Immigration

Joe Arpaio is Guilty

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Birther posse sheriff and anti-immigrant crusader Joe Arpaio has finally been found guilty of criminal contempt of court.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled this morning that the former Maricopa County sheriff is guilty of misdemeanor contempt for ignoring a court order to cease his anti-immigrant patrols that relied on racial profiling.

From the Associated Press:

The lawman who made defiance a hallmark of his tenure was found guilty of misdemeanor contempt-of-court for ignoring the 2011 court order to stop the patrols. The 85-year-old faces up to six months in jail, though attorneys who have followed the case doubt that someone his age would be incarcerated. [...]

Prosecutors say Arpaio violated the order so he could promote his immigration enforcement efforts in an effort to boost his 2012 re-election campaign and even bragged about his continued crackdowns.

Arpaio's conviction was a long time coming and it may not have happened if Arpaio had not so thoroughly implicated himself. You may recall that Arpaio's henchmen tried to dig up dirt on U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow, the judge that initially ruled in 2013 that Arpaio's office was racially profiling Latinos. Arpaio's conviction today stems from his refusal to cooperate after that ruling.

Those who don't know Arpaio for his anti-immigrant racism may know him for another form of racism; his insistence that President Obama's birth certificate is a fake. Arpaio never abandoned his position that President Obama forged his birth certificate and neither did Arpaio's biggest fan and promoter: Donald Trump.

It remains to be seen if Arpaio will now be forced to wear one of the pink jumpsuits he forced his own prisoners to wear.

  • will he do time in pink bikini underwear in a tent prison with only a postcard pic of warden to send legal & other mail?

  • muselet

    This came to mind upon reading the news. Yes, I have a strange mind.

    –alopecia

  • Wildson

    Like MJ in Triller with a bag of popcorn waiting for JM’s post on the Mooch…

  • Aynwrong
  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    I’d like nothing more than to see this bigot behind bars.

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    Don’t drop the soap MF…

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  • Victor the Crab

    “It remains to be seen if Arpaio will now be forced to wear one of the pink jumpsuits he forced his own prisoners to wear.”

    I doubt he’ll see any jail time, what with his age and the possibility that Drumph would give him a full pardon and make him his new FBI director.

    • ninjaf

      It would be nice for them to just give him a day or two in jail so he would have to wear his detested pink jumpsuit.

      • Badgerite

        They could give him a hefty fine. I personally would go for an ankle bracelet and a hefty fine and having to wear a shirt that say, “Lock him up” on the front and back. And community service.

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