Feds to bring con­tempt charge against Sher­iff Ar­paio

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Pros­e­cu­tors said Tues­day they will charge Sher­iff Joe Ar­paio with crim­i­nal con­tempt-of-court for de­fy­ing a judge’s or­ders to end his sig­na­ture im­mi­gra­tion pa­trols in Ari­zona, ex­pos­ing the 84-year-old law­man to the pos­si­bil­ity of jail time and cloud­ing his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture as he seeks a sev­enth term.

The an­nounce­ment in fed­eral court sets in mo­tion crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against the sher­iff less than a month be­fore Elec­tion Day and comes as he has taken on a prom­i­nent role on the na­tional po­lit­i­cal stage in 2016, ap­pear­ing along­side Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nominee Don­ald Trump on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

Ar­paio has ac­knowl­edged vi­o­lat­ing the or­der to stop the im­mi­gra­tion pa­trols but in­sists his dis­obe­di­ence wasn’t in­ten­tional.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Mur­ray Snow pre­vi­ously rec­om­mended crim­i­nal con­tempt charges against Ar­paio but left it up to fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors to ac­tu­ally bring the case.

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