Joe Arpaio Sued by U.S. Department of Justice: What Took the Feds So Long?

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Forget the lame lawsuit, we want to see Joe indicted

After more than a year and a-half of investigation, requests for documents and access, and threats and deadlines, the U.S. Department of Justice has at last, reluctantly, taken some action and sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio in federal court to force him to cooperate with its civil rights probe of his office.

Of course, by now you'd think they had enough on him to sue for civil rights violations. But I guess we'll have to wait another couple of years for that to happen. In the meantime, what we get is basically a trumped-up public records request.

The DOJ investigation, which began with a letter to Arpaio from the feds in March of 2009, is looking into allegations of ethnic and racial profiling arising from Arpaio's anti-immigrant dragnets, as well as discrimination in Joe's jails against those with limited English language skills.

As is outlined in detail in the complaint, which you can read, here, the sheriff's office at first partially complied with some of the DOJ's requests, but by May 2009, the MCSO was in full stonewall mode, informing the feds that they could take a hike up Camelback Mountain.

In July of 2009, Arpaio went so far as to hold a press conference to thumb his schnoz at the DOJ and publicly state that his agency would not cooperate.

See, the MCSO is required by law to cooperate with the feds' inquiry under the auspices of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which "prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs receiving federal financial assistance," according to the DOJ's Web site.

Federal funds come with strings attached, and when an entity accepts such funds, its representatives sign contractual assurances that it will comply with the requirements of Title VI. 

"The assurances signed by Maricopa County bind subsequent recipients and subgrantees, including MCSO, to whom Maricopa County distributes the funds," states the feds' suit.

As I reported in a previous blog item, Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says the county receives $113 million in federal funds, which includes $50 million that go to health care programs. (The sheriff's office gets $3.8 million of the $113 million total, according to the county.) This money would be in jeopardy should the MCSO not comply.

Which is why Maricopa County recently offered its subpoena power to the feds as a tool to make the MCSO fork over the requested docs. The feds also want access to MCSO facilities and staff.

But Arpaio and his pricey D.C. attorney Robert Driscoll have blocked the feds at every turn. When the DOJ advised the MCSO it was in non-compliance with the investigation at the beginning of August, DOJ lawyers gave the MCSO until August 17 to comply.

That passed, and the feds blinked, allowing for a face-to-face meet between the DOJ and Driscoll. But Driscoll ultimately told the feds that the MCSO would only give them what it thought they should have.

"The United States has determined that all administrative requirements have been exhausted," reads the complaint, "and securing compliance from Defendants cannot be achieved by voluntary means."

Hence this way-tardy lawsuit. 

The DOJ's press release on the action asserts that this is the first time in 30 years that a police or sheriff's department has refused to cooperate with a DOJ investigation.

"The actions of the sheriff's office are unprecedented," Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez claimed in the DOJ release. "It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities."

This outcome was, of course, inevitable. I could have told the feds this last year, which is when the DOJ should have sued him. 

Also, Perez is dead wrong that this is "unprecedented." Only in recent history could you say that. Go back to the 1960s, during the Civil Rights Era. Mississippi Burning should be the DOJ's blueprint for action. Not the cozy relationships they've had of late with local law enforcement.

Moreover, the feds continue to allow Arpaio to have 287(g) immigration authority in his jails. Why? Is the Department of Homeland Security's hunger for brown bodies to deport such that it has to team up with a department the DOJ is suing and has a federal grand jury open on? 

The DOJ needs to stop burning daylight and secure some indictments of Arpaio and/or his underlings in the criminal inquiry. Once Arpaio's boy Bill Montgomery takes over the Maricopa County Attorney's office after the general election, there will be no check on Arpaio's power. 

Some federal indictments, however, would once more box then MCSO in. If the DOJ wants points for today's meager, belated act, they get none from me. Not until we see Joe Arpaio and/or his Chief Deputy David Hendershott doing the perp walk.

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Rollem45
Rollem45

What was I thinking! The same Federal Govment that won't protect the border is the same Federal Govment that won't stop the likes of Arpiehole. Arizona will only thrive when the biggest wastes of tax payer monies are run out of the state- One to the south and the other north to the Federal Prison.

GTFO Illegals
GTFO Illegals

I don't understand why people that are from California make it seem like the whole illegal thing is a non issue, because you've been through it for years...California is extremely poor and in debt, besides the Hollywood actors side of it and your tourists. Pay attention to costs for illegals, and the jail percentage of illegals...Illegals need to gtfo! If you want to be here, do it correctly like most foreigners over seas. You complain about Arizona and several other laws when you live here illegally. GTFO and go back to shanty town Mexico where your happy asses are ran by MS13 and Cartels.

Gigispiritwalker
Gigispiritwalker

Sent to me. Passing this on. We need our troops here at home & OUR BORDERS!WAKE UP USA PRESIDENT & LEADERS!!!! "GiGi"

July 28th, 2010By Ed AshurstApache Arizona I believe storytelling to be an art form, certainly verbal record is the oldest form of recording history and recognized by historians worldwide. There is an old adage among those who love to tell a good tale, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." And yet there are times when the truth is even more fantastic than exaggeration. What I write here is the truth, plain and simple. I reside on, and manage a large cattle ranch in the far southeastern corner of Arizona. I've been here for 13 years and in that time frame have become far too familiar with the illegal trafficking in human beings, marijuana and other illicit drugs. Some have called it "the wetback culture" or "America's border problem". Lately it's been taking steroids. The recent murder of Robert Krentz by an illegal alien has received massive amounts of publicity worldwide. I live on the ranch bordering the Krentz ranch to the east and north. I can see the Krentz home looking out of my front door approximately 10 miles away. The day after Rob's death I was involved in tracking the outlaw into Mexico. I saw the outlaw's footprints where he crossed the border fence. I mention this to say I feel that I'm qualified to speak about current border issues. My home has been broken into twice. My son's home has been broken into also and between us we have had between twenty and thirty thousand dollars worth of stuff stolen from us including two ranch pick-ups, a four wheeler, 9 firearms (including a loaded AK 47) cash, jewelry all of our credit cards, driver's license, etc. A guest house here on the ranch has been broken into so many times we quit counting... many times we haven't even called the Sheriff's dept. The Cochise County Sheriff's dept. has no less than fifteen reports on file where I've called for assistance dealing with an outlaw illegal alien. Several months ago, not long after Rob Krentz's death, Fox news (channel 10 in Phoenix AZ) contacted me and expressed interest in coming down and doing a news story about me and the problems myself and other ranchers in this area have had in recent months with illegal outlaws. To prepare for my interview with Fox, I asked for assistance from six other neighboring ranchers and businessmen. All of these men are prominent men in the community, tax payers, business owners and individuals who have the best of reputations. Together we made a map of the area which covered from the southeastern corner of AZ going west about 20 miles to the silver creek area, and going north about 30 miles to the area around the towns of Portal, AZ and Rodeo, N.M. On this map we made marks recording violations to United States law committed by illegal aliens. We did not use government statistics (we wouldn't know how to get them) but recorded incidents that we knew had happened first hand, many of which we had witnessed. We tried to record only the incidents that have happened in the last several years. The sum total of what we recorded is this: The arrest or capture of 40 illegal in one bunch - 40 (we didn't bother with the countless smaller groups) Loads of Marijuana found and captured - 213 Dangerous encounters with illegal aliens - 132 (assault, burglaries, forced entries, etc.) Dead illegal aliens found by civilians - 16 High speed vehicle chases between dope haulers and law enforcement - 14 Illegal aliens spotted with firearms - 12 Fires started by illegal aliens - 9 Over 1000, 000 acres burned with the cost to taxpayers of $ 40,000,000. One fire near Portal AZ in June of 2010 cost $10,000,000. to fight (forest Service estimate) Outlandish incidents - 4 Example: One bachelor in the Portal area was burglarized around 100 times. He finally took all his valuables and put them in a steel vault and welded the door shut. He then moved out of his house into a shed hoping the illegal aliens would leave him alone. They did not and he finally abandoned his property. Another outlandish event was when outlaws stole a brand new Caterpillar motor grader on the Geronimo Trail east of Douglas, AZ and drove south through the border fence never to be seen again. The grader belonged to Cochise County Hwy Dept. Financial losses to private sector - $100,000,000.00 (losses in real estate value, personal property, etc., losses in wildlife habitat - immeasurable) Last but certainly not least, the murder of Rob Krentz, which is right in the center of our map. Let me put this in perspective. The area I'm talking about is an area that covers approximately 17 or 18 townships with only 20 miles being adjacent to the US - Mexico Boundary. Within this area, there is a population of perhaps 600 people, 90% of which reside in Rodeo, N.M. or Portal, AZ, 30 miles or so north of Mexico. No less than 80% of the people in this area have been burglarized or otherwise molested by illegal aliens. This area is about half as big as the Diamond A ranch or Babbitt ranch in northern AZ, both of which I've been employed on. I'm sorry to report that this, in my opinion, is the small part of the story. The Mexican-American border has taken a dramatic change for the worse in the last several years. Those of us who live here see it firsthand. As early as February of 1999 Sheriff Larry Dever warned me and others at a town hall meeting at the Apache School that the Sinaloa Cartel was moving into the Douglas-Agua Prieta area (Rob Krentz was at this meeting). The cities of Nuevo Laredo, Coahila, Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, and other border towns south of Texas have been controlled by outlaws for years. There is virtually no law enforcement in those places. The law is the law of the jungle. Until the last two years it seemed that Agua Prieta and Nogales were safer places but that has dramatically changed in recent months. I am personally acquainted with 2 Mexican men, that I know to be honest and trustworthy, who have been involved first hand with Mexican outlaw terrorist acts. One witnessed firsthand an execution of several people in broad daylight in Juarez. Several weeks later his daughter witnessed an assassination in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua no less than fifteen feet from where she stood. The other man is a legal Mexican green card holder (who was employed by the Krentz family for years) whose nephew was murdered by cartel members in Sonora. At night people in Douglas are hearing machine gun fire from Agua Prieta south of the border fence. The Sinaloa Cartel is now putting a stranglehold on Agua Prieta. No more than 2 months ago 8 armed Mexicans were confronted by 2, U.S. Border Patrol agents north of the International Boundary in southeast Cochise County disguised as Federalizes. They were in fact cartel employees armed with assault rifles and automatic pistols. Mexican people that know tell me the situation in Agua Prieta has deteriorated dramatically in recent months. The good people are told to look the other way "or else." Volumes could be written about this subject alone, but I will move on. You could ask, "So what does this have to do with us living north of the border fence?" Plenty! The situation on the border isn't just about a few workers walking north. It has everything to do with big business. Billions of dollars are being made trafficking humans, drugs, and contraband across the International Boundary. The Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Chapo Guzman and others, is reaping huge profits doing business along the border. The average coyote charges $1500 - $2500 to guide an illegal alien north to find work; usually abandoning them a short distance north of the line. A young man willing to pack dope north can make more than a construction worker or a teacher in the U.S. and only work a day or two a week. This is not all south of the line. I could take you and show you businesses where checks and credit cards are not accepted and where very few customers walk through the door, yet the owners live in the largest mansions in town and drive very expensive cars. Could there be some money laundering going on? There are only two industries of any significance in Douglas, AZ: law enforcement (Douglas has one of the largest Border Patrol stations in America), and the illegal trafficking of drugs, people, etc. across the border. These two industries feed on each other, and the powers that be seem happy with the situation. Crooked politicians look good to the public when they clean up drunk driving and prostitution, until you find they own bars and whore houses south of the line. These things have happened! But this, in my opinion, is only the beginning. Chapo Guzman who heads up the Sinaloa Cartel is a multibillionaire. This guy and others like him may be cruel and sinister people but they are also very smart businessmen. They are reaping profits off of the largest tax free unregulated business on the planet. They have so much cash they are befuddled what to do with it all. But they are going to figure it out. There are rumors that Guzman is financing modern, state of the art feedlots and packing houses in Mexico with plans to overtake America as the Western hemisphere's leading beef producer. This is probably only a small part of his plans. Mexico is a nation rich in natural recourses. Petroleum is abundant and the corrupt Mexican government is in control of all of it. Pemex is the only gas station in town. Pemex, because of the incompetent Mexican government, is broke. Chapo Guzman is at war with the Mexican government and has dreams (not unrealistic) of controlling the entire nation. Think of all of Mexico's natural resources in the control of Chapo Guzman! He already has the most profitable business in the world - selling Marijuana to your next door neighbor. Think what he could do with a tax free unregulated strangle hold on a nation of poor people begging to work for practically nothing. Do you think that Chapo Guzman and others like him haven't thought of all of this? Do you think that Guzman isn't laughing all the way to the bank as he watches the evening news and hears how the American Government proclaims that the situation on the border is under control? What is going on in northern Mexico is capitalism in its rawest form. They have an untaxed unregulated business making huge profits and they have no plans of closing up shop any time soon. We here in the U.S. are overtaxed, overregulated and being smothered by increasingly intrusive government that makes it hard to do business in a successful manner. You don't have to be rocket scientist to figure this one out. This has nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat or Latino or White. It has everything to do with being right or wrong. I came from a long line of Democrats. My great uncle was a U.S. Senator for several decades. My grandfather was an attorney, and a Superior Court Judge. I have a 1939 copy of a Time Magazine with his picture when he ran as a Democrat for Congress. The only time in history the U.S deficit was paid off was by a Democrat - Andrew Jackson. John Kennedy announced nearly 50 years ago that America could put a man on the moon and in less than a decade we did it. I am now a registered Republican, but I'm not a Democrat hater. But, how can the president of the "can do" nation of Andrew Jackson's and JFK's party say we can't seal the border? We conquered Adolph Hitler in World War II, but can't seal the border? We put a man on the moon but can't seal a leaking oil well in less than 90 days? While this is going on we tax and regulate American business with a vengeance that stifles the free market system that has made our country great. While Janet Napolitano announces the border is safer than ever, Chapo Guzman and others pack billions of American dollars south to invest in a tax free market with one of the largest cheap labor force on the planet at his disposal! I challenge you to come to Douglas, AZ and drive east on the Geronimo Trail, or northeast on US Hwy 80 to places on the map like Chiracahua and Apache. Or go to Rodeo and Hatchita, NM. Go and search out the 5 biggest cattle ranches in the Apache, AZ area and ask them what they think. Go to Hidalgo County, N.M. and ask the ranchers and cowboys there what they are seeing and hearing. Ask the people who we do business with what they think of our opinions. I challenge you to ask the prominent people in this area, who work hard and pay taxes if they agree with Barack Obama or Ed Ashurst when it comes to what is really going on near the U.S.-Mexican border. Unlike Obama and others I don't have to be surrounded by sycophants to make a statement. I purposefully left out the names of those who helped me with my map and the data I collected when preparing for the Fox interview. In closing I challenge you to look around to see if what I say is the truth. This isn't about a few Mexicans wandering around looking for a job. This is about American civilization going into a time of tremendous change - a building has foundations and walls, maybe the foundation of our country is still strong, I don't know, but the walls have certainly fallen down and the keepers of the house are out to lunch. When you have time, we think you will want to read this. Everyone living in AZ (and elsewhere) should know what is happening near our borders and near our homes.

John Harris

vicki
vicki

I guess it was determined the killer was an illegal by the footprints. LOL

All people down there in the illegal drug business are illegals. Right! Now tellthat to the authorities who just took that big drug king into custody, you know that blond, green eyed Texan. He's a special case I'm sure but regardless let'stalk about something that few want to talk about. The drugs. While the recent murder of the rancher is surely tragic, the high number of deaths due to illegal drugs is paramount.

These drugs have killed more Americans, both directly and indirectly and destroyed more American families than war or any factor in our history. Yet it goes on. Isuspect that it goes on with this phony "war on drugs" because it helps the richget richer. Someday, not in my lifetime, our citizens are going to be shocked to findout who, right here in the USA, got rich from all the illegal drugs sold. The blood ison their hands.

And let's not forget all those Americans customers, we all know them, from the Paris Hilton types to that nice guy down the street, who enrich the drug cartel with their little "recreational party supplies". They are as bad, if not worse, than theaddicted who need help. Bty, why haven't the addicted been helped on a massive scale in this rich country? Why hasn't pot been legalized here? I suspect for the same reason, again follow the money.

I am not very articulate, I know, but I am so sick of hearing people whine about theviolence at the border and completely ignore the fact that it would not be happening at all if we Americans were not the buyers of their product. Shame.

Immigrants2bfree
Immigrants2bfree

Arpaio and his corrupt buddies continue to win headlines on the backs of poor people. At the end of the day, Arizona is paying an ugly price which will be shouldered by all of her citizens. Until we cast out this bully with a badge Phoenix will continue to suffer

CCC.
CCC.

when will people ever wake up and see the WHOLE picture. Joe's not a racist, he discriminates against ALL PEOPLE AND ALL RACES. RACIAL PROFILING? Ask how many white or Black or Indian or Asian people who live in maricopa county are now considered criminals despite illegal search and seizures, despite "due process" and court appointed counsel (well they were given a fair trial so they must be guilty....right? ) hahhahha in Arizona? I have heard, "well if they follow what the law says I will be fine in trial, nothing to worry about.....yah but this Arizona. Get over it wetbacks he doesn't single you out, Hes is a corrupt prick to ALL OF US. (ps I am white, I am not prejudges but I do believe in legality. I have no problem with mexicans, I have a problem with illegals. and Joe simply put has a problem with anyone who does not have or does have the ability to further his personal fame and fortune.

Steven
Steven

@CCC: The guy does tend to be an asshole towards everybody, but especially towards non-whites.

Cozland
Cozland

http://www.thedailybeast.com/b...

A separate Justice probe—one largely overshadowed by the racial-profiling investigation, and little-noticed outside of Arizona—could lead to the sheriff’s indictment for violating the civil rights of political foes by launching well-publicized but ultimately unsuccessful criminal investigations and, in some cases, fruitless indictments, of his perceived enemies. If indicted and found guilty of a felony, the man branded “America’s Toughest Sheriff” by the press—infamous for parading inmates in pink underwear and introducing voluntary chain gangs—could be removed from office under Arizona law.

A federal grand jury in Phoenix began investigating allegations of abuses of power in the offices of Arpaio and his political sidekick, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, several months ago.

The feds’ investigation was bolstered in late August by a court-ordered release of grand jury documents, spearheaded by acting Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley. The 61-year-old Vietnam veteran and moderate Republican has for years been Arpaio’s nemesis, and he handed over the released records to the feds.

The records show that a Maricopa County grand jury in March chose to “end the inquiry” of a conservative Republican county supervisor, a judge, and other county officials who had opposed Arpaio and Thomas. Nevertheless, Romley reported, Thomas’ office shopped around for out-of-county prosecutors to take the case, and Arpaio’s chief deputy threatened to release “incriminating evidence” on a foe after the grand jury’s vote to end the inquiry. (Thomas says Romley is lying and Eric Dowell, who was referred to The Daily Beast by a sheriff’s spokesman for comment, did not return a phone call.)

“It is hard to know what will happen, but there could be an indictment of a number of individuals involved in this case,” says Paul Charlton, a former U.S. attorney who represented Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon—one of those who spoke out against Arpaio, only to become the target of a criminal investigation that went nowhere. Charlton also represents a county supervisor facing a criminal indictment that’s been halted pending a state bar investigation of Thomas.

There’s “something very Nixonian” about Arpaio and Thomas, who were tremendously popular for their stand on “a single monolithic issue—immigration” and yet were driven by “arrogance and a sense of impunity” to seek revenge on political foes, Charlton says.“There could be an indictment of a number of individuals involved in this case,” says former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton.

Legal scholars and lawyers say the feds have to show a pattern of abuse of power, and the grand jury documents add to the pattern. There was “nothing to the allegations” and that’s why the grand jury ended the inquiry, says Lee Stein, a former assistant U.S. attorney who represented Gary Donahoe, a county judge who ruled against Arpaio and Thomas in a case and was subsequently indicted and charged with bribery, hindering prosecution, and obstructing a criminal investigation. (The charges were later dismissed.)

Romley contended in August that Arpaio and Thomas engaged in “improper, unethical, and corrupt” behavior, and added that “it may be judges and elected officials who are targeted today, but tomorrow it could be any of us.” Romley himself was the next target—of pre-primary TV ads and mailed flyers depicting Romley as “too risky for Arizona families” and a “dangerous” foe of Sheriff Joe’s immigration enforcement policies. Those ads may have resulted in Romley’s loss of the Republican primary for county attorney to an Arpaio ally, Bill Montgomery.The ads, which cost about $400,000, were bankrolled by Arpaio’s 2012 reelection committee, which has amassed more than $1 million in campaign contributions from donors across the country. The TV ads were deemed legal by a deputy county attorney, but the flyers were not. A legal battle looms. “We’ll fight it tooth and nail,” says Chad Willems, who is managing Arpaio’s campaign for reelection to a sixth term as sheriff in 2012. Romley, who had served as county attorney from 1980 to 2004, has long clashed with Arpaio, first over jail conditions and over zealous searches, then over immigration enforcement policies.He was appointed interim county attorney in April to replace Thomas, who had stepped down in what turned out to be a failed bid to win the Republican primary for attorney general.

Arpaio, who became a national celebrity with publicity stunts that include bunking convicted inmates in outdoor “Tent City” jails, forcing them to wear pink skivvies, initiating a voluntary chain gang, and raiding heavily Latino neighborhoods in the Phoenix area, might also be declining in popularity. Once seen as the most viable Republican candidate for governor, his popularity in Arizona has waned even as he strengthened his populist illegal-immigration-fighting persona outside of Arizona. In the federal lawsuit filed Thursday, the Justice Department says the sheriff and his employer, Maricopa County, failed to cooperate in a 17-month civil-rights investigation “of alleged national origin discrimination” in “police practices and jail operations.” In that suit, the Justice Department seeks court-ordered access to Arpaio’s employees, jails, and relevant documents to investigate alleged racial profiling and other violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act related to the sheriff’s immigration-enforcement.

Arpaio portrayed himself as the victim of federal harassment in a press release put out Thursday afternoon. “The Obama administration intended to sue us all along, no matter what we did to try to avert it,” Sheriff Joe wrote. “Washington isn't playing fair and it's time Americans everywhere wake up and see this administration for what it really is.” At a press conference Thursday, the sheriff said the Justice Department had “no proof” that “alleged racial profiling” occurred in the streets of Phoenix. The sheriff’s former chief deputy, state Sen. Russell Pearce, who has spearheaded Arizona’s increasingly harsh immigration laws that the sheriff has enthusiastically enforced, stood by his side and called the suit a “witch hunt.”

Given the nature of the abuse-of-power allegations in the other investigation of Arpaio, it was an interesting choice of words.

Rule of Law
Rule of Law

[Ed. Note on the Ed. Note: this is from a former Chicago lawyer nowPracticing law in Tyler, TX]

[Ed. Note: This is legit. I checked it out myselfAt https://www.iardc.org Stands for Illinois Attorney Registration AndDisciplinary Committee. It’s the official arm of lawyer discipline inIllinois; and they are very strict and mean as hell. (Talk aboutIrony!) Even I, at the advanced age of almost 65, maintain (at the costOf approximately $600/year) my law license that I worked so hard andLong to earn.]

Big surprise !!!

Former Constitutional Law Lecturer and US President Makes UpConstitutional Quotes During State Of The Union (SOTU) Address.

Consider this:

1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, isNo longer a “lawyer”. He surrendered his license back in 2008 in orderTo escape charges he lied on his bar application.

A “Voluntary Surrender” is not something where you decide “Gee, aLicense is not really something I need anymore, is it?” and forget toRenew your license. No, a “Voluntary Surrender” is something you doWhen you've been accused of something, and you ‘voluntarily surrender”You license five seconds before the state suspends you.

2. Michelle Obama “voluntarily surrendered” her law license in 1993.

3. So, we have the first black President and First Lady — who don'tActually have licenses to practice law. Facts.

Source: http://jdlong.wordpress.com/20...

4 A senior lecturer is one thing... A fully ranked law professor isAnother. Barack Obama was NOT a Constitutional Law professor at theUniversity of Chicago .5. The University of Chicago released a statement in March, 2008Saying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) “served as a professor” in the lawSchool—but that is a title Obama, who taught courses there part-time,Never held, a spokesman for the school confirmed in 2008.

6. “He did not hold the title of professor of law,” said MarshaFerziger Nagorsky, an Assistant Dean for Communications and Lecturer inLaw at the University of Chicago School of Law .

Source: http://blogs.suntimescom/sweet/2008/03/sweet_obama_did_hold_the_title.html

7. The former Constitutional senior lecturer cited the US ConstitutionThe other night during his State of the Union Address. Unfortunately,The quote he cited was from the Declaration of Independence … not theConstitution

8. The B-Cast posted the video: http://www.breitbart.tv/did-ob...

9. Free Republic: In the State of the Union Address, President ObamaSaid: “We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promiseEnshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all createdEqual….

10. Um, wrong citing, wrong founding document there Champ, I mean Mr.President. By the way, the promises are not a notion, our foundersNamed them unalienable rights. The document is our Declaration ofIndependence and it reads:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

11. And this is the same guy who lectured the Supreme Court momentsLater in the same speech?

When you are a phoney it's hard to keep facts straight.

Deborah Phoenix
Deborah Phoenix

Coz, citing Newsmax? You gotta be kidding me. That's one of the biggest trash-talking sites on the net. I got their crappy "news" in my inbox for a year. Lies, misrepresentations, smears, and ads for quack medical cures...

Cozland
Cozland

Kinda like your bullshit, huh.

Djhowe
Djhowe

Why is everyone so gung-ho for the Feds to get involved with every facet of our lives? Stop whining, seriously.

"Finally...blah blah blah." Could you BE any crazier? The vast majority of people in this county LOVE Joe Arpaio. It's the jobless fringe left who whine about everything. I believe in media watch-doggery. Amen. More power to you. But, parading around like the feds need to be involved with every facet of our lives is nuts.

The guy upholds the laws that are placed on the books by the people we vote in to office. If he's racist, then don't vote for him. If you hate the laws, write your representative, make phone calls, make noise. But, lambasting the Sheriff for doing his job, something none of us are used to seeing at higher levels of government, and calling him a racist and crying about every little thing that doesn't go your way is stupid.

Don't agree with me? I must be a racist, too. SUCH a pathetic argument. What's worse is that there really ARE race issues, but tossing that word around makes everyone who does it look like the boy who cried wolf. What were once empathetic ears have have now willingly gone deaf due to the over-use of 'racist!'. Do you think just because YOU really believe it that it's true? It doesn't matter how loud you shout it, it always sound whiny...and it's YOUR fault for over-using it!

Here's the progressive way of doing things.

When someone does something you don't like, let's say, like upholing the laws they are sworn to uphold, your response is 'Racist!'.

When someone shows you where you're wrong and what makes your argument pathetic, your response is, 'Shut up!'.

Grow up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Steven
Steven

No, the progressive way of doing things is by the Constitution.

The hard right's way of doing things: whenever somebody says something they don't like, like support for universal health care, or that we should pull out of Iraq, the typical responses are like: 'Commie!', 'Faggot!', 'Terrorist!', etc.

And when someone{even if they happen to lean conservative}, tries to explain to these people how they may be wrong or why, they usually call them something along the general lines of, 'Anti-American!', 'Un-American', 'Pinko commie!', etc.

Guest
Guest

Sheriff Jose (pronounced Hoe-say) Arpaio is extremely popular in California as well as most of Arizona. If only California had a chance to have a thousand Sheriff Joes, we would not be bankrupted by illegal aliens.

Cozland
Cozland

No, actually if there was was a thousand sheriff's like Bozo Joe, the US would belong to China since someone other than Maricopa County Tax Payers would be footing the bill for the senile old fucker.

Palderfer
Palderfer

Good People in Arizona: don't be fooled by the "illegal immigration" issue. Californians have already suffered from this "wedge Issue" back in 1990s. An unpopular Republican Governor named Pete Wilson used our fears of illegal immigration to get reelected. We also passed Proposition 187 which denied social programs to illegal immigrants. The law was eventually rejected by the courts as UNCONSTITUTIONAL. It was a bitter election. Jan Brewer should already know this.

Steven
Steven

I agree. And you know what? I live in a border state, too.......TX.

chicagonut
chicagonut

Fair and Numbers are not hate groups. Yes, typical of the pro-illegals to stifle freedom of speech by anyone who doesn't agree with them. Insult, delete and ban is what they do best.

Coz
Coz

Lies, Propaganda and Hate is all you do best.

chicagonut
chicagonut

Point out my lies, propaganda and hate then. The haters are those who have no respect for our laws and shield their own ethnic kind from the law and call anyone who wants our laws enforced, racists.

roafer
roafer

Sheriff Joe is nothing but a coward, and a fascist pile of dung.He's now playing that old and tired victim card!!OH!! Poor Joe!! He needs a prosecution, how many people have died for no good reason because of his illegal authoritarian incarcerations?? The Feds should arrest this jerk before more innocent people die because of his pure lunacy.

Coz
Coz

Yup, Bozo Joe is nothing but a senile old fool that's gotten away with murder for far too long in KKKounty.

Guest
Guest

Sheriff Jose (pronounced Hoe-say) Arpaio is the greatest law officer ever to come down from the law enforcement heavens.

Robert
Robert

I was a law enforcement officer for over 28 yrs, Joe is a joke. He was never areal law enforcement officer, he was more like a figure head, someone behindthe scene is running the show, Joe is not smart enough to run a sheriffs office.

El Gringo
El Gringo

From a California perspective, Arpayaso is a politician, and not really a very good one.

chicagonut
chicagonut

When the parents are deported shouldn't they take their children with them? You know, the old separation of families whining? That doesn't mean that they lose their U.S. citizenship if they were born here. They can come back when they are no longer minors.

chicagonut
chicagonut

The imbecil would be the one who doesn't know that the common word used when referring to the U.S. is America even though there are American continents also.

Scott22973
Scott22973

You seem a little prejudiced yourself! Are you upset that Joe has started doing what the U. S. Government should have been doing all along? I'm sorry if your little illegal ass gets sent home! You had no LEGAL RIGHT to be here anyways. I am NOT prejudiced against lation's (or hispanics), but if you want to come here, pay your way just like the natural born citizens of this WONDERFUL nation do. If I go to a store every day and steal a pack of gum, should I go to jail? Using your logic, not only should I not go to jail, but you will fight for me even though I have broken the law. Where is your integrity? Joe Arpaio is standing up for our country's security and integrity. Lets support him for being a TRUE AMERICAN and embracing all the laws of our land. I'm sick of hearing the bleeding heart whiners talk all their crap!

Roro
Roro

I saw the photos of Russell Pearce standing tall with Good Ol' Joe when he denounced the Federal lawsuit. One question: Where was the third member of the triumvirate, their apparent mutual friend J.T. Ready who appeared with them at the recent border incident?

FuckEm
FuckEm

WE LOVE SHERIFF JOE! THANK YOU FOR UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW AND TAKING OUT THE ILLEGAL ALIENS, AND TAKING ON THE FEDS! THANKS FOR PISSING ON MAYOR GORDON AND HIS GOONS, ALONG WITH THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS.....

Fuck em all! Round up the illegal aliens and DEPORT their uneducated asses back to Mexico. Kids too!

Parg0n
Parg0n

Yes, because writing comments written with almost entirely in capitalized letters just screams "I'm educated!"

And you want to send their kids back, do you? Even the ones born here? I guess you only believe in the Constitution and its Amendments when it suits you.

Coz
Coz

My guess is you are one of the morons that will vote for Brewer as well.

Coz
Coz

There is just no words for the stupidly you represent.

FREEDOM FIGHTER
FREEDOM FIGHTER

UNEDUCATED!! JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJ YOU PIECE OF SHIT MAKE ME LAUGH SO BAD JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA....YOU AND THE REST OF IGNORANT STUPID ASSHOLES THINK AMERICA IS A COUNTRY, YOU IMBECIL...AMERICA IS A CONTINENT SHIT-HEAD!!! GET A DICTIONARY AND FIND OUT WHAT A CONTINENT IS, ASSWIPE...

Coz
Coz

http://www.newsmax.com/InsideC...

Arpaio Says He Is Administration's 'Whipping Boy'Friday, 03 Sep 2010 07:07 AM

An Arizona sheriff accused the US administration of treating him as a "whipping boy" after Washington launched legal action over alleged discrimination against illegal immigrants.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio also accused the US Justice Department of engaging in "a fishing expedition" by filing suit alleging that he was being uncooperative with federal investigators.

"Let them sue us," he told reporters in the state capital Phoenix, hours after the legal action was announced in Washington. "I'm not going to surrender."

"These actions make it abundantly clear that Arizona, including this Sheriff, is Washington's new whipping boy," said Arpaio. "Now it's time to take the gloves off," he added in a prepared statement.

The lawsuit alleges Arpaio is guilty of unconstitutional search-and-seizures and discrimination related to the sheriff's enforcing of immigration laws.

Arpaio sought to portray himself and his methods as the subject of a "witch hunt" by both federal and local officials, and that he was the victim "of vicious and slanderous remarks" from his political enemies.

"This is about nothing, they have nothing," he said angrily. "It is a fishing expedition."

Arpaio said there was also no substance to government allegations of racial profiling by him or his officers.

The Department of Justice said it filed suit "after exhausting all cooperative measures" to gain access to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) documents and facilities as part of its investigation.

It accused Arpaio of being an "extreme outlier," the only sheriff to refuse such cooperation in 30 years.

Arpaio sought to make a distinction between his reaction to such politically-motivated attacks and his department's attempts to comply with the government's investigation.

"We're working with them," he said, referring to administration officials. "We were doing great."

Arpaio said the government had not given him adequate time to respond to its request for documents and other materials.

The eighteen-month investigation accuses him of foot-dragging and stalling tactics in his response to a federal request for documents regarding immigration enforcement in the state.

Arpaio is a polarizing figure in Arizona and has gained a nation-wide reputation for controversy over his crime sweeps targeting illegal immigrants.

Yet, he has held the sheriff's job for more than 18 years, and is popular with many voters in the state. Political candidates often seek his endorsement when running for office.

Arpaio is also facing an unrelated federal investigation of accusations that he has abused his authority while in office.

Justice opened its investigation in March 2009 following allegations of discrimination against Hispanics by Arpaio. The 78-year-old sheriff has come under fire for tactics that include police sweeps in streets, factories and outside restaurants.

Arizona -- one of four US states along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border with Mexico -- is the scene of a bitter dispute between proponents of a hard line against illegal immigrants and those who defend their civil rights.

Arizona's governor approved a law that gives police broader powers to pursue illegal immigrants, but a federal judge temporarily blocked some of its more controversial provisions.

guest
guest

Brittanicus, thankl you for your informative post. How right you are.

Mike
Mike

Wow Brittanicus, you typed that thank you all by your self, instead of copy and pasting it.

Lame , poseur.

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

Ah Brittanicus is a well known internet troll, cutting and pasting from his mama's basement nonsense while promoting the haters of FAIR and NUMBERSUSA. Most of us ignore him, delete him and in most cases, ban him.

Sharon
Sharon

Yes, Feds should have sued Sheriff Joe Arapio in 2009. Now Feds are inundated with complaints, pressure was on for Feds to do something. Shocking this investigation coomenced 2008 by President Bush - over two years ago. And Sheriff Joe Arapio has not cooperated since investigation was started.

Professional police authority public protection record of Arpaio is/was not good. Many issues of multiple types of abuse of authority against Arizona residents and illegal immigrants seem to be present..

Coz
Coz

Piss on Arpaio, throw the bastard in jail already, right along with Fat Ass Hendershott and all his little weasels.

Josephiafet
Josephiafet

The DOJ will lose in this case due to the fact that their request is too broad, not specific as to what documents they desire, and a fishing expedition. There is not factual evidence, only speculative, that there has been any racial profiling. I also suspect that the DOJ lawyers handling this case, including Assistant Attorney General Perez (who himself engaged in racial profiling in the Black Panther voter intimidation case), may be sanctioned by the court for prosecutorial abuse.

Oelwyn
Oelwyn

Go to the Central Station in downtown Phoenix and buy a one month pass.Ride the routes everyday,all day-And you could write a thesis.Respect.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

"Show us your Papers", you egotistical media clown!

"You shouldn't worry if you have nothing to hide", you dirt bag Clown whore!

The first time the feds have had to sue LE for this type of data in 30 YEARS!

mtn girl
mtn girl

What about the illegal SCA contributions and MCSO using RICO funds for Hummingbird Defense Systems?

GENO
GENO

Once that "Flaccid" old "Fool"'s lap dawg(Montgomery) come into play. I guess our only hope is if that rogue law dawg croaks while in office....if nothing else. I agree with Chad Snow. Nothing will come out of those "racial profiling" lawsuits. I'm wondering who's investigating corruption inside the MSCO? SCA, the jail Enhancement Funds, Honduras, etc.

Coz
Coz

Appears nobody since County and State corruption seems to be legal in Arizona.

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