BP#6: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Face Criminal Contempt Charge

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces newly launched program aimed at providing security around schools in Anthem Arizona

Source: The Wall Street Journal | Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Face Criminal Contempt Charge | By Ian Lovett and Devlin Barrett| October 11, 2016 | http://www.wsj.com/articles/arizona-sheriff-joe-arpaio-to-face-criminal-contempt-charge-1476224741

Joe Arpaio is an 84-year-old sheriff in Arizona known for his aggressive pursuit of undocumented immigrants. He is facing a criminal contempt-of-court charge for defying a judge’s order to stop conducting immigration patrols in Arizona that could place him in jail for up to six months. The United States Department of Justice has been pursuing Arpaio for more than six years. Arpaio has admitted to not obeying the judge’s court order to stop carrying out immigration patrols.

The above situation involving Arpaio relates to the story by Plato called the Ring of Gyges. In the Ring of Gyges, Gyges is a shepherd who finds a ring on a dead body in a hole that was created by an earthquake. Gyges steals the ring from the man and later discovers that the ring makes him invisible so he kills the king, marries the queen, and becomes the new king. The underlining meaning of this story is that if people had the ability to get away with unjust acts, then they would. In the Ring of Gyges, Gyges got away with murder because he was invisible. In today’s society, people get away with unjust acts because of the power, political or social status, or amount of money that they have. For the situation involving Arpaio, he deliberately disobeyed court orders. Rather than stopping the immigration patrols, he continued which was unjust due to the fact that he received court orders to stop. Arpaio got away with these unjust acts for many years due to his role as sheriff and the power that came with this role. However, the time has come where he must be held accountable for his unjust actions.


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