SHERIFF: Politics played role in drama

Practically everyone on our planet knows that America’s toughest sheriff was found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order.

He later appealed and pressed for a jury trial. A judge denied his request for a jury trial — and, of course, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was later pardoned by our president.

As I recall, the rationale used by the judge in denying Sheriff Joe his constitutional right to a trial by a jury of his peers was that the maximum sentence he could have received if found guilty was six months in jail.

I believe the judge had another reason. Sheriff Joe would never have been found guilty by a jury. Juries have to consist of residents of the great state of Arizona. Many Arizona residents know that Sheriff Joe did his best to rid our state of illegals, including drug and sex traffickers, rapists and terrorists. Residents also know that Obama’s “Justice” Department brought charges against Arpaio at a critical time in Arpaio’s campaign for re-election.

Politics, not justice, took center stage in going after a good law enforcement officer.

Rich Andrews


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