Busted-Arpaio Lawyers Admit Contempt of Federal Court-Noncompliance
I’ve written of simple minimum standards that we simply must have as a civil democracy. One of those is the ability toi arrest unarmed suspects without killing them. Especially large uncooperative ones. But that is way past the more fundamental issue here. One can easily presume police departments in need of reform. That reform must be implemented, if not quite embraced. Resistance to court orders apart from appeals must not be tolerated. Added thought-At what point in this can he be removed from his duties? One might have thought this was it.
Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and top aide Jerry Sheridan said in papers filed late Tuesday that their clients agree they have committed civil contempt of court.
They asked a judge to call off hearings next month to examine the violations. The judge would decide whether to cancel the hearings.
Among the violations was a court order that barred Arpaio’s deputies from detaining people based solely on the suspicion that they’re in the country illegally.
The judge has expressed concerns about whether fines from a civil contempt finding would adequately address the violations.