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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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    Lewfarge | October 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Let’s see, if you break the law, multiple laws, multiple times, “no reasonable prosecution”
    If you try to enforce existing laws you ARE prosecuted
    We are so screwed

      Dejectedhead in reply to Lewfarge. | October 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      That’s been my take as well. Plus the selective prosecution. Fast and Furious, swept under the rug. Benghazi? Disregard. Emailgate? Nothing to see here. Enforcement of immigration laws? You get the full force of the DoJ and a spotlight on anything you do.

    GrumpyOne | October 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Well, if anyone has any remaining doubts as to whether the injustice department is a rigged entity, all of that doubt should now be removed.

    Holder, Lynch, Obama and Comey… All co-conspirators that deserve prosecution for failing to do the people’s business PERIOD!

    Ragspierre | October 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

    “This is nothing short of stunning.”

    Nonsense, Alister. There’s NOTHING “stunning” about this.

    Sheriff Joe is completely in control of this, and he’s forcing the issue.

    He’s wrong. The judge is right. Obey the law, Joe.

      Icepilot in reply to Ragspierre. | October 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

      “Sheriff Joe is completely in control of this, and he’s forcing the issue. Obey the law, Joe.”
      You say that as if the Judge’s opinion makes Sheriff Joe guilty – not so. And “control” includes the right to a jury, which will never convict.

        Ragspierre in reply to Icepilot. | October 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

        No. You’re just as wrong as you can be.

        There is no “guilt” or “innocence” here, and this will never come before a jury.

        Contempt is very cut-and-dried, and you don’t just trip into contempt of court. Sheriff Joe has had AMPLE opportunitIES to comply with a court’s order here and all kinds of due process. He’s defied the court.

        He’s wrong to do that, unless his position is one of civil disobedience, which would require him (IMNHO) to resign his office. Outside that, he’s just being a lawless prick.

    Humphrey's Executor | October 12, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Hillary lied under oath to congress, a crime the FBI didn’t look into because congress didn’t say the magic words, “pretty please with sugar on top.” (Recall, for example, she testified that her attorneys had read every e-mail in screening them for official/classified records when in fact they did not, as the FBI concluded).

    Congress has since made the formal request and the FBI has all the info, so what’s the status of that?

    tom swift | October 12, 2016 at 10:19 am

    and clouding his political future

    NBC might think so. Anybody else, maybe not so much.

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