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Former AG and U.S. Attorney push for conclusion to Arpaio probe

In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media in Phoenix. Rather than taking cover from his legal woes and heavy criticism over inadequate sex-crimes investigations, Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, is stepping into the spotlight Thursday, March 1, 2012 to unveil preliminary results of his volunteer posse's investigation into the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate, a debunked controversy that remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Some former top prosecutors have called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to wind up the federal abuse-of-power investigation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, ex-Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley say Holder should either charge Arpaio or exonerate him.

The three men plus former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon sent a two-page letter last Friday to Holder, asking him to expedite a conclusion to the probe. The Justice Department has been investigating Arpaio since 2009.

The Arizona Republic says the four decided to send the letter after an Arizona Supreme Court disciplinary panel’s conclusion last week.

The panel concluded that there was evidence Arpaio conspired with several former county prosecutors to prosecute a judge without probable cause.

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