|RT | Jul 31, 2017|
|FILE PHOTO Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio © Laura Segall / Reuters|
Arpaio has acknowledged violating US District Judge Murray Snow's order, but maintained his disobedience was not intentional.
Snow disagreed, concluding that Arpaio knowingly continued the patrols because he believed his immigration enforcement efforts would help his 2012 campaign to get re-elected, according to AP.
JUST IN: Judge finds former Sheriff Joe Arpaio GUILTY of criminal contempt; sentencing set for October 5. https://t.co/7msVT97FYp#abc15pic.twitter.com/JICEAdMsJo— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 31, 2017
Snow found Arpaio guilty of civil contempt in May 2016. The Obama administration’s Department of Justice pressed criminal contempt charges against the sheriff in October that year. He lost the election to Democrat Paul Penzone shortly thereafter.
Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's defense argues he's being charged for crime of cooperating with US #immigration officials https://t.co/xjkcCWhHuK— RT America (@RT_America) June 26, 2017
His sentencing has been scheduled for October 5.