Who Actually Wrote the Questionable Passage in Joe Arpaio's Book?
In Sheriff Joe Arpaio's autobiography, Joe's Law, he says his parents "held on to certain hopes and truths" -- just like all immigrants.
Well, except Mexicans.
A lawyers for the plaintiffs in Arpaio's racial-profiling trial wanted to know what's up with that, and believe it or not, the Sheriff says he didn't write it.
"My parents, like all other immigrants exclusive to those from Mexico, held to certain hopes and truths," one of the passages in question states.
Our colleague Ray Stern got in touch with the book's co-author, Len Sherman, who said, "Anything that starts 'My parents'...would more likely be attributed to what [Arpaio] said."
There you have it. No one wrote it -- it fell from the heavens and landed in the book.
Sherman did take credit for another questionable line, in which Arpaio/Sherman/the gods suggest second- and third-generation Mexicans don't assimilate into "mainstream" America.
But Arpaio said he was "very careful writing this book" -- "like I was testifying in court" -- as evidenced in this item from 12News' Joe Dana.
As for the first line -- about hopes and truths not applying to Mexicans -- who do you think wrote that one?
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