One of America’s favorite sheriffs, Joe Arpaio, just got some pretty awful news, coming out of Phoenix.
Sheriff Joe has been charged with criminal contempt of court, a decision made after ignoring a judge’s order in a profiling case.
The news couldn’t come at a worse time as he’s two weeks out from Election Day where he was seeking his seventh term.
According to The LA Times, The U.S. Department of Justice promised two weeks ago that it would prosecute Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the misdemeanor count wasn’t officially filed against him until Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it.
Arpaio could face up to six months in jail if convicted. A misdemeanor conviction would not bar Arpaio from serving as sheriff.
Democratic challenger Paul Penzone said Arpaio, through his acts of political defiance, has no one to blame but himself for the charge. “It’s another example of the sheriff putting his own personal objectives ahead of the best interest of the community at our expense,” Penzone said.
Arpaio lawyer Mel McDonald said the sheriff will contest the charge. “We believe that when the final chapter is written, he will be vindicated,” McDonald said.
The criminal charges stem from the profiling case that Arpaio lost three years ago that morphed into a contempt case after the sheriff was accused of defying a 2011 court order to stop his signature immigration patrols.
Arpaio has acknowledged violating U.S. District Judge Murray Snow’s order but insists his disobedience was not intentional.
Welcome to modern “progressive” America, where desiring to keep the border safe and illegals from entering the country and threatening both the economic and physical safety of citizens has become a punishable crime.
How sad is it that folks who want to do the right thing to protect their own people are treated as the lawbreakers, yet folks who totally ignore our law, cross the border, and drain our resources, are considered heroes?
Liberalism is truly an exercise in reverse logic, because nothing that comes from the left makes any real sense.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]