Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will officially be charged with criminal contempt by the U.S. Department of Justice, after disobeying federal orders that were attempting to curb racial-profiling practices in his county.
Arapio, along with Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Capt. Steve Bailey and defense attorney Michele Iafrate continued to enforce immigration law for at least 18 months after a federal court order banned their agency from doing so, after multiple complaints of racial-profiling were filed against Arapio’s department.
Only Arapio will receive the charge. The other defendants are slated for review at a later date. A cap of six months has been ruled as a sentencing cap for Arapaio, mostly because of his advanced age of 84. He was not present at today’s hearing in downtown Phoenix, where the decision to charge him was announced.
Department of Justice attorney John Keller said that other allegations of Arpaio involving the concealing of evidence will also continue to be investigated, not ruling out an additional obstruction of justice charge for the controversial Sheriff, but also adding that the statute of limitations may have run out.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has asked for the statute-of-limitation clock be paused until further discussion on this issue can play out.
Joe Arpaio is currently running for reelection to serve as the Maricopa County Sheriff for another term. He has been a vocal supporter for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose campaign has been infamously fueled by anti-immigration rhetoric.
Source from : Usuncut.com