Joe Arpaio is the crap!! He's worse than Hitler. I thought this was America home of the free but are we really?
By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Though he gets some kudos for the kill, bin Laden is not the man Obama's most afraid to go after. That distinction goes to none other than our own Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Indeed, in December 2008, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers jump-started a federal grand jury inquiry into the matter.
So for more than two years and counting, the feds have supposedly been all over Arpaio.
Still, no indictments.
This, despite evidence of Arpaio and his henchpeople's misdeeds steadily flooding into the public realm, via public documents, news reports, and the words of Arpaio's top lackeys, both former and current.
Barkell, who's testified before the grand jury and gabbed to the feds ad nauseam, finally decided to go public after Arpaio blamed the nearly $100 million he pilfered from protected funds on accounting errors and computer glitches.
The erstwhile bean counter, who pulled in a salary of $142,000, said she brought up the draining of taxpayer funds to Arpaio and his now-fired Chief Deputy David Hendershott over and over again.
"Prior to last summer, they had been told every single year for the last 10 years," Barkell squealed to Dana.
Though she claimed she had no options other than to tell Arpaio about the siphoning (ditto on Hendershott's intimidation and abuse of fellow MCSO employees), Barkell's testimony is self-serving.
She could have informed the feds, the media, or she could have found a job somewhere else, though it's unlikely she would have scored one paying as much money per annum.
Additionally, she could have wagged her tongue to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, with which she worked on budget agreements.
True, in years past, all but Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox kowtowed to Joe. But that worm turned once Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas went to war with the Supes, ginning up criminal charges against some members and hitting the board with a laughable RICO suit, all of which since has been tossed.
Barkell's excuses aside, her testimony leads right to Arpaio's office. It shouldn't take a genius prosecutor to utilize her skillfully during a trial.
I should also point out that she maintains that Arpaio's entire command staff knew about the swindle that resulted in the mega-millions gone missing.
My colleague Ray Stern has been burrowing into the massive report from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's office on the infamous memo leaked to the media last year, authored by MCSO deputy chief Frank Munnell.
Munnell's memo painted a picture of an out-of-the-loop sheriff undermined by three nefarious underlings: Hendershott, Deputy Chief Larry Black, and the man who "loves" Black so deeply, Captain Joel Fox ("Love Connection," April 14).
Adhering to Munnell's narrative, Babeu eventually advised Arpaio to fire the three henchmen, which Joe finally did. After his report was complete, Babeu declared Arpaio as stainless as a freshly bleached serviette.
Arpaio was "deceived," according Babeu, led down the primrose path by that horrid ogre Hendershott.
Thing is, Babeu's own investigation, which he farmed out to a private detective because his staff couldn't handle it, doesn't back up this line of bull.
Stern has pulled back the MCSO flagstone in various blog posts on the thousands of pages he's been reading. Beneath is a sickening, undulating mass of creepy crawlies operating without public scrutiny, at least 'til now.
For instance, in one Stern item, we find out that Hendershott and his aggro pet, Deputy Chief Paul Chagolla, threatened Arizona Republic reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez with arrest and the loss of her kid to Child Protective Services for her reporting on the MCSO.
Ex-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes Steve Ellman is shown to be connected to numerous aspects of the growing scandal, in addition to his donation to the Sheriff's Command Association, the group, headed by Fox, that illegally funneled money to the state Republican Party to pay for a nasty campaign ad targeting Arpaio nemesis and former candidate for sheriff Dan Saban.
In another incident, Black practically bribes an MCSO lieutenant with season tickets to Coyotes games to drop an assault charge on former Coyote Brad May, who allegedly had punched the lieutenant during a 2002 fracas at a Scottsdale nightclub. The lieutenant, to his credit, turned down the offer.
And in the most intriguing blog post to date, Stern discusses an interview investigators did with Chagolla, in which the sheriff's stooge mentions regular, private meetings between Arpaio and Hendershott, where Chagolla would occasionally be ordered in, asked some questions, then dismissed.
Chagolla stated that these Hendy-Arpaio tête-à-têtes "occurred on a regular basis and frequently occurred after everybody left the building."
Chagolla added, "So as to whether he's left out of the loop or not, you know, I find that hard to believe."
Damn sure is. Particularly for anyone who's been reading New Times since the sheriff took office 18 years ago.
Arpaio's penchant for retribution, his malfeasance concerning money, the corruption, and the criminal cruelty of his jails all predate more recent scandals.
We need only recall the 2007 arrests of Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey and CEO Jim Larkin. The perennial flaps over pink-underwear sales. The cover-ups involved in the death of inmate Scott Norberg. On and on.
Arpaio's onetime right-hand man, Tom Bearup, insisted in an interview with me last year: "Joe knows everything that's going on."
Bearup said he witnessed many of Arpaio's misdeeds, that the sheriff told him to lie under oath, that Arpaio knew about misappropriated pink-underwear funds, and that the sheriff was a micromanager when it came to getting revenge.
There's hard evidence of the last accusation.
In a 2009 cover story, Lacey called out President Obama for not having the stones to go after Arpaio. The piece described a 2000 recording of the sheriff talking to Deputy Chief Brian Sands as Sands went to serve legal paperwork on Bearup.
It was something a mere foot soldier could have accomplished, but Arpaio dispatched one of his top goons, and he called up Sands afterward to delight over every detail.
There are so many examples of Arpaio's total control of his office that even a fresh-out-of-law-school prosecutor should be able to nail Arpaio.
And that's just over the criminal portion of Joe's conduct. Don't forget, there's a DOJ civil rights probe of Arpaio's office that began in March 2009. This involves Arpaio's Hispanic-hunting, illegal-immigrant sweeps and raids.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, appearing with Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke at the federal courthouse in Phoenix for a March 2010 press conference, promised "results" from the civil rights investigation.
Hundreds of documents proving allegations of racial profiling leveled at MCSO deputies have been filed by the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio.
The documents detail blatant incidents of the MCSO's arresting Latinos for breathing while brown, and they include a rash of racist jokes and images that sheriff's deputies e-mailed to each other.
The feds long have had access to these documents — as well as to numerous witnesses and to incriminating statements by Arpaio and his beige-shirted oafs under oath.
Alas, the DOJ has produced no discernible results after 27 months of investigating.
Why the silence? Why are the feds frozen, like some ancient beetle trapped in amber, on both the civil and criminal investigations?
Because these cowards' knees knock every time the media mentions Arpaio's name.
With 2012 'round the corner and bin Laden's corpse being the standard bearer for the president's re-election effort, going after Arpaio might create a martyr for the far right, which thinks Arpaio's the second coming of Elvis.
Better to concern themselves with other matters, as Arizona's U.S. Attorney is eager to do.
See, Burke's more interested in keeping medical pot out of the hands of Arizonans who can prove they suffer from chronic pain than pursuing Arpaio.
In a letter dated May 2 to Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble, Burke relayed the not-so-stunning news that possession of pot is still a federal offense, despite Arizona voters' approval of Proposition 203, now the Grand Canyon State's medical-marijuana law.
Burke writes that his office will "vigorously prosecute" any individual or entity growing, merchandising, or marketing pot, "even if such activities are permitted by state law."
The focus will be on those operating "large marijuana production facilities," Burke announced, not on "seriously ill individuals" who take a toke because a doctor recommended it.
But, he warned, Uncle Sam can still pop you bong-suckers if he wants.
The new state law, Burke said, "does not render possession or distribution lawful under federal statute."
And that goes double for Native Americans, as Burke has the nerve to point out regarding the descendants of indigenous peoples dwelling on their sovereign land here in Arizona.
"Individuals that grow, distribute, or possess marijuana on federal or tribal lands, may be subject to federal prosecution, no matter what the quantity of marijuana," Burke stated.
Arizonans and, particularly, denizens of Maricopa County should be incensed that Burke can threaten law-abiding citizens with arrest, while our own modern-day version of Al Capone scoffs at state and federal statutes.
Just this week, Arpaio sent out an e-mail alert to followers, formally announcing his bid for re-election while soliciting donations for his already bloated, multimillion-dollar campaign war chest.
In the letter, Arpaio mentions that Obama's Justice Department is out to get him because he's rounding up them illegals.
The criminal investigation of the MCSO goes unmentioned, natch.
Ironically, Arpaio and Burke are on the same page when it comes to the medical ganja law. Arpaio opposed Prop 203 at a press conference before Election Day last year.
In fact, he pointed out what Burke does in the latter's letter — that puffing pot violates federal code.
When I reminded him that he was violating the federal code in other ways, Arpaio nearly blew his stack, accusing New Times of breaking some unnamed law.
Burke knows Arpaio can be prosecuted. I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. Attorney can quote from memory the federal statutes regarding abuse of power and violating civil rights under the color of law that Joe has bulldozed over.
Not to mention various state and federal laws concerning bribery, corruption, malfeasance, and misusing funds.
And yet, Burke's hands remain firmly beneath his parked haunches. People who know him claim it's not his fault, that the blame lies with politicos and Justice Department suits in D.C. They say Burke isn't in control of the situation.
I would agree that Burke is not the final shot-caller on this, but it doesn't absolve him.
Because while he wastes taxpayer time and money worrying about some pain sufferer, or not, smoking weed, Arpaio is busy shilling for campaign donations — and heading for probable re-election in 2012.
Joe Arpaio is the crap!! He's worse than Hitler. I thought this was America home of the free but are we really?
mr. Lemons,You have been after Joe for a long time.Why dont you drop the crap,you know he is a lot better man than you or your Bosses ever will be.A bunch of communists and mexican refugees that is all you are.You must be trying out for GORDONS job HUH.
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You people out there who are electing these individuals (and Arpaio is nothing more than part of an adjunct of the Drug Cartels he claims he is breaking up - he has always earned his living from his activities towards "enforcement" of these PROVEN NONSENSICAL prohibition laws - e.g., prohibition of alcohol) are the reason we don't have justice here in Maricopa County.
As long as the Federal Government sees that the the citizens of State of Arizona and its political subdivisions are electing these clowns, they will be VERY uncomfortable with using federal power to conduct "nation building" exercises within the United States. It's all about the rights of the States to govern themselves. THAT is why the Federal Government, through its third branch of government, the judicial branch, is not acting - our fellow citizens keep electing this clown. We need to do a better job of advocating for our issue of comprehensive immigration reform and reach out to these neanderthals who only see the issue in black or white (or brown).
I voted for Joe.
And your broad painting of anyone who disagrees with your candidate of choice as "neanderthals" is a good indication that your means of debating the real issues are equally pathetic.
And really, if Joe is a "clown", what was our other option? Dan Saban?
You're kidding, right?
loll that pompous redneck hillbilly is corrupt as the day is long and everyone knows it.
You gotta wonder what might have happened of Joe's team was tasked with counter-terrorism and not the snoozing Phoenix FeeBees who allowed documented middle-eastern radical-militants to obtain student visas' enroll in Phoenix area flight schools - and were actualy on record saying 'Jus teeech us how to steeeer the airoplayne meezter' ! This, with the back-drop of the solid intelligence provided by the Phillipines National Police 3 years prior to 9-11 warning aviation attacks were in the works...
New York might still have a WTC one and two.
The USA might not have lost over 8,000 Americans including our soldiers.
We need Joe on that wall...
The man is innnocent as the feds can't find anything to pin on him, or is that too hard to understand with some people.
I am a long time watcher and complainer, and one to take people to task who think Arpaio is great, I want to become more effective. What action do we take? Who do we go to to get the attention of a) someone who really cares and is positively motivated to effect changes for us here in AZ and b) WHO has some authority to wield to execute the needed legal and political changes?
I suppose it is US the people who need to get out, get more public and convince the greater population not only here in AZ but Nationally that this is a very serious, expensive, breach of our rights and our constitution and beliefs as Americans. But I feel so weak, ineffective, clueless and so many who would be involved are so bogged down in their own problems with time restraints, lack of money, possibly even deeply involved with trying to save a loved one from the system...struggling, reeling with stress and very likely fiscally overwhelmed. REALLY someone tell me what can we do versus write here about all of these concerns. Someone come up with an answer? New Times? Are you reading these? Let me know!
I want, because of my being for so many years appalled at these issues and fringe issues going into our common everyday practices in our legal system whereby innocent or those with many extenuating circumstances are scared into taking plea bargans with punishment versus standing up for their bigger story and innocence in a court of law with a jury of peers, to start a non-profit organization.
It will happen, I will do this even though like others I have a huge burden of stress worrying about my seriously mentally ill son caught and stuck in the jails and a system which would rather criminalize him than treat or intervene. I am disabled currently totally and for many years partially as a Physical Therapist and facing 17K in legal expenses (and it could go up).
LUCKILY, I found an attorney who really cares about helping people who are really wanting to change their lives. In fact he will only take cases whereby the client is highly motivated to change. He is very high energy, high powered, who quit his large law firm thinking he was done with the practice of law, then found within himself a call and mission to go out on his own and do this. His name, you may tell him I sent you, is Guy Brown. He really does the work necessary, not just to, "get people off," but to get them the help and treatment and services they need to stay out of trouble!
I will post again about my non-profit concept--to help people pay for the legal fees to FIGHT. I also have a first fund raising idea which would not only give the organization some wealth but help those who contribute to have more income. It is an inspired concept!Kate Keeling PT
Allowing people to be free of government interference while in "The Pursuit of Happiness" is the entire mission of our country through the guarantees in our Constitution. The anti-recreational drug laws don't keep us safe, they only keep the rich drug lords and their cartel members (including Wells Fargo Bank among others) wealthy.
It is basic economic theory - supress supply and the price (and profits) will go up. If the prohibition laws were removed from all recreational drugs tomorrow - the illegal drug industry would completely fail the next week. There wouldn't be enough money in the "pipeline" to fund the supply chain and the whole thing would collapse.
In addition, the number of people looking for their "happiness" through recreational drug use would fall substantially as these people, many "rebels without a cause (except to get high)" would look to other, less harmful, substances to excercise their rights.
You people out there who are electing these individuals (and Arpaio is nothing more than part of the Drug Cartels he claims he is breaking up - he has always earned his living from his "enforcement" of these nonsense prohibition laws) are the reason we don't have justice here in Maricopa County.
As long as the Federal Government sees that the the citizens of State of Arizona and its political subdivisions are electing these clowns, they will be VERY uncomfortable with using federal power to conduct "nation building" exercises within the United States. It's all about the rights of the States to govern themselves. THAT is why the Federal Government, through its third branch of government, the judicial branch, is not acting - our fellow citizens keep electing this clown.
Elections mean something in this country - taking out an elected leader, who really hasn't done the kind of stuff that people like John Fife Symington III had (bank fraud), on a federal level, is messing with our Constitution and is not done lightly. The charges of racial profiling are hard to prove without evidence - and I understand all the "basis" evidence regarding the traffic stops conducted by MCSO officers was illegally shredded.
Kate Keeling I agree with you completely. I would like to start some kind of media blitz against Arpaio. It is evident that even the New Times' numerous articles have done no good, as they themselves state. Let me know if you would like to collaborate.
Nope, you should have had you butt kicked up between your shoulder blades so you'd at least have SHIT for brains. All smoke, no fire. Go after those who are abusing the man, they're the problem. Like you muzak.
Where do they begin? pearce, (CCA/Coughlin/ALEC) arpaio, hendershott, fox, black, aubuchon, thomas, alexander, babeu, brock, and on and on.... it's time to clean house in Arizona where those who profit from this corruption are abusing the people, taxpayers and newcomers to the state....
Oren, Arizona's problems are about the decades under a single-party rule -- tyranny. Has nothing to do with President Obama who wasn't even around. Also look at Senators McCain, Kyle and Trent who created laws that have taken our civil liberties and rights away. Arpaio needs to resign or be indicted immediately or YOU pay the horrific cost.
And here we are supposed to be a law abiding civil country... hmmm. I think I vote for life in the Ivory Coast rather than here....
Paul Babeu has been covering for Sherifff Joe for years and is just as corrupt. As his sister Lucy, it does not matter who you report this two bullies too. Paul has threatened my life by using my father and I have proof of that. I have reported it to the attorney general, the FBI and numerous police. I think a death threat should be taken seriously. But as usual, Paul gets away with it. I was even assigned a agent from the last attorney general who just takes the information and you never hear from them again.Reporting does not work because they are all in it together covering for each other. Lives are ruined because of Paul and Joe. They both are big corrupt liars and don't care who they step on. They are only concerned about their fame. When Paul has to hire a lawyer to shut me up, you know he is hiding big secrets. This will never end when all the political leaders such as the attorney General and the feds who just ignore all that is reported. And how is any investigation ever done by a inexperience person such as Paul, who came from North Adams, where he ran because of his dirty past.
"Ironically, Arpaio and Burke are on the same page when it comes to the medical ganja law. Arpaio opposed Prop 203 at a press conference before Election Day last year."
That's not ironic, it's consistent. Burke is pretty clearly ArPayaso's bitch.
That's true in some ways. Burke is afraid of JoeRap because Joerap came up through the fed system back in the days and he knows the playbook. Burke don't like AZ 203 Med MJ but he has a big problem...it's called California. The Feds cannot play favorites so what goes in Cali must go in AZ from the US Attorney stand-point - they cannot have double-standards. I think Burke is just grandstanding for the big-pharma industry who are freaked out that they might lose a few billion dollars in opiate pain medications as this Med Marijuana sweeps the Nation.
its no secret that new times has a beef with arpiro....most legal americans thinks he a hero that enforces the law....don,t ask me what i think about our cutless policticans
the feds ought to investigating new times for supporting illegalism,,,check their stafff for illegals