Why AG Sessions Must Stop Charges Against Former Sheriff Arpaio
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Attorney General Jeff Sessions conducting a review of all Obama administration “consent decrees,” former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should be at the top of the list.
Sessions should immediately withdraw the criminal contempt-of-court charges against Arpaio that were leveled by a politically corrupt Obama administration Department of Justice.
Now at 84-years-old, after a distinguished decades-long law enforcement career, Arpaio faces criminal charges that could see him convicted to six-months in jail if found guilty.
These charges stem from a 2007 traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of Ortega Melendres, a Mexican tourist who was a passenger in an automobile stopped in Cave Creek, Maricopa County.
Melendres accused the Maricopa County sheriff’s officers of “fundamentally stopping brown-skinned people with the pretext of looking for criminals.”
Tom Perez, a LaRaza hard-left attorney from Maryland who had risen to head the Civil Rights Division in the Obama Justice Department and now heads the Democratic National Committee, decided to target Arpaio, largely because of Arpaio’s determination to strictly enforce existing immigration laws.
In Perez’s radical views, Arpaio’s law enforcement practices in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) amounted to a “systematic policy” that formalized law enforcement rules and procedures in a manner intentionally discriminatory to the rights of Hispanics.
Arpaio’s case provides abundant evidence that the tactic of the Obama administration Department of Justice to bring litigation to obtain “consent decrees” over state and local police departments amounted to nothing more than political prosecutions.
The goal of the DOJ Civil Rights Division under Perez elevated the rights of minorities, the “rights” of illegal immigrants, and the “rights” of criminals — even the assumed “rights” of illegal aliens with criminal records – by imposing on state and local law enforcement agencies a hard-left agenda that perceives effective police enforcement of laws as inherently discriminatory.
The decision of the Department of Justice to prosecute the criminal contempt of court charges against Arpaio makes clear the DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions remain staffed by Obama political activists who are determined to pursue the hard-left “civil rights” ideology of Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch despite the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Infowars.com has reported that in his zeal to prosecute and convict Arpaio, the Department of Justice from 2008 through 2010 conducted electronic surveillance on the various judges in the case, as well as on Sheriff Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, while DOJ attorneys for Eric Holder maintained an on-going telephone back-channel discussion with the federal judge assigned to handle the case.
On May 12, 2016, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow held Arpaio in civil contempt of federal court, ruling that Arpaio and three of his aides violated the judge’s 2013 order that was meant to curtail “racial profiling” by MCSO officers.
Then, on Aug. 19, 2016, Judge Snow ruled that Arpaio need to face prosecution for criminal contempt of court for intentional disregard of the District Court’s authority, alleging that Arpaio had disregarded Snow’s rulings by continuing MCSO police policies that involved systematic racial profiling.
Arpaio to vacate the contempt findings and contempt injunction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona at Phoenix, with the most liberal appellate court in the nation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Despite the likelihood Arpaio will lose the appeal at the Ninth Circuit, Arpaio has a strong argument that his criminal contempt trial should be assigned to a new district judge, especially given the record that suggests bias on the part of Federal Judge G. Murray Snow, the judge presiding over the original DOJ civil rights case brought against Arpaio in 2008/2009.