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Joe Arpaio Could Face Jail Time For Illegally Targeting Immigrants

01 August 2017

Bolton rejected that argument, finding the sheriff's office's attorney Timothy Casey told Arpaio that he could no longer detain individuals based exclusively on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally.

Arpaio will be sentenced on October 5 at 10 a.m. He faces the possibility of six months in prison on the charges.

Arpaio later faced a civil trial for ignoring several orders, and he was found guilty of civil contempt of court a year ago.

He added that Judge Bolton had also violated Mr. Arpaio's rights by denying him a trial by jury.

"Not only did Defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise", she wrote in delivering the guilty verdict.

During a four-day bench trial in June, Arpaio's attorneys blamed his failure to comply with a federal judge's preliminary injunction on subordinates and a former attorney, saying the lawyer misguided him about the scope of the order. The president has threatened to withhold federal funds from local governments that do not cooperate by holding jail inmates for deportation, and immigrant advocates have pushed back with lawsuits charging that such detentions violate constitutional rights.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces newly launched program aimed at providing security around schools in Anthem, Ariz., on January 9, 2013.

Cecillia Wang, an attorney who helped press the racial profiling case against Arpaio, said his fate is a cautionary tale for police bosses who want to get into immigration enforcement. The prosecution brought up those comments and others as evidence that Arpaio had deliberately ignored a court order that he stop racially profiling and seeking out illegal immigrants.

"Judge Snow issued a clear and definite ruling enjoining [Arpaio] from detaining persons for further investigation without reasonable suspicion that a crime has been or is being committed", Bolton wrote, referring to the previous judge's order.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of the court for willfully violating a federal judge's order. Following his conviction, many critics and supporters alike took to social media to share their thoughts on the fate of controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Joe Arpaio merrily campaigning for Trump in 2016.

In Maricopa County itself, ICE retains a presence within the jails of the current sheriff, Paul Penzone, opening the door to potential abuses by deputies who detain undocumented suspects so that they can later be deported from the United States. His work to eradicate the Latino population of his Phoenix county earned him a 22-page report from the Department of Justice in 2011 outlining the explicit racial profiling and "unconstitutional policing" found in his office.

Joe Arpaio Could Face Jail Time For Illegally Targeting Immigrants