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"If your request is for any documents which might address specific incidents similar to those alleged in the [Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit], we will search our records," Schwartz advised Arpaio's attorneys. "If you are looking for something broader, we will move to quash [the subpoena]."
Arpaio's bogus subpoena was two things: an attempt to climb aboard the wingnut-driven bash-ACORN bandwagon and maybe score an appearance on über-fool Glenn Beck's TV or radio program and a stab at ACORN after four of its people, including Monica Sandschafer, were acquitted in Encanto Justice Court by Justice of the Peace C. Steven McMurry.
ACORN was the political right's punching bag during President Barack Obama's rise to prominence and has continued to be its punching bag since Obama was elected POTUS. The 30-year-old organization is known for its work with the poor on issues like housing and predatory lending practices, but it took center stage by backing Obama's campaign and by helping to register at least a half-million people to vote nationwide.
The right's responded with outrage and claims of fraud. But as Salon.com's Joe Conason recently pointed out in a vigorous defense of ACORN, the proportion of any actual fraud has been "infinitesimal."
"Over the past several years, a handful of ACORN employees have admitted falsifying names and signatures on registration cards, in order to boost the pay they received," Conason wrote. "When ACORN officials discovered those cases, they informed the state authorities and turned in the miscreants."
The most recent round of fake outrage on the right has come courtesy of two tres conservative 20-somethings, James E. O'Keefe III and Hannah Giles, who punked various ACORN offices around the country with Ashton Kutcher-like gotcha videos featuring O'Keefe as a pimp in a wide-brimmed hat and Giles as a 'ho in a short skirt. They look so ridiculous and act like such unvarnished fakers that it's amazing they weren't kicked to the curb everywhere they went.
The con didn't always work. In some cases, he and his faux hoochie-mama were booted out. In Philadelphia, the ACORN office filed a police report on the pair after they came in with their cock 'n' bull tale of smuggling in underage prostitutes from El Salvador.
In National City, California, they ran the same game, and the ACORN worker listened to their bull, but he later told about them to a cousin who's a cop. In Baltimore, the pseudo-sex workers struck gold, and found some really stupid ACORN employees willing to offer advice to O'Keefe's hidden camera.
Some of the ACORN workers in O'Keefe's videos have been fired. ACORN President Bertha Lewis has hired a former Massachusetts attorney general to do an in-house investigation, and the feds are cutting off money to ACORN left and right. Fortunately for ACORN, it raises most of its cash on its own, so the government cut-offs won't mean the end of the organization.
What does all this have to do with Arpaio's attorney's sorry subpoena?
Well, why do you think it was issued? Sure, Joe would like to find out what ACORN, which has opposed Arpaio's racial-profiling sweeps, may have told the feds. After all, ACORN was instrumental in getting the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the 287(g) program and Arpaio in April, and ACORN's anti-Joe activism also helped egg on the Justice Department to investigate claims that Arpaio's violated the constitutional rights of the people his gendarmes halt. Any info Arpaio's attorneys can glean for him through communications between ACORN and the DOJ will be helpful to Joe, despite the fact that this has nothing to do with the Melendres suit.
Also, we all know Joe loves being on the TeeVee. So it would surprise few if we were to discover that Arpaio asked his faithful poodle Casey to subpoena ACORN in a vain attempt to score Arpaio's flaccid jowls some airtime. As Bodney points out above, ACORN is red hot now. And Arpaio has to strike the proverbial iron if he's to get coverage.
The other reason for the subpoena and for Arpaio's new obsession with the org? Not only is this the group that convinced Sharpton he should come to Phoenix to denounce Arpaio (Sharpton and ACORN's Bertha Lewis go way back), it's also the one that recently whipped his hide in justice court, beating the rap on charges brought against four ACORN activists for disorderly conduct when they applauded during a Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Meeting in December 2008.
Idiotic in the extreme? Hell, yes. But, hey, this is Maricopa County, with a backward voting majority that keeps electing Joe. The ACORNers, which included Sandschafer, Kristy Theilen, Jason Odhner, and Joel Nelson, were arrested by MCSO deputies and had to spend 10 hours in jail while getting processed. Raquel Teran, an organizer with Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability, was later cited by the MCSO for the same disruptive clapping, even though applause is not proscribed by the Board of Supervisors' rules of conduct.
This was during the time when Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability and ACORN were putting pressure on the Supervisors to rein in Arpaio. The Supes have their own security — County Protective Services. But Arpaio's faithful stooge and then-Supes Chairman Andrew Kunasek, had requested the presence of the MCSO.
Holy Shit ! ! Arpaio and his sidekick Hinderblimp have left the state ! ! ! Celebration time! ! ! Just read where in Honduras, the interim government has raided the media outlets and made arrests ! ! ! Clear cut evidence that Arpiao has left Arizona and relocated in Honduras with his pet pig and RICO and Jail concessions slush funds ! ! ! Our gain, Honduras' loss ! ! !
You've outdone yourself again with what is a well-researched, fact-based assessment of the attacks on ACORN, both by Arpayaso and FAUX Entertainment.
You're in good company, including the amazing Rachel Maddow. Check out her report on the truth about the lies about ACORN here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26....
The real threat to democracy are phony patriots like the one above, spewing lies about organizations trying to help the poor, and threatening the rest of America with their guns and their violence. Like with that dead census worker. I bet you applaud that you piece-of-shit-pretend-patriot. Fuck you and the assault rifle you rode in on. You un-American asshole. Are you an MCSO deputy-dipshit? Then fuck you even harder. Punk.
Mr. Patriot needs to learn how to read the state statutes. Arizona Revised Statutes Title 11, Article 2, Chapter 3, Section 11-441 (2) says "The Sheriff shall: Arrest and take before the nearest magistrate for examination all persons who attempt to commit or who have committed a public offense."
Maybe in his world, the words "all" persons means "only-those-Arpaio-wants-to-arrest," but if you bother to check any Law Dictionary, the word "all" refers to "Being or representing the entire or total number, amount, or quantity."
Sorry, responsibility for every one of the 40,000 warrants belongs to Arpaio.
It's the law.
Of the 40,000 outstanding warrants, only some 6000 are the responsibility of MCSO. The remaining warrants belong to Phoenix, Mesa and other City municipality PD. Under your (lack) of reasoning, why not make MCSO responsible for the US Marshals Most Wanted list also ?
ACORN is a criminal enterprise, which supports socialism and the undermining of the Constitution.
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