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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. Another Bad Guy
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  2. Lies and Videotape
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    In an apparent repeat of its behavior in the Norberg case, the sheriff's office withheld key evidence from litigant
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  3. Murder on Madison: The Norberg Remix
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    Tweaker inmate who died at the hands of jailers was also a loving son
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  4. Joe's Spies
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    Campaign worker of Arpaio political foe targeted in surveillance
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  5. One Dark Joke
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  6. Pet Project
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  7. The $8 Million Victim
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    Norberg family accepts hefty settlement in jail suit. Are similar payouts in Arpaio's future?
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  8. A Running Joke
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  9. Tweaking the Truth
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    Sheriff's office reluctantly turns over drug report on dead inmate
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  10. Sheriff Raff
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  11. Fed Up
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    The Justice Department investigates the county sheriff's office again
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  12. America's Toughest Suspects
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    Is Sheriff Joe's pink underwear in Bureau's drawer?
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  13. Affidavit Versus Goliath
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    A former lieutenant accuses top sheriff's officials of misconduct in firing of "dime dropper" deputy
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  14. The Joke's on Katie
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  15. Billion-Dollar Bad Guys
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    The county's jails are crammed full. But not with the dangerous felons backers of an initiative to raise money for new jails would have you believe
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  16. Moanin' Lisa
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  17. Premature Articulation
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    Sheriff spokeswoman spoke too soon
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  18. Sheriff's Cover-up?
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    Lawyer for dead inmate's kin accuses county of "intentional destruction" of key evidence
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  19. Joke Fest
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  20. Paying the Price
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    The sheriff's not talking, but records reveal that taxpayers are spending big bucks to defend controversial jail operations
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