Fed. Judge Hammers Arpaio Over Contempt of Court

Fed. Judge Hammers Arpaio Over Contempt of Court March 24, 2015

So I reported last week on Sheriff Joe Arpaio admitting that he was in contempt of court in a federal case that found him guilty of rampant civil rights violations and how he filed a motion asking that an evidentiary hearing be canceled and he be allowed to get off with a slap on the wrist. Let’s just say the judge was not amused.

A judge has declined an Arizona sheriff’s proposal to cancel hearings next month to determine whether the lawman should be held in civil contempt of court for violating orders in a racial-profiling case.

But U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said Friday that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s proposal to make a $100,000 donation to a civil rights group to atone for the violations was an adequate personal financial punishment.

Even so, Snow said he wants the money to come from Arpaio’s own pocket – not from a legal defense fund or contributions from supporters – to send a message to Arpaio and his aides that they have a personal stake in ensuring the court’s orders are followed. “I don’t know that they have had skin in the game,” Snow said…

Earlier this week, Arpaio acknowledged the violations and proposed making a public apology and pressing county officials to create a $350,000 fund to compensate people harmed by the violation of the 2011 order.

Basically, Arpaio wants the county to pony up some cash to buy his way out of his admitted civil rights violations and it doesn’t sound like the judge is buying it one bit.

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