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    Obama DOJ Pursuing Criminal Charges Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    Obama DOJ Pursuing Criminal Charges Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    They finally found someone they want to prosecute.

    On the day before early voting began in Arizona, Obama’s Department of Justice decided to pursue charges against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a widely known opponent of illegal immigration.

    This is nothing short of stunning.

    The Associated Press reports, via NBC News:

    Feds to Pursue Contempt Charges Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    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.

    Prosecutor John Keller said in court that the government will bring a misdemeanor contempt charge, with the next step being a court filing, possibly in the next day, that’s akin to a criminal complaint.

    Arpaio could face up to six months in jail if convicted of misdemeanor contempt.

    The best part of the report comes at the end…

    “No one is above the law, and today’s announcement in court epitomizes the strength of the judicial system,” Democratic opponent Paul Penzone said.

    No one is above the law? You could’ve fooled us.

    Here’s a video report from ABC 15 News in Arizona:

    Sean Davis of The Federalist noted the irony on Twitter:

    The politicization of our federal government is now complete and the message being sent is loud and clear. Anyone who’s part of the leftist coalition gets a pass. Anyone who isn’t is fair game.

    Featured image via YouTube.


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    Ragspierre | October 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    OK, having read more into this case, there’s some backing up I need to do.

    First, normally contempt is a pure equitable remedy resting solely with the court itself. A court has “plenary power” (i.e., LOTS of power) to enforce it’s orders.

    Second, the court in this case declined to exert that power, though it sure could have. Instead, it left the matter some weeks ago with the AG.

    What’s happened here is that the AG has, or will, charge Joe with at least a count of criminal contempt, which is a LEGAL remedy, and it will involve a trial and a jury.

    There may also be an obstruction of justice charge for ol’ Joe’s refusal to hand over tons of evidence in violation of the law.

    Ol’ Joe appears to have been practicing gangsta government. Some of you just favor this kind of gangster over others. I don’t.

    Look, it’s no so ‘stunning.’ This is how fascists do it.

    Though Eric Holder was bad? Loretta Lynch is the modern Roland Freisler:

    If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, get used to the idea of the United States breaking apart, or a civil war. Because one of those two scenarios will be coming.

    eamonkelly | October 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Of course they are…he’s in.fected with an innate bias…because he’s white

    Connivin Caniff | October 13, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Time for widespread juror nullification.

    DrJim77 | October 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

    President Trump will pardon Sheriff Arpaio. Then Arpaio will present all of his evidence regarding obama’s forged birth certificate to a Grand Jury. We shall see who has the last laugh…

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