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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. Assisted Suicide
    Feature
    A county psychiatrist's indifferent treatment of a disturbed inmate leads to a courthouse hanging
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  2. Enemies List
    Dougherty
    Arpaio haters, perceived and otherwise, beware! Looks like Joe's up to his old tricks
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  3. Turn Up the Heat
    Dougherty
    Napolitano should get behind the state's new fire marshal and force Tent City's closure
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  4. Litmus Test
    Dougherty
    County Attorney Andy Thomas must prove he can protect our constitutional rights
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  5. Recall Joe!
    Feature
    That's what a group led by the well-connected family of one of Arpaio's own injured deputies is working to see happen
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  6. Gutless Wonders
    Dougherty
    Here's an idea, county supes: Audit the freakin' sheriff's office for the first time ever!
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  7. Dangerous Dance
    Dougherty
    Ominous storm clouds threaten to trample the Constitution and turn our republic into a theocracy
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  8. Pariah Joe
    Dougherty
    Dan Saban turns over materials to the FBI showing alleged improprieties by Arpaio and the MCSO
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  9. We Sue the Coward of the County
    Barrs
    Arpaio's ditsy chief flack Lisa Allen MacPherson tells us to take her boss to court, so . . .
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  10. Say No to Joe
    Dougherty
    Voters have the best chance ever of kicking Outlaw Joe to the curb on September 7
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  11. Jailgate Explodes
    Dougherty
    A new poll shows Outlaw Joe Arpaio's popularity plummeting among county Republicans
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  12. Special Treatment
    Dougherty
    Is justice for sale? Ask privileged characters like Jerry Colangelo
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  13. Paranoia Reigns
    Dougherty
    Pissed at Joe's insanity, Senator John McCain makes it official: He endorses Saban
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  14. Dog Day Afternoon
    Feature
    Sheriff Joe's goons launched an assault to make a misdemeanor arrest. The Raid left a burned house, a terrified neighborhood and a dead dog
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  15. Turning Up the Heat
    Dougherty
    There's a difference between justice and vengefulness -- something that's lost on Sheriff Joke
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  16. Outlaw Joe
    Dougherty
    One of Arpaio's own deputies testifies about how the MCSO smeared Dan Saban
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  17. Arpaio's Running Scared
    Dougherty
    The powerful Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona and Senator John McCain want Sheriff Joke gone
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  18. Stick It to 'Em!
    Dougherty
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  19. Sheriff Joe's Real Estate Game
    Dougherty
    Arpaio's invested $690,000 in cash in two commercial properties since 1995. Some other investment records are sealed
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  20. In the Crosshairs
    Feature
    County lawmen boffing hookers isn't Sheriff Joe's only problem. Fed up with his thuggery, Arpaio's own political party has targeted him for defeat
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