Mr. Arpaio served for 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., which includes Phoenix, building a national reputation for harsh conditions in his county jail, and for his campaign against undocumented immigrants. His sentencing is scheduled for October 5 and he could face up to six months in prison, according to the BBC. He faces jail time, but will nearly certainly not get any.
Bolton delivered her verdict more than four weeks after the conclusion of a five-day non-jury trial in which Arpaio stood accused of deliberately violating the injunction, issued by another federal judge.
"Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case", Arpaio's lawyers said in a statement.
Bolton wrote that another judge's order to Arpaio was clear and that there was evidence he violated it willfully, citing some of Arpaio's own public comments as evidence. "Because they don't like me enforcing illegal immigration law", Arpaio was quoted as saying in an April 2012 interview with CBS. Unlike other local police leaders who left it to USA authorities, Arpaio made hundreds of arrests in traffic patrols that sought out immigrants and business raids in which his officers targeted immigrants who used fraudulent IDs to get jobs. Arpaio's attorney said he would appeal to get a trial by jury. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who dropped Trump-like threats to withhold funding on any sanctuary city or county, signed a bill in May that will penalize local law enforcement officers for enforcing sanctuary city rules.
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It probably didn't help Arpaio that he had recently been indicted on contempt-of-court charges for defying a 2011 federal judge's order against his department's racial-profiling practices. Arpaio also became a favorite of conservative cable television commentators, while immigrant rights activists viewed him as a villain. I say predictably, because the federal judge who gleefully made the ruling holding "America's Sheriff" in criminal contempt, a buddy of Judge Snow, Susan Bolton, is - you guessed it - an appointee of former President Bill Clinton.
"Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor and that it will", the statement read.
However, Arpaio was defeated for reelection in 2016, and his successor Paul Penzone announced that he would be disbanding the posse within his first 100 days. To a large extent, this was due to the extent to which Arpaio and his department, and eventually the entire state of Arizona, found itself at the center of the debate about illegal immigration.