Ladies and gentlemen, we have an historic first. Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has actually admitted to doing something wrong. Well, I’m sure he doesn’t think it was wrong. But he admitted in a court filing that he has ignored previous court orders and promised to stop doing so.
Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his chief deputy Gerald Sheridan accepted civil sanctions for contempt of court on Tuesday…
Arpaio needed to comply with changes to his agency set by Judge Snow after losing a 2007 class action racial profiling lawsuit. Evidence shows that Arpaio failed to comply with the orders in recent months, leading Snow to call next month’s four-day hearing starting April 21.
Arpaio and Deputy Sheridan admitted to violating Snow’s orders three times, including ignoring a 2011 court order telling Maricopa police to stop detaining immigrants solely on racial profiling.
“There is nothing Defendants can do to change what has already been done,” a joint motion by Arpaio and Sheridan states. “But through the entry of an order finding them in civil contempt and by implementing remedies discussed herein, Defendants can express sincere remorse to the Court and to Plaintiffs, begin to make amends to those who have been injured and take affirmative steps to ensure nothing like this occurs in the future.”
I don’t suggest holding one’s breath in anticipation of him actually doing so, of course.