PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities said Friday that they’re closing their abuse-of-power investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona without filing charges against him.

Authorities were investigating America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff for his part in failed public corruption cases against officials who were odds with him. Arpaio brought cases against a judge and two county officials in 2009.

Federal authorities also decided to not prosecute matters tied to alleged misuse of county credit cards by sheriff’s officials, alleged misspending of jail-enhancement funds and other matters.

“They did their investigation, they didn’t find enough probable cause and they didn’t bring an indictment,” Arpaio said at a hastily called news conference after returning from the Republican National Convention in Florida. “We don’t go around framing anybody. My people are not crooks.”

Read more at Google News. By Bob Christie.

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