Arpaio's Words Can Be Used Against Him In Trial

Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 4:56pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 5:05pm

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s campaign statements can be used against him in his upcoming trial. His defense team had argued that statements Arpaio made during his campaigns should not be allowed as evidence.

Attorney Mark Goldman said Arpaio’s campaign speeches were simply posturing to bolster his “tough on immigration” image. In a filing, Goldman called the statements prejudicial and said “It would be naive for anyone to truly believe that any politician will actually do what he says he will.”

The government argued the statements are of value and on Wednesday, federal Judge Susan Bolton agreed. In an order denying the defense motion, Judge Bolton wrote that such statements are commonly admitted in criminal trials. Bolton also cited that Arpaio willingly made the statements to "garner votes."

Arpaio is facing a criminal contempt charge for knowingly violating a judge’s order to halt his immigration patrols. If convicted, he could face six months in jail. The trial is scheduled to begin June 26.

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