I would rather get into an elevator with ANYONE but G. Murray Snow!!!!!!!! Fairness in judgement? I don't think so.
By Monica Alonzo
By Stephen Lemons
By Jason P. Woodbury
By Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza
By Ray Stern
By Pete Kotz
By Monica Alonzo
By New Times
Then, why would anyone ever let Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio give lip service to complying with federal Judge G. Murray Snow in the ACLU's big civil rights case, Melendres v. Arpaio, without an independent monitor being appointed?
Keep in mind that Arpaio has fought the lawsuit tooth-and-nail for six long years, during which his office has engaged in egregious, prejudiced policing toward Latinos.
The MCSO was caught destroying evidence in the case — records of stops made during the sweeps, which the plaintiffs had repeatedly demanded from Arpaio's chief pettifogger, Tim Casey.
As a result, Arpaio was sanctioned, and Snow essentially was allowed to presume that the documents Arpaio's deputies shredded would have helped the plaintiffs' case.
Safe bet, that. During the bench trial in July and August of last year, the plaintiffs' expert witness, Professor Ralph Taylor of Temple University, reported his findings from an exhaustive study of MCSO traffic stops.
Latinos were up to 39.5 percent more likely to be stopped during one of Arpaio's notorious Hispanic-hunting sweeps compared with dates one year earlier. The stops themselves lasted longer, too: On average up to two minutes, or 22 percent, longer.
The trial also included evidence of outright bigotry: offensive e-mails between deputies trading in anti-Hispanic ethnic humor, an immigration file filled with letters from outright racists complaining of too many Spanish speakers in one place, and proof that Arpaio's sweeps sometimes were suggested or petitioned for by like-minded bigots.
When Snow ruled in May of this year, he found the MCSO guilty of racial profiling and declared the agency in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable search and seizure, the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection under the law, and Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The judge also concluded that the MCSO had violated the court's previous injunction, which forbade MCSO deputies from detaining people based on the belief that they were in the country illegally.
"Because," Snow wrote in his order of December 2011, "as a matter of law, such knowledge does not amount to a reasonable belief that the person either violated or conspired to violate the Arizona human smuggling statute or any other state or federal criminal law."
But a federal judge's order means little to Arpaio and his gang, and Snow acknowledged the devil he was dealing with in his May ruling.
"The evidence introduced at trial," he wrote, "establishes that, in the past, the MCSO has aggressively protected its right to engage in immigration and immigration-related enforcement operations even when it had no accurate legal basis for doing so."
Indeed, when Arpaio lost his grant of 287(g) street authority allowing around 100 of his officers to act as immigration cops under the aegis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he turned to his now-former Deputy Chief Brian Sands for legal justification to continue the sweeps.
Never that clever to begin with, Sands turned to another mental midget for help, MCSO Sergeant Brett "Shut Up" Palmer, notorious for once telling elected officials critical of the sheriff's racial-profiling ways to "shut up" during a public demonstration by MCSO deputies.
Palmer discovered the justification Arpaio needed on a nativist website, which told him there was a federal statute giving cops authority to enforce civil immigration law.
The statute was nonexistent, but Sands gave the justification to Arpaio, and Arpaio publicly used this to declare that "nothing will change," despite getting stripped of his 287(g) authority.
Fast-forward to June's hearing before Snow, where Arpaio's legal Lhasa Apso, Casey, declared, "The MCSO is out of the federal immigration enforcement business."
It took about a month from that hearing for Arpaio to get back to what he does best: arresting dishwashers, busboys, and cleaning ladies, under the guise of enforcing state ID theft and forgery statutes, with raids on a restaurant chain and on a local office-cleaning company.
Granted, the loophole is there for Arpaio to exploit. Melendres deals with Latino motorists, and Judge Snow has made clear that he has not enjoined Arpaio from enforcing state laws.
But the sweeps and the raids always have been two sides of the same nickel in Joe's pocket. Arpaio began the raids and the sweeps to capitalize politically on Arizona's anti-immigrant feeding frenzy.
In either enforcement action, rounding up brown people is the endgame. Which is why Arpaio never has been that interested in cuffing Anglo employers for accepting the false documents of their undocumented employees.
It's tough to exaggerate Arpaio's mendacity. For instance, as both sides in Melendres were negotiating over what they could agree to in a future order of the court, detailing what the MCSO must do to comply with Snow's injunctions, Arpaio's never-ending re-election campaign sent out a fundraising appeal, using Melendres as fodder to ask Joe's followers for more dough.
The letter, dated August 6, is signed by Arpaio and probably was authored by Joe's campaign czar, Chad Willems. Naturally, it's all about illegal immigration and how Arpaio will not stop fighting it.
Joe kvetches: "A federal judge recently ruled my office engaged in 'racial profiling,'" as the result of a lawsuit "filed by open-borders activists led by the ultra-liberal ACLU."
Arpaio states in the letter that he disagrees with Snow's ruling, but he will "abide by the decision until it is reversed by a higher court."
But that's merely an aside, allowing Arpaio some wiggle room if he's called on the remainder of the letter, in which he's defiant.
"Ultimately, they want to have a 'federal monitor' in my office looking over my shoulder, making everything I do politically correct," Arpaio snarls at one point. "I was elected by the people, and I won't stand for it."
Well, if Snow appoints a monitor for the MCSO to be the judge's eyes and ears in the case, as he's already said he's inclined to do, Arpaio certainly will stand for it. He doesn't have much choice. He lost, remember?
"I will never back down — not even one inch — when it comes to doing the job I was elected to do," Arpaio says at another point in the letter.
Arpaio's slippery language aside, does this sound like a guy who will voluntarily comply with Snow's orders without being forced to?
Perhaps, as he did with own co-authored Joe's Law, the sheriff will deny ever having read the letter. No doubt Willems handles such matters for him, just as Arpaio conveniently delegates authority to his flunkies, so he retains deniability.
I can only hope Snow is as impatient with Arpaio's excuses and games as a lot of us are.
Both Casey and Arpaio's friends in the media are squirming, arguing that because Arpaio is an elected official, Snow cannot or should not appoint a monitor.
But elected officials have to accept monitors in civil rights cases all the time, and these officials often bitch and moan about it, whether it's Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York, apoplectic over a judge reining in the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy, or Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, outraged at the more than $8 million a court-appointed monitor for his city's police department will cost.
Like it or not, elected officials must obey the U.S. Constitution, from the president on down.
And if a majority of locals agrees with an elected official's unconstitutional practice, that's not a free pass. Rather it's an indicator that the electorate needs a remedial class in civics — which Snow should give Maricopa County very soon.
I would rather get into an elevator with ANYONE but G. Murray Snow!!!!!!!! Fairness in judgement? I don't think so.
Maricopa County, Arizona, Vermont and Connecticut under fire in the federal 11th circuit in Florida.
Maricopa County Attorney and his Detective Walker under fire in federal court (Miami)
Obviously, the writer of this article Mr. Stephen Lemons has no intention of writing an article that represents fair and balanced journalism on this matter of illegal aliens in the U.S.
Sheriff Arpaio bashing will not change federal immigration law and how it's enforced. Oh, you can play the "profiling" card all you want.
The illegals will never become U.S. citizens.
The U.S. House of Representatives has not let the "Pathway to Citizenship" bill passed in the Senate even come to the floor for a vote. That because the U.S. already has a pathway to citizenship.
And it does not include sneaking across the border. The mentality of "Oh. If I can live here illegally long enough and avoid detection, they'll think I'm a U.S. citizen by default." will never work.
Some of you want to believe that. Bueno suerte.
45 ENEMIES OF FREEDOM - Reason.comhttp://reason.com/archives/2013/07/10/45-enemies-of-freedom/print
3. Sheriff Joe Arpaio
"Maricopa County, Arizona’s chief law enforcement officer is famous mostly for publicly degrading inmates: forcing them to live in a tent city, work on chain gangs, wear pink underwear. Meanwhile, his more serious transgressions receive far less attention. Arpaio has created citizen posses to track down and arrest illegal immigrants, overseen a jail staff that has violently abused inmates (resulting in the death of three prisoners and the paralysis of a fourth), and used law enforcement resources to harass and intimidate his political opponents."
18. Ed Jagels
"During the 1980s, Kern County (California) District Attorney Ed Jagels led the nation in prosecuting bogus Satanic child molestation cases. Without any physical evidence, Jagels, his prosecutors, and local police coached and cajoled children into accusing their parents and neighbors of sexual abuse that never actually happened. Years later, when witnesses recanted, Jagels called them liars. Eventually, 25 of his 26 Satanic molestation convictions were overturned." ... watch "WITCH HUNT" award-winning documentary, the John Stoll story: http://witchhuntmovie.com
27. John McCain
"It is possible to be both an enemy of freedom and a genuine American hero. John McCain endured unbearable punishments and greatly boosted camp morale during his five-year Viet Cong prison stint, for which he deserves our gratitude. He has also been among the most consistently interventionist politicians in the United States Senate, agitating for never-ending “rogue-state rollback” while focusing his war at home on political speech and the healthy American trait he derides as “cynicism.” It’s fitting McCain would close out his career barking sporadic insults (like “wacko bird”) at a new generation of more libertarian legislators."
I think he wants a show-down with the Feds. He's gonna roll out his tank; the President will be forced to send in the troops; and racists everywhere will keep filling his coffers, while Maricopa County pays off all those civil judgments amounting to tens of millions of dollars. He's like a one-man Birmingham. On the other hand, PNT is obsessed with this greasy racist to the exclusion of all other stories. Maricopa County allowed a non-lawyer to play lawyer in death penalty cases during the Andrew Thomas death penalty case filing glut, and the AZ Supreme Court covered it up when I reported the grant fraud. Taxpayers have been paying a non-attorney an attorney salary for years. Small potatoes, I guess, compared to Joe; but these were death penalty cases. Hello, PNT?
Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of horror novels by Thomas Harris -- why would you include him in an article that you hope would be taken serious? It's not as if there aren't enough serial killers from the past to use. Do more research & avoid sensationalism. I'd respect the article more.
JACKSON, Miss. -- "A south Mississippi sheriff has been indicted on 31 counts, including charges accusing him of pushing an arrest in a murder case, even though a detective thought the suspect was innocent, and of snooping on employees at a restaurant that refused to accept a check from him.
The indictment against longtime Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd was dated Thursday and made public Friday. It charges him with using his office to retaliate against people he considered political and personal foes, including the police chief and a city alderman in Ocean Springs, one of the cities in Jackson County. The charges include fraud, extortion, embezzlement, witness tampering and perjury.
One of the charges said Byrd pressured a detective to sign a criminal affidavit and seek an arrest warrant against a man in a murder investigation in 2007 when the detective did not believe the man committed the crime. The indictment said Byrd was running for re-election at the time and wanted to be able to say there were no unsolved murders in the coastal Mississippi county of about 140,000 people.
An extortion charge in the indictment said Byrd pressured a female deputy to engage in sexual acts and threatened to give her a bad recommendation if she left his department.
Byrd's lawyer, Joe Sam Owen, did not immediately respond to a message left Friday at his office. A message left for the sheriff's chief deputy was not immediately returned.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence said in a written statement that Mississippi law prevents him from discussing the details of the case." ...
Nothing but having a dangerous beast in a short leash and beign Monitored. how about that JAF, nothing 2 say bitch. I guess U R 2 busy changing diapers ( D OL FART's, HILLFOLK's & D likes) 2 even post UR usual bullshit. BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. LOOOOSSSEEERRS.
No one cares about the ugly appropriately named Lemons bore. Sheriff Joe gets more support every day. The 18% of self-identified US liberals according to 60 years polls are LOSERS and most couldn't get it up with a derrick. Mike Lacey flubbed it here in San Francisco and needs to wash his brown stained pink underpants.
Too bad that Judge Snow didn't keep an eye on the RACIST LOSER's minions, 'cause by now those shreders R probably working over time, since an AUDIT might B D next step. BTW, there's D posibility that officer"shut up" has been flying under D radar posting on this blog site.
The Monitor beign placed at MCSO is D toughest, so I heard, I hope he keeps the OLD FART in a short leash, giving him some wedgies, and make him clean his pigsty office, that ass smell is unbearable, since HILLFOLKREDNECK & THE OL' BITCH JAF might have been living there.
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YES IT'S TRUE http://www.kpho.com/story/23301231/judge-monitors-will-watch-over-arpaios-office
Admit it, without Sherif Joe, your page clicks would be zero. You should pay the caudillo royalties. Or at least wear pink panties to honor him.
So Arpaio has a monitor now and the Hispanic's along with their illegal brethren can rest easy. The raid on Dannys carwash by the feds did more harm to the illegal immigrant community then anything Arpaio has done. Take away their job opportunities and most of the problem is solved.
and what exactly was 'unfair' about his judgement?
"The mentality of "Oh. If I can live here illegally long enough and avoid detection, they'll think I'm a U.S. citizen by default." will never work."
Good, since no one here is advocating that at all, no matter how much you attempt to spin the above article to say that, which it does not.
"Some of you want to believe that."
Nope, you are the only one wanting to believe something that is false like that.
Of course the narcissistic old man isn't happy Cozz.
I can't wait until the DOJ shoves their own monitor up the Old Fool's ass...
Naturally a federal indictment would be supremely better.
@Tim Fitchner, yeah Joke. let's start by rounding up Timmy ( if that's his real name) and his probably illegal spics relatives.
@Karyl Krug Great comment. Need to know more about the non-lawyer on the death penalty cases under disgraced and disbarred ex-MCAO Andrew Thomas and his chief charging prosecutor, ex-DCA Lisa Aubuchon, also disbarred.
@Chuck Klee Yeah!!! Go Joe! Yeah, Go somewhere else, you sorry excuse for a law enforcement officer.
MCSO / MCAO: One standard for the people, none for 'us", so the monitor should be a switch for those who do as they please. Kafka's letter describes how it works and probably the homes of those who "dominate" in our society...
Letter to his father, 1919
"Because you, driven by your own predilection and sizeable appetite, ate everything fast, hot, and in large mouthfuls, the child had to hurry, gloomy silence reigned at the table, interrupted by admonitions: “First eat, then speak” or “Faster, faster, faster” or “Look, see, I finished ages ago.” We were not allowed to crunch bones, you were. We were not allowed to slurp vinegar, you were. The main thing was for the bread to be cut straight, but that you did so with a knife dripping with gravy was irrelevant. We had to take care not to let any scraps fall onto the floor; in the end they lay mostly under your seat. At the table we were to do nothing except eat, but you cleaned and trimmed your fingernails, sharpened pencils, dug in your ears with your toothpick. Please understand me correctly, Father, these would in themselves have been utterly insignificant details; they only came to depress me because they meant that you, a figure of such tremendous authority for me, did not yourself abide by the commandments you imposed. Hence there were for me three worlds, one where I lived, a slave under laws that had been invented solely for me and, moreover, with which I could never fully comply (I did not know why), then another world, infinitely distant from mine, in which you dwelt, busy with ruling, issuing orders and being angry when they were not obeyed, and finally, a third realm where everybody else lived happily, free from orders and obligation. I was forever in disgrace."
Yet another graduate of MCSO courses on "How to not be a Law Enforcement Officer"
@red.marcy.rand Your nasty..the only one with the nasty panties is you hoe..
@red.marcy.rand, What R U going 2 get 4 posting that bullshit? R u going 2 get 2 lick on 1 on Arpaio's saggy balls & a signed postcard, like HILLFOLKREDNECK supposedly does. LMFAO.
More support every day? Are you kidding? The latest poll on Aug. 22nd has 37% approval, 12% say he's doing just 'fair' and 42% disapproved of the sheriff.
Musicman, it's victory in Maricopa County day.
Of course a federal indictment for abuse of power would be supremely better.
I've got a fresh bottle of peppermint schnapps and steak in celebration.
@PincheKaboom There is always some bottom feeder with no ethical fabric willing to defend Joe, regardless of his racist conduct. These people are not interested in justice or fairness or the rule of law... they are only interested in furthering their agenda...
@PincheKaboom U ARE A DUMBASS DUDE ! NO ONE WANTS TO WEAR FUCKING PINK PANTIES !!!!!!
@john043012 You are human garbage!
Anything that puts another nail in the assholes coffin is better than nothing.
@MaskedMagician1967 you got some for me....i ll drink to that..
@sfefeedback Two more pathetic fanbois, welcome Allanbartlett, now stick your nose deep into Joe's coal chute. Smell the supremacy? Taste the authority? Now pull those pink panties over your little spunk covered bocas and squeal like piglets!
@IdontRecall Haha, my two pathetic fanbois chime in. How about sucking Joes big white palo a little harder. You know you like it. Just liek you love wearing the pink panties. Maricones! Andale pues! al otro lado de la frontera, pinche mojados.
I agree 100% Cozz.
With the shit I got on the hateful old man (and I mean good shit), a monitor is the least of his problems.
@PincheKaboom., How do U kinow that D JOKE has a "big white palo?", seems that U"ve been there just doing that, pinche chupavergas. Probably that's when U wear UR pink thongs, while on all 4s, showing UR big brown eye, telling the JOKE: esto es lo que quieres papi???. N-Way, good luck crossing D border. pinche chupavergas.