Birther Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Face Criminal Charges

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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.

  • Draxiar

    I’ve been waiting for this asshole to get taken down!

  • muselet

    Criminal contempt. It takes a lot to get charged with that, but Joe Arpaio managed.

    Alas, federal law sets the maximum punishment at a $1000 fine and six months’ imprisonment, which is nowhere near enough for what Arpayaso and his department have done.

    Better than nothing, I suppose.


    • ninjaf

      I hope he gets to wear his own pink underwear for that time served, anyway. Even if no one else has to wear them anymore. A little something special, just for him.

  • Woohoo!!! I needed something to cheer me up and this is just the ticket! His Dem opponent, Paul Penzone, in the race for Sheriff this year is running neck in neck with him (or is slightly ahead of him, depending on which poll you trust). Maybe this will give Penzone the boost he needs to oust this cancerous growth from office.

    • muselet

      I hope you’re right.