Infamous birther posse sheriff and Trump campaign surrogate Joe Arpaio will finally face criminal charges for refusing to obey court orders.
Federal prosecutors have decided to accept a judge's recommendation that Arpaio be charged with contempt for refusing to end his unconstitutional racial profiling of Latinos.
The announcement in federal court Tuesday sets in motion criminal proceedings against the sheriff just as he seeks a seventh term in office.
A judge previously recommended criminal contempt charges against Arpaio but left it up to federal prosecutors to actually bring the case. Prosecutor John Keller said in court that the government will bring charges, with the next step being a court filing that's akin to a criminal complaint.
These charges were a long time coming as Arpaio has defied the court for several years.
As you may recall, Arpaio's henchmen even launched a private investigation of the wife of the judge who ordered him to cease his racial profiling operation. That may or may not have fed into the Judge Murray Snow's estimation that Arpaio should face charges for refusing to comply with court orders.
Arpaio was ordered to halt his racial profiling operation after Arizona's "Papers Please" anti-immigration law was struck down by the Supreme Court, but Arpaio and his deputies never stopped. Arpaio admitted in court that he violated Judge Snow's orders to end his racial trolling campaign, but he also claimed the violation was unintentional.