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GUILTY: Judge rules in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal contempt case (UPDATED)

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Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt Monday for violating a 2011 court order.

Arpaio, 85, received a court order in 2011 to stop police patrols that were apprehending illegal immigrants based solely on immigration status and handing them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was convicted of ignoring the order for 17 months, FOX 10 Phoenix reported Monday.

Arpaio, who referred to himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” faces up to six months in prison at his Oct. 5 sentencing.

The state claimed his officers couldn’t apprehend illegal immigrants unless they broke state law.

In court, Arpaio’s lawyers argued he had misunderstood the court order, only breaking with it because one of his former lawyers had explained it to him poorly. Prosecutors, however, claimed he used the court order’s publicity to boost is 2012 re-election campaign, Fox News reported.

“He wanted to raise money and win re-election, and it worked,” prosecutor John Keller told Fox.

Arpaio was both famous and infamous for his approach to criminal punishment; he forced male prisoners to wear pink underwear and even reinstated chain gangs in his jurisdiction.

The former sheriff endorsed President Donald Trump during the 2016 election season, but was voted out of office in November 2016 by Paul Penzone, a Phoenix police sergeant.

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  • TruePatriot

    Presidential pardon, please. This man is a hero as far as I’m concerned.

  • Patriot76

    The President thinks highly of this man also.

  • Tactitus Talks

    Pardon Arpaio and remove protection for the Judge. Use eminent domain and take her house for “refugees”.

  • Prin

    This judge is being paid by George Soros! Soros owns Arizona, ask John McCain!

  • econpro

    Other sheriffs get a pass for ignoring our immigration laws as well as a judge in Texas who allowed a deportee to escape out of her courtroom…but when a sheriff tries to do his job he goes to jail? fk that. Liberals are the ones who should be in jail and executed.

  • jubadoobai

    President Trump, a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio. The man is a patriot who defended our borders.

  • conrad

    The decision taints his good work exposing Soetoro. The Judge has to be a RAT.

  • Chris

    Clinton appointee .. same thing

  • fb274

    Maybe the judge needs to explained why a jury was not allowed.

  • Annais

    PARDON ARPAIO! this is a SHAM!

  • Johnny Sonnier

    This man is also 100% Right.He a HERO!