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Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling Rationalized by Lawyer Tim Casey in Closing Written Arguments

See also: Joe Arpaio Struggles in Racial-Profiling Trial to Answer Examples of Seemingly Bigoted Leadership See also: Joe Arpaio Looks Like Tired, Old Racist on Stand During Racial-Profiling Trial See also: Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling Trial Begins, and, Yes, He's Guilty as Sin See also: Joe Arpaio's (ahem) Legal Scholar Brett "Shut Up" Palmer and Flunky Brian Sands Under Oath See also: Joe Arpaio's Taliban, Nativist Steve Camarota, and More Problems for the MCSO See also: Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling Trial Ends, and Yes, Joe's Still Guilty as Sin

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's nearly-million-dollar defense attorney in the ACLU's big racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio must be figuring U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow for a chump.

How else to explain the asinine rationalizations and outright misstatements of fact that Joe's lawyer Tim Casey offers in his 37-page closing written argument? Some of this stuff you'd have to be brain damaged and high on bath salts to believe.

The document's overarching theme, of course, is that the plaintiffs have failed to prove that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office engages in a pattern and practice of discriminatory policing.

To bolster this laughable contention, Casey wants the judge (and by extension, the public) to discount the mountain of evidence, the seven days of testimony, and the incriminating statements of Sheriff Joe and others that were offered during the trial, which wrapped up on August 3.

Some of Casey's more ridiculous rationalizations come when he tries to excuse Arpaio's many, blatantly bigoted statements, like Arpaio's infamous comment in 2009 that all Mexican migrants are "dirty."

Casey writes:

"[Arpaio's] purported comment about illegal immigrants being `dirty' was, if not taken completely out of context, referring to them having hiked through the desert for several days, being overheated, being physically grimy or dirty from the desert hiking, disheveled, and un-groomed."

So which is it, Tim, was the comment taken out of context, or did it just require further explanation? Hey, let's go to the full quote, and let the people decide.

"All these people that come over, they could come with disease," Arpaio told a GQ reporter three years ago. "There's no control, no health checks or anything. They check fruits and vegetables. How come they don't check people? No one talks about that! They're all dirty. I sent out 200 inmates into the desert, they picked up 18 tons of garbage that they bring in -- the baby diapers and all that. Where's everybody who wants to preserve the desert?"

What about Arpaio saying on Lou Dobbs' old CNN show that it was an "honor" to be called KKK?

"That suggestion is absurd," Casey sniffs. "Arpaio does not believe being called KKK is an honor."

Really? Then why did he say it was? It's not like the plaintiffs put the words into the old man's mouth. Here's a clip from the show (below). I don't see any ACLU lawyers standing behind him pulling strings on his pie hole.
All Joe needs is white sheet, a fiery cross and he's set

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