The U.S. Department of Justice officials have opted to pursue a criminal contempt charge against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio forviolating a federal court’s orders in a racial-profiling case.
The move has few precedents in U.S. history, as prosecutors endorsed a federal judge's findings that the lawman intentionally violated the judge's orders.
Arpaio has not yet officially been charged. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton asked the federal government to write an order to show cause, by Wednesday, for her to sign. That will serve as a charging document for the case to go forward against Arpaio only.
The announcement came Tuesday at the case’s first criminal hearing in downtown Phoenix’s federal court.
DOJ attorney John Keller said the government will continue to investigate additional allegations against Arpaio, two aides and a defense attorney for concealing evidence — and therefore obstruction of justice — but will not proceed with a criminal case at this time.
Keller said the statute of limitations may have run out for other criminal contempt allegations against Arpaio and the three others.
Bolton is not sure, and asked for a pause on the statute-of-limitations clock for all sides to discuss that issue.
In August, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow referred Arpaio, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Capt. Steve Bailey and defense attorney Michele Iafrate to be charged with criminal contempt of court.
Arpaio’s charge stems from a December 2011 federal court order that barred his agency from enforcing federal immigration law. It is alleged that his deputies continued to do so, however, for at least 18 months thereafter.
Oh, I see, DOJ will go after Arpaio for doing is JOB to protect his county, while the DOJ gives a FREE PASS to Criminal HILLARY. What a joke this is on the American people. GO TRUMP GO!!!!
Joe should run for President! He'd win hands down! The difference between BO & Hitlery is this: Hitlery would have Joe accidentally killed/suicide & BO will just let Loretta Lynch Mob take Joe to court & waste taxpayers dollars to NO END! Both are evil scumbags. GO JOE! You've got my vote!
Sheriff Joe understands our laws better than the present administration. I think he's an awesome unflappable guy who will handle this like he handles everything. Truth and the law is on his side. He will prevail. They're after him because they can't manipulate him. He's just too smart for them.
JUST WAIT OBAMA AND LYNCH WILL FACE THEIR DAY IN COURT... TIME TO GO OLD SCHOOL AMERICA AND BRING GOD BACK AND KICK THE MUSLIMS OUT...
What a nightmare! If Hillary Clinton is elected President of the United States, the nightmare will never end!
This is an overreach on the DOJ ... plain and simple, a grudge move. Nonetheless, the State has their laws that must be enforced, just as the county laws... a last ditch effort to get Arpaio out of office and replaced with a liberal Democrat. But where is congress? where is McCain, and his RINO gang in congress? right where one would expect them to be, MIA.
COULD IT BE, another reason to vote TRUMP?
Vote Trump to save Arpaio.
I just read that the reason Sheriff lost his campaign was due directly to the money that Geo. Soros dumped into the campaign against Arpaio.
Soros dumped $2 Million to defeat Arpaio.