PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a judge finding Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil contempt of court in a racial profiling case (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Lawyers for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office say they are reviewing a federal judge’s ruling that found the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix and three of his top aides in contempt of court for disobeying orders in a racial profiling case.

The attorneys said in a statement late Friday afternoon that they were reading and analyzing the 162-page ruling and “expect to file a responsive memorandum.”

They say they disagree with some of the court’s findings, but add the sheriff’s office “will continue to work with the court-appointed monitor, the ACLU and plaintiffs to comply with the court’s orders, as it has since January 2014.”


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Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial-profiling case has been expensive for Maricopa County taxpayers, who have spent $41 million in legal fees and other costs in the case over the last eight years.

Officials are schedule Monday to tentatively approve $13.4 million in additional spending on the case.

County Supervisor Steve Gallardo says it’s unfortunate that taxpayers have to once again pick up the tab for the sheriff’s mistakes.

Gallardo says the supervisors will appropriate millions of dollars so the sheriff’s office comes into compliance with the court orders.

He says it’s ironic that while citizens pay the bill for the sheriff’s violation of the previous court orders, “they are the only ones who can remove Arpaio from office and restore professionalism to our law enforcement agency.”


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Besides Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a judge has found that three of the sheriff’s top aides also violated a federal court order meant to curtail racial profiling.

Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow held Arpaio in civil contempt of court on three counts.

Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan was found in contempt on two counts. Lt. Joe Sousa and retired Chief Deputy Brian Sands each were found in contempt of one.

Snow held 21 days of evidentiary hearings between April 2015 and last November.

The judge ruled Friday that Arpaio and his aides continued to enforce immigration law after a December 2011 preliminary injunction was issued, failed to turn over video evidence required before the proceeding and failed to collect evidence afterward as ordered by Snow.

The judge has set a May 31 date for a hearing for attorneys to discuss penalties.


2:35 p.m.

One of the lawyers who pressed a racial profiling case against an Arizona sheriff is applauding a federal judge’s ruling that found the lawman and three of his top aides in civil contempt of court.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said Friday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio “engaged in multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty and bad faith” related to those who sued over the profiling and lied under oath during a hearing.

Attorney Cecillia Wang of the American Civil Liberties Union says Arpaio “will be made to comply with the law.”

She says “strong remedies are needed to protect the community’s rights, starting with internal investigations that root out misconduct.”

Neither Arpaio nor anyone from his office immediately returned calls Friday afternoon seeking comment on the judge’s ruling.


12:40 p.m.

A judge has found the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix in contempt of court for disobeying his orders in a racial profiling case.

The decision Friday brings the lawman who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and is known for cracking down on illegal immigration a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to fines and even jail time.

It marks one of the biggest defeats for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and is expected to lead to greater court oversight of his office.

A hearing will be held May 31 to examine whether he’ll face a criminal contempt case.

The six-term sheriff has acknowledged violating U.S. District Judge Murray Snow’s orders, including letting his officers conduct immigration patrols 18 months after Snow barred them.

The civil contempt finding doesn’t disqualify Arpaio from holding office.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube is testing a messaging feature in its smartphone app so people can share and discuss videos without resorting to other ways to connect with their friends and family.

The messaging option announced Friday initially is only being offered to a small group of people with YouTube’s app installed on an iPhone or device running on Google’s Android software. If all goes well, messaging will be included in a future app update available to everyone with an iPhone or an Android phone.

YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, is examining whether the messaging feature will encourage its audience to spend even more time inside its popular video app. Currently, people typically copy links to YouTube and paste them into text messages or other messaging apps such as Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

By removing a reason for its audience to switch over to another app, YouTube can generate more opportunities to show ads to the more than 1 billion people who watch video on its service.

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc., has more than 1 billion users, while Facebook’s own Messenger app has more than 900 million users, posing a threat to other digital services vying for people’s attention. Snapchat is smaller, with about 100 million daily users, but growing rapidly, particularly among teenagers and young adults who tend to watch a lot of video on their smartphones.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a high-speed police pursuit from Massachusetts to New Hampshire caught on video showing police pummeling a suspect who appeared to be surrendering (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been suspended with pay after video captured him and other officers beating up a surrendering suspect following a wild car chase into New Hampshire.

Police spokesman David Procopio said the suspension handed down Friday is in effect until an investigation into Wednesday’s chase is complete.

He declined to elaborate on the decision or to release the officer’s name. He said the trooper is 32, has been on the police force since 2011 and was assigned to its Andover Barracks.

An unnamed New Hampshire state trooper has also been suspended.

The 50-mile pursuit started in Holden, Massachusetts, and ended in Nashua, New Hampshire.

News helicopter video captured the suspect, Richard Simone Jr., surrendering on the ground before officers punched him repeatedly.


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A Massachusetts State Police trooper is facing a disciplinary hearing on his involvement in a 50-mile car chase that ended with a violent takedown of a suspect in New Hampshire that was caught on video.

The closed-door hearing was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The unnamed trooper was relieved of duty Thursday pending the hearing, which is meant to determine whether he’s suspended or placed on another work status as the investigation continues.

An unnamed New Hampshire state trooper has also been suspended.

The 50-mile pursuit started in Holden, Massachusetts, and ended in Nashua, New Hampshire. News helicopter video captured the suspect, Richard Simone Jr., surrendering on the ground before officers punched him repeatedly.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty in a beating that left a former Minnesota State, Mankato football player with severe brain injuries two years ago was sentenced Friday to five months in jail.

Blue Earth County District Judge Bradley Walker sentenced 22-year-old Trevor Shelley of St. Peter to 150 days in jail, with credit for five days already served.

Shelley pleaded guilty in March to felony first-degree assault. He admitted punching former Mavericks linebacker Isaac Kolstad outside a downtown Mankato nightclub in May 2014.

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson kicked Kolstad in the head after he fell. Nelson, 22, was sentenced last year to 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

Shelley declined to speak at the sentencing.

Kolstad and his mother talked about the difficulties they have faced since the night he was injured, the Star Tribune ( ) reported. Kolstad underwent months of physical therapy, relearning how to walk and talk.

“Isaac will never be the same,” said Teresa Kolstad.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the judge would stay any potential prison time — up to nearly 9 years was possible — and sentence him to up to one year of local incarceration, Blue Earth County Attorney Patrick McDermott said in March.

Shelley, Kolstad and Nelson were standing outside a Mankato bar in May 2014 when an argument arose after Nelson mistook Kolstad for a bouncer who had kissed his girlfriend.

Nelson shoved Kolstad, a former Minnesota State, Mankato, football player, and Kolstad knocked Nelson to the ground. Shelley ran up to Kolstad and punched him once in the head, video surveillance cameras showed. Kolstad appeared to fall unconscious and hit his head on the pavement. Nelson then kicked Kolstad in the head.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts State Police trooper is facing a disciplinary hearing on his involvement in a 50-mile car chase that ended with a violent takedown of a suspect in New Hampshire that was caught on video.

The closed-door hearing was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The unnamed trooper was relieved of duty Thursday pending the hearing, which is meant to determine whether he’s suspended or placed on another work status as the investigation continues.

A New Hampshire state trooper, whose name also wasn’t released, has been suspended and that state’s attorney general is investigating.

Fifty-year-old Worcester resident Richard Simone Jr., wanted on multiple warrants, refused to stop Wednesday for police in Holden, Massachusetts. He led police on an hourlong chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph before ending in Nashua, New Hampshire, after officers laid out spike strips.

Simone stepped out of his pickup truck, kneeled and put his hands on the ground, but officers then repeatedly punched him, news helicopter footage shows.

Governors from the two states have expressed concern, and Simone’s family has questioned the police officers’ conduct.

“He’s been in trouble in the past, but he’s not a violent person,” Jesse Biziewski, Simone’s cousin, told NECN. “Whatever he did to lead up to this chase, he definitely deserves a punishment, but that type of punishment he does not deserve.”

It wasn’t immediately clear Friday if Simone has a lawyer.

Simone remained in New Hampshire but has agreed to be taken back to Massachusetts to face outstanding warrants that include assault with a deadly weapon and larceny.

The Wednesday chase wasn’t the first time Simone has eluded police trying to arrest him for the outstanding warrants.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports he almost rammed a police cruiser in a separate chase three days earlier in Millbury, Massachusetts, before driving onto Interstate 290.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is on the verge of ordering young women to register for a military draft for the first time in history, touching off outrage among social conservatives who fear the move is another step toward blurring gender lines.

The female draft requirement, approved late Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee, could be as heated as the divisive debate over what public lavatories and locker rooms transgender people should use.

Opponents of expanding the draft may be unable to halt the momentum in favor of lifting the exclusion, which was triggered by the Pentagon’s decision late last year to open all front-line combat jobs to women. After gender restrictions to military service were erased, the top uniformed officers in each of the military branches expressed support during congressional testimony for including women in a potential draft.

The Senate Armed Services Committee added a provision to its version of the annual defense policy bill that calls for women to sign up with the Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18 — just as men are — beginning in January 2018, according to a summary of the legislation released by the committee.

The House Armed Services Committee narrowly adopted a provision to its bill late last month to include women in Selective Service.

“This is a highly consequential — and, for many American families, a deeply controversial — decision that deserves to be resolved by Congress after a robust and transparent debate in front of the American people, instead of buried in an embargoed document that is passed every year to fund military pay and benefits,” said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, one of three Senate Armed Services Committee members who voted against the policy bill.

Conservative columnist Daniel Horowitz wrote of the “consequences of completely eradicating the self-evident truth and science of the two sexes.”

The full House is expected to take up its version of the legislation as early as next week. The Senate will consider its bill later this month.

While the subject is contentious, a return to forcing people to join the armed forces seems unlikely. Military leaders maintain the all-volunteer force is working and do not want a return to conscription. The U.S. has not had a military draft since 1973, in the waning years of the Vietnam War era. Still, all men between the ages of 18 and 25 are required by law to register.

“It’s what a man’s got to do,” says the Selective Service website.

Women were nearly drafted during World War II due to a shortage of military nurses. But a surge of volunteers made it unnecessary, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who served with the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he believes most Americans don’t want women to be drafted. Despite his objections, Hunter proposed — and then voted against — the amendment requiring women to register that the House Armed Services Committee approved in April.

Hunter said he offered the measure to force a discussion about how the Pentagon’s decision to void gender restrictions on military service failed to consider whether the exclusion on drafting women also should be lifted. Like Lee, he argued that the call should be made by Congress.

The White House has declined to say whether President Barack Obama would sign into law legislation that expands the draft to include women.

A longstanding congressional ban on moving prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility to the United States also is included in the policy bill. The prohibition, which the White House opposes, has kept Obama from fulfilling a campaign pledge to shutter the facility.

The legislation also proposes to help shrink the remaining population at Guantanamo by allowing detainees to plead guilty to criminal charges in federal civilian courts via video teleconference. Those detainees could then be transferred to other countries to serve their sentences.

But the Center for Constitutional Rights, an advocacy group, opposed the change and said allowing pleas by remote video is an attempt to change the rules “in order to stymie the defense and afford the prosecution a greater chance to win these cases.”

Overall, the defense policy bill provides $602 billion in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 for the Defense Department and nuclear weapons programs managed by the Energy Department.

The Senate committee did not follow the lead of its House counterpart, which shifted $18 billion in wartime spending to pay for additional weapons and troops to reverse what Republicans and a number of Democrats have called a crisis in the military’s combat readiness.

The committee did identify $3 billion in savings from the defense budget proposed by the Obama administration “and redirected those funds toward critical needs of our warfighters,” according to the summary. The committee also added $2 billion for additional training, depot maintenance and weapons sustainment.


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