Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery lowered expectations for charges in the Green Acre dog-death case this week, sparking a brief tiff with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A Republican elected in 2010 and 2012 with Arpaio's support, Montgomery apparently sounded too uppity for the sheriff in a news confer ... More >>
Four suspects in the Green Acre dog-death case, including the son of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, should be charged with 21 felonies each, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said on Tuesday. "I'm confident that we have the proper evidence" for criminal charges, Arpaio told reporters at the office's ... More >>
Why is Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorsing Arizona's sleazy Attorney General Tom Horne in the GOP primary? I'll tell you why: because Arpaio always likes to have a prosecutor or two in his hip pocket. Should Horne lose the Republican primary to former Arizona gaming director Mark Brnovich, you can bet y ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and other immigrant-rights groups that are suing over Sheriff Joe Arpaio's workplace raids want a judge to put an end to such raids immediately. The ACLU and others filed a lawsuit in June alleging that a pair of state laws used by Maricopa County offic ... More >>
In Arizona, you've got to get the justice you can when you can get it. That's because in this state, particularly when it comes to public corruption or the abuse of power, you might as well wait for Godot if you think the wicked will be punished as part of the natural order of things. Take for ex ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the explanation given by the caretakers and owners of a Gilbert dog-boarding facility where 20 dogs died over the weekend "seems unreasonable."The Sheriff's Office initially described the dogs' deaths at the Green Acres Boarding Facility as an accident, wherein a dog chewed t ... More >>
ABC 15 has been teasing an exclusive interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio over the last few days, promising that "no question or topic is off limits."Forgive us for believing that such controversial questions would be along the lines of, "Sheriff, why do the taxpayers deserve to pay the bill to defend ... More >>
Sometimes I hate to be right. For instance, in a recent blog post about Sheriff Joe Arpaio traveling to Los Angeles for a Hollywood screening of producer Randy Murray's documentary The Joe Show, I noted that Murray's idea of inviting Joe along for the ride was a bad one, unlikely to do more than st ... More >>
Among other things, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a liar and a coward. To prove my point, I could go into Arpaio's history of dodging debates with re-election rivals, his opportune moments of amnesia under oath, and his sloughing off responsibility for MCSO scandals onto subordinates. But let's examine m ... More >>
Should it surprise anyone that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once called a "media whore" by his own PR flack, will be flying to Los Angeles for the red-carpet screening of a documentary that's highly critical of him? Still, I'm a little annoyed by news of Arpaio's attending a showing of director/producer Ran ... More >>
First nativists and birthers, now Holocaust-deniers and anti-Semites? Yes, even for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, this jumps the proverbial shark. I'm talking about a recent interview Arpaio granted to Pennsylvania-based Holocaust-denier Victor Thorn, author of The Holocaust Hoax Exposed: Debunking the 20 ... More >>
Was last week's posse crisis triggered by a former Cold Case Posse's whistle-blowing article on March 7? Surprise Tea Party member Brian Reilly, the former posseman, believes so. A new policy affecting posse cars and other vehicles put into effect on Thursday suggests he could be right.
There's no better day than today, April Fools' Day, to explain the latest goings-on with Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "birther" gang.Yes, the phony "investigation" of President Obama's birth certificate still exists, and no, there's no actual evidence yet.
Maricopa County leaders and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are in some sort of fight over the insurance coverage of vehicles owned by posse members, but neither side is giving details. The issue, whatever it is, led to recent news stories about the Sun City posse being suspended, but now Arpaio's office is say ... More >>
When it comes to the ACLU's big civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, the MCSO clown car, as driven by geriatric joker Sheriff Joe Arpaio, just keeps on rollin', despite U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's best efforts. In fact, Snow has called a status conference for April 3, where some of ... More >>
U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's recent order spanking Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arpaio's Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan mainly dealt with Sheridan and Arpaio's contempt for Snow's ruling in the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio. Snow has ordered that both Sheridan and Arpaio ... More >>
To read all the fake outrage spewed by schoolmarmish lefties over state Representative John Kavanagh's skewering of Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a recent roast of the aged autocrat, you'd think Kavanagh had shot a Mexican man in Reno just to watch him die. Don't get me wrong, I take a back seat to no ... More >>
According to one nationally-recognized expert in correctional medicine, the medical care in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's vast incarceration complex is not just potentially hazardous to the health of pretrial detainees and jail staff, but to the general public as well. Dr. Robert Cohen, a member of New York ... More >>
Most places in the United States are not dominated by a single personality. Sure, in Washington, President Obama's every movement is news, and in New York, it's Gotham's mayor who garners the most media time. Yet here, in the nation's sixth-biggest city and fourth-biggest county, not a week goes b ... More >>
Maria Brandon's federal wrongful-firing complaint is a messy leftover of the years-long infighting between Maricopa County officials. But unlike the lawsuits that have resulted in millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded settlement payouts to former county leaders and judges, this one's gone to trial ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he's a patriot for putting 38 inmates on a bread-and-water diet for defacing American flag stickers.Arpaio announced his publicity stunt of putting the stickers in each cell in November, as part of what he called a "patriotic theme" at the county jails, which also i ... More >>
Someone's feeling a little left out amid all this talk about who's running for governor and who's not.Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign manager Chad Willems sent out a press release bragging about fundraising figures, including what's certainly an empty threat to run for governor.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who's been fighting the placement of a monitor in his office for about two years now, said today that he's "not concerned" about the monitor selected to watch over his office.As a result of the Melendres v. Arpaio civil-rights case, U.S. District Court Judge G. Mu ... More >>
Jerry Sheridan, chief deputy under Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is a reasonable replacement for the corrupt man he replaced -- but he sure sucks at math. In a column that ran in the Arizona Republic's opinion section on Monday, Sheridan claims that, "Sheriff Arpaio is a fiscally responsible ... More >>
Activists aren't satisfied with the court-ordered community meetings run by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and its "community liaison," who participated in MCSO's immigration sweeps.So, members of Citizens for a Better Arizona brought folding chairs to the new MCSO headquarters in Phoenix, and ... More >>
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has spent $375,442 to stop Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox from receiving a $975,000 settlement, and is preparing to spend more. A lawyer hired by Maricopa County will fly to and stay in San Francisco at county expense for a March 11 hearing on the settlement ma ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's war continues against a 16-year-old Canadian kid who spends too much time on his computer.As the kid -- whose name has never been released -- continues to get arrested in Canada for a series of whimsical threats he's e-mailed to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arpaio's off ... More >>
2013 hasn't been the greatest year for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.From getting roughed up by a sidewalk to being on the losing end of a huge civil-rights lawsuit, check out our top-10 Arpaio stories of the year:
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has scheduled "community outreach meetings," as ordered by a federal judge in the Melendres v. Arpaio civil rights case.According to the judge's order, "The MCSO shall clarify for the public at these meetings that it does not enforce immigration laws except to th ... More >>
For Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 75th workplace raid, deputies knocked over the Mesa headquarters of a company that repairs damaged homes.The result: Three arrests.
The Canadian teenager accused of threatening to kill Sheriff Joe Arpaio was arrested again for -- you guessed it -- threatening to kill Arpaio.The youngster, whose name hasn't been released throughout this whole saga, apparently utilized a "contact us" form on the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office we ... More >>
This weekend, a charity is hosting a "celebrity roast" of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Chris Kattan from Saturday Night Live and comedian Joey Medina are supposed to be a couple of the roasters. In case they have trouble coming up with material, we've made a list of the top-10 lines to roast Arpaio:
In Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest attempt for publicity, he announced that he wants a "patriotic theme" at the county jails.Arpaio's putting American flags in all the jail cells and hosting sing-alongs of "God Bless America," which supposedly show his patriotism. Interestingly, there's no mention in Ar ... More >>
It might seem like someone needs to go check the temperature in Hell, because Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued a press release in Spanish.You know, the same Sheriff Joe Arpaio whose department had to be banned from racial profiling by a federal judge, and whose die-hard supporters are seriously upset about ... More >>
Who thinks up this stuff, Lisa Allen? For whatever reason, (though probably nothing more than he knows it'll get him publicity), Arpaio's got it in his head that his office needs drones. Not Heron TP-style Iran-busters, and not the all-purpose Predators., but those that more resemble remote-contr ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio was recently on the Al Jazeera America program "Consider This " to discuss immigration (what else?) and got b-slapped in the nicest way possible by filmmaker Dan DeVivo, one of the two persons behind the immigration-related documentary Two Americans, the other person being Phoenix ... More >>
Who better to help me inaugurate a new category in this blog, entitled "Bigotry Is Expensive," than the man known for sucking all of the air out of the room and the all of the cash out of taxpayers' wallets, Sheriff Joe Arpaio? In case you missed it, Arpaio just cost us another $7.3 million-plus in ... More >>
Late Thursday evening, the plaintiffs in the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio fired back at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's surprise announcement that the MCSO would begin one of its notorious Hispanic-hunting sweeps on Friday. Responding to a filing by Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey earlier in ... More >>
Christine Jones, the former Go Daddy executive who's running for governor, is a big fan of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.3TV has the footage of Jones giving a gushing review of the sheriff in front of a crowd, including Arpaio, at a charity event. 3TV also has the footage of Jones, a Republican, seeming comple ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a 16-year-old Canadian kid for sending some mean e-mails to self-proclaimed tough-guy Sheriff Joe Arpaio.The e-mails contained "death threats," according to MCSO. The 16-year-old was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, because t ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is defending the taxpayer cost of his pricey security detail.Actually, Arpaio released a memo written by members of the security detail, who defended their overtime payments, which have reached as much as $24,000 for one person in a year.
Surprise, surprise: Sheriff Joe Arpaio hosted a publicity stunt at his "concentration camp," Tent City.Arpaio held a concert at the jail, and it wasn't exactly Johnny Cash at Folsom State Prison.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio released an internal MCSO memo in an attempt to defend his pricey security detail.According to the guys "protecting" Arpaio from a series of not-so-credible death threats, everything they do is completely necessary for the sheriff's safety. Then again, most people would say whatev ... More >>