Joe Arpaio, former sheriff in Arizona, is found guilty of criminal contempt
Joe Arpaio, the Arizona coroner who proclaimed himself the “toughest sheriff in the United States” and has been widely favored by conservatives over his police tactics, was convicted Monday of criminal contempt, putting his term as a relentless crusader against Illegal immigration.
More than a month after lawyers have given way to closing arguments, Judge Susan Bolton, US District Judge, said Arpaio guilty of defying a judge’s injunction in 2011 to refrain from representing racial Latinos On the patrols and entrust them to the federal immigration authorities.
The 85-year-old must be sentenced Oct. 5 and could face six months in prison.
During the trial, which was held in a federal court in Phoenix, counsel argued that Arpaio had intentionally violated the court order, requiring his officers to simply cease on alleged persons who were illegally the country – a practice that led to the detention of Some Latinos who are citizens or legal residents.
Prosecutors use Arpaio’s words against him, noting several media appearances in recent years, including the Univision interview in March 2012 in which he admitted that he still targeted people based on his immigration status.
“If they do not like what I’m doing,” he said, addressing his opponents, “to change the laws in Washington.”
In an interview with Fox News, two months later, Arpaio said he will continue to illegally detain immigrants in the country: “I will not leave. I will continue to apply the laws of state and federal laws.”
Arpaio’s lawyer, Jack Wilenchik, argued that the US District Judge’s order. G. Murray Snow was clear and that the sheriff was just federal and federal laws, without deliberately benefiting or asking his Ministry to do so.
Said Arpaio Wilenchik Monday that he intended to appeal the verdict and Bolton to have a jury trial. Arpaio has lost his bid for a jury trial in early May, after Bolton rejected the argument that the law does not require jurors in cases where the potential penalty of jail was so short.
“Bolton has violated the United States Constitution by issuing its verdict without even reading it to the defendant in a public court,” Wilenchik said in a statement. “Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and he will. It’s there in the long run.”
In his written opinion, Bolton said that the evidence had shown “flagrant disregard” for the court order and qu’Arpaio had “violated voluntarily.” He also said that Arpaio had not ensured that his department respected the order by ordering his deputies to “continue to detain people.”
Bolton said the evidence showed that Arpaio has understood the order.
“Despite this knowledge, the defendant was transmitting to the world and his subordinates that he would and that they should follow” what he had always done, “Bolton said.
Arpaio was elected Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona in 1992 and served six terms before losing his re-election in November.