Phoenix New Times - Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution

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    Jan 06, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    While surfing on Wikipedia, I came upon the wiki on Joe Arpaio and found this article in the reference section. There is little, if anything, gay about this piece of news (unless you find pink underwear to be gay chic), but I thought that it might interest some of you.

    Personally, while I find Arpaio's interest for alternative corrections intriguing, I have nothing but disdain for his authoritarianism and his apparent inconsistency between his law enforcement position and his personal business dealings. He has been and remains an embarrasment to the United States citizenry and to United States law enforcement (which deserves better than this populist / media-whore hack).

    Mind you, in giving Mr. Arpaio the benefit-of-the-doubt (as I feel generous right before bedtime), I shall only go so far as to suspect him of dealing drugs and of stealing from his busts as explanations for how he supported his material gains.

    Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution
    By Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
    In a breathtaking abuse of the United States Constitution, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and their increasingly unhinged cat's paw, special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik, used the grand jury to subpoena "all documents related to articles and other content published by Phoenix New Times newspaper in print and on the Phoenix New Times website, regarding Sheriff Joe Arpaio from January 1, 2004 to the present."
    Read more at Phoenix New Times
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    Jan 06, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    It's interesting that from half way around the world you are able to pick up on this guy...

    He is a real piece of work. Living here, I know very much about him and about the coruption that has been uncovered about him. I'm almost worried to even say too much here. But I will give an additional piece of inforamation about his "tent city" jail system that just screams about the corupation within his circle.

    Sherrif Joe has set up an area in his jail system called tent city, for housing inmates serving time for DUI's. Mind you, as an inmate you pay $90 a day to stay there. And when I say tent city, you really are housed in tents. Each tent houses 22 inmates using 11 bunk beds. And remember, in the summer the temperature is between 105 and 120 degrees F. Not that inmates should be staying at the Four Seasons, but sleeping in a tent, when it is 120 degrees outside is pretty bad.

    But that is not my point... Here's my issue...

    When you enter the Tents to serve your time, you are not allowed to even bring in a tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, deorderant etc... only the clothes on your back. You can however buy all of the above from the Vending Machines. A toothbrush cost $5.00 from the vending machine. He brags that he only spends something like $.75 A DAY for the food that he feeds the inmates (only 2 meals) which is disgusting OR you can buy stuff from the Vending Machines. Yes... he is so kind to have the Vending Machines there...

    So here's the kicker....


    Last election when he was up for re-election, there was a gentleman who was running against him and doing really well in the race. Right before the election a major network TV station did a giant story of the man that was running against Sherrif Joe, saying that the man was involved in a sex scandle. It wasn't true and the man was eventually 100% cleared. However, by the time it turned out to be a lie, it was too late, and Sherrif Joe won again. Recently it was found out that someone in Sherrif Joe's campaign planted the fake story.

    However, I do make this disclaimer for legal reasons... The story about the planting of the sex scandle story is information that I've read in the Newspapers and I have no personal knowledge of the sex story scandle or the story being planted.
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    Jan 06, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    polobutt... If Sheriff Joe is that corrupt and has that much power that you feel the need to word a post like that so carefully... and end it with a disclaimer... then I would say someone has way too much power and needs to go.

    I do not doubt any of this or of what I read in the Wiki piece Nick referenced. I'm just sayin'... something needs to be done about this guy... no one should have that much power, ever. Hell, he sounds worse than our politicians here in Chicago with regards to level of corruption...

    When is he up for re-election again?
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    Jan 06, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
    You're right... He does have way too much power.

    It sounds as though you read through the New Times article, so you know that he even went to the extreme of having the owners of the New Times arrested for printing public information.

    He is up for re election this year.

    Side note here... It is my understanding (another disclaimer here) the only Sherrif in the United States that can not carry a weapon because he is a known felon.
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    Jan 06, 2008 2:39 PM GMT

    OMG I read the story! ... icon_eek.gif ... I dont want all my stuff to be subpoenaed! ... icon_cry.gif

    120 degrees sounds like cruel and unusual punishment.

    Well, his re-election would say a lot about the people out there.
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    Jan 07, 2008 12:17 AM GMT
    Yeah... Well as you know, most people can be pretty ignorant. They look at one part of him, how tough he is on drunk driving, but look past all the rest.

    Another story from the New Times outlined how he originally ran for sheriff only to get back at the man that was sherrif at the time. I guess that he had busted up one of Sheriff Joe's business or something like that.

    People seem to not want to look at the corruption within his organization. It's basically party politics.

    Addtionally, you should see how people are targeted. It's like we're living in the Wild Wilde West.
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    Jan 10, 2008 9:10 AM GMT
    And people wonder why I have lost faith in the law and the judicial system... a felon as sheriff...icon_rolleyes.gif

    There is always a way to bring a corrupt man down... there's always an achilles heel... the trick is figuring it out and then carrying it out. If the voters don't get rid of him this election (and I doubt they're brave enough), then his achilles heel needs to be figured out and exploited to his detriment. No one should have this much power and no felon should be elected sheriff.
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    Jan 10, 2008 9:31 AM GMT
    WOW! He was a felon and still got a job as a sherrif! That's freaking scary. I had no idea.
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    Jan 10, 2008 2:36 PM GMT
    Yes it is... And by reading the New Times article you can see what happens when people start to challenge him.

    It will happen eventually, it will just take a while I'm thinking.