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.