The presiding criminal judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court issued
an order today holding one if the sheriff's deputy chiefs in contempt
of court and fined him over $10,000. The contempt finding arises from
a long standing dispute between the court and the sheriff's office
who is responsible for transporting in custody inmates to court each day.
For well over a year, many inmates have not been transported to court,
often causing delays for
phoenix criminal defense attorneys
, judges, witnesses, victims and others. The sheriff's office claims
that they are understaffed and financially unable to assign enough deputies
to the prisoner transportation detail. Of course, the sheriff is now claiming
that the contempt finding is politically motivated by court officials
who disagree with his illegal immigration policies.