Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted Of Criminal Contempt Of Court

Fascist former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found guilty of criminal contempt of court for refusing to follow a court order ending racial profiling of Latino immigrants within his jurisdiction. It's not just any sheriff - it's former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, poster boy of the anti-immigration movement known for detaining hundreds of Latinos based exclusively on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally, and retaliating against those who complain. Arpaio installed the inhumane jail in his first year as sheriff, and his legacy is largely tied to it.

After federal prosecutors charged him with criminal contempt of court, he maintained that he had not willfully violated the court order, but that his underlings had done so.

"Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case", his lawyers said in a statement.

"Joe Arpaio is in this for the long haul and he will continue his fight to vindicate himself, to prove his innocence and to protect the public", his attorneys said in a statement.

However, the six-term sheriff said he didn't intentionally violate the order, blaming his lawyer for not properly explaining the terms to him.

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In October 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ended a two-year agreement that had authorized the county's officers to enforce federal immigration laws. "Sheriff Arpaio did so based on the notoriety he received for, and the campaign donations he received because of, his immigration enforcement activity", Snow said. "Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will".

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

Fast-forward to 2015: Snow refers Arpaio to federal prosecutors to pursue criminal contempt charges for ignoring an order to cease from detaining migrants suspected of crimes if evidence of those crimes can not be produced.

Joe Arpaio lost his re-election bid in 2016 and has since been replaced by virtually unknown retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone.

On Monday, he was found in criminal contempt of court, and is facing both jail time and a hefty fine. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton wrote that Arpaio had shown a "flagrant disregard" to the court. Five days into his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order that would withhold federal funds from so-called "sanctuary cities" - cities that refused to detain undocumented immigrants in city or council jails for the feds to pick up. Numerous law enforcement agencies also continue to do this.

  • Adam Floyd