Tuesday, August 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

Arpaio attorneys motion court for acquittal, charge judge with political bias

Jerome Corsi
AUGUST 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Even as President Trump is considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio, lawyers for Arpaio have filed on Monday, Aug. 14, with the U.S. District Court two motions: one asking for acquittal, the other asking for a new trial.

Privately, those close to Sheriff Arpaio have confided to that only President Trump can intervene to stop a “revenge prosecution” being pursued by Obama-holdover attorneys in the Department of Justice and from a politically motivated judge determined not to give Arpaio a fair trial.

On July 31, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton found Arpaio guilty of misdemeanor criminal contempt in an opinion she could have written her opinion before the trial even started – an opinion that made clear her prejudice from the start that Arpaio was guilty of misdemeanor civil contempt guilty conviction.

“A politically biased judge”

As has previously reported, Judge Susan R. Bolton in Phoenix, Arizona, tried Sheriff Arpaio under the wrong statute, largely because the statute of limitations had run out on the correct statute, and the incorrect statute allowed her to deny Sheriff Arpaio his right to a jury trial.

In the motions filed Monday, Mark Goldman, Goldman & Zwillinger, PLLC, Scottsdale, Arizona, the attorney representing Arpaio, argued that not only did Bolton demand Arpaio undergo a bench trial, she published her verdict by email, such that Arpaio first learned he had been found guilty by reading a newspaper – an abuse Goldman argued denied Arpaio his right to be present in court when the verdict was read.

Reading the motions filed by Goldman leaves no doubt the defense’s next step will be to file a formal federal ethics charge against Judge Bolton, should she deny the defense motions, as expected.

Despite uncontroverted testimony at the bench trial that the initial court order Arpaio was charged with violating was unclear and that Arpaio followed advice of counsel in attempting to comply with the court order, Bolton ruled on her own authority that the order was clear and that Arpaio willfully disregarded the court order given her judgment that Arpaio was biased against Hispanics.

The motions filed by Arpaio’s attorneys made clear their conclusion Bolton’s bias extended to viewing as incriminating Arpaio’s pleas that as sheriff of Maricopa County he had taken an oath to uphold all laws, including federal and state immigration laws, and that he had carried out his duties as sheriff attempting to honor that oath.

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