By Ian Mason, Breitbart
40,000 signed petitions calling for an end to the prosecution of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio were hand-delivered to the Department of Justice by National Center for Police Defense (NCPD) President James Fotis Wednesday.
“After devoting 56-years of his life to upholding and defending the Constitution, Sheriff Arpaio deserves our nation’s eternal gratitude — not jail time,” the petitions read. “[T]he case against him is nothing more than a political witch-hunt.”
Arpaio is facing a criminal contempt charge in relation to a decade-old “racial profiling” lawsuit initiated by the ACLU and the DOJ Civil Rights Division. Because the charge is a misdemeanor punishable by only six months in jail, Arpaio does not have a constitutional right to a trial by jury. “He’s asking for a trial by jury,” Fotis told Breitbart News of Arpaio. “The judge is refusing.”