“America’s Sheriff” Joe Arpaio was found guilty in July of 2017 of misdemeanor criminal contempt without the benefit of a jury of his peers.
The guilty ruling, by Bill Clinton-appointed U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, was the latest chapter of a nearly decade-long saga of legal proceedings against Sheriff Joe initiated by leftist groups opposed to his aggressive policing of illegal aliens. The 85-year-old Arpaio faced up to six months in jail, Truth Uncensored reported.
The charges against Arpaio stemed from a civil rights suit demanding he cease “racial profiling” in his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s immigration enforcement operations. After a federal judge issued an order demanding certain practices, Arpaio was charged with contempt for continuing to try to enforce the law as he saw fit, Breitbart reported.
Because Arpaio was charged only with a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six-months in jail, the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee him a right to trial by a jury of his peers.
Arpaio and his attorneys repeatedly petitioned for a jury, only to be denied by Judge Bolton in March and again in May. Sources familiar with the proceedings have told Breitbart News the decision to charge only the misdemeanor was likely a ploy by federal prosecutors to avoid a jury trial in the community where Arpaio served as sheriff for more than 20 years.
President Trump told reporters approximately 10 days ago that he was seriously considering a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying, “He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.” Dennis Lynch reports.
It was first expected that Trump may be planning to announce a pardon for Arpaio while attending his rally in Phoenix Tuesday, but the White House announced prior to the rally that no pardon would be issued there.
However, Wednesday morning, a report came out from CNN that stated the White House has prepared the necessary paperwork for Arpaio’s pardon, which includes talking points stating that it is inappropriate to jail Arpaio for “enforcing the law” and “working to keep people safe.” Another talking point reportedly prepared is the fact that Arpaio served his country for 50 years in the military.
Arpaio, 85, was found “guilty” by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of “criminal contempt” on Monday, July 31, for violating a federal judge’s order in 2011 to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected illegal aliens in which he was accused of racial profiling. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 5 and could result in up to six months behind the very bars which he previously used to detain illegal aliens.
After his conviction, Arpaio published a lengthy letter that subsequently went viral, in which he noted the irony under which he had been convicted because he had cooperated with federal law enforcement agencies when he encountered illegal aliens. Now, the current Department of Justice is going after local law enforcement agencies who don’t cooperate with ICE in enforcing illegal alien laws, he observed.
When speaking to a Fox News reporter on Aug. 13, President Trump stated, “Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe? He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”