Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Kneels Before Federal Power, Complies with Judge's Enforcement Order

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The MCSO's compliance with that order is a long ways off.

Still, after much heel-dragging by Arpaio and his underlings, Snow finally was able to force the MCSO to disseminate to nearly all of its employees a "corrective statement," addressing bogus propaganda about Melendres, spewed by Arpaio, his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Deputy Chief David Trombi, and, most recently Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre.

Read the MCSO's statement of compliance.

During the hearing, MCSO Captain Larry Farnsworth testified that out of 3,297 compensated employees (excluding those on leave for some reason), 97.5 percent had done their required reading and had signed an attestation to that effect.

Command staff, sergeant and above, also read Snow's May 2013 decision in Melendres, finding the MCSO guilty of racial profiling, and Snow's October injunction.

Chief Deputy Sheridan attended Wednesday's hearing, though Arpaio did not. Afterward, Sheridan stated that even Arpaio had done all of his homework and signed that he had done so.

"His signature is right beside mine," Sheridan informed the reportorial scrum outside the courthouse.

If this sounds akin to obedience, remember that Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey first submitted a draft corrective statement to the court on April 10, declaring that Arpaio would sign off on it.

That's when the usual MCSO shenanigans began.

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