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Title: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 07, 2012, 10:08:50 am


PHOENIX (Reuters) - Controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for targeting illegal immigrants, fended off a strong challenge from a Phoenix police veteran on Tuesday to win a sixth four-year term.

Republican Arpaio, the 80-year-old lawman who styles himself "America's Toughest Sheriff," claimed victory over Democratic challenger Paul Penzone to hold on to office as sheriff of Maricopa County. An unofficial county tally showed Arpaio nearly 11 points ahead with 596 of 724 precincts reporting.

The battle for the sheriff's badge in Arizona's most populous county highlighted bitter national divisions over illegal immigration.

"The president ... is going after me, but I will continue to enforce the laws, including illegal immigration. Nothing changes," Arpaio told cheering supporters late on Tuesday, vowing to continue his drive to lock up illegals.

The sheriff is the target of an ongoing Justice Department lawsuit alleging civil rights abuses by his office, including accusations of widespread racial profiling of Latinos in dozens of immigration "sweeps."

The sheriff won support from Phoenix area conservatives for tough measures, including locking up county inmates in a Spartan "Tent City" jail and mounting a probe of Democratic President Barack Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate.

Earlier this year, Arpaio dispatched a volunteer posse to Hawaii to investigate the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate at the request of local Tea Party activists - a key Arpaio constituency.

He ultimately declared the document a forgery even after most Republican critics of Obama had given up pursuing discredited claims that the president was born abroad.

Rival Penzone, who had a 21-year-career with the Phoenix police department, gave Arpaio his toughest race yet, drawing on support from Latinos in the Phoenix area angered by what they saw as the sheriff's relentless profiling of brown-skinned Hispanics in this sprawling metropolis. Arpaio has denied racial profiling.

There are also questions over what critics describe as the neglect of more than 400 sex-crime cases in a Phoenix suburb, some involving children.

Penzone told supporters that the scrutiny of Arpaio's actions will not stop with the sheriff's victory.

"He needs to know most importantly that the people of this community are going to be watching," Penzone said. "They're going to be holding him accountable."

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Ciro Scotti)

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Kilika on November 07, 2012, 04:16:18 pm
They been watching Arpio with a microscope for years. Arpio isn't moved by their threats. He knows what the deal is and could care less what they say about illegals. To him, and the law, they are illegal, and he has a responsibility to the citizens of his county to uphold the law, which includes dealing with trespassers in his county.

The ONLY angle the Latino lobby has is some kind of allegations of people's rights being violated. Otherwise, they cannot justify a person knowingly breaking the law on immigration.

We know why the feds are after Arpio, though they claim it's over immigration, but the truth is, it's about that border down south the US is using as a drug conduit to the US. It's about drug running with US support, and it's about running guns, also with US support.

Arpio has been getting in the way, and some people don't like it. Deal with it for another 4 years!

Title: Arizona's Sheriff Joe threatened with bomb package
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 12, 2013, 10:03:21 am
Explosive addressed to Sheriff Joe Arpaio defused

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are investigating an explosive device addressed to Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" known for his strict treatment of jail inmates and cracking down on illegal immigrants.

The device intercepted in Flagstaff late Thursday was in a package addressed to Arpaio at his downtown Phoenix office, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

It appeared suspicious, so it was X-rayed and the device was detected. A bomb squad team neutralized the explosive, the statement said.

Arpaio's chief deputy, Jerry Sheridan, told The Arizona Republic that investigators believe the package was picked up on Thursday at a rural Post Office box. Flagstaff is about 140 miles north of Phoenix.

Tom Mangan, a spokesman in Phoenix for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said initial reports indicated that the package was a box that may have been damaged in transit and leaked gunpowder.

Following the killing of a West Virginia sheriff last week, Arpaio said elected law enforcement officials across the nation seem to be targeted.

A national hero to conservatives on immigration issues, Arpaio himself has been the target of numerous threats. That prompted the need for a security detail for the lawman also known for dressing jail inmates in pink underwear and making them sleep in tents in the heat of the Arizona desert.

A campaign to recall Arpaio began just weeks after he started his sixth term in January.

Critics contend Arpaio should be ousted because his office failed to adequately investigate more than 400 sex-crimes cases, allegedly racially profiled Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols and has cost the county $25 million in legal settlements over treatment in county jails.

Arpaio has denied that his deputies racially profiled Latinos in traffic patrols targeting illegal immigration. His office has moved to clear up the sex-crime cases and moved to prevent the problem from happening again, he said.

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 22, 2013, 11:58:12 am
Recall bid against Ariz. sheriff faces tough odds

PHOENIX (AP) — Volunteers set up a table outside a music festival one day last month to gather signatures for a drive to oust the notoriously polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix. The venue, with its largely liberal crowd, seemed the perfect place to drum up support.

But it didn't take long for fans of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to show up and deliver a heckling. "Free handouts for illegal immigrants," one of the sheriff's backers intoned as other sign-carrying supporters raised their voices to try and drown out those of Arpaio's opponents.

The recall group walked away with only 100 signatures, compared with the 500 gathered in the same spot a day earlier when the sheriff's supporters weren't there.

The confrontation underscores the feisty ground campaign being mounted on both sides — but also the increasing difficulty that Arpaio critics face in getting enough signatures to put a recall before voters.

The recall effort began just weeks after the 80-year-old Republican sheriff started his sixth term in January.

Organizers argue Arpaio should be booted because his office has failed to adequately investigate more than 400 sex-crimes cases and has cost the county $25 million in legal settlements over treatment in county jails. Two pending lawsuits also accuse the agency of racial profiling while conducting immigration patrols.

The sheriff, his critics insist, is more focused on getting publicity for himself than protecting the people.

But recall organizers face long odds. They must gather more than 335,000 signatures by May 30, at a time when they're running short on money, aren't attracting deep-pocketed donors and are relying on volunteers rather than paid professionals to sign up supporters.

They also are mounting a campaign against a politician who has a base of devoted supporters and emptied $8 million during the last election cycle, nearly 14 times as much as his closest challenger spent. Arpaio warned in one recent fundraising email that he could lose his post if he's forced into a recall election.

"We will not be intimidated," said recall campaign manager Lilia Alvarez. "We are doing work that's legal and constitutional."

Nevertheless, big-money donors seem disinclined to support the recall effort. David Berman, a senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said some will likely disapprove of a recall so soon after the November general election, making the prospect of ousting Arpaio a long shot.

"I don't see this attracting a lot of money for the recall people," Berman said.

The recall group acknowledged a month ago that it was having difficulties raising money and had to rely on a mostly volunteer work force. Organizers also said they haven't found big donors to help ease their money problems but believe they can reach their goal through smaller contributions. Others noted that big-money donors aren't likely to contribute to a cause that may never reach the ballot.

"This would be throwing money to get a theoretical race," said Joshua Spivak, a recall expert and senior fellow at Wagner College in New York. "The key is money. People don't get on the ballot without money."

Recall organizers are trying to build on the success of a 2011 recall effort that ousted then-Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, an Arpaio ally who was the driving force behind the state's controversial 2010 immigration law. But the scale of the Arpaio recall is more daunting.

Organizers must turn in more than 335,000 valid voter signatures to force an election. That's more than the 7,700 needed to force the Pearce recall election and the 216,000 required against former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, whose 1998 recall election was scheduled but then cancelled after he was convicted on impeachment charges by the state Senate.

Alvarez said her group has collected 170,000 valid signatures and is aiming for a total of 435,000 signatures by the May deadline — 100,000 more than what is required to offset any names that might be deemed invalid.

Arpaio backers, meantime, aren't taking the effort lightly.

"We are preparing for the worst. And who knows if they have some buddies out there with deep pockets," said Arpaio campaign manager Chad Willems, pointing out that labor groups contributed $600,000 to an anti-Arpaio group in last year's election.

Recall organizers said those groups are using their money this year to push for an overhaul of the nation's immigration policies.

Arpaio declined an interview request about the recall effort. In the past, the sheriff has apologized for the bungled sex-crimes investigations and said his office has moved to clear up the cases and taken steps to prevent a repeat of the problem. He also has vigorously denied allegations in lawsuits by the U.S. Justice Department and a group of Latinos that his deputies racially profiled people in traffic patrols targeting illegal immigrants.

Arpaio allies have mobilized to try to protect the sheriff.

One group filed a still-pending lawsuit that asks a judge to order an end to the recall effort. And Arpaio allies at the Legislature proposed retroactively adding a primary to recall races — a move that would likely have benefited the sheriff — but the measure was defeated last week in the state Senate.

Arpaio's campaign committee has paid for its own signature-gatherers to circulate a non-binding petition that opposes the recall effort. Willems said the idea was to have the sheriff's supporters in the same public space as recall organizers to offer an alternative.

That's exactly what happened outside the music festival in downtown Phoenix on March 23. Frustrated by their lack of success, recall organizers chose a different spot to try and collect signatures the following day: an anti-bullying event.

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Kilika on April 22, 2013, 01:41:47 pm
When Arpio leaves, for whatever reason, Phoenix is in serious trouble.

Title: Arpaio's office guilty of profiling, judge rules
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 25, 2013, 11:20:38 am
Arpaio's office guilty of profiling, judge rules

PHOENIX - Self-professed "toughest sheriff in America" Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office were guilty of racial profiling, a federal judge found Friday, before ordering a permanent halt to the practice.

In a 140-page ruling, Judge Murray Snow said Arpaio's department, under his direction, was detaining individuals believed to be in this country illegally without some other reason to arrest them for violating any state laws.

Snow said that continued to occur even after the Department of Homeland Security revoked the department's authority to identify and detain those not in the country legally.

The judge also said department policy and practice allow officers to consider the ethnicity of a vehicle's occupants in determining whether they have reasonable suspicion to investigate them for violation of state immigration laws.

"In some instances these policies result in prolonging the traffic stop beyond the time necessary to resolve the issue that initially justified the stop," Snow wrote. Absent some reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, holding people longer than necessary violates their constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure, he said.

Snow said that entitled Hispanic individuals who sued to an injunction permanently barring the Arpaio's department from using Hispanic ancestry or race to determine whether to stop a vehicle. It also prohibits deputies from detaining or arresting Latino occupants of a vehicle on a belief that they are in this country illegally if race is the only factor they have.

The order also bars the agency from detaining Latino occupants of vehicles stopped for traffic violations any longer than necessary to process the citation unless officers have "reasonable suspicion" that any are committing a federal or state crime.

Arpaio said he does not believe his agency engages in racial profiling. "That's why we're going to appeal it," he said.

But Dan Pochoda, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said the ruling confirms allegations Latinos have been "terrorized" by Arpaio's deputies and "forced to endure years of racial harassment and abuse." In a prepared statement, Pochoda said all that can be laid at the feet of "Arpaio's proven willingness to seek political gain at the expense of public safety and constitutional guarantees."

Friday's ruling has no financial implications, as the plaintiffs in the civil case did not seek damages, but only an injunction to require the agency to changes its practices.

At least on paper, the instructions to deputies were that vehicles were not to be stopped based on the race of those in a vehicle, Snow said. But he said evidence painted a different picture.

"While officers were prohibited from using race as the only basis to undertake a law enforcement investigation, they were allowed as a matter of policy and instruction to consider race as one factor among others in making law enforcement decisions in the context of immigration enforcement," the judge wrote.

Snow reached his ruling after reviewing years of crime prevention "saturation patrols" by the department. He said these were far from neutral.

The department "almost always scheduled its day-labor and small-scale saturation patrols where Latino day laborers congregated," he said. "The same is true for a considerable number of its large-scale saturation patrols."

And Snow said it is clear the purpose of these patrols was to enforce immigration laws, citing the news releases issued by the agency's public relations officers.

"These news releases either emphasized that the patrols' purpose was immigration enforcement, or prominently featured the number of unauthorized aliens arrested during such operations," Snow said. "Most of the time, the reports ignored any other arrests that took place."

Snow also said the saturation operations were just a pretext to stop vehicles with people who may be in this country illegally.

"During saturation patrols, participating deputies conducted many stops for minor violations of the traffic code, including minor equipment violations," the judge said.

And Snow said that, generally speaking, deputies "had no difficulty in finding a basis to stop any vehicle they wished for a traffic infraction."

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Kilika on May 26, 2013, 03:52:55 am
This stuff makes me sick. The attacks on Arizona and Arpio is getting WAY out of control. These idiots have been foaming at the mouth to get at Arpio for anything they can think of. The thing is, he's not profiling at all. He's been doing what the US government is suppose to be doing, which is enforcing the law.

Snow also said the saturation operations were just a pretext to stop vehicles with people who may be in this country illegally.

"During saturation patrols, participating deputies conducted many stops for minor violations of the traffic code, including minor equipment violations," the judge said.

And Snow said that, generally speaking, deputies "had no difficulty in finding a basis to stop any vehicle they wished for a traffic infraction."

Cops do it to citizens all the time!

This makes me mad, no, outright angry!  >:(

Consider this; is it profiling when a cop rolls up on some guy standing on the street corner at night in Chicago or New York with his "homies" and confronts him? He's just standing around, right? So why even approach them? Profiling of street drug dealers is what it is.

You see a woman walking down the street dressed all skimpy, so is she a prostitute? Why confront her at all if she's just standing around? Oh, that's right, it's illegal to loiter!  THAT is the cops "probable cause", just like a traffic stop is cause.

If I had hair, I'd be pulling it out right now! The insane bias of the federal government is just...insane.

I'd like that judge to live in Mesa or Chandler, or south Phoenix for a year and see what he thinks afterwards. Drive through Mesa in the mornings and see what you see. Those "workers" are everywhere! At every convenience store, standing on the corners, sometimes a couple dozen at a time. And the feds are telling me those people are citizens? Are they not loitering like a drug dealer or "street walker"? Of course they are.

But you cannot implement an invasion if your local police are pulling over people and checking immigration status!

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 07, 2013, 11:18:18 am
Well, he's done a good job, no one can deny this. But nonetheless he needs to stand his ground...

Ariz. sheriff suspends immigration efforts

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff who led the way for local police across the country to take up immigration enforcement is reconsidering his crackdowns — and other law enforcement officials who followed his lead are expected to eventually back away, too.

Joe Arpaio, the sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix, has temporarily suspended all his immigration efforts after a federal judge concluded two weeks ago that the sheriff's office had racially profiled Latinos in its patrols, Arpaio spokesman Brandon Jones told The Associated Press.

Arpaio critics, including the federal government, are gaining ground in their fight to get the sheriff out of immigration enforcement. Even before the ruling, Washington had stripped Arpaio's office of its special federal immigration arrest powers and started to phase out the program across the country amid complaints that it led to abuses by local officers. The Arpaio ruling is expected to impact state immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, where local officers question people's immigration status in certain instances.

The national mood on immigration also has changed dramatically. Fewer states are seeking their own immigration laws, and proponents for Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration system have public opinion on their side.

Peter Spiro, a Temple University law professor who specializes in immigration law, said the May 24 ruling marks a big blow for Arpaio and the movement for more local immigration enforcement. "It's a cautionary tale for any other would-be Joe Arpaios out there," Spiro said. "This is an example that others can hardly afford to ignore."

The temporary suspension of Arpaio's immigration enforcement efforts marked the first pause since the lawman launched his crackdowns more than seven years ago and made combatting the nation's border woes a central part of his political identity.

His immigration work will remain on hold until at least June 14, when lawyers will attend a hearing and discuss possible remedies to the constitutional violations found by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow. It's not known whether Arpaio will resume immigration enforcement after the hearing. The ruling doesn't altogether bar Arpaio from enforcing the state's immigration laws, but imposes a long list of restrictions on his immigration patrols, such as a prohibition on using race as a factor in deciding whether to stop a vehicle with a Latino occupant.

The sheriff won't face jail time or fines as a result of the ruling. But lawyers opposing the sheriff are expected to seek more training for officers, better record-keeping of arrests and a court-appointed official to monitor the agency's operations to make sure the sheriff's office isn't making unconstitutional arrests.

"We are out of the immigration business until that hearing," Jones said. "Until that hearing, better safe than sorry."

After Arpaio lost his federal immigration arrest powers in October 2009, he cited state immigration laws as he continued to carry out enforcement efforts.

It has been almost two years since Arpaio conducted his last signature sweep, in which deputies flood an area of a city — in some cases, heavily Latino areas — over several days to seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders. Even so, he continued enforcing Arizona's immigrant smuggling law and another state law that bans employers from hiring immigrants living in the country without permission. The sheriff's office put both enforcement approaches on hold after Snow's ruling.

Cecillia Wang, a lawyer who pressed the profiling case on behalf of a group of Latinos and the leader of the American Civil Liberties Union's immigrant rights project, said the Arizona sheriff isn't the only local official that has violated the rights of Latinos in immigration enforcement, but he's the most vocal about it. "There are other agencies out there that have been doing similar things more quietly," Wang said.

The ACLU pointed to several counties in North Carolina, for instance. The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit in December alleging that Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies made unwarranted arrests with the goal of maximizing deportations. Federal authorities accuse Johnson of ordering his deputies to arrest motorists who appeared Latino — even for minor traffic infractions — while letting white drivers off with warnings. They also allege Johnson ordered special roadblocks in neighborhoods where Latinos live.

Chuck Kitchen, an attorney representing Johnson's office, vigorously denied the allegations and said he didn't see any similarities between the cases. "I don't think the ruling has any effect on Alamance," Kitchen said.

Jessica M. Vaughan, a local immigration enforcement expert for the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter immigration laws, disputed the notion that Arpaio's racial profiling ruling will have a chilling effect on local immigration efforts. Vaughan said the prevailing view within local agencies is that it's their responsibility to work with the federal government on immigration. "They would be derelict in their duty if they did not," Vaughan said.

In an interview earlier this week, Arpaio said he was surprised by Snow's ruling, but declined to talk about the decision's effects on his immigration enforcement. "I respect the courts, but they have a job to do. We have a job to do," Arpaio said. "The federal justice system also gives you the opportunity to appeal."

Tim Casey, Arpaio's lead attorney, said the decision against Arpaio's office is historic in the world of immigration law. "It will invariably impact individual rights and law enforcement operations throughout the United States," Casey said. "It's going to be cited and relied upon for many others for a long time."

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Kilika on June 07, 2013, 01:37:35 pm
Cecillia Wang, a lawyer who pressed the profiling case on behalf of a group of Latinos and the leader of the American Civil Liberties Union's immigrant rights project

Her ACLU bio reads like a dime store novel! Really, how much more stereotypical can she be?

-Chinese heritage
-works in immigration issues for Asians and Hispanics
-has more than one stint working for the feds as a public defender for indigent immigrants.
-She's from San Francisco
-She went to Berkley
-she clerked for Harry Blackman
-She graduated Yale law, where like Obama at Harvard, she was editor of the Yale law magazine

I mean really? It's like this lady was created from a federal government checklist.

http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/biography-cecillia-wang (http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/biography-cecillia-wang)

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 07, 2013, 04:53:54 pm
Her ACLU bio reads like a dime store novel! Really, how much more stereotypical can she be?

-Chinese heritage
-works in immigration issues for Asians and Hispanics
-has more than one stint working for the feds as a public defender for indigent immigrants.
-She's from San Francisco
-She went to Berkley
-she clerked for Harry Blackman
-She graduated Yale law, where like Obama at Harvard, she was editor of the Yale law magazine

I mean really? It's like this lady was created from a federal government checklist.

http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/biography-cecillia-wang (http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/biography-cecillia-wang)

Yeah, was about to say the same thing - Isn't Harry Blackman from somewhat yesteryear?(ie-was nominted by Richard Nixon to the USSC over 40 years ago)

Title: Judge sets deadline in 'America's toughest sheriff' Arizona profiling case
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 16, 2013, 01:07:24 pm
Judge sets deadline in 'America's toughest sheriff' Arizona profiling case

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A judge who found Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio racially profiled Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration gave attorneys on Friday an August deadline to agree to steps to correct the abuse and indicated he is likely to appoint a monitor to ensure their implementation.

The decision handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow late last month ordered Arpaio, who styles himself "America's toughest sheriff," to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.

It came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers in the Phoenix valley that tested, during a three-week trial in July and August, whether police could target illegal immigrants without racially profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.

At a hearing on Friday, Snow set an August 30 date for attorneys representing the American Civil Liberties Union and Arpaio to return to federal court with a consent decree that satisfies the ruling ordering the sheriff's office to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement actions.

Snow on Friday told a packed courtroom he is inclined to appoint a federal monitor to ensure racial profiling has stopped and training has been put into effect to prevent any incidents in the future. But he stopped short of ruling from the bench.

Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County which includes Phoenix, has bristled at the idea of putting in a court-appointed outsider to monitor the job he says he was elected to fulfill.

His attorney Tim Casey said Arpaio already has taken strong steps to correct past problems, including stopping controversial saturation sweeps that targeted and detained immigrants. These operations ceased in October 2011.

"The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is out of the federal immigration control business," Casey said during a nearly hour-long hearing.

Arpaio, who was elected to a sixth term last year, denies that he profiles Latinos and said last month he would appeal the judge's decision.

The federal case is a setback for the 81-year-old sheriff who has been a lightning rod for controversy over his aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, and has been the subject of other probes and lawsuits.

In August, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona said it had closed a criminal investigation into accusations of financial misconduct by Arpaio, and declined to bring charges.

A separate U.S. Justice Department investigation and lawsuit related to accusations of civil rights abuses by Arpaio's office is ongoing.

On Friday, it was disclosed that settlement negotiations in the racial profiling suit would be expanded to include the Justice Department's lawsuit, with hopes of reaching a broader agreement to include both cases.

Arizona has been at the heart of a bitter national debate over immigration since Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed a 2010 crackdown on illegal immigration that was subsequently challenged by the federal government.

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to stand a part of the law that permits police to question people they stop about their immigration status.

(Additional reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Eric Walsh)

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Kilika on June 17, 2013, 03:16:23 am
Snow set an August 30 date for attorneys representing the American Civil Liberties Union and Arpaio to return to federal court

There is no way Arpio can get a fair shake by the federal courts, seeing it's the federal courts themselves that have more or less ruled that violating immigration laws is okay, and has ruled that the federal courts can abuse their bench power in dictating from the bench what states do.

The "founding fathers" of America called it government tyranny. Today, the leaders of America call it "immigration reform". ::)

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 19, 2014, 01:47:29 pm
FYI, Arpaio is a ROMAN CATHOLIC! Seriously - if he really cared, he would have put his life on the line.

John 10:12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Joh 10:13  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office revealed late Wednesday that it was agreeing to disband a controversial squad that has raided businesses to arrest more than 700 immigrants who were charged with using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

"He has proved that when he gets involved in immigration enforcement, he tramples on the U.S. Constitution, at great expense to taxpayers and public safety," said Cecillia Wang, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who won a racial profiling case against Arpaio's office.

The revelation that Arpaio was voluntarily closing his criminal employment squad comes after the sheriff's office was stripped of special federal immigration powers, found to have racially profiled Latinos in traffic stops, and investigated by federal authorities for alleged civil rights violations. The courts also have thrown out many of Arizona's immigration laws.

Arpaio still retains limited power to confront illegal immigration, such as a civil law that imposes business-license punishments on employers who knowingly hire immigrants in the country illegally.

The sheriff's office didn't respond to a request Thursday to interview Arpaio. But it issued a statement saying the squad will be disbanded early next year, and that grant money used in the enforcement of the ID theft laws will be returned to the state.

The sheriff's road to immigration enforcement began in 2005 as voter frustrations grew over the state's status as the then-busiest in immigrant smuggling and state lawmakers started responding to their complaints about Arizona's porous border with Mexico.

Like other local police bosses, Arpaio previously left immigration enforcement to federal authorities.

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He explained his decision to enter immigration enforcement as addressing a public safety concern. And he eventually set up squads that focused on immigrant smuggling and businesses that hired immigrants.

"We don't go after the addicts on the street," Arpaio said in a 2005 interview about his newly formed smuggling squad, likening his immigration crackdown with his approach to investigating drug cases. "We go after the peddlers. Same philosophy."

His supporters have said the sheriff was the only local police boss to do something about illegal immigration in the face of inadequate federal enforcement.

Critics say Arpaio picked on powerless immigrants because it was popular with voters. They said Arpaio focused too much on rank-and-file immigrants and gave too little scrutiny to smugglers and employers who hired immigrants in the country illegally.

Arpaio's immigration efforts reached their peak around 2010 when he launched immigration patrols known as "sweeps."

During those stings, deputies flooded part of a city — in some cases, heavily Latino areas — over several days to seek out traffic violators and other offenders.

Immigrants who were in the country illegally accounted for 57 percent of the 1,500 people arrested in the 20 sweeps conducted by his office since January 2008, according to figures provided by Arpaio's office.

But a backlash was brewing in Washington and in the courts.

In late 2009, Washington stripped some of his deputies of their power to make federal immigration arrests.

A federal judge last year ruled Arpaio's office systematically racially profiled Latinos in traffic and special immigration patrols. The sheriff vigorously denies the court's conclusions.

Arpaio's now-disbanded immigrant smuggling squad recently came under scrutiny from the judge in the profiling case after allegations of misconduct surfaced this year, including whether a squad member was shaking down people who were in the country illegally.

The sheriff himself has been criticized by the profiling case's judge for not embracing the changes needed to remedy constitutional problems with some of his agency's traffic stops. The judge is moving closer to launching a contempt-of-court case against Arpaio for repeatedly disregarding orders in the profiling case.

Even though his involvement in immigration enforcement has gradually dwindled over the years, Arpaio still speaks up on the subject.

Last month, he filed a lawsuit that seeks to dismantle President Barack Obama's executive order that lifts the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States.

Title: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio loses 2016 re-election
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 09, 2016, 01:02:21 pm
Trump exceeds expectations, Trump easily wins AZ, but somehow Arpaio couldn't win in a district in this SAME state where he had SIX CONSECUTIVE TERMS?

Like James Knox quotes every now and then, "It's just crazy, man!".

Controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio loses

Washington (CNN) Joe Arpaio, the poster child for hardline immigration policy in the United States, has lost his reelection run for sheriff in Arizona's largest county, according to an Associated Press projection.

CNN is not independently projecting a winner for this race.

Arpaio has served as the top cop in Phoenix's Maricopa County for decades and was seeking his seventh term on Tuesday. But he lost to Democrat Paul Penzone, a former Phoenix policeman.

Arpaio called himself "America's toughest sheriff" and was known for his tough stance on immigration in the border state. His reelection run was imperiled, though, when a federal judge ordered him to be tried on a criminal contempt charge, accusing him of disobeying a court order in a racial-profiling case.

A staunch supporter of Donald Trump, Arpaio has insisted that President Barack Obama is not a US citizen and that his birth certificate is fraudulent.

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 26, 2017, 06:44:20 pm
Sheriff Arpaio Could Be Heading To Prison

Sheriff Arpaio could be heading to prison for contempt of court.

From Infowars: WASHINGTON, D.C. – After failing to clean the DOJ swamp of attorneys still loyal to President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump are standing silent as former Sheriff Joe Arpaio begins a criminal trial in Maricopa County, Arizona, that could send the 85-year-old famed law enforcement officer to prison for contempt of court.

Surely President Trump recalls that Sheriff Arpaio campaigned vigorously for him in the 2016 election.

But, now still fighting a case brought against him by the Obama administration, Sheriff Arpaio is fighting alone.

The Obama DOJ came down on Arpaio like a ton of bricks because Sheriff Joe insisted upon enforcing immigration laws Barack Obama and Eric Holder wanted ignored.

Now, President Trump and Attorney General Jeff
Sessions have turned a deaf ear to Arpaio’s repeated requests for help from a president he helped elect.

Arpaio has a petition before the Supreme Court arguing that federal prosecutors charged him under the wrong statute simply because the statute of limitations on the applicable law had run out.

Arpaio’s mandamus petition to the Supreme Court also objected that the U.S. District Court has refused to grant him a jury trial.
So far, the White House and the DOJ have

ignored repeated attempts by Arpaio’s attorneys to intervene to postpone the start of Arpaio’s bench trial, now scheduled to begin Monday, June 26, at least until after the Supreme Court rules on his mandamus request.

Right now, Arpaio faces a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton – a federal judge appointed by President Clinton.

Title: Re: "Controversial" Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2017, 06:06:16 pm

Sheriff Joe Found Guilty by Clinton-Appointed Judge in Jury-less Trial
Joe Arpaio
The Associated Press

by Ian Mason 31 Jul 2017

“America’s Sheriff” Joe Arpaio was found guilty Monday of misdemeanor criminal contempt without the benefit of a jury of his peers.

The guilty ruling, by Bill Clinton-appointed U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, is the latest chapter of a nearly decade-long saga of legal proceedings against Sheriff Joe initiated by leftist groups opposed to his aggressive policing of illegal aliens. The 85-year-old Arpaio now faces up to six months in jail.

The charges against Arpaio stem from a civil rights suit demanding he cease “racial profiling” in his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s immigration enforcement operations. After a federal judge issued an order demanding certain practices, Arpaio was charged with contempt for continuing to try to enforce the law as he saw fit.

Because Arpaio was charged only with a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six-months in jail, the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee him a right to trial by a jury of his peers. Arpaio and his attorneys repeatedly petitioned for a jury, only to be denied by Judge Bolton in March and again in May. Sources familiar with the proceedings have told Breitbart News the decision to charge only the misdemeanor was likely a ploy by federal prosecutors to avoid a jury trial in the community where Arpaio served as sheriff for more than 20 years

National Center for Police Defense (NCPD) President James Fotis, who was present in the courtroom, was highly skeptical a Phoenix jury could have ever found Arpaio guilty. He told Breitbart News:

    I sat through three days of testimony and it was clear from the beginning that the DOJ had no evidence to make their case.  In fact, all of the DOJ’s witnesses made it clear that Judge Snow’s order was unclear and ambiguous. There is no way a jury would have determined that the Sheriff willfully and intentionally violated the judge’s order.

“Judge Bolton’s ruling has caused me to lose my faith in the court system and the federal judicial system,” Fotis added in a NCPD press release.

Fotis was hardly the first or only commentator to question the impartiality of Arpaio’s prosecution. In June, his group managed to assemble over 40,000 signatures from current and former law enforcement officers in support of Arpaio, delivering them to the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. “After devoting 56-years of his life to upholding and defending the Constitution, Sheriff Arpaio deserves our nation’s eternal gratitude — not jail time,” those petitions read.

The initial racial profiling suit that eventually led to this conviction also took on political dimensions and its conduct was criticized. The judge in that case, G. Murray Snow, ignored calls to recuse himself based on the fact his brother-in-law is a partner at Covington & Burling, the firm representing those suing Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The decision to criminally prosecute Arpaio was taken while the DOJ was run by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It would be highly unusual for new leadership to intervene and drop an ongoing prosecution, and no such step was taken, despite the aforementioned petitions. Arpaio now has the option to appeal his conviction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “I understand the Sheriff and his legal team will be filing an appeal on this decision quickly,” Fotis told Breitbart News, pointing to the ongoing appeals related to the civil trial that gave birth to this prosecution.