Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty on Monday of criminal contempt. He was accused of defying a judge’s court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
Arpaio, 85, was charged with misdemeanor contempt of court. His case revealed that he willfully defied a judge’s order in 2011 and prolonged the targeted patrols for another 17 months, according to Fox 10 in Phoenix.
The former sheriff will be sentenced on October 5th and may face up to six months in jail. But some attorneys close to the case doubt that Arpaio will face any jail time at all. His lawyers argued that the former sheriff did not intend to break the law. Arpaio admitted to prolonging his patrols but blamed his former attorney for not fully explaining the court order.
The prosecuting attorneys insisted that the 85-year-old sheriff just ignored the judge’s orders so that he could boost his campaign for reelection in 2012.
“He wanted to raise money and win re-election, and it worked,” prosecutor John Keller said.
Arpaio came to national prominence for his tough-on-crime approach. He forced his inmates to wear pink underwear, and he housed them in tents outside in the desert heat. This approach over 24 years in office drew enthusiastic supporters as well as vehement opponents.
Arpaio was voted out of office in November 2016, and he was defeated by little-known retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone.
Many eyes will be on the judge who sentences the former Arizona sheriff. Do you think he will do any time? Do you think he will have to wear pink underwear?
Credit: Fox News