Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge Monday for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court, the culmination of a federal trial that was years in the making.
Arpaio served as sheriff for six terms before he was voted out of office in November of 2016.
“I am disappointed in the decision but I am not discouraged,” Arpaio told Arizona Family.
“We have appeals in the works so we will see where this goes. I was very confident during the trial that I would have been exonerated. My deputies and I were just doing our job.”
Arpaio’s lawyer confirmed the plans to appeal, saying the goal is to get a jury trial.
“Today, Judge Susan Bolton violated the United States Constitution by issuing her verdict without even reading it to the Defendant in public court. Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case. Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor and that it will,” Jack Wilenchik said in a written statement,
“Judge Bolton found that an order by her fellow Judge G. Murray Snow, who is in the same building and sits on the same Arizona court, clearly said something that it did not even say: that the MCSO was prohibited from turning illegal aliens over to Border Patrol or ICE. Every witness in the case testified that the order was not clear, even though Judge Bolton and her fellow judge say so. Numerous law enforcement agencies also continue to do this. In fact, the DOJ now goes after agencies that refuse to do this.”
It’s not clear when the appeal will be filed.
“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,” Wilenchik said.
“I am in shock to hear the news but glad that people are recognizing the crimes that he has done against our communities,” Noemi Romero of Puente Arizona said. “We will not have peace of mind until Sheriff Penzone removes ICE from 4th Avenue Jail.”
Good time for President Trump to give a pardon!
When you were doing your job and a liberal judge decided to tell you not to do your job, you may be living in a country run by idiots. Trump needs to replace all of Obama’s appointed judges.
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