Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio, Crybaby Sheriff, Wants Do-Over of His "Corrective Statement" in Melendres

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Based on the evidence presented at trial, the Court found that the MCSO has violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of Latinos because the MCSO used race or ethnicity in conducting traffic stops.

We are appealing the court's order only as far as it covers traffic stops outside of saturation patrols. We are not appealing the Court's findings that MCSO violated the constitutional rights of Latinos during saturation patrols. That conclusion of the Court will not be altered by the appeal even if the MCSO prevails on that appeal.

These are the words of the MCSO and Casey. Or they were, up till yesterday.

Now, Arpaio, his legal flunky Casey, and (quite likely) Arpaio's media relations stooge Lisa Allen, are demanding that PR spin be included in the statement.

So, for example, the passage above, as amended by Casey, would read as follows, with the added portion underlined.

Based on the evidence presented at trial, the Court found that the MCSO has violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of Latinos because the MCSO used race or ethnicity in conducting traffic stops.

We are appealing the court's order only as far as it covers traffic stops outside of saturation patrols. We are not appealing the Court's findings that MCSO violated the constitutional rights of Latinos during saturation patrols, even though Sheriff Arpaio disagrees with those findings. Again, the sheriff's decision not to appeal some of the the [sic] Court's Findings is based solely on legal strategy and his decision not to appeal on such issues should never be construed as the Sheriff's agreement with the Court's Findings on those issues.

With that decision, the conclusion of the Court will not be altered by the appeal even if the MCSO prevails on that appeal.

(Note: This is but one of Casey's many suggested amendments to the first statement.)

Arpaio's appeal is based "solely on legal strategy," eh? That's kind of like the Ukraine conceding the Crimea to Russia but claiming it's doing so only for "strategic" reasons.

You know, so Russian guns don't fill Ukrainian soldiers with "strategic" holes.

Earth to Casey, Arpaio, Sheridan, et al.: you lost. Big time. Remember back in May of last year when Snow found the MCSO guilty of widespread racial profiling?

You rocket scientists have been losing ever since.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons