Defense lawyers for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio say he will appeal his criminal conviction for disobeying a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton issued a 14-page order Monday that found Arpaio guilty of misdemeanor contempt of court for prolonging the patrols.
Arpaio’s attorneys say Bolton violated the U.S. Constitution by issuing her ruling without reading it to the former lawman in open court.
They also say her verdict is contrary to what witnesses testified in court and that Arpaio believes a jury would have sided with him.
The 85-year-old Arpaio lost re-election last year amid voter frustrations over his deepening legal troubles.
The conviction Monday marks a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from such crackdowns but was booted from office amid voter frustrations over his deepening legal troubles.
Prosecutors say Arpaio ignored the order so he could promote his immigration efforts to boost his 2012 campaign.
The former sheriff acknowledged prolonging the patrols but insists it wasn’t intentional.
The 85-year-old faces up to six months in jail, though attorneys who have followed the case doubt he’ll be incarcerated.
The verdict represents a victory for critics who voiced anger over Arpaio’s unusual efforts to get tough on crime, including jailing inmates in tents during triple-digit heat, forcing them to wear pink…
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