Arpaio is in Serious Trouble Now

Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio had that contempt of court hearing on Wednesday, the one he tried to get the court to cancel by saying he’s really, really sorry. To say it didn’t go well for him is an understatement. First, one of his lawyers quit:

Tom Liddy, one of Arpaio’s attorneys, abruptly quit, citing a conflict of interest and saying he was “filing an application to withdraw from the case.”

And then two of his deputies turned on him:

Sgt. Brett Palmer testified Arpaio’s immigration tactics were driven by public relations and media attention, and never complied with court orders to stop Arpaio’s highly publicized immigration roundups.

“He advised the sheriff that continuing to detain these people who were only suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, and not charged with any crime, would violate the court’s order,” ACLU attorney Cecilia Wang said.

“He got a call from Sheriff Arpaio insisting that he continue to detain those people at an MCSO building so that the sheriff could come and do a press conference,” Wang said.

Another of the sheriff’s top brass, retired Executive Chief Brian Sands, testified he made several suggestions as to how the sheriff’s office should comply with the court orders, all of which he said the sheriff ignored.

He’s screwed. Given the judge’s very public irritation at Arpaio already for his refusal to follow previous court orders, I full expect him to be found guilty of contempt of court and to face a big fine and perhaps even a jail sentence.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Arpaio in jail. If at any point I start feeling sad, I think I’ll just repeat those words to myself… “Arpaio in jail.”

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    If Arpaio goes to jail, will Steven Seagal be allowed to visit him for,…. you know,.. a “visit” ?

  • kosk11348

    Under questioning, Arpaio also admitted that his lawyer hired a private investigator to follow the judge’s wife, but supposedly for reasons unrelated to his case.

    Arpaio said he believed his former lawyer, Tim Casey, had hired a private investigator to investigate Snow’s wife after she purportedly made a comment that about the judge not wanting the sheriff to get re-elected in 2012.

    “We weren’t investigating you,” Arpaio told the judge. “We were investigating some comments that came to our attention.”

  • Big Boppa

    @3

    I came in specifically to include this bit of additional information.

    It will be very interesting to see how this pans out.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Does the judge’s sentencing authority extend to specifying the color of the sentencee’s jail uniform?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Dear Shurf Piehole:

    Get ready for your close-up.

    Tom Liddy? Any kin to Nixon’s G. Hardon Liddy?

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    If there isn’t a picture of him in a pink uni, there is no justice.

  • colnago80

    Re democommie @ #6

    Ole Tom is the son of G. Gordon Libby. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    @ 3 and 4

    From the link:

    “I have a deep respect for the courts,” Arpaio said. “It really hurts me after 55 years to be in this position. I want to apologize to the judge. I should have known more about these court orders that slipped through the cracks.”

    Passive-aggressive lies from a very nasty bully.

    Good play, Joe, putting a tail on the judge’s wife. That’ll show him.

  • John Pieret

    Arpaio also admitted that his lawyer hired a private investigator to follow the judge’s wife

    Strangely, this may work in Arpaio’s favor. If the judge were to really slam him, it could look like retaliation for his attempts to dig up dirt on the judge’s wife. Oh, well … I’ve got the beer … anyone want to bring the popcorn?

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    @ JP

    The Feds will be looking into this “investigation” thing, no? So the judge has little reason to retaliate. But I get your point.

  • busterggi

    “I full expect him to be found guilty of contempt of court and to face a big fine and perhaps even a jail sentence.”

    And then he’ll annouce he’s running for POTUS because Jesus told him to and the Rethugs will lap it up.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    It will be hilarious when Arpaio whines about having to wear pink underwear and eat rotten bologna.

  • jameshanley

    Ah, you don’t get it, Ed. The county sheriff is the highest legitimate political authority so no judge can tell him what to do.

  • moarscienceplz

    Lock that shitstain into an outdoor cage with no shade and no water. No need to bother checking on him, either.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    First, one of his lawyers quit:

    Was he arrested by Arpaio’s thugs later that day?

    I full expect him to be found guilty of contempt of court and to face a big fine and perhaps even a jail sentence.

    I would be more impressed by financial auditors poring over every transaction he engaged in. Arpaio was one of the first prison profiteers, so the levels of corruption and kickbacks he engaged in would make those in “The Shawshank Redemption” look like an offer of a free lunch.

  • weatherwax

    #10 John Pieret: “Arpaio also admitted that his lawyer hired a private investigator to follow the judge’s wife

    Strangely, this may work in Arpaio’s favor. If the judge were to really slam him, it could look like retaliation for his attempts to dig up dirt on the judge’s wife.”

    Actually, I think the judge would be more than justified for slamming Arpaio on those grounds. If nothing else it could be argued that he was looking to threaten or blackmail the judge (or the judges wife) to influence the decision.

    Worst case, the judge might have to recuse himself for conflict of interest, and a different judge can slam Arpaio even harder.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    At best (or worst), the stunt with the PI will turn any imprisonment from “Club Fed” to something a bit harder.

  • NitricAcid

    So if people can be thrown in jail for unpaid parking tickets (let alone being shot for running from cops), why is this guy not in jail yet?