Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, front right, leaves U.S. District Court on the first day of his contempt-of-court trial Monday, June 26, 2017, in Phoenix.
(Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Monday found former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court, the culmination of a federal trial that was years in the making.
“Joe Arpaio is in this for the long haul, and he will continue his fight to vindicate himself, to prove his innocence, and to protect the public,” Wilenchik said.
[SPECIAL SECTION: Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio]Although a judge ordered Arpaio to stop the traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, the self-styled “America’s toughest sheriff” did not.
[READ MORE: Defense: Joe Arpaio didn’t intend to ignore court order]The roots of the case stretch back a decade.