Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty Of Criminal Contempt

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2017

Bolton found Arpaio guilty of contempt for intentionally defying the 2011 court order, which barred his officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists exclusively on suspicion that they were in the country illegally.

Then the federal government charged him with criminal contempt of court, charges on which he was tried this summer and resulted in Monday's guilty verdict by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, The Arizona Republic reports.

Prosecutors say Arpaio ignored the order so he could promote his immigration efforts to boost his 2012 campaign. He could face up to six months in jail, but attorneys told Newsy's partners at KNXV that Arpaio's age could keep him from serving time.

"Testimony shows that Defendant knew of the order and what the order meant in regards to the [Maricopa County Sheriff's Office] policy of detaining persons who did not have state charges for turnover to [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] for civil immigration violations", Bolton wrote.

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

Casey's billing records also showed Casey talked to Arpaio again on December 25 about the preliminary injunction, Bolton wrote.

It's a word you never thought would be associated with former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, at least not in the sense that the former sheriff himself would be convicted of a crime.

Lydia Guzman, a Latino civil rights advocate and longtime Arpaio critic, said the lawman was partly responsible for Arizona's reputation as a place that's inhospitable to immigrants.

The sheriff had acknowledged prolonging his patrols but insisted it was not intentional.

Judge Bolton dismissed that claim, citing evidence that Mr. Arpaio understood the order, and noted the several times when he had said he would not change his ways. To build his highly touted deportation force, Trump is reviving a long-standing program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law. A federal investigation and federal lawsuit followed.

"Arpaio lost reelection for the first time last November, which from the outside looking in, may have seemed a weird rejection of his hardline immigration policies at a time when many of those same policies were favored by then-candidate Donald Trump", The Atlantic continues.

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

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