Judge Orders Civil Contempt Hearing for Arpaio

A federal judge has ordered that fascist Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio face a contempt hearing in April over his repeated failure to comply with previous court orders in the ongoing court case involving his blatant violation of the civil rights of suspects and prisoners.

Controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and his top lieutenants will face a civil contempt-of-court hearing in April for repeatedly ignoring judicial orders arising from a 2007 racial-profiling case, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ordered the evidentiary hearing to be conducted after determining there was sufficient evidence to move ahead with the proceeding that could result in penalties against Arpaio, four other individuals, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

“After an appropriate hearing, the Court will determine whether these individuals have committed contempt of court and the sanctions for any such violations,” Snow’s order read.

Arpaio, 82, who bills himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” could face fines or jail time along with other current and former officials cited in the ruling.

Snow, who had become increasingly frustrated with the sheriff and his office, set the hearing to take place April 21-24 in a federal courtroom in Phoenix.

I think it’s time for serious action. Arpaio clearly does not respect the authority of the court and he should be given jail time — in his own county jails, with their pink underwear and terrible conditions.

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  • John Pieret

    he should be given jail time — in his own county jails, with their pink underwear and terrible conditions.

    While I appreciate poetic justice as much as the next man, if he is in his own jail, the chances are he’d get very preferential treatment. I’m sure there are other jails in Arizona that are bad enough to make the point.

  • grumpyoldfart

    My prediction: Arpaio will never ever go to jail – not even for a minute. He’s got shit files on so many people, he can get out of nearly any legal situation. No wonder he’s been able to ignore the courts for the last seven years.

  • Artor

    “…If he is in his own jail, the chances are he’d get very preferential treatment.”

    Sure, especially if he’s in with the general population. I’m sure the other inmates would have some very preferential treatment for him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Grumpyoldfart may be right. Arpaio has been acting above the law for so long, it’s hard to imagine how anyone in Arizona could have the juice to bring him down. Even if he’s ever forced to resign, he’ll have a very bright future on the “I’m a victim of the liberal conspiracy” speaking tour.

  • dan4

    @3: “Making light of someone being raped is so da bomb, huh, huh, huh.”

  • dan4

    @2 “He’s got shit files on so many people…” How do you know this?

  • mithrandir

    The bit about having “shit files” on people is probably a reference to his predilection to harass his political opponents by way of the legal system. The Wikipedia article reference documents the cases where he hasn’t entirely got away with it, but you can be pretty sure anyone in Maricopa County with the slightest scrap of dirty laundry – or indeed laundry that might even look dirty in a dim light – would be leery of doing anything to touch him.

    That said, I expect he’s a tad short of blackmail material against the federal system which is where he’s in trouble right now. I wouldn’t worry too much about him sliming his way out of the federal charges that way. At worst, he might run out the clock until he retires.

  • colnago80

    Re grumpyoldfart @ #2

    Well, J. Edgar Hoover got away with it until he left the directorship of the FBI feet first.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    dan4 – I didn’t see anything about rape implied there. It’s clearly a reference to the immediate physical danger Arpaio would be in if rubbing shoulders (also not a rape implication) with the general population. Most former cops are in trouble when identified as such in medium or high security prisons.

  • Al Dente

    dan4 @6

    I don’t think Arpaio would be raped. Probably the correct term would be “beaten to death.”

  • weatherwax

    #1 John Pieret: “While I appreciate poetic justice as much as the next man, if he is in his own jail, the chances are he’d get very preferential treatment. I’m sure there are other jails in Arizona that are bad enough to make the point.”

    Damn straight. Send him to the federal penitentiary in Yuma.