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Joe Arpaio's Lawyer Tim Casey Claims Court Lacks Power to Appoint Monitor with Power over Sheriff

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In his brief on the matter, Casey concedes that a federal judge has the power to tell an elected county sheriff what to do.

And he admits it's well-established that a district court can appoint an independent monitor.

But he argues that an "Article III judge," as in Article III of the U.S. Constitution, cannot appoint a federal monitor, who can tell an elected sheriff what to do.

Read the plaintiffs' latest filing in Melendres.

The most a monitor can do, Casey claims, is suggest stuff to the sheriff, which the sheriff can either follow or not.

Read Casey's asinine arguments in his latest Melendres brief.



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