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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Officially Charged with Criminal Contempt of Court

October 26, 2016  | 

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was officially charged Tuesday with criminal contempt of court when a federal judge affixed her signature, a formality that throws the lawman’s political and personal future into a level of crisis never before seen in his 23 years in office.

Criminal-contempt charges have loomed over Arpaio since 2015. A criminal trial was the worst-case scenario for the sheriff after he admitted to violating a federal judge’s order to stop enforcing civil immigration laws.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton's order was signed two weeks before the general election, in which Arpaio is running for his seventh term.

A trial is set for Dec. 6 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. If he’s convicted, the 84-year-old sheriff could face up to six months in jail, the Arizona Republic reports.

The sheriff aired his grievances in a recent campaign commercial.

“You know, this latest action by Obama and his Department of Justice is all about illegal immigration, period,” he tells the camera, against a photo backdrop of the president, former Attorney General Eric Holder and current Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “They’ve been after me since day one, for doing my job.”

Arpaio and his supporters said it was no coincidence that the Justice Department announced the charge on the eve of early voting.


Comments (4)

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Army @ 10/26/2016 6:33 PM

Sheriff Arpaio is right. It's not a coincidence. They just don't want him to be relected again. Well, I hope he is elected, and theres a pretty good chance he will be.

kevcopaz @ 10/26/2016 7:12 PM

Army, you are correct. I live here, I see what is going on. Yes Joe pushed the envelope to an extent, but its pure political pressure from anti-cops, the Obama DOJ and groups supporting illegals that have got this to the point it is at. You all know that its ok for Dem pols to ignore the courts and congress (Obama & Holder) and for Dems to lie under Federal investigations (Hillary) and Federal employees to use their offices to put undue and illegal pressure on conservatives (IRS) and allow our veterans to suffer (VA) but when one conservative stands up to this collective criminal political syndicate he is crucified! This is 3rd world dictator stuff. We are lost. Note that I am NOT nor have I ever been a "conspiracy freak" but man I may have seen the light!

Shawn @ 10/27/2016 4:12 AM

I guess this is payback for investigating and proving Obama's birth certificate was fake.

Deputy Moose @ 10/27/2016 6:16 AM

The corruption of the dept. of just-us continues...

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