Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling Trial Begins, and, Yes, He's Guilty as Sin

Given Joe's record in this department, Stanley Young, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit, was far more credible in his opening statement.

Reminding the court that one of "the fundamental values of this nation" is "equal protection under the law," he described how the plaintiffs would present evidence showing that the MCSO had engaged in a "pattern and practice" of racial discrimination against Hispanics.

MCSO officers and officials were characterized by their "denigration of Hispanics," Young said, no doubt alluding to MCSO e-mails with bigoted jokes and anti-Latino photos, which deputies shared among themselves.

The use of race became "a basis of suspicion" in the MCSO, and the actions of Arpaio, Sands, and others demonstrated the "influence of race at the highest level" on MCSO operations, Young explained.

Young asked the court for injunctive relief and the appointment of a court monitor to enforce orders given by the court.

To that point, Judge Snow, who seemed in a dyspeptic mood, had earlier raised some eyebrows when he advised both sides that he would make his decision, "based on the facts as they now stand, not as they were two years ago."

There was almost a collective "Huh?" in the audience, even among some of the lawyers, as all discovery in the case ceased (for the most part) in 2010.

During a break, ACLU of Arizona legal director Dan Pochoda, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, related his interpretation of that remark.

"You have to show that you're still facing a threat of future harm," he said, meaning that the plaintiffs must demonstrate that the "pattern and practice" of discrimination by the MCSO is ongoing.

Maybe the sweeps have stopped, but the MCSO's discriminatory policing continues. Arpaio's own boasting offers evidence, as the sheriff is always telling TV cameras that "nothing's changed" in his office, no matter what the courts or the feds do regarding immigration.

The remainder of the morning was taken up a long, tedious examination of a study done by Temple University Professor Ralph Taylor, who examined extensive data on MCSO traffic stops from 2007 to 2009.

Taylor found (surprise, surprise) that Latinos were more likely to be stopped, and that the stops lasted longer than stops for everyone else -- up to 22 percent more or two minutes longer, whenever a deputy was checking a Hispanic name.

As for the likelihood of getting stopped, Taylor's numbers depended on his control group.

Still, Hispanic names were 53.7 percent more likely to be checked during a saturation patrol when compared to non-saturation-patrol stops for the same day. Hispanics were up to 39.5 percent more likely to be stopped compared with dates one year earlier. And Hispanic names were around 22 percent more likely to be run by MCSO officers during a saturation patrol compared to all other days.

Casey's co-counsel, Tom Liddy of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, handled the cross examination, and at least succeeded in waking everyone up. In a rumpled suit and wearing orange-tinted reading glasses, Liddy jousted with Taylor over Taylor's findings.

Beyond establishing that the data Taylor used was narrowed to a very specific category, Liddy wasn't very successful in impugning the professor's work, but at least he was amusing.

At one point, the pugnacious attorney, who is the son of Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, asked the prim and proper Taylor to read a document, going over it line by line.

Indicating the last portion of the page, Liddy asked, "Is there any more information there?"

Taylor paused, then smirked, "It says, `No further information.'"

"It's a trick question," Liddy cracked. "You passed."

The court broke for lunch in the midst of Liddy's cross. The schedule calls for court to adjourn at day's end and reconvene Tuesday, when Arpaio might be called to the stand, doing his Al Capone impersonation all the way, no doubt.

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BTW are there any updates about the trial? I haven't heard anything yet coming from it...


I was down at Chase last night to see teh DBACK Astros game. There also happened to be Vicente Fernandez concert over at US Airways. As we were leaving I noticed Joe's Mounted Patrol was unloading their horses for some potential night rider activities.  I know Joe's staff always patrols Chase but have never seen the horses after the baseball games, much less for one with as low as a turnout as Friday night.


So did Joe order the patrol on his own? Seems like PPD which has authority over the area had things well in control without the boys in brown inflaming the crowd. After all US Air isn't part of the Maricopia Stadium District.

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

20 years of entrenched, systemic 'control" by a county sheriff who has abused his power that have cost innocent lives and destroyed families and communities because of his culture of cruelty and inhumanity to men, women and children MUST END! Arpaio needs to be sent to the jail/prison incarceration "system" that he created for "others". It's time for state legislators to put into law "TERM LIMITS" for county sheriffs and county attorneys. Where's the oversight and accountability for these offices that have destroyed innocent lives and wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer $$'s while thumbing their noses and higher education? If people want a better Arizona, its time clean house of these entrenched elected officials who have been fed out of the same trough for far too long!



We must express in millions of votes what the TEA PARTY can accomplish for all Americans, and which will massively influence both political parties. Now I am not saying every Legislator in Congress is corrupt, but there are many lawmakers creating money off the American public. So the Democrats and Republicans need to clean house, on issues that are urgently important to the American people. By adding the impediments of the TEA PARTY that are running of the government, the real ‘PEOPLE’S PARTY’ can pressure the senators and House to carry out the bidding of the taxpayer. Here are a few of the issues that can be altered by the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP:


1. The TEA PARTY can force a vote on the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (E-Verify) and enact it as mandatory in every business nationwide. Those who feel they are not accountable will be looking at hefty fines, loss of assets and even prison. All those who ignore the I-9 audits in not implementing the computer to detect illegal aliens in the workplace will be sanctioned?


2. The TEA PARTY will force a vote on the ‘Birthright Citizenship Act’ concluding once and for all, that pregnant women can no longer gain citizenship through a misguided loophole for a child, just by slipping past Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) at the border or over staying a visa, leading ultimately to yet another Dream Act. What about American teenagers, who have been pushed out of jobs that were the monopoly for our kids a couple of decades back?


3. The TEA PARTY will ensure that the Justice Department cannot intimidate states trying to protect the right of its lawful residents. New laws will be imposed to halt Sanctuary States as California, Nevada, and New York and punish those elected officials, who have snubbed immigration laws. They will be prosecuted as ‘aiding and abetting’ illegal aliens, which Federal Immigration and Nationality Act  Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii) then  fined under title 18 of being imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both."


4. Introduce a new law that no longer gives bipartisan exemption from tax revenues, making everybody pay their fair share and even the 40 percent of the lowest of incomes that should mandatory pay a small amount.


5. The TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP to immediately press the Congress, to negotiate with Canada to run the Keystone pipeline. In addition grant access to Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico to drill for oil, natural gas and mine for coal, within a future that they provide research and development in cleaning these necessary products as a priority in future years.


j d hayward was on a phoenix area, sunday morning, political talk show within the last couple of years and said the illegal imigrant problem in phoenix was not just an hispanic problem and that there was a big illegal asian problem in phoenix...but AARPaio never has a crime sweep in chinatown.



6. The war in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban for what anymore?  We must stop filling the pockets of government contractors and politicians with taxpayer money? After 10 years what have we accomplished? Nothing! Over 2000 American troops have given their lives, and we are sending 8 billions of dollars a month to a very corrupt government. Like most of the Middle East they are still living under archaic laws, where women have no rights.  It’s time to start ‘Nation Building’ at home and not in other countries.  Why we are policing the world, when our own country is held hostage to criminals entering America, through a border that in most places you can walk through some rusty barbed wire.  Where is American protection to stop financial migrants entering our nation and pilfering uncompensated state treasuries?


The Tea Party is essential to America surviving, as we have both parties spending billions of dollars on pet projects. This sovereign nation must get from under the thumb of progressives, communists and sewer Marxist Liberals. We have President Obama signing executive orders to give just about equal access to food stamps. That illegal immigration has been encouraged by both political parties for different reasons; the Democrats pressing for political pleasing laws, such as the Dream Act against the Congress and the hope that they will gain election impetus for more votes—from non citizens and illegal aliens, without looking towards the consequences in close races. Then Republicans who allow clandestinely over a million new immigrants a year, with low skilled experience and being supplied to corporations as slave labor.


The TEA PARTY is not receding, but growing faster than ever and not just in the millions anymore.  These are the demoralized people who can be counted in the millions, who will arrive at the election booth?  They are the hidden voters, the individuals who have never paid attention to voting? There are chapters all over the country, in towns, cities and from every racial preference, religion and political party who no longer trust Washington. The Liberal press can print what they like, but the TEA PARTY is here to stay.  President Obama and Mitt Romney had better take notice, because the TEA PARTY PEOPLE are sick and very tired of the greed, the influence and power grabs. 


Illegal immigration is unsettling as it is dividing the country and is predictably in causing a major financial situation--without a solution? California, that boasts of two major Sanctuary cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are costing taxpayers extraordinary amounts of money. Don’t take my word for it, but read a report by Michael D. Andronovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor who lays out a lengthy truth of the costs in this metropolis of 1.6 billion dollars annually, while the Nevada annual fiscal burden of immigration to be approximately $630 million. Then Arizona's illegal immigrant population is costing the state's taxpayers even more than once originally thought and now revised, to a whopping $2.7 billion a year.  It is estimated that U.S. taxpayers spend $12,000,000,000 a year on primary and secondary school education for the children of illegal immigrants.


 Each year, it costs the states billions of dollars to incarcerate illegal alien criminals and during one recent 23 year period, the state of California built 23 prisons but just one university. Texas has set their uncompensated cost for state services for an estimated 1.6 million illegal Mexican immigrants at $6 billion to $8 billion a year.  These are estimated dollar costs by different organizations and at most projections are limited to what the states release? However, one thing is for sure, the dollars spent on illegal immigrants rises annually as more impoverished persons skip the border. America once a bastion of ‘law and order’ has been overrun in many jurisdictions by foreign nationals, with the Socialist progressives in the Obama Imperial Court,  who have contempt for our laws, language and our constitutional foundation.


 As for New Mexico the costs to support illegal aliens remains doubtful and silent by the elected officials. Border agents are stating that there are a growing number of radical Muslims sneaking over the Mexican border into the United States. A number of state and local jurisdictions enacted immigration-enforcement measures in 2012 or fended off attempts by politicians and elected officials to accommodate illegal aliens. Alabama revised its enforcement law without extensively weakening it while Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and three local governments enacted enforcement laws. Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Hawaii, Washington State and, so far, California taxpayers are denying illegal aliens the public benefits that advocates have demanded. WANT MORE STUNNING DETAILS ON THE COST AND OTHER INTELLIGENCE ON THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS—GO TO IMMIGRATIONCOUNTERS DOT COM.


Going after Sheriff Joe Arpaio for doing his job is a witch hunt and the larger majority is aware of this. It’s a way to gain favoritism for Obama’s potential reelection, so non citizen’s vote for him. Joe stands out along with Sheriff Babeu who neither runs with their tails between their legs as with most police chiefs.  It’s inevitable that the sheriff’s sweeps are going to detain people of a certain national status, because we have been silently invaded by a majority from South of our border; Arizona ground zero for every illegal alien who slips past the limited manpower at the non-existent fence. If outspoken politicians as Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama were not a powerhouse in Congress, he too would be on the Obama’s Dept of Justice short list for attack by the overconfident Liberal nutcases.


You want fairness for every American? Well you will not find it in Washington as it is now?  Join the dispirited, join the furious; join the desperate, join the TEA PARTY.  Get every person you know to vote into office every Constitutional candidate, as the Tea Party leader who will turn on the power and strengthen the resistance at the local level and the national level as well. Want to learn more about this ‘PEOPLE’S PARTY, then please go to TEA PARTY DOT ORG and you will be stunned with such unlawful acts as a covert agreements with Mexico, in offering food stamps to illegal migrants and immigrants. Want more information about corruption in Washington, and then go to Judicial Watch dot org. Then go to the largest pro-sovereignty organization that have boosted their membership to over a million and that is com.


I wonder if they will use the emails from Pearce they are talking about on channel 12.  After all, Pearce was not only Joe's butt buddy, but Pearce worked for Arpaio at MCSO at one time!!


ACORN attorney's masked as ACLU representatives are going to be disappointed at the conclusion of this trial, as is the author of this silly blog.


Al Capone huh?


Is that why he mentioned Capone's "secret vault" when discussing his latest birther bullshit?


Hey Joe: Obama's Kenyan birth certificate doesn't exist. Just like the evidence in your bogus case against Judge Donahoe.


The plaintiffs will win this case hands down, and more than a million taxpayer dollars are wasted thanks to the Flaccid Fucknut of MCSO.


 @keepemhonest fuck the teaparty. They wouldn;t know what a fucking honest word is if one came up and bit them on the tit. 



 @deanoil really lolz I didnt know we had illegal Asians here too, after all the sweeps only go after some poor hotel maid from Guatemala or somewhere south of the Border....


 @keepemhonest The tea party is a bunch of whiny right-wing republicans that have no souls and no chance of winning anything.


allanbartlett topcommenter


 shurff babue has a tail between his legs?

shurff arpayso has a limp linguini between his.

Fuck a teabagger, for jesus.


 @keepemhonest hmm wonder if this new system has a quota of how much shit can be crammed into one post. you are boring me.


 @yourproductsucks lol another racist post, my point proven once again. Keep your hatred and racism flowing.

shadeaux14 topcommenter

 @yourproductsucks It takes an intolerant and hate filled mind to be pro Arpaio.


The mentality of the Average MCSO  DIPuty.


 History doesn't lie, when it comes to your thug boss's court record. He clearly has a losing streak. Same with his old glory High School basketball team. @yourproductsucks 

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