Sheriff Arpaio on Trial: Prosecution or Persecution?

Sheriff Arpaio on Trial: Prosecution or Persecution?

“With over 55 years of law enforcement experience, Sheriff Arpaio has always followed and enforced the laws on the books. Now, the DOJ wants to put him in prison for enforcing the very laws he swore an oath to uphold,” Mr. Fotis said in a Monday statement.

Washington Times

Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, once known as “America’s toughest sheriff,” was back Monday where he has long been most at home — in the spotlight — although not for the reasons he would have preferred.

Months after losing his re-election bid, the 85-year-old former Maricopa County sheriff went on trial in Phoenix on misdemeanor criminal contempt-of-court charges, a case his foes have praised as long overdue and fans have denounced as a “political prosecution.”

Federal prosecutors argued that Mr. Arpaio willfully disobeyed a 2011 injunction barring him from enforcing federal immigration laws by detaining 170 suspected illegal aliens from December 2011 to May 2013.

After U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement refused to accept the suspects in 2012, the sheriff’s office tried a workaround by taking them to Border Patrol.

“He thought he could get away with it,” prosecutor Victor Salgado said in his opening argument, according to ABC15. “He never thought this day would come.”

Defense attorney Jack Wilenchik called the prosecution of Mr. Arpaio “shameful and outrageous,” as reported by the Phoenix New Times.

Mr. Arpaio became a national figure during his 24 years as sheriff with headline-grabbing moves such as requiring prisoners to wear pink underwear and erecting a tent city for offenders.

The trial has gained national attention with the defense’s attempt to call Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a witness, which the Justice Department has resisted, saying Mr. Sessions was a senator during the relevant period and that the defense has failed to show extraordinary circumstances.

The proceedings, playing out before a packed courtroom, began on Monday with a victory for the prosecution: Hours beforehand, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Mr. Arpaio’s request for a jury trial.

Instead, the former lawman will have his fate decided by U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton, a Clinton appointee, in a trial expected to last eight days. If found guilty, Mr. Arpaio faces a maximum six months in jail.

The prosecution called former Arpaio counsel Tim Casey, who said he told the sheriff that he must either arrest detainees on state charges or release them, instead of detaining them solely on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

Mr. Casey said he told the sheriff and his subordinates, “Arrest or release. Those are the options,” The Arizona Republic reported.

Opinion on the case is sharply divided. James Fotis, president of the National Center for Police Defense, accused the Justice Department of “deep state bias,” noting that prosecutors filed the charges two weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

“With over 55 years of law enforcement experience, Sheriff Arpaio has always followed and enforced the laws on the books. Now, the DOJ wants to put him in prison for enforcing the very laws he swore an oath to uphold,” Mr. Fotis said in a Monday statement.


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Comments

  1. Cal 27 June, 2017, 13:06

    One must remember that Sheriff Arpaio was required to take an Oath that included “supporting and defending” the US Constitution, not just the state where he worked and lived. Immigration was delegated to the federal government, legislative branch. Immigration Laws were created that Sheriff Arpaio was still Lawfully enforcing. So how can this be anything other then Persecution?

    Just because Obama, or a Governor, or the man on the moon wanted a different “law” followed, it matters not, because the ONLY LAWFUL one is the federal immigration law that was NOT changed to reflect the “new concepts” of foreign invasions equaling “immigration”.

    Get someone who really knows Constitution Law such as Dr. Vieira as it is past time that our US Constitution and it being the supreme LAW of this nation needs to be enforced and brought forth.

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  2. Obbop 29 June, 2017, 07:52

    Are those attacking Sheriff Arpaio actually assisting the invasion of the once-sovereign USA? Perhaps those wanting to prosecute Arpaio need to appear in front of military tribunals that will determine of they are guilty or not-guilty of treason. If guilty I hope for terms at HARD LABOR performing duties that assist the commonweal.

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