Sheriff Joe for President ?

Could it be?

Wouldn’t happen in a million years, but hell yeah I’d vote for him.

[quote]biglifter wrote:
Wouldn’t happen in a million years, but hell yeah I’d vote for him.[/quote]

x2

Well, he sure would cut crime and keep expenses down.

Republicans have got to come up with somebody better than this. Making prisoners where pick tutu’s in prison camp does not a president make.

he will most certainly appeal to the republican and most of the tea-party supporters. however, they will vote republican no matter who is running. the trick, however, is getting the crucial “undecided” vote. this guy might be a bit too hardcore for that crowd.

[quote]pat wrote:
Republicans have got to come up with somebody better than this. Making prisoners where pick tutu’s in prison camp does not a president make.[/quote]

I’m afraid that the professional politicians we have been saddled with of late…have not done a hell of a lot better.

[quote]ReignIB wrote:
he will most certainly appeal to the republican and most of the tea-party supporters. however, they will vote republican no matter who is running. the trick, however, is getting the crucial “undecided” vote. this guy might be a bit too hardcore for that crowd.
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All the old people love him here, I am sure the old people love him everywhere. Democrats, independents, Republicans all like him.

I like Joe as Sheriff but if he got more power it would be a disaster. We would live in a police state . I do not think it would be a country I would like to live in.

[quote]pittbulll wrote:
I like Joe as Sheriff but if he got more power it would be a disaster. We would live in a police state . I do not think it would be a country I would like to live in.[/quote]

I’d rock them mandatory pink Chuck Taylor’s, though.

[quote]UtahLama wrote:

[quote]pat wrote:
Republicans have got to come up with somebody better than this. Making prisoners where pick tutu’s in prison camp does not a president make.[/quote]

I’m afraid that the professional politicians we have been saddled with of late…have not done a hell of a lot better.

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Sarah, with Joe as VP, for the WIN!!!

I love Joe, I love his simplicity. He basically says, “If you fuck around in my town, I will lock you up for it.” You gotta respect a sheriff like that. I would prefer to see Joe as an Attorney General.

[quote]MaximusB wrote:
I love Joe, I love his simplicity. He basically says, “If you fuck around in my town, I will lock you up for it.” You gotta respect a sheriff like that. I would prefer to see Joe as an Attorney General. [/quote]

He’s the Law, not the Lawyer.

[quote]Brother Chris wrote:

[quote]MaximusB wrote:
I love Joe, I love his simplicity. He basically says, “If you fuck around in my town, I will lock you up for it.” You gotta respect a sheriff like that. I would prefer to see Joe as an Attorney General. [/quote]

He’s the Law, not the Lawyer. [/quote]

Don’t fuck around and you won’t need a lawyer.

[quote]MaximusB wrote:

[quote]Brother Chris wrote:

[quote]MaximusB wrote:
I love Joe, I love his simplicity. He basically says, “If you fuck around in my town, I will lock you up for it.” You gotta respect a sheriff like that. I would prefer to see Joe as an Attorney General. [/quote]

He’s the Law, not the Lawyer. [/quote]

Don’t fuck around and you won’t need a lawyer.[/quote]

Arizona sheriff under investigation for alleged abuse of power

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff.” He is famous for creating a tent city jail in the Arizona desert; for providing pink underwear for inmates; for bragging that he spends more to feed his dog than a prisoner in his jail.

This year he has made national headlines for his tough enforcement of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration laws and for his vocal support for a controversial new immigration law that takes effect at the end of July.

But the 77-year-old lawman is himself the subject of serious allegations of abuse of power. Arpaio’s critics say he has a long history of launching bogus criminal investigations against political opponents and anyone else who gets in his way.

This year a federal grand jury started looking into the allegations.

Former Maricopa County School Superintendent Sandra Dowling says what happened to her is a case in point.

Dowling says was locked in a political battle with some members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors over school district funds when the sheriff’s SWAT team came in the dead of night to search her home. Dowling was charged with stealing money from a school for homeless students. There were 25 felony counts in all.

“Never could I have imagined what a nightmare was waiting ahead,” Dowling said.

Arpaio promised to uncover massive public corruption – “We are looking into all avenues of this investigation,” he said – and to win a speedy conviction.

From the start Dowling maintained her innocence: “I kept saying I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.”

It took three years, but finally a judge threw out all the felony counts against Dowling. She entered a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor charge. But she said her reputation had been shattered, her career destroyed, and she owed more than $100,000 in legal fees.

“I still don’t think that everybody knows I was innocent,” she said.

Judges file claims accusing Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas for abuse of power

Two more judges joined a list of accusers Friday in filing a notice of claim against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other Maricopa County officials over an alleged abuse of power.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judges Barbara Mundell and former presiding-criminal Judge Anna Baca say they were two targets of Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ efforts to accuse multiple judges of bribery, obstructing justice and hindering prosecution.

The claim said Arpaio’s actions were based on revenge against these judges for ruling against the sheriff in proceedings. While the cases against Mundell and Baca have been abandoned, the judges claim they have been defamed through “unjustly” accusation and have suffered lasting damage to their reputations.

Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband, and Supervisor Don Stapley and his business associate Conley Wolfswinkel, have also filed notices of claim against the county because of investigations by Arpaio and Thomas.

Read more: Help Center - The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/05/28/20100528judges-claim-against-arpaio-thomas.html

Dowling sues Arpaio, county for prosecution

Former Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Sandra Dowling on Wednesday filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County and the Board of Supervisors because of a 2006 SWAT team invasion of her home and subsequent criminal prosecution that ended in a single misdemeanor conviction.

In the lawsuit, filed by attorney Michael Manning in Superior Court, Dowling alleges negligence, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and several constitutional violations.

And although the lawsuit asks that a jury determine monetary damages, an earlier administrative claim filed with the county in September called for an award of $1.75 million.

The lawsuit stems from a January 2006 search warrant executed on her home by a Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. In November 2006, Dowling was indicted on 25 criminal counts related to the operation of the Thomas J. Pappas Schools for homeless children, including what investigators and prosecutors said was a theft of $1.9 million in public money.

But all of those counts were thrown out in court, partially as the result of a plea agreement, and Dowling ultimately pleaded guilty to a Class 2 misdemeanor for giving a summer job to her daughter. She was sentenced to a probation term that expired with her term of office on Dec. 31.

“To say it’s been traumatic is an understatement,” Dowling told The Republic.

She claimed that the legal ordeal damaged her health and career and cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees.

Dowling served as the elected county superintendent of schools for 20 years.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to work in education again,” she said.

In the lawsuit, Manning described Dowling’s ongoing battle over the operation of the Pappas schools, which she founded. The three schools have been closed, and the main campus was traded to Phoenix for land the county needed to build its court tower.

Manning claimed there was not sufficient probable cause for the SWAT team visit, which included three helicopters.

Dowling told The Republic that the operation caused significant damage to her home and inflicted emotional harm on her and on her husband, and she called it “political terrorism” on the part of Arpaio.

But Chief Deputy Jack Mac- Intyre of the Sheriff’s Office questioned how any of the named defendants could be accused of malicious prosecution.

“None of them are prosecutors,” he said.

MacIntyre had not yet seen the lawsuit on Wednesday, but he pointed out that the Attorney General’s Office initially prosecuted the case and obtained the indictment. The case was passed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office because Attorney General Terry Goddard had a conflict with the Sheriff’s Office.

County Manager David Smith declined comment; members of the Board of Supervisors did not respond to requests for comment.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2009/06/04/20090604dowling0604.html

ACLU Sues Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office For Illegal Arrest And Detention Of U.S. Citizen And Legal Resident

August 19, 2009

Men Stopped 100 Yards From Worksite Raid

Courtesy of New Times
PHOENIX â?? The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit today challenging the illegal arrest and detention of a U.S. citizen and a legal resident by Maricopa County Sheriffâ??s Office (MCSO) deputies. The two men were driving down a public roadway when they were stopped and arrested without justification, and transported to the site of an immigration raid.

“Our clients suffered egregious constitutional violations and were terrified when held against their will for three hours by armed MCSO personnel,” said Dan Pochoda, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arizona and lead counsel on the case. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies had absolutely no reason t o stop these two men and drag them off to a worksite raid. This is yet another example of MCSO sacrificing the rights and well being of workers in the name of immigration enforcement.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of Julian Mora, a legal permanent resident who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, and his son Julio Mora, a U.S. citizen, against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County. The lawsuit charges that the MCSO deputies racially profiled the father and son as they drove their pickup truck on a busy public road and illegally arrested and detained them, violating the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and prohibition on unreasonable seizures.

Julian Mora was driving to work when, without provocation, an MCSO vehicle cut in front of him forcing him to stop abruptly. MCSO deputies then ordered the father and son out of their vehicle, then frisked and handcuffed them. Although the deputies had no reason to believe that the Moras had broken any law or were in the country unlawfully, they transported the Moras to Handyman Maintenance, Inc. (HMI), where MCSO was conducting a raid that morning. For the next three hours, the Moras were held at HMI, where they were denied food and water and forbidden contact with the outside world. They were not released until they were interrogated.

The ordeal was particularly humiliating for 66-year-old Julian Mora who, due to his diabetic condition, has difficulty controlling his bladder and had an urgent need to use the bathroom. MCSO personnel, however, rejected his repeated requests. Eventually, deputies escorted him outside where he was made to urinate in the parking lot. MCSO personnel later mocked his son Julio when he had to use the bathroom, because he had difficulty going with his hands still cuffed.

“To this day, I don’t know why the officers stopped us out of all the cars on the road,” said 19-year-old Julio Mora. “We were treated like criminals and never told why. I was very scared. I never thought something like this would happen to me. Now I know it can happen to anyone, citizens too. I don’t think it’s fair.”

Arizona’s draconian employer sanctions law and the federal 287(g) program have enabled MCSO personnel to question and arrest workers for alleged violations of federal immigration law. As a result, MCSO has aggressively stepped up local immigration enforcement efforts and conducted raids at worksites across the county with predominantly Latino employees. The raids have not resulted in the conviction of any employer for an employer sanctions violation.

“Local sheriff and police forces simply should not be in the business of enforcing immigration laws. Where state or local officers try to determine who is in the U.S. without permission, we see a pattern of conduct where law-abiding people cannot go about their business without government interference,” said Cecillia Wang, a managing attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Instead of violating our basic American rights by seizing people without any reason and singling them out for ‘looking foreign,’ MCSO should focus on dangerous crimes and maintaining a safe environment for everyone in Maricopa County.”

Annie Lai, an ACLU of Arizona staff attorney, said “Arpaio’s worksite raids â?? such as the raids last year on Artistic Land Management in Mesa, Gold Canyon Candle Company in Chandler, last week’s raid on Royal Paper Converting and this raid on HMI â?? are frequently conducted in total disregard for people’s constitutional rights and have resulted in the arbitrary detention of many law-abiding citizens and legal residents.”

Lawyers on the case, Mora, et al. v. Arpaio, et al., include Wang and Harini Raghupathi of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and Pochoda and Lai of the ACLU of Arizona.

And, last, but not least:

Violent Crime Is Down in Arizona, Up in Sheriff Joe Arpaioâ??s County

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewerâ??s claims about illegal immigrants and violent crime have been pretty thoroughly debunked, but pro-reform non-profit Americaâ??s Voice takes it one step further, circulating a graph today indicating that Arizonaâ??s SB 1070 could actually increase crime in the state. The graph shows rates of violent crime in Arizona jurisdictions from 2002 to 2009. Violent crime rates are all down â?? statewide numbers included â?? except for in Maricopa County, the jurisdiction of pro-enforcement Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Crime in Arpaioâ??s county has gone up 58 percent since 2002, according to Americaâ??s Voice data.

my face when i realized that you guys are serious near me

Like I said before, I fucking love this guy.

Hey Fed, aren’t you the douche who thought the movie about Pat Tillman was a war movie? Sucks they got rid of your post, I had your ass in a sling til the mod deleted your post, which inevitably deleted mine. Sucks for you man.

[quote]orion wrote:

[quote]MaximusB wrote:

[quote]Brother Chris wrote:

[quote]MaximusB wrote:
I love Joe, I love his simplicity. He basically says, “If you fuck around in my town, I will lock you up for it.” You gotta respect a sheriff like that. I would prefer to see Joe as an Attorney General. [/quote]

He’s the Law, not the Lawyer. [/quote]

Don’t fuck around and you won’t need a lawyer.[/quote]

Arizona sheriff under investigation for alleged abuse of power

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff.” He is famous for creating a tent city jail in the Arizona desert; for providing pink underwear for inmates; for bragging that he spends more to feed his dog than a prisoner in his jail.

This year he has made national headlines for his tough enforcement of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration laws and for his vocal support for a controversial new immigration law that takes effect at the end of July.

But the 77-year-old lawman is himself the subject of serious allegations of abuse of power. Arpaio’s critics say he has a long history of launching bogus criminal investigations against political opponents and anyone else who gets in his way.

This year a federal grand jury started looking into the allegations.

Former Maricopa County School Superintendent Sandra Dowling says what happened to her is a case in point.

Dowling says was locked in a political battle with some members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors over school district funds when the sheriff’s SWAT team came in the dead of night to search her home. Dowling was charged with stealing money from a school for homeless students. There were 25 felony counts in all.

“Never could I have imagined what a nightmare was waiting ahead,” Dowling said.

Arpaio promised to uncover massive public corruption – “We are looking into all avenues of this investigation,” he said – and to win a speedy conviction.

From the start Dowling maintained her innocence: “I kept saying I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.”

It took three years, but finally a judge threw out all the felony counts against Dowling. She entered a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor charge. But she said her reputation had been shattered, her career destroyed, and she owed more than $100,000 in legal fees.

“I still don’t think that everybody knows I was innocent,” she said.

Judges file claims accusing Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas for abuse of power

Two more judges joined a list of accusers Friday in filing a notice of claim against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other Maricopa County officials over an alleged abuse of power.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judges Barbara Mundell and former presiding-criminal Judge Anna Baca say they were two targets of Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ efforts to accuse multiple judges of bribery, obstructing justice and hindering prosecution.

The claim said Arpaio’s actions were based on revenge against these judges for ruling against the sheriff in proceedings. While the cases against Mundell and Baca have been abandoned, the judges claim they have been defamed through “unjustly” accusation and have suffered lasting damage to their reputations.

Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband, and Supervisor Don Stapley and his business associate Conley Wolfswinkel, have also filed notices of claim against the county because of investigations by Arpaio and Thomas.

Read more: Help Center - The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/05/28/20100528judges-claim-against-arpaio-thomas.html

Dowling sues Arpaio, county for prosecution

Former Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Sandra Dowling on Wednesday filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County and the Board of Supervisors because of a 2006 SWAT team invasion of her home and subsequent criminal prosecution that ended in a single misdemeanor conviction.

In the lawsuit, filed by attorney Michael Manning in Superior Court, Dowling alleges negligence, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and several constitutional violations.

And although the lawsuit asks that a jury determine monetary damages, an earlier administrative claim filed with the county in September called for an award of $1.75 million.

The lawsuit stems from a January 2006 search warrant executed on her home by a Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. In November 2006, Dowling was indicted on 25 criminal counts related to the operation of the Thomas J. Pappas Schools for homeless children, including what investigators and prosecutors said was a theft of $1.9 million in public money.

But all of those counts were thrown out in court, partially as the result of a plea agreement, and Dowling ultimately pleaded guilty to a Class 2 misdemeanor for giving a summer job to her daughter. She was sentenced to a probation term that expired with her term of office on Dec. 31.

“To say it’s been traumatic is an understatement,” Dowling told The Republic.

She claimed that the legal ordeal damaged her health and career and cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees.

Dowling served as the elected county superintendent of schools for 20 years.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to work in education again,” she said.

In the lawsuit, Manning described Dowling’s ongoing battle over the operation of the Pappas schools, which she founded. The three schools have been closed, and the main campus was traded to Phoenix for land the county needed to build its court tower.

Manning claimed there was not sufficient probable cause for the SWAT team visit, which included three helicopters.

Dowling told The Republic that the operation caused significant damage to her home and inflicted emotional harm on her and on her husband, and she called it “political terrorism” on the part of Arpaio.

But Chief Deputy Jack Mac- Intyre of the Sheriff’s Office questioned how any of the named defendants could be accused of malicious prosecution.

“None of them are prosecutors,” he said.

MacIntyre had not yet seen the lawsuit on Wednesday, but he pointed out that the Attorney General’s Office initially prosecuted the case and obtained the indictment. The case was passed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office because Attorney General Terry Goddard had a conflict with the Sheriff’s Office.

County Manager David Smith declined comment; members of the Board of Supervisors did not respond to requests for comment.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2009/06/04/20090604dowling0604.html

ACLU Sues Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office For Illegal Arrest And Detention Of U.S. Citizen And Legal Resident

August 19, 2009

Men Stopped 100 Yards From Worksite Raid

Courtesy of New Times
PHOENIX �¢?? The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit today challenging the illegal arrest and detention of a U.S. citizen and a legal resident by Maricopa County Sheriff�¢??s Office (MCSO) deputies. The two men were driving down a public roadway when they were stopped and arrested without justification, and transported to the site of an immigration raid.

“Our clients suffered egregious constitutional violations and were terrified when held against their will for three hours by armed MCSO personnel,” said Dan Pochoda, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arizona and lead counsel on the case. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies had absolutely no reason t o stop these two men and drag them off to a worksite raid. This is yet another example of MCSO sacrificing the rights and well being of workers in the name of immigration enforcement.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of Julian Mora, a legal permanent resident who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, and his son Julio Mora, a U.S. citizen, against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County. The lawsuit charges that the MCSO deputies racially profiled the father and son as they drove their pickup truck on a busy public road and illegally arrested and detained them, violating the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and prohibition on unreasonable seizures.

Julian Mora was driving to work when, without provocation, an MCSO vehicle cut in front of him forcing him to stop abruptly. MCSO deputies then ordered the father and son out of their vehicle, then frisked and handcuffed them. Although the deputies had no reason to believe that the Moras had broken any law or were in the country unlawfully, they transported the Moras to Handyman Maintenance, Inc. (HMI), where MCSO was conducting a raid that morning. For the next three hours, the Moras were held at HMI, where they were denied food and water and forbidden contact with the outside world. They were not released until they were interrogated.

The ordeal was particularly humiliating for 66-year-old Julian Mora who, due to his diabetic condition, has difficulty controlling his bladder and had an urgent need to use the bathroom. MCSO personnel, however, rejected his repeated requests. Eventually, deputies escorted him outside where he was made to urinate in the parking lot. MCSO personnel later mocked his son Julio when he had to use the bathroom, because he had difficulty going with his hands still cuffed.

“To this day, I don’t know why the officers stopped us out of all the cars on the road,” said 19-year-old Julio Mora. “We were treated like criminals and never told why. I was very scared. I never thought something like this would happen to me. Now I know it can happen to anyone, citizens too. I don’t think it’s fair.”

Arizona’s draconian employer sanctions law and the federal 287(g) program have enabled MCSO personnel to question and arrest workers for alleged violations of federal immigration law. As a result, MCSO has aggressively stepped up local immigration enforcement efforts and conducted raids at worksites across the county with predominantly Latino employees. The raids have not resulted in the conviction of any employer for an employer sanctions violation.

“Local sheriff and police forces simply should not be in the business of enforcing immigration laws. Where state or local officers try to determine who is in the U.S. without permission, we see a pattern of conduct where law-abiding people cannot go about their business without government interference,” said Cecillia Wang, a managing attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Instead of violating our basic American rights by seizing people without any reason and singling them out for ‘looking foreign,’ MCSO should focus on dangerous crimes and maintaining a safe environment for everyone in Maricopa County.”

Annie Lai, an ACLU of Arizona staff attorney, said “Arpaio’s worksite raids Ã?¢?? such as the raids last year on Artistic Land Management in Mesa, Gold Canyon Candle Company in Chandler, last week’s raid on Royal Paper Converting and this raid on HMI Ã?¢?? are frequently conducted in total disregard for people’s constitutional rights and have resulted in the arbitrary detention of many law-abiding citizens and legal residents.”

Lawyers on the case, Mora, et al. v. Arpaio, et al., include Wang and Harini Raghupathi of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and Pochoda and Lai of the ACLU of Arizona.

And, last, but not least:

Violent Crime Is Down in Arizona, Up in Sheriff Joe Arpaio�¢??s County

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer�¢??s claims about illegal immigrants and violent crime have been pretty thoroughly debunked, but pro-reform non-profit America�¢??s Voice takes it one step further, circulating a graph today indicating that Arizona�¢??s SB 1070 could actually increase crime in the state. The graph shows rates of violent crime in Arizona jurisdictions from 2002 to 2009. Violent crime rates are all down �¢?? statewide numbers included �¢?? except for in Maricopa County, the jurisdiction of pro-enforcement Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Crime in Arpaio�¢??s county has gone up 58 percent since 2002, according to America�¢??s Voice data.

http://washingtonindependent.com/91520/violent-crime-is-down-in-arizona-up-in-sheriff-joe-arpaios-county[/quote]

Sheriff Joe is a good Sheriff, The problems he has with his fellow Maricopa county Employees and elected officials is not all his fault , like any where there are a lot of corrupt people .

My favorite corrupt Politician is Mary Rose Wilcox. Her and another county supervisor over road a no vote of the voters initiative for an Arena for the AZ Cards . One of the Residents here got so up set with Wilcox that he went to the Office Wilcox works at and shot her in the ass. He was immediately was arrested for attempted murder . His defense was that he was not trying to kill her otherwise he would not have shot her in the ass. FUCKING HILARIOUS . Never heard what the out come was though

[quote]pittbulll wrote:

[quote]orion wrote:

[quote]MaximusB wrote:

[quote]Brother Chris wrote:

[quote]MaximusB wrote:
I love Joe, I love his simplicity. He basically says, “If you fuck around in my town, I will lock you up for it.” You gotta respect a sheriff like that. I would prefer to see Joe as an Attorney General. [/quote]

He’s the Law, not the Lawyer. [/quote]

Don’t fuck around and you won’t need a lawyer.[/quote]

Arizona sheriff under investigation for alleged abuse of power

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff.” He is famous for creating a tent city jail in the Arizona desert; for providing pink underwear for inmates; for bragging that he spends more to feed his dog than a prisoner in his jail.

This year he has made national headlines for his tough enforcement of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration laws and for his vocal support for a controversial new immigration law that takes effect at the end of July.

But the 77-year-old lawman is himself the subject of serious allegations of abuse of power. Arpaio’s critics say he has a long history of launching bogus criminal investigations against political opponents and anyone else who gets in his way.

This year a federal grand jury started looking into the allegations.

Former Maricopa County School Superintendent Sandra Dowling says what happened to her is a case in point.

Dowling says was locked in a political battle with some members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors over school district funds when the sheriff’s SWAT team came in the dead of night to search her home. Dowling was charged with stealing money from a school for homeless students. There were 25 felony counts in all.

“Never could I have imagined what a nightmare was waiting ahead,” Dowling said.

Arpaio promised to uncover massive public corruption – “We are looking into all avenues of this investigation,” he said – and to win a speedy conviction.

From the start Dowling maintained her innocence: “I kept saying I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.”

It took three years, but finally a judge threw out all the felony counts against Dowling. She entered a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor charge. But she said her reputation had been shattered, her career destroyed, and she owed more than $100,000 in legal fees.

“I still don’t think that everybody knows I was innocent,” she said.

Judges file claims accusing Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas for abuse of power

Two more judges joined a list of accusers Friday in filing a notice of claim against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other Maricopa County officials over an alleged abuse of power.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judges Barbara Mundell and former presiding-criminal Judge Anna Baca say they were two targets of Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ efforts to accuse multiple judges of bribery, obstructing justice and hindering prosecution.

The claim said Arpaio’s actions were based on revenge against these judges for ruling against the sheriff in proceedings. While the cases against Mundell and Baca have been abandoned, the judges claim they have been defamed through “unjustly” accusation and have suffered lasting damage to their reputations.

Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband, and Supervisor Don Stapley and his business associate Conley Wolfswinkel, have also filed notices of claim against the county because of investigations by Arpaio and Thomas.

Read more: Help Center - The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/05/28/20100528judges-claim-against-arpaio-thomas.html

Dowling sues Arpaio, county for prosecution

Former Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Sandra Dowling on Wednesday filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County and the Board of Supervisors because of a 2006 SWAT team invasion of her home and subsequent criminal prosecution that ended in a single misdemeanor conviction.

In the lawsuit, filed by attorney Michael Manning in Superior Court, Dowling alleges negligence, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and several constitutional violations.

And although the lawsuit asks that a jury determine monetary damages, an earlier administrative claim filed with the county in September called for an award of $1.75 million.

The lawsuit stems from a January 2006 search warrant executed on her home by a Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. In November 2006, Dowling was indicted on 25 criminal counts related to the operation of the Thomas J. Pappas Schools for homeless children, including what investigators and prosecutors said was a theft of $1.9 million in public money.

But all of those counts were thrown out in court, partially as the result of a plea agreement, and Dowling ultimately pleaded guilty to a Class 2 misdemeanor for giving a summer job to her daughter. She was sentenced to a probation term that expired with her term of office on Dec. 31.

“To say it’s been traumatic is an understatement,” Dowling told The Republic.

She claimed that the legal ordeal damaged her health and career and cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees.

Dowling served as the elected county superintendent of schools for 20 years.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to work in education again,” she said.

In the lawsuit, Manning described Dowling’s ongoing battle over the operation of the Pappas schools, which she founded. The three schools have been closed, and the main campus was traded to Phoenix for land the county needed to build its court tower.

Manning claimed there was not sufficient probable cause for the SWAT team visit, which included three helicopters.

Dowling told The Republic that the operation caused significant damage to her home and inflicted emotional harm on her and on her husband, and she called it “political terrorism” on the part of Arpaio.

But Chief Deputy Jack Mac- Intyre of the Sheriff’s Office questioned how any of the named defendants could be accused of malicious prosecution.

“None of them are prosecutors,” he said.

MacIntyre had not yet seen the lawsuit on Wednesday, but he pointed out that the Attorney General’s Office initially prosecuted the case and obtained the indictment. The case was passed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office because Attorney General Terry Goddard had a conflict with the Sheriff’s Office.

County Manager David Smith declined comment; members of the Board of Supervisors did not respond to requests for comment.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2009/06/04/20090604dowling0604.html

ACLU Sues Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office For Illegal Arrest And Detention Of U.S. Citizen And Legal Resident

August 19, 2009

Men Stopped 100 Yards From Worksite Raid

Courtesy of New Times
PHOENIX �?�¢?? The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit today challenging the illegal arrest and detention of a U.S. citizen and a legal resident by Maricopa County Sheriff�?�¢??s Office (MCSO) deputies. The two men were driving down a public roadway when they were stopped and arrested without justification, and transported to the site of an immigration raid.

“Our clients suffered egregious constitutional violations and were terrified when held against their will for three hours by armed MCSO personnel,” said Dan Pochoda, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arizona and lead counsel on the case. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies had absolutely no reason t o stop these two men and drag them off to a worksite raid. This is yet another example of MCSO sacrificing the rights and well being of workers in the name of immigration enforcement.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of Julian Mora, a legal permanent resident who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, and his son Julio Mora, a U.S. citizen, against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County. The lawsuit charges that the MCSO deputies racially profiled the father and son as they drove their pickup truck on a busy public road and illegally arrested and detained them, violating the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and prohibition on unreasonable seizures.

Julian Mora was driving to work when, without provocation, an MCSO vehicle cut in front of him forcing him to stop abruptly. MCSO deputies then ordered the father and son out of their vehicle, then frisked and handcuffed them. Although the deputies had no reason to believe that the Moras had broken any law or were in the country unlawfully, they transported the Moras to Handyman Maintenance, Inc. (HMI), where MCSO was conducting a raid that morning. For the next three hours, the Moras were held at HMI, where they were denied food and water and forbidden contact with the outside world. They were not released until they were interrogated.

The ordeal was particularly humiliating for 66-year-old Julian Mora who, due to his diabetic condition, has difficulty controlling his bladder and had an urgent need to use the bathroom. MCSO personnel, however, rejected his repeated requests. Eventually, deputies escorted him outside where he was made to urinate in the parking lot. MCSO personnel later mocked his son Julio when he had to use the bathroom, because he had difficulty going with his hands still cuffed.

“To this day, I don’t know why the officers stopped us out of all the cars on the road,” said 19-year-old Julio Mora. “We were treated like criminals and never told why. I was very scared. I never thought something like this would happen to me. Now I know it can happen to anyone, citizens too. I don’t think it’s fair.”

Arizona’s draconian employer sanctions law and the federal 287(g) program have enabled MCSO personnel to question and arrest workers for alleged violations of federal immigration law. As a result, MCSO has aggressively stepped up local immigration enforcement efforts and conducted raids at worksites across the county with predominantly Latino employees. The raids have not resulted in the conviction of any employer for an employer sanctions violation.

“Local sheriff and police forces simply should not be in the business of enforcing immigration laws. Where state or local officers try to determine who is in the U.S. without permission, we see a pattern of conduct where law-abiding people cannot go about their business without government interference,” said Cecillia Wang, a managing attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Instead of violating our basic American rights by seizing people without any reason and singling them out for ‘looking foreign,’ MCSO should focus on dangerous crimes and maintaining a safe environment for everyone in Maricopa County.”

Annie Lai, an ACLU of Arizona staff attorney, said “Arpaio’s worksite raids Ã??Ã?¢?? such as the raids last year on Artistic Land Management in Mesa, Gold Canyon Candle Company in Chandler, last week’s raid on Royal Paper Converting and this raid on HMI Ã??Ã?¢?? are frequently conducted in total disregard for people’s constitutional rights and have resulted in the arbitrary detention of many law-abiding citizens and legal residents.”

Lawyers on the case, Mora, et al. v. Arpaio, et al., include Wang and Harini Raghupathi of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and Pochoda and Lai of the ACLU of Arizona.

And, last, but not least:

Violent Crime Is Down in Arizona, Up in Sheriff Joe Arpaio�?�¢??s County

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer�?�¢??s claims about illegal immigrants and violent crime have been pretty thoroughly debunked, but pro-reform non-profit America�?�¢??s Voice takes it one step further, circulating a graph today indicating that Arizona�?�¢??s SB 1070 could actually increase crime in the state. The graph shows rates of violent crime in Arizona jurisdictions from 2002 to 2009. Violent crime rates are all down �?�¢?? statewide numbers included �?�¢?? except for in Maricopa County, the jurisdiction of pro-enforcement Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Crime in Arpaio�?�¢??s county has gone up 58 percent since 2002, according to America�?�¢??s Voice data.

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Sheriff Joe is a good Sheriff, The problems he has with his fellow Maricopa county Employees and elected officials is not all his fault , like any where there are a lot of corrupt people .

My favorite corrupt Politician is Mary Rose Wilcox. Her and another county supervisor over road a no vote of the voters initiative for an Arena for the AZ Cards . One of the Residents here got so up set with Wilcox that he went to the Office Wilcox works at and shot her in the ass. He was immediately was arrested for attempted murder . His defense was that he was not trying to kill her otherwise he would not have shot her in the ass. FUCKING HILARIOUS . Never heard what the out come was though[/quote]

You think it was “fucking hilarious” that some crazed gunmen shot a female county supervisor? I’m going to have to reassess my opinion of you. You’re actually much worse than a simple minded buffoon.

Nothing will happen to Sheriff Joe, not a thing, just more raids, arrests, and deportations.