Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Top 10 Outrageous PR Stunts

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5.) Fake assassination plots against Joe, and the framing of James Saville.

Over the years, Arpaio has used lame or fictional threats against him to score media attention and bolster his résumé as a tough guy wanted by bad guys. These range from a 16-year-old Canadian boy talking trash online about chopping off Arpaio's manhood to a phony murder plot that allegedly involved Mexican gangsters, the Minutemen and activist Elias Bermudez, to the framing of James Saville for a staged bomb plot against the sheriff in 1999.

Saville spent four years in jail fighting the charges against him and ultimately was acquitted. He sued and scored a $1.1 million settlement from the county..

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