Immigration Justice

Birther Sheriff Joe Arpaio Referred for Prosecution

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The years-long case against infamous birther Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is one step closer to its conclusion as the judge overseeing the case against Arpaio's racial profiling operation has referred him to federal prosecutors.

The landmark decision comes after U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow found that Arpaio intentionally violated various orders rooted in an 8-year-old racial-profiling case.

The judge's order also refers Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Arpaio's former defense attorney Michele Iafrate, and Capt. Steve Bailey for prosecutors to consider criminal contempt charges against them as well.

Arpaio's associates have already been held in civil contempt of court, but they've now been referred for criminal contempt.

You may recall that Arpaio's henchmen privately investigated Judge Snow and even followed the judge's wife.

The case against Arpaio predates Arizona's ill-fated "Papers Please" anti-immigration law that was partially struck down by the Supreme Court. Arpaio's posse got an early start on the racial profiling game which his deputies used to fill his prison camp where inmates are forced to wear pink underwear.

  • Georgie

    He is an old piece of shit who needs to dry up and disintegrate.

  • muselet

    I don’t expect Joe Arpaio actually to be prosecuted for his misdeeds.

    Not because he doesn’t richly deserve to spend some time in federal prison, but because this would be a lousy case to try. Besides, Arpayaso’s lawyers will repeatedly appeal up the court system until either the US Attorney’s Office gives up or their client dies, whichever comes first.

    And, sadly, this referral will probably boost Arpayaso’s support in Maricopa County, just in time for the November election.


    • I sooooo want him to lose….but he probably won’t. Teh Stoopid is strong in Arpazona

      • muselet

        I don’t blame you. The man is an embarrassment.