Arpaio squirms as the April 21-24 contempt hearing draws closer in the Melendres racial profiling case. For the second time Arpaio pleads to avoid judicial scrutiny and the remote possibility of jail time. Arpaio and Deputy Sheridan are offering to donate $100,000 to a civil rights organization out of their own pockets, and a compensation fund of $350,000 from the County, a videotaped admission of guilt, and dismissing their appeal of the racial profiling decision. What are they trying to avoid that is worse than these (and the other) punitive measures they offered?
The Arizona Republic newspaper web site has the story headed by a timeline of Sheriff Joe’s immigration troubles starting in 2005 that I commend to interested readers.