Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty Monday of defying a judge’s 2011 order to stop his legendary traffic patrols targeting immigrants. The former lawman, who was also known for his harsh detention practices, is now facing up to six months in jail himself for criminal contempt. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5.

News of Arpaio’s conviction was celebrated by immigrant activists far and wide, including Monterey County District 1 supervisor and former assemblyman Luis Alejo.

Arpaio was one of the most controversial local officials in the nation during his 24-year tenure as Maricopa County Sheriff. His hardline tactics against inmates and illegal immigrants drew praise from far right circles and contempt from civil rights advocates who accused him of horrendous human rights violations.

He lost his bid for a seventh term in November, marking the end of his highly public career. There was talk of him possibly joining the Trump Administration, but that never materialized.

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