Joe Arpaio vs. Nightline's Martin Bashir: The Good and the Not So Great
As I've been on deadline the last couple of days, I haven't been able to comment on Nightline's recent, two-pronged report on Sheriff Joe, the second part of which I enjoyed immensely. That segment dealt mostly with Arpaio's abuses in the jails and made specific reference the 1996 death of inmate Scott Norberg, to the video of his assault by MCSO detention officers, Norberg's missing crushed larynx, and the $8.25 million settlement that resulted.
Norberg is never mentioned by name. But it's obvious that's the case Nightline talking head Martin Bashir is referencing as he and Joe trade verbal blows.
"There was a video of 14 guards beating and shocking him [Norberg]," states Bashir. "Are you proud of that?"
"No I'm not proud of losing anyone in the jail --" replies Arpaio.
"Are you proud of the behavior of those guards?" asks Bashir.
"My officers did the right thing," Joe responds. "They had no criminal liability."
"Where is the crushed larynx of the dead man?" presses Bashir.
"I have no idea," says Joe, squirming in his seat.
Bashir then dips into the 2003 prostitution sting debacle, in which sheriff's deputies and posse members engaged in sexual shenanigans with the alleged hookers they later busted. Then County Attorney Rick Romley (remember when we had a C.A. we could respect?) refused to prosecute the busts because MCSO operatives "deviated from standard investigative practices."
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