Joe Arpaio Officially Criminally Charged

Joe Arpaio OfficiallyCriminally ChargedMaricopa County Sheriff and immigration provocateur Joe Arpaio has been formally charged with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a federal judge’s order in a racial-profiling case. The controversial Phoenix lawman could face as much as six months in jail if convicted. The profiling case stems from his immigration patrols and Arpaio has openly defied the judge’s order. Arpaio’s officers were found to have violated the rights of Latino citizens in the area. “When they filed on Oct. 12, we knew eventually the charge will be filed, so we were fully expecting this,” his lawyer said in a statement. “We will be pleading not guilty and vigorously contesting the allegations.”