"I have a couple of dogs in this fight," she said. "I love Arizona. I've always been very proud of being from Arizona. I don't want this awful man to make me ashamed that I'm from this state."

On January 16, Ronstadt's scheduled to join United Farm Workers icon Dolores Huerta, and Rage Against the Machine/One Day as a Lion frontman Zack de la Rocha, in a walk from Phoenix's Falcon Park to Arpaio's jail complex near Durango Street and 35th Avenue. There, organizers intend to march around the jails, then end with a rally that will include a performance by the Tejano act Little Joe y La Familia.

Ronstadt helped get Little Joe y La Familia to perform at the event, calling them "one of my favorite acts in the music business." She left open the possibility that she would join them in song at the end of the march.

"It depends on whether or not we have time to rehearse," Ronstadt said. "I've never performed with [Little Joe], but if I can, I'll get up and sing a song with him."

Okay, maybe Ronstadt ain't no Lady Gaga, celeb-wise, these days. But back in the day, she filled stadiums, toured with The Doors, and collaborated with Don Henley, Neil Young, and Frank Zappa. There's also something very cool about the local-gal-turned-legend joining the battle against Maricopa County's ogre of a sheriff.

Plus, who needs Lady Gaga? Especially if the Queen of Rock decides to croon her 1975 hit "You're No Good" for the crowd and dedicates it to Sheriff Joe.

E.J.'S BUDDY

I was gratified to see Arizona's paper of record follow my reporting on the deposition Sheriff Joe just gave in the big Melendres vs. Arpaio racial-profiling lawsuit, though the piece by JJ Hensley tells you nothing you didn't already know from my Feathered Bastard blog.

Even Channel 12 — the Rep's TV sibling — beat 'em to the dog-food bowl on this one. For my initial report on Arpaio's seven hours of grilling by plaintiffs' attorney David Bodney, check out my December 30 blog "Sheriff Joe, Clueless or Cunning?" and its subsequent follow-ups.

What Hensley's article doesn't mention is what ol' Joe had to say about the Rep's smirking scribbler, E.J. Montini.

Arpaio's asked by Bodney about a quote in a past Montini column in which Joe says, according to the deposition, "[Former Mesa police chief George Gascón] doesn't like me too much, I guess . . . but that's all right. My deputies will be going to arrest illegals right in his town."

Bodney pressed Joe on whether he uttered this, and Joe suggested that Montini might have bollixed the quote.

"Well," he replied, "E.J. has a way of twisting words around, so I don't recall if it was in that context."

Later, Joe's queried on whether he had read the Montini article.

"You know," Joe responded, "I may have. Let me just say this: In all my conversations with E.J., we banter back and forth. That's what he does. He is pretty good at it, and we have fun talking. It doesn't mean everything he or I say is 100 percent true."

Ouch, and telling.

Seeing that Arpaio and Montini are such swell pals, I have no doubt E.J. will be dialing Arpaio soon to "banter back and forth" about that "100 percent true" line. Of course, this is the same lawman who says he hasn't read his own book and is unfamiliar with the content of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

And, anyway, every columnist needs grist for the grind. Now E.J. doesn't even have to read the entire deposition, much less watch it. All he has to do is borrow from me. In other words (and I'm smiling when I say this), I've just written one of Montini's columns for him.

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Angie
Angie

women and men are being murdered in border cities on the Mexican side,No outrage by mexican citizens living in this country. Instead they march on our streets and DEMAND rights that they think they deserve. She broke the law when she walked across the desert,who would have been blamed if she gave birth then? Hope she sues our state not because she was arrested but because ALL you illegal supporters deserve to pay. NOT A CHICANA,LATINA,MEXICAN I AM AMERICAN!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

If men were pregnant and had to go through labor, there would be no question the shackling would be eliminated. But as long as the "good ole" boys out of the back-water era write the policies and laws, they will continue to do nothing. Read Arizona's history... it's shameful.. "Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment" by Mona Lynch. If the DOC can eliminate shackling a DOC at the core of "punitive" NOT "restorative" punishment, then it's time the Maricopa County jail step update policies from the slavery era into the 21st Century.

mommyhacker
mommyhacker

Yes, but New York only just banned this practice which only proves my point further. If New York only just banned this practice with legislation last year this means that many other states are still practicing it as well. My point is that Arizona and the MCSO are not the only ones who practice the schackling of pregnant inmates. New Times obviously has a problem with Sheriff Joe, but I am going to call them on their shady reporting every time I get the opportunity. Who's Lisa?

Fred Smythe
Fred Smythe

Arizona is, by far, not the only state that has this policy in many detention facilities.

To date, 46 states have no legislation that restricts the shackling of pregnant women in prisons, jails, and detention centers, leaving the practice to the discretion of individual facilities. Illinois, California, Vermont, and New Mexico and New York prohibit it entirely.

Non-federal facilities are exempt from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons policy that, in October 2008, barred the shackling of pregnant women, "except in the most extreme circumstances." This policy is in alignment with the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which the U.S. ratified.

Shackling policies are especially pertinent given that women are the fastest growing demographic in U.S. prisons, according to the Women's Prison Association. As with the general prison population, most are serving sentences for nonviolent offenses.

LisaAllensConscience
LisaAllensConscience

Mommyhacker, or Lisa Allen, take your pick, did u even bother to read the article you posted? Read it sgsin snd note the time stamp. The NY Gov signed the bill. NY implemented a ban on shackling pregnant moms.

You said: "Arizona is not the only state that shackles pregnant inmates, New York does too."

WRONG!!!! NY did, no longer "does." As for Arizona, read Lemons' article, Arizona's Department of Corrections -- u know, the goddamn Arizona state prisons -- doesn't shackle pregnant moms.

The feds don't shackle pregnant moms. But the MCSO does. Whaat does that tell you? Some mom you are.

Miki
Miki

She's an illegal alien and should be deported. Quit with the pity party story, her and her anchor baby shouldn't be here in the first place.

Mommyhacker
Mommyhacker

Arizona is not the only state that shackles pregnant inmates, New York does too. Check it out:http://www.cleveland.com/natio...I am not saying that it is humane or that this particular woman deserved to be shackled, but I can see that in some instances it may be neccesary.New Times, you make Sheriff Arpaio sound like he is doing something totally out of the norm when he is not. Shame on you again.

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Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

#9 - Mr. Johnson, Great comment. Humanity is something lacking in Arizona. Money means more than people. Once it's realized, those who can leave will. Those who are considering moving here will do the research and hopefully avoid Arizona. As long as thomas, arpaio, pearce, jd hayworth prevail -- then Arizona is doomed.

lujlp
lujlp

You want to stop illegal imigration JJ? Stop voting republican. Republicans had the house, senate, the white house and the supreme court. What did they do about illegal immigration? Absolutly nothing - becuase their campaign contributors rely on cheap labor.

You want to stop illegal immigration? Vote 3rd party, refuse to shop at shops that employ illegals. Acctually do something.

But its so much easier to sit at your desk as type angrily on a keyboard and pretend that the people you voted for are being thwatred in their efforts to do what you want - isnt it?

The dont care about you, they dont care about the illegals or abortion, they just use these issues to push you into voting on blind emotion rather than rational thought.

You want to stop illegal immigration? Stop paying your taxes, stop voting for the very people who keep them coming in, stop being reactionary.

Crow
Crow

They shackle a pregnant women whose only crime is trying to work yet they let Adrian Cruz a convicted child rapist serving a life sentence walk right out of court. What brave deputies Arpaio has mentored.

This whole ID Theft law is also bullshit. While we waste resources chasing pregnant working women we ignore credit card theft and internet fruad.

NAOMA FOREMAN
NAOMA FOREMAN

ENOUGH KIDS ALREADY. STOP WITH THE BIRTHING AND TAKECARE OF THE ONES YOU HAVE.

Jameson Johnson
Jameson Johnson

No matter what charge this woman was accused or convicted of, she deserves to be treated like a human being. That is what separates us from nations like Cambodia, Iran, and Afghanistan. If we as a nation are to regain our high moral ground, we must stop acting like savages.

Ali Alexander
Ali Alexander

"He's a sadistic man," said the multi-Grammy winner of Arpaio. "He doesn't have great respect for the law. I come from a police family. My brother was the chief of police in Tucson for many years, a real lawman . . . He was the one who made me understand that when the law is unevenly applied or badly applied, it weakens all law. That's what's very concerning about Sheriff Arpaio."-----------------Too bad Ms. Ronstadt doesn't believe that last sentence about the law being unevenly applied or badly applied. If she really believes that, then she should believe in the deportation of illegal aliens. To ignore their presence is to unevenly apply the law and to discriminate against legal immigrants. To let some off because of their ethnicity is to unevenly apply the law.

JJ
JJ

Yo, stupid montrose mike. I'm not using medicaid, medicare or SSI. I am a hard working American citizen. I pay taxes. I vote for every school override and anything to do with helping children further their education. I have children and want them to have the best education they can Do you live in AZ? Do you know what it's like to live here with all the illegals? If you want to take care of them then have at it. I'm sick of taking care of non-U.S. citizens. Get a life POS.

Wake up Women of Arizona!!
Wake up Women of Arizona!!

This is cruel and barbaric and just illustrates how back-water Arizona is to tolerate this cruelty to humanity. Women are not respected in Arizona. This could be your daughter, your sister, your niece -- all are at risk. Is Arizona proud of this treatment of women and newborn babies?

Thank you Linda for coming forward. We need your leadership and voice.

Montrose Mike
Montrose Mike

Hey JJ, How old are you? I am sick and tired of paying for your Social Security and medicare and medicaid. By the way all those times you did not have a job I want that money payed back to me. All those time you voted down a tax hike to support schools yeah I want that money too.

As long as your shruf id picking up pregnant mommies, you get to pay for them. Guess what dirt bag, because he kid was just born and you are older then it and will be on Social security longer then it will be - YOU ARE STEALING its SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS - MATTER OF FACT YOUR STEALING MY PAYMENTS - give me my money back and STOP stealing from little babies, My GOD you are an evil person, stealing from all these folks but especially from the babies...

JJ
JJ

Another thing. Who paid for this womans medical bills? I' sick of paying for every illegal to come into our state. They all need to go away. The U.S. citizens are getting ripped off by them every day. When will it ever stop?

JJ
JJ

Don't do the crime if you don't want to do the time. I don't feel sorry for the woman. She brought it upon herself.Go Sheriff Joe! You rock!

Coz
Coz

Somebody has to write for Montini Stephen, because the guy is a fucking joke as a reporter.

>>I've just written one of Montini's columns for him.

Coz
Coz

Typical lying bullshit from MacEnweasel.

>>Questioned by reporter Fernandez for her story on the shackling of expectant moms, MCSO apologist and Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre cited the possibility that a woman might be "faking labor" and attempt escape.

 
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