Joe Arpaio's Admission of Guilt after Meeting with DOJ

Arpaio caves to the DOJ, for the moment, apparently...

In spite of all of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bluster, the claims of he and his subordinates that the U.S. Department of Justice's report on his racial-profiling ways is hogwash, and the use of that report by Arpaio's re-election campaign to raise money, Arpaio's office issued a statement yesterday after a summit with DOJ representatives that reads like an admission of guilt.

The DOJ has yet to respond to my inquiry for a comment on the meeting, but here's what the MCSO had to say:

"Representatives of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and the attorneys for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office met with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice today to discuss the allegations presented in the letter from the Department of Justice dated December 15, 2011.

"The parties have agreed to work together to develop a document that addresses any agreed upon improvements needed in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff and the US Department of Justice are both committed to avoiding unnecessary and expensive litigation by the creation of an enforceable agreement which will lead to sustainable reforms and positive results for all citizens of Maricopa County. These discussions will continue in earnest and will be completed by April 14, 2012."

The feds recently warned Arpaio's office that the two sides would be headed to court if the MCSO wasn't willing to cooperate, a warning that Arpaio's top flack, Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre labeled as "saber rattling."

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