As horrific as all this may be, let’s remember Arpaio’s Mengelian approach to justice is completely at odds with by-now quaint concepts of the Rule of Law. This is a man who believes jails are supposed to serve as places of punishment. Of course, that’s not true. Jails are supposed to house the accused as they await trial. In the ill-named American justice system, prisons are the places where punishment is supposed to be meted out. Therefore, the scenes described above fit quite nicely into a worldview which upends our popular–though fanciful–notions of law and order. … [Read more...] about The Maricopa County Cavalcade of Horrors: Joe Arpaio’s 10 Greatest Hits
Maricopa county sheriffs office records
The documents gave a damning picture of Thomas and David Hendershott, Arpaio’s longtime chief deputy, who vigorously continued their efforts even after the grand jury questioned two cases, as well as the prosecution’s motives. The grand jurors voted to “end the inquiry” into Donahoe along with one concerning supervisors spending county money to sweep their offices for bugs they thought Arpaio’s deputies may have planted. … [Read more...] about The Prosecutor on Trial: Ex-Maricopa County Attorney Faces Disbarment for Political Acts
Bracamontes, who had been deported multiple times before his crime spree, last entered the country while George W. Bush was president, sometime between May 2001 and February 2002, when there is a record for his marriage in Arizona, according to the Sacramento Bee. … [Read more...] about Trump’s new immigration ad was panned as racist. Turns out it was also based on a falsehood.
On Friday, Judge Murray Snow, working out of the U.S. District of Arizona, ruled that probable cause existed for the following: 1) Arpaio purposefully failed to turn over records to a court official, even though he’d promised to do so under oath [The sheriff was allegedly running an investigation into the judge to discredit him]; 2) he continued immigration patrols even though Snow told him to stop; and 3) aide Jerry Sheridan hid about 1,500 stolen IDs [His deputies allegedly pocketed items during traffic stops]. … [Read more...] about ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ Faces Federal Criminal Contempt Claim
His officers stopped Latino drivers four to nine times more frequently than they stopped others, and Arpaio became known for using derogatory terms such as “Mexican bitches.” He also oversaw a series of bizarre and draconian tactics in his county’s prison system, including forcing some people to parade around in pink underwear and reportedly calling his state’s jail a “concentration camp.” His office also ignored hundreds of sex abuse cases, according to an Associated Press investigation. … [Read more...] about Mike Pence Praises Sheriff Joe Arpaio As ‘Champion’ Of The Law