Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Thumbs Nose at Federal Judge, Plans Sweep to Start Friday

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is sticking his tongue out at federal Judge G. Murray Snow, telling the jurist that the MCSO will execute one of the sheriff's infamous crime suppression sweeps beginning Friday, October 18.

Though Snow recently ordered that a monitor be appointed to oversee 59 pages of instructions on how the MCSO must comply with his ruling in the civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, Arpaio is getting a jump on the judge, pulling the trigger on a sweep before a monitor is installed.

In a court filing partially made under seal today, Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey advised Snow of the sweep, noting the absence of a monitor at present.

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