Arpaio Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt

by Antonio Miles August 1, 2017, 22:50
Arpaio Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt

On the other, their longtime hero, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, lost reelection to Democrat Paul Penzone after an abrasive 24 years in office.

Arpaio, who has been praised effusively by Donald Trump and spoke at his nominating convention, rose to prominence both because of his office's treatment of Hispanics and his personal skepticism of Obama's American citizenship.

The 85-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced on October 5 on his misdemeanor conviction for contempt-of-court, which carries a jail sentence of up to six months in jail. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail.

"Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case", the former sheriff's legal team said in the statement.

The verdict rejected Arpaio's defense that Snow's order was unclear and that the violations were unintentional.

In the midst of a national push to get local law enforcement officials doing the job of federal immigration agents, a former sheriff has been convicted for doing just that.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces newly launched program aimed at providing security around schools in Anthem, Ariz., on January 9, 2013. Prosecutors allege that Arpaio's deputies defied the injunction for at least 18 months. They only were to detain those who were accused of a state crime.

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The sheriff had served Maricopa County Arizona since 1992, and had a reputation for harsh punishments, ranging from humiliating inmates by making them wear pink underwear to forcing them to live in scanty tents in the blazing Arizona heat.

Arpaio told The Associated Press that he didn't have an immediate comment on the verdict, but his attorneys said they will appeal.

Last November 8 was a bittersweet day for nativists in Phoenix.

That development is not sitting well with End Times radio broadcaster Rick Wiles, who used his program yesterday to call on President Trump to not only pardon Arpaio, but to also to place him in charge of the Department of Homeland Security. To a large extent, this was due to the extent to which Arpaio and his department, and eventually the entire state of Arizona, found itself at the center of the debate about illegal immigration.

The charge follows a 2011 court order by U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow forcing Arpaio to stop racial profiling people based on the color of their skin.

"What was a lark to him in going after undocumented immigrants was bad, not only for the people he hurt but also for his own agency and his career", Wang said.

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