Seemingly vendetta-based action timed to coincide with election
Unable to contain their elation, the crew at the Arizona Republic reported on Saturday with bared teeth and an all cap, declaration of war-sized headline, “CRIMINAL CONTEMPT.” The sense is the exact model of the coverage, including the 7 x 7 inch unflattering photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio was on ice waiting for the judge’s order. They were showing irritation on May 31, when the newspaper’s testy report was titled, “No ruling yet on criminal charges for Arpaio.”
That moment came on Friday when U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow haughtily wrote:”Criminal contempt serves to vindicate the Court’s authority by punishing the intentional disregard for that authority.”
Judge Snow was appointed to the federal bench on the recommendation of Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, He was given the fast-track, green light by Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, who announced “all Senators should be aware that this vote will occur very quickly…” Snow was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona by President George W. Bush, but without a recorded confirmation vote. This unanimous consent agreement sufficed. Federal judges do not stand for either election or retention. They hold their positions until they decide to retire or are unable to fulfill the duties.
The 32-page Criminal Contempt Order signed Aug. 18, 2016 by Judge G. Murray Snow can be read here. Being forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for possible criminal contempt charges are Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, the MCSO’s former Professional Standards Bureau Captain Steve Bailey, and Arpaio’s former attorney Michele Iafrate.
In May 2015, Breitbart reported on incendiary comments alleged to have been made by Judge Snow’s wife to a friend and overheard in a Valley restaurant. The allegations which were never denied by either the judge or his wife, should have caused Judge Snow to recuse himself from this case. He did not. A motion for recusal was filed, Snow remained on the case.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been the focus of professional agitators and race-baiters who have spent years filing claims against him and loudly protesting outside his office, beating drums, screaming and holding derogatory signs — as they accuse him of racial profiling, a charge he has steadfastly denied. He has complied with previous judicial orders intended to rein in control of the office he has repeatedly been elected to lead. This contempt charge appears suspiciously timed to coincide with the upcoming election.
Vote for Sheriff Arpaio, a dedicated, career lawman who has always done the job Maricopa County citizens have elected him to do.