victims; people stopped by MCSO deputies during the time the judge ordered MCSO to stop enforcing immigration laws.
The ACLU is proposing that victims be given a minimum of $1,500 for the first hour they were detained and an additional $1,000 for every 20 minutes after the first hour.
MCSO attorneys are expected to argue for much less. Where will that money come from? Likely the county, but the ACLU wants Arpaio to pay up.
In their filing, they wrote: "Because of his primary role in the contempt, Sheriff Arpaio should be required to deposit $300,000 of his personal funds to provide initial funding for a notice and outreach program and for compensation to victims of his contempt."
MCSO's attorneys have offered the Sheriff to pay $100,000. In the ACLU's filing, they also want major changes to how MCSO operates, even suggesting an expansion of the duties of the court-ordered monitor who has been watching the agency.
There is also the issue of criminal charges against the sheriff. The ACLU wants this case referred to the U.S. Attorneys for possible criminal charges.
The hearing begins Tuesday morning.