Don't Bet on Arpaio Resigning Over the El Mirage Botched Sex-Crime Cases

Sheriff Joe Arpaio pulled yet another ho-hum raid on a restaurant franchise recently, hunting illegal immigrants. At a Si Senor Mexican eatery in Chandler, sheriff's deputies scored five — count 'em, five — workers suspected of using fake ID.

Arpaio's self-congratulatory press release on this paltry haul called it his 56th such operation. Given his druthers, the sheriff might work his way through the kitchens of nearly every restaurant in Sand Land, learning in the process that — Shazam! — the people who peel potatoes and wash dishes in that industry are almost always here illegally from south of the border.

But Joe's latest use of a law enforcement blunderbuss to off a pond of minnows scored him almost zero press.

Perhaps Arpaio thought the weekend Chandler raid would help divert attention from his latest scandal — the MCSO's gross negligence in failing to properly investigate more than 400 sex-crime cases in El Mirage. He was wrong.

The public has been enraged by the Associated Press' account of the scandal, and the local news media has been piling on mercilessly. Elected Democratic officials have joined the call by activists for Arpaio's resignation. Even our two Republican U.S. senators, Jon Kyl and John McCain, have expressed "concern" over Arpaio's obvious neglect.

Fresh from the victory over ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce, Citizens for a Better Arizona and its co-founder Randy Parraz are leading the charge for Arpaio's head on a pike, setting sights on his fiscal bosses at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in hopes of pressuring them to seek Arpaio's political harakiri.

Folks seem particularly incensed by Arpaio's lame mea culpa for the bungle, one in which he "apologized" with the preface, "If there were any victims."

Of course, there were victims, including scores of children. But, as both my colleagues Ray Stern and James King have pointed out in several blog posts, this tale of the El Mirage outrage is not new.

Indeed, the East Valley Tribune first probed the El Mirage debacle in the 2008 series that earned two of its scribes a Pulitzer Prize. The MCSO's bungling extended beyond sex crimes to homicides and other transgressions.

But in 2008, the public really didn't give a flip. All the yahoo majority cared about was that Arpaio — through a series of unconstitutional sweeps of Latino neighborhoods that utilized racial profiling as a strategy — was rounding up Messcans left and right.

So all of a sudden, the public wants Arpaio to begin acting like a real law man and prioritize child molesters instead of illegal dishwashers and cooks?

Not that I'm complaining, but where have you numbskulls been all these years?

Actually, the electorate has never demanded that Arpaio embody the role of professional law enforcement officer. Scandal has plagued his administration almost since it began nearly two decades ago.

You practically could fill Burton Barr Central Library with all the cover stories and columns New Times has published exposing the sheriff.

From Arpaio's framing enemies and ginning up the specter of fake death threats against himself to a body count of unconvicted inmates who've either died from the abuse of guards, other prisoners, or from medical neglect in his vast incarceration complex.

New Times has pointed out — over and over — that Arpaio is the most sued sheriff in the nation, that wrongful deaths in his horribly run facilities have cost county taxpayers more than $50 million (at last count) in legal fees, lawsuit payouts, and settlements.

The majority of the voting public shrugged. No matter how egregious the wrongdoing — no matter the depth of the corruption — Arpaio had the public's number.

He gave them bread and circuses, stunts, and shuck and jive. Pink underwear and jail stripes and a broken tank that had to be pulled around like a Christmas parade float.

When nativist hatred toward the undocumented began to rise in 2005-06, Arpaio ditched his cavils that being illegally present in the United States was not a crime. He transformed the MCSO into a county version of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. People ate it up.

Subsequently, the MCSO's scandals have grown to gargantuan proportions.

Arpaio teemed up with now-disgraced former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, pursuing vendettas against county judges and supervisors and even newspapermen, like Village Voice Media executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Later came the so-called "Munnell memo," exposing the illegal activities of Arpaio's then-Chief Deputy David Hendershott, the outside investigation of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, the results of which are still being sifted through; the theft by Arpaio's office of $100 million in county funds; and Arpaio's laughable testimony in the State Bar of Arizona's disciplinary proceedings against co-conspirator Andrew Thomas, in which his favorite phrase under oath was "I don't recall."

If Arpaio's not going to resign after all this, and after being investigated by a federal grand jury for criminal abuse-of-power violations, do you really think he's going to resign over botched sex-crime cases in El Mirage?

The only way I can see Arpaio resigning is if the do-nothings at the U.S. Department of Justice get a heavenly dose of testosterone and do a deal with the sheriff, forcing his resignation under threat of prosecution.

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chillbertaz
chillbertaz

You people don't know how many cases were reported or ignored.  You are buying into the liberal media and the lying criminal DOJ who's report was laughable.   Did you ever think that maybe the cases weren't investigated because the criminals were illegal, and therefore had no name on record to pursue.  They have no ties to anything, and most likely headed back to mexico. Look at the cases, or at least one or two.  They were all committed by illegal alien men who's whereabouts are unknown.

chillbertaz
chillbertaz

You are all spewing propaganda BS fed to the media by the Justice Dept. which is fed to you.  What specific sex  sex crimes in El Mirage are you talking about?  Do you have any details at all, records, reports?  Nope.  You are just regurgitating BS.  And let's say they actually did exist, which they don't.  Did it ever occur to you people that the REASON they were not investigated is because the people involved were all ILLEGAL?  How do you look for a criminal who doesn't have an identity?  These people dont exist on record in this country, so they are free to commit crime after crime.  And if they do think they may get caught, they just head on back to Mexico.  That is the problem, and Arpaio didn't create it.Also, you may want to consider the fact that IF these cases existed and were overlooked, it could be because the Sheriff's Dept was too busy with other crimes?  And how many of those other crimes might have been committed by illegals?  So you fight like hell to have open borders, which brings in thousands of new criminals, which overloads the Sheriff's Dept, then have the nerve to bitch and complain when these criminals commit crimes?  And blame it on the Sheriff's Department who is overloaded because the borders are wide open.  How retarded is that.  That's like installing a high priced  security system with 24 hour emergency response in your home.  You invite some losers to stay with you for a few days, they rip you off blind, and you blame it on the Security System.    Libtards are so brainless.

 

Nerva
Nerva

Hope charges are pressed against the old hag......what a joke

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Michka2
Michka2

You do realize that this article suggests the DOJ react in the precise manner that they DID act a little over 2 weeks later? Coincidence? I think not. None of this is a coincidence.

Xaria
Xaria

I would say I am appalled but I am not surprised you are probably a part of the KKK and believe that only those who are of dark complexion are predators, CHILDREN being voilated is Far more important that wheather someone has the right to be in this Country and if you think other wise you need to see someone cause you have issues

Xaria
Xaria

While I agree with you that more people need to step up the fact remains that Joe Arapio has let slide 432 cases of sexual abuse assault and rape and this is with the perpatraor known, Perhaps if Joe was not so focused on the color of a persons skin he might actually do his job and leave the Federal work to those who are supposed to be doing it, It is our job to hold the federal and State government accountable for its inaction Not the job of an idiot who is too busy pumping hands with celebarties like Steven the Idiot Seagal than he is in taking care of the victims of crime.

Gwmwllc
Gwmwllc

Sherrif Joe is one of a few law enforcement individuals who understands a simple fact: "illegal immigrant" = an individual who is not in the United States legally. Being that the "illegal immigrant" has broken our (and Barrack Hussien Obwama's) Federal Immigration Laws and entered the United States through illegal means, he / she is subject to a crime and as such, he / she is subject to deportation. Is that difficult to understand?

Wiscman
Wiscman

I would say that if a parent of a child who was molested by an identified suspect, discovers that this suspect should have been investigated by MCSO previously, they should sue the county - and the sheriff personally. Maybe once the county is out of money, and has to borrow to pay fines, he can be exited.

Also, I think the county needs the sheriff's office to account for the $650,000 they got to add detectives for the investigation of these sexually related crimes.

danielles
danielles

who's gonna make him pay the 50 millions he owes Arizona, who' gonna get justice for all those children not our little hitler, he couldn't careless as long as his picture is in the news, and closes up all the little mexican restaurants,oh boy, that makes him a big man, hopefully people in Az are starting to see through hi BS, high time, and good ridance.

Soldierone
Soldierone

Lmao there is ONE guy in our government that actually does things that he promises along with also putting all the idiots in "office" ignorance out in the open. FACT all these people are SCARED because he is actually doing his job, meanwhile they all sit in their mansions pretending to "debate" over nothing. Funny this article states "while he has done all this, it doesn't make us ignore ONE issue he hasn't covered" yet name one person in office that has yet to do anything? We have all these major issues, and instead they focus on stupid crap and let it get worse. More of them need to step up like Sheriff Joe, maybe if they did they wouldn't be so scared of him....He has haters because he follows through, anyone that simply follows the rules has nothing against him. Then again that won't happen because only liars, thieves, and people that will listen to the group without any questions make it into office.

Crazy Blondie
Crazy Blondie

Carmen,Carmen,Carmen.What a silly woman you are! Angel was professing his love for me all through out your relationship! I didn't even give him a dime! I really wasnt that naive! Your nothing but a cash cow.Wake up and smell the coffee! Work on that self esteem of yours lady Lol. You're both a laughing stock! Lmao~Crazy Blondie

Bernankeye
Bernankeye

Don't resign Big Joe. We all need to pull together to stem this liberal tide of ignorance.

Leonardo Fibonacci
Leonardo Fibonacci

Putting these two stories together, one has to wonder why there has never been a hit on America's Toughest Sheriff. Its because the cartels love Arpaio. He's so busy going after maids dishwashers and cockfighting that they have no time (or courage) to go after real criminals. Browse through the MCSO blotter on any day, its all check kiters and forged IDs, throw in a few deadbeat dads. Conspicuously no violent criminals. Seriously check it out

Guest
Guest

You certainly have the nerve. Stating that he is doing wrong by getting illegals out of the country, then referring to them as Messcans in your own article. Why don't you practice what you preach

Jason
Jason

Is there a way the people can oust the Flaccid Failure before the 2012 elections and without an indictment being handed up on the Old Guy?

As for this "lawyer," I think she needs to check herself into a mental institution ASAP. I mean, dating and having sex with an incarcerated killer while representing him in court? I smell a conflict of interest.

BS
BS

Do you really believe the story about BS assassination attempt of Terry "Tissue" Stewart? Terry Tissue was more worried about the husband of the woman he was screwing than he was of the EME. It's all BS just like the Mexicans wanting to kill Sheriff "Nickel Bag Joe" Arpaio and Sheriff Paul "Pablo Baboso" Babeu.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

@chillbertaz republicunts taste like your asshole, after palin has pegged you. You didn't fight at all.

Gwmwllc
Gwmwllc

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???Why isn't Obwama dealing with this?We can not afford 4 more years of Obwama!!!When will Obwama end the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America?

chillbertaz
chillbertaz

@Xaria "432 cases...And this is with the perpetrator known"  Where do you get that info?  From the DOJ report?  No, they wouldn't lie, they are so upstanding and law abiding.  You haven't seen the cases and know nothing about them, and neither has the DOJ.  Even if the suspect was "named", the name is not in the system, there is no SSN, no DL, no nothing.  That is the problem with all this open borders crap.You people are pro open borders.  Which means that you are OK with having millions of people here that are a body and a name.  And the name could be what ever they want it to be since they do not have a SSN, DL, or anything to tie them to an identity.So when they come here and molest kids or commit any other crimes,  and disappear into the darkness without a trace you blame Arpaio?  You can't have it both ways.  If you support open borders then you are responsible for this and cannot complain about it.

Xaria
Xaria

Gwmwllc, Can you be a bigger idiot this is a man who blew 432 cases of abuse, RAPE and Child Molestation but he understands Illegal Immigrants, Yeah I can sleep better at night knowing that while my children are safe from Illegal immigrants they are not safe from Predators who want to steal their innocence. Perhaps if Joke Joe focused on Doing His Job and left the Federal Laws to the Feds there are some children out there who might have gotten Justice for what was done to them. You should be ashamed of your self supporting a Poser who is so consumed with sticking it to anyone who is Not White that he over looks the true victims of Crime!

Bnbk
Bnbk

Thanks for the link Coz.I caught the tail end ,but by reading the tweets it seems that JoKKKe's day are numbered. This may turn out to be the best christmas holiday for Maricopa County ever !

chillbertaz
chillbertaz

@danielles   When Obama pays back the trillions he stole from us.  That doesn't seem to bother anyone though does it?  Not to mention his numerous acts of high treason, and pretty much every other felony on the books.  In fact, the federal govt. owes Arizona billions for incarcerating all these illegals for so many years.  Where's the uproar on that one?

I don't know what joe owes 50 million for, but if the federal government would stop suing the state of Arizona, that might cut down on the expenses.  And do you have any idea how much per year it cost to educate these illegals, feed these illegals, and provide them with FREE healthcare in our ERs whenever they feel the whim to saunter in for a stuffy nose?  You guys are a joke.  

Rather than worrying about Arpaio, people need to concentrate on what's going on today, right here in front of our faces.  The UN Agenda 21 is in full gear.  If you haven't noticed, since 2008 they have been dumping bio toxins into our skies.  This past week has been the worst.  People are dropping dead from this shit, and people are too stupid to look up.  Today was the absolute worst.  The air you are breathing contains Quantum Dots, Nanofibers, Aluminum, Cadmium, Strontium, Barium, and red blood cells.  It's not a theory, I have worked for the DOD since 1985.  It is in full swing, and if you didn't notice it today, you are hopeless.  The illuminati is real, the UN was just given full control over the internet last week in Dubai, they want 2/3 of the population dead, and the shit is hitting fan real soon.  If we don't come together real quick, we will be dead.  Don't laugh, research it a little bit.  I am not a wack job, I am a scientist, and I went to Harvard just like the rest of those nimrod idiots.  Gov. Brewer and every other politician has been bribed and/or threatened, and they are allowing this.  They have been promised sanctuary, and they all are gearing up for it.  Look out side and look up every day.  It's beyond evil, and it's real.

Soldierone
Soldierone

It might help if the majority of the crimes in Arizona were not because of illegal mexicans....food for thought.

Zachary J Cook
Zachary J Cook

What a waste of air. You are a fucking moron and the fact that you support child molestation going unpunished because of Sheriff Joe means you should rot in hell with him. Joe deserves criminal charges for this dereliction of duty.

Coz
Coz

Lay off the drugs

Jason
Jason

I tell you what, if Joe doesn't resign, then he will be ousted from the penthouse suite at the Wells Fargo through a GJ indictment from the USAO.

BaconSMELLS
BaconSMELLS

Joe for Prez!

(This message approved and paid for by the North American Man Boy Love Association.)

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

YOU ARE AN IMBECILE!!! MOTHERFUCKER, PRAY TO GOD YOUR CHILDREN DO NOT GET RAPED!!! KARMA IS A BITCH, YOU AND THE FLACCID FOOL ---WILL--- GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. FUCK YOU!!!

Coz
Coz

Yea, why resign when there's so many more rapes and child molestations for Bozo Joe to ignore.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Exactly, that's why we have been calling the flaccid fool that passes himself as a Sheriff at MCSO joe "Dime Bag" arpaio for years, all he does is blow his budget and his Deputies time on misdeameanor and civil offenders, mounting grandiose raids on dishwashers and gardners while ignoring child rapists and molesters. You are correct though, felons love this incompetent clown that calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff".

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

You fool, have you ever heard of prioritizing Law Enforment resources to catch the criminals pose the highest threat to society first, if Sheriff JOKE ArPAYASO was a REAL Law Enforcement Officer he would know that too, Going after undocumented dishwashers, nannies, cleaning ladies, and gardners for a MISDEAMENOR CIVIL OFFENSE (NOT A CRIMINAL OFFENSE) of being in the country illegally while Ignoring over 44,000 OPEN FELONY WARANTS and ignoring 432 rape and CHILD molestation investigations IS GROSS DERELICTION OF DUTY or INCOMPETENCE, in the case of the flaccid fool I think it is both.

Now this is a statement worth repeating:

"Hey dumbass, don't you even recognize when your racist ass is being mocked?"

Syke
Syke

Hey dumbass, don't you even recognize when your racist ass is being mocked?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I dont actually know if you can't do that, but I am not a lawyer so.. I wouldn't have a clue. IT sounds like they are pissed cause she warned them about people watching them that were undercover. I don't know if that is illegal or not either. A lawyer's job is to protect their clients interests. I don't know if what she did is bad or not. Who she choose to marry is a different question altogether.

DrD
DrD

yeah, and that New eMe is a figment of Lemons' imagination. the photo is obviously fake. and I never bought the moon landing, either.

chillbertaz
chillbertaz

@allanbartlett @chillbertaz Sorry, not a republican either.  If you had a clue, you would have realized by now that there is no difference.  They are all playing on the same team, and guess what, you aren't on it.  Neither are any of us.  This republican/democrat show is to divide us and make one side hate the other.  It's what they've been doing for years.  So is the whole open borders thing.  To divide the people. All that BS about congress fighting between the two sides and blaming things on each other side is an act.  Each and every one of them, especially the President, has one job.  And that's to carry out the agenda of the people who really call the shots, who are behind the scenes. And sell the agenda to the masses by whatever means they choose. These people are not elected, but they control everything.  Look at who runs Bilderberg, Trilateral, and the CFR, and you'll figure it out.  One of the main families actually started the League of Nations, now the UN, and fully controls the FDA, WHO, AMA, Cancer Society, Big Pharma, Big Oil, and most higher education research, thru grants from their foundations.  They are evil, most are high ranking Freemason, and they don't give a shit about this country or anyone in it.  Israel is a big part of it too.  They did 911 with the help of the US Government, and that can be proven. These people call all the shots and control every puppet in the US Govt.  Their job is to carry out the agenda and sell it to the public.  That's why they contradict themselves and lie all the time, and constantly blame each other for everything they do.  The agenda is so bad and so evil, they cannot possibly come up with a justification for it.  So they lie and blame each other because that's all they've got.  It's Broadway/Hollywood fake, and very easy to recognize, if you just pay attention. Look at it from that perspective, and you will start to see it for what it is. Because as long as idiots keep falling for the endless stream of bullshit, it will never end.   Homeland Security does not exist to protect us from terrorists or outside invasions..It's not there to keep us safe.  DHS is in place to keep the government safe from us, the people.  They know what they've done, especially 911.  And they know that if we ever find out, they are f*cked.  They've said it themselves many times...And they are correct.  If the people ever join together and realize who the enemy really is, they will go down.  But it won't happen very soon, because they have so many people brainwashed with their endless bullshit.   Look up once in awhile.  See what is being dumped into the air you breathe.  That alone tells you that all of them are bad, because if they weren't, they wouldn't allow that to take place.  It's not always what they do, it's what they DON'T do that is the most telling.  

PS.  I've never tasted a republican or an asshole, but you obviously have, but I wouldn't advise advertising it.

Allan
Allan

Your discourse on illegal entry has little to do with Joe's activities unless you think he collects evidence on how people entered this country. Also, Joe seldom arrests people for being in the country without papers (civil misdemeanor) but uses the uniquely "conspires to smuggle" law or an identify theft (false SS#) charge because that bumps the arrest up to a felony and the arrestee is not allowed to post bail. Most then "voluntarily" sign deportation papers without having to go through due process for their arrest.

Joe does not mess with illegal entry.

PlayboyVal
PlayboyVal

Don't get ur hopes up, bub. They want to "cooperate" with Joke to reform the MCSO. Fat chance.

Crazy Blondie
Crazy Blondie

I don't take drugs, thanks for making assumptions though! Ignorance at its best!

Jason
Jason

A monkey would make a better president than Joe. Go fuck yourself.

Hrobster
Hrobster

In other words, the sheriff has to resort to extraordinary means to get around the corrosive lefiists and reconquistas that continually try to trap him. I agree.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yes,but we still have an ongoing crimminal investigation.Things are not looking good for the JoKKKe of Maricopa County & that in itself is reason enough to celebrate.

chillbertaz
chillbertaz

@Jason Well, we already have one of those, and he's not a better president than anyone.  No insult to real monkeys.  I love monkeys.

FedUpWithFools
FedUpWithFools

BaconSMELLS is being ironic and a bit sarcastic, Jason... the joke is that the Sheriff allowed reports of sexual abuse against children were not properly investigated or investigated at all, and because of this NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), a group of twisted people known as pedophiles who want pedophilia to be legally recognized in the USA, would support him for a presidential run. The problem here is that many of the commenters, including you, get so worked up by other people's comments that you forget there are a few comments that are posted to lighten the mood. That aside, when any member of law enforcement does not act according to law, they are no longer a member of law enforcement, rather a criminal (can anyone argue that someone who does not act in accordance with the law is a criminal? I mean, that is the definition pretty much. Some may say that the Sheriff had no business helping people who may have been here illegally or because certain rights should not pertain to people who are not citizens of the USA, but to those people I ask you, 'should the sheriff not help tourists either because they may be from another country?' There are certain humanitarian rights that are put into place, and these rights must be respected by law for everyone on the soil of this country. If a right can be revoked, then it was never a right to begin with, but a priveledge. Getting back to Arpaio, the man will be dead soon enough as he is nearly 80. I hope he croaks in a manor in which countless illegal migrants have died, alone, starving, dehydrated, scared, and with a very powerful sense of being unwelcome. The sad thing is that such a terrible fate is worth the risk for so many who have to dodge bullets and suffer extortion and the kidnapping and murder of family. How many of you anti-immigration commenters ever gave thought to the idea that the solution to stopping illegal immigration isn't about bragging about how amazing your country is compared to the countries of many of the illegal immigrants, then treating them like shit for wanting the same thing. If anyone really wants to be serious about stopping illegal immigration, the answer is to help make Mexico and other countries better places to live so people don't feel the need to escape to the USA. The whole nationalist pride thing is for one thing a very dangerous concept (anyone who knows their history knows this to be true) and using this pride as a weapon against people from other countries to feel better about yourself only serves to worsen the illegal immigration situation. Personally, I have never had a problem with any illegal immigrants and none have ever tried to cross me (and I live close enough to the AZ-Mexico Border). Remember, the harder you push against something, the harder it will push back.

 
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