40,000 Petitions in Support of Sheriff Joe Delivered to DOJ

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.”

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