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Over the past 20 years, Phoenix New Times has reported on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's serious abuse of power. The self-described "Toughest Sheriff in America" has fostered horrendous jail conditions, reckless police operations, and carried out personal vendettas against political rivals and members of the press. In the past year or more, he has also appointed himself enforcer of the nation's immigration laws in Arizona, and a whole new series of problems has emerged. Foremost, he and his deputies have violated the Constitutional rights of brown-skinned U.S. citizens and have committed outright cruelty against the undocumented.

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  1. Bird Alert
    The Bird
    The feathered fiend demands travel records from Sheriff Joe
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  2. Useful Idiots
    The Bird
    The pissed-off puffin paddles fellow journalists
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  3. Mail Order Joe
    The Bird
    The cranky cockatoo criticizes Sheriff Joe's new jail mail policy
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  4. King of Pain
    The Bird
    Sheriff Joe crowns himself anti-corruption kingfish
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  5. How Convenient!
    The Bird
    The Bird asks Pinal County: Want to get somebody deserving indicted? Try Joe Arpaio underling David Hendershott, for destroying evidence
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  6. Boob's Tube
    Feature
    Here's how publicity hound Joe Arpaio used a TV station to try to destroy rival Dan Saban with a bogus rape claim
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  7. Sheriff Gangbanger
    The Bird
    This sardonic sapsucker scratches out the truth on Sheriff Joe's gang-friendly gulags
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  8. Scaredy-Cat Joe
    The Bird
    The self-described "toughest sheriff in America" cowers behind deputies guarding his house over the holidays
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  9. Joe Strikes Back
    The Bird
    This vigilant vulture crafts a Christmas card to Sheriff Joe, as the Pinal County Attorney's Office threatens to seek a felony indictment against New Times
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  10. In a Pig's Eye
    The Bird
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  11. Pussy Posse
    The Bird
    The feathered fiend asks the sheriff if he's ever eaten a pink taco
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  12. Bully Pulpit
    Dougherty
    County Attorney Andy Thomas has not only steered a lot of business to his old law firm, he has hired his old boss to harass Sheriff Joe Arpaio's chief political rival
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  13. The Cost of Cruelty
    News
    A federal jury returned a $9 million verdict against Maricopa County in still another jailhouse death
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  14. Judging Andy
    The Bird
    With leaders like Andrew Thomas, Joe Arpaio and Bishop Olmsted around, who says Arizona's a cruel place to live?!
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  15. Baa-aaaaaad News
    The Bird
    The winged wonder on Sheriff Joe's profound respect for sheep
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  16. Hack-a-Shaq
    The Bird
    The plumed wonder swoops over Tent City, where Shaq was inside the razor wire
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  17. Talon of the Law
    The Bird
    Our feathered fiend bombs Uncle Joe
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  18. J. Edgar Arpaio
    Dougherty
    Sheriff Joe's fashioning himself after the late FBI director, only (we think) without the women's underwear
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  19. Bird in Hand
    Dougherty
    U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton has a rare opportunity to investigate Sheriff Joke. Will he do it?
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  20. Histrionics Lesson
    Dougherty
    Again, a judge bends over and allows Sheriff Joe Arpaio to sneer at Arizona's public records law
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