In what proves to be a holdover victory for the Obama administration, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty Monday of criminal contempt for defying a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted illegal immigrants.
…a victory that could prove to be short-lived, should President Donald Trump have his say.
Defiant to the end, which may have been his real crime, Arpaio took a stand against the open-border mentality perpetuated under former President Barack Obama, where immigration laws were selectively enforced in support of the Democratic Party’s pro-illegal immigrant stance.
And the Obama Justice Department came at the man often called America’s “toughest sheriff” with a vengeance — even though Arpaio and the residents of Maricopa County he was sworn to protect were living the effects of the lax enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.
The comments from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, who found him guilty, reeks of settling a score for the previous administration.
“Not only did defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise,” Bolton wrote in her decision, according to The Washington Post.
His attorney’s say Arpaio should have faced a jury instead of being at the mercy of a judge, The Post reported — a no-brainer given the growing number of liberal judges in America.
“Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case,” his legal team said in a statement. “Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will.”
Arpaio, who endorsed Trump in the 2016 election, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and could receive up to six months in jail.
And his many supporters are already calling on the president to intervene and grant the 85-year-old former sheriff a pardon:
Joe Arpaio is 85 years old and no longer Maricopa Sheriff. He is not a danger to anyone & @potus should pardon him of he is incarcerated. /2
— Nathan M. Hansen (@nathanmhansen) August 1, 2017
Time for a PARDON, please https://t.co/n4QcBwsCVT
— Tee Ragsdale (@seabees1822) August 1, 2017
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