TRUMP’S PHOENIX RALLY WAS ATTENDED BY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS
The throngs of supporters began to assemble outside in the morning, despite wait 107 degree heat. During his speech before supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center tonight, President Trump said he could not do anything for him right now. But Trump did say that the former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio “will be just fine.”
TRUMP’S RECENT REMARKS ABOUT SHERIFF JOE
Last week President Trump said he may issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, and strong Trump supporter
Trump, speaking with Fox News, said that he’s “seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” because “he has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”
SHERIFF JOE WAS DENIED A TRIAL BY “A JURY OF HIS PEERS”
In late July, Arpaio, 85, was convicted of misdemeanor contempt of court for defying a FEDERAL judge’s 2011 order and prolonging his patrols for another 17 months. He is expected to be sentenced on October 5th and faces up to six months in jail.
Sheriff Joe was denied a jury trial when the activist judge, Susan Bolton, appointed by Bill Clinton, ruled that SHE would try him.
Wilenchik said Monday that Arpaio planned to appeal Bolton’s verdict and get a trial by jury. Arpaio lost his bid for a jury trial in early May after Bolton rejected it on the grounds that the law did not require juries in cases in which the potential jail term was so short.
“Bolton violated the U.S. Constitution by issuing her verdict without even reading it to the defendant in public court,” Wilenchik said in a statement. “Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will. He is in this for the long haul.”
SHERIFF JOE IS AN HONEST, LAW-ABIDING LAWMAN
Jerry Sheridan, Arpaio’s former chief deputy, said he was saddened by the verdict:
“The Sheriff Joe I know and worked with is an honest, law-abiding lawman,” he said. “I never witnessed one unethical action on his part in all of the years I worked alongside him. He did not deliberately violate any court order, and now, for a judge to find him guilty of this is a tragedy. In fact, no MCSO personnel intentionally violated the judge’s order.”
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S DOJ PERSECUTED SHERIFF JOE FOR EIGHT YEARS
In an interview with Fox News in 2012, Arpaio said he was going to continue arresting illegal aliens in the country illegally: “I’m not going to give it up. I’m going to continue to enforce state laws and federal laws.”
“If they (Obama Administration) don’t like what I’m doing,” he said, addressing his opponents, “get the (immigration) laws changed in Washington, DC.”
The Arizona lawman, who once proclaimed himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and was largely praised by conservatives for his tough policing tactics, was found guilty July 31st of criminal contempt, bringing his tenure as a relentless crusader against illegal aliens to an end.
TRIAL STARTED TWO MONTHS BEFORE ELECTION
During the trial, which took place in a federal court in Phoenix last September, prosecutors argued that Arpaio intentionally violated the court order, which demanded his officers stop detaining people simply on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally.
SHERIFF JOE REQUIRED INMATES TO WEAR PINK UNDERWEAR
Arpaio was elected sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County in 1992 and served six terms (24 years) before losing reelection in November.
He was known for crackdowns on illegal immigration and tough incarceration policies. He forced inmates to wear pink underwear and housed some of them in canvas tents to save taxpayers’ money.
Such practices made him popular with many Arizonans and turned him into a national icon for opponents of illegal immigration, and he was re-elected five times.
Arpaio served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1954 as part of the Medical Detachment Division during the Korean War. After military discharge, Arpaio began a career in law enforcement that spanned over 50 years. Prior to running for Maricopa County Sheriff, Arpaio worked for the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration for 25 years.
ARPAIO’S RELATIONSHIP WITH DONALD TRUMP
Arpaio campaigned for Trump during last year’s presidential race and was one of Trump’s earliest and most vocal supporters. Last week he said he would accept a presidential pardon for his criminal conviction, and would do “whatever the president wants me to do.” But he said he had not contacted Trump about pardoning him, and was not planning on asking him to do so.
The two seem to have a personal relationship that stems from their similar stances on illegal immigration. Arpaio spoke on behalf of candidate Trump at the Republican National Convention, stating Trump would be tough on immigration.
Arpaio said Trump called him when he found out Arpaio’s wife was diagnosed with cancer.
SHERIFF JOE WAS PUNISHED FOR GIVING 171 ILLEGALS TO ICE, SAY WHAT?
In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Arpaio’s office was considered the toughed office in enforcing the state’s tough immigration efforts. The State’s crackdowns included “pretextual” traffic stops to net those in the country illegally and patrol sweeps that zeroed in on Hispanic neighborhoods.
Many of those taken into custody were not accused of violating a state crime but only of living in the country illegally. Once they were detained, deputies would turn over the individuals to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or Border Patrol officials, who would initiate deportation proceedings.
During the trial, prosecutors from the Justice Department showed how Arpaio’s deputies detained 171 illegal aliens after Snow’s December 2011 injunction.
LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY IS DEMORALIZED BY CONVICTION
The National Center for Police Defense issued a statement calling the verdict a “travesty of justice.” The center’s president, James Fotis, told The Arizona Republic earlier this year that the organization had donated about $300,000 to Arpaio’s legal defense.
“As I sat in the courtroom and listened to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s trial, I knew any reasonable man or woman who was there to pass judgment on this honest, law abiding man who gave his life to the rule of law could never find him guilty on the evidence presented,” Fotis said in a statement.
“Judge Bolton’s ruling has caused me to lose my faith in the court system and the federal judicial system. Had Sheriff Joe been judged by a jury of his peers, no reasonable man or woman could have possibly found America’s Toughest Sheriff guilty,” Fotis said.