Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Office Cooperating (Finally) With Justice Department in Civil-Rights Probe

 

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Feds' obedient pet? Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office finally is cooperating with the feds in a civil-rights probe, court records state.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio finally is cooperating with the U.S. Justice Department in its civil-rights probe, thanks to an "unprecedented" lawsuit filed against the county.

This isn't the abuse-of-power investigation by the feds, which we keep hearing will result in several indictments. (We've heard such rumors for months -- now we hear the next shoe will drop sometime next month.) The civil-rights probe, ongoing for the past two years, is a separate investigation into whether Arpaio's office discriminates against Hispanics.

In September, the Justice Department announced it was suing Maricopa County over Arpaio's refusal to cough up documents and let federal officials inspect county jails. Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general in the civil-rights division of Justice, told reporters it was the first time in 30 years that the government's had to sue a law enforcement agency to obtain compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Arpaio's office initially ignored the bulk of 51 requests for documents, as well as ignored repeated requests for visits to the jails. County officials said Arpaio's non-compliance put tens of millions of dollars in federal funds at risk.

New court records filed this month, however, state that "substantial progress" has been made in squeezing compliance out of the sheriff.

"Specifically," court records state, "facility inspections have occurred, inmates and staff have been interviewed, additional interviews have been tendered and rather massive amounts of documents are in the process of being produced by MCSO."

The county, represented by the Polsinelli Shughart law firm, "commends" the Justice Department and MCSO "for the progress and professionalism recently demonstrated." The December 10 pleading by county officials asks U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to rule that Maricopa County is complying with the government, and therefore shouldn't have any funds taken away.

Lawyer Thomas Irvine, in the pleading, writes that the original September complaint by the Justice Department might need to be amended to take the new cooperation into account. If any further problems with obtaining records or help from Arpaio's office come up, a federal magistrate could be appointed to resolve disputes "in order to stop the expensive litigation," Irvine writes.

We have no idea whether that "massive" amount of documents show evidence of civil-rights abuses. Certainly, there's no telling how many documents Arpaio's people have run through the shredder by now.

But it does seem like some of Arpaio's bluster is gone. A few months ago, he contended that this lawsuit was a planned obstacle by the Obama adminstration to force him to stop enforcement against illegal immigrants. Now he's coming across as the federal government's obedient pet, fetching documents for the folks he claims are conspiring against him. At least on this issue. 

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WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I'm thinking the clown sheriff knows his days in office are numbered with the Munnell memo, three of his staff on suspension, Candy looking sillier that Philips and Assoc, and the DOJ about to pounce. He doesn't care because he won't be running for re-election

Coz
Coz

He'll care if the Feds throw his ass in jail where it belongs

Guest
Guest

did you see those new glasses, about a pound of grease on the old ones."me and the ice gets along real well, we have a great relationship" hmmmmmmmmm

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think the most disgusting, and telling, photo of the Flaccid Fool is the one with him wearing the jacket with four very LARGE stars on each shoulder. Makes him look like the General of the World, which is very much what he considers himself, in his dementia. The MCSO sheriff is mentally ill.

He is playing mind games with the feds. I hope someone there realizes what a snake they are dealing with. Unlike the Western Diamondback, he WON'T rattle a warning before he strikes.

Ms Info
Ms Info

"...the abuse-of-power investigation by the feds, which we keep hearing will result in several indictments. (We've heard such rumors for months -- now we hear the next shoe will drop sometime next month.) "

How many times have we heard that one? At the rate the feds are going, they'll announce Arpaio's indictment on the day of his funeral.

Coz
Coz

sad but probably true

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

That would be reason for a double celebration.

Theoldman
Theoldman

I agree Tommy.

This recent "change" and show of cooperation means only one thing to me. That the sheriff's staff have finished shredding all of the documents that will implicate the sheriff and staff. They have had plenty of time to complete the removal of all evidence.

Coz
Coz

It is what they do best.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Let's not get excited, folks. The Flaccid Fool doesn't do anything for anyone unless it stands to profit him in one way or another. Just because he may be giving the appearance of cooperation doesn't mean it's fact. I see this as being a bit like Iran allowing searches for weapons of mass destruction.

The Old Goat simply bought enough time to hide or destroy anything and the and Hendy might come back to bite them in their 2x4 rears.

Let's hope this posturing by the feds is just that and they are not actually believing the Old Snot is actually doing what he's supposed to.

Has anyone checked international moving companies to see if Hendy has made his way to Honduras yet? Just curious.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

edit: The Old Goat simply bought enough time to hide or destroy anything he and Hendy think might come back to bite them in their 2x4 rears.

Coz
Coz

The only cooperation Bozo Joe Arpaio needs to do now is put his hands behind his back, be cuffed and taken to Federal Prison, right along with the rest of the MCSO Command Scum.

kc
kc

Great, after two years during which he certainly covered-up as much evidence as possible, the great lawless Arpaio pretends to finally comply with the law.

How can we demand our children follow the law when the man we elected to be sheriff refuses to do so?

Coz
Coz

The Feds need to compare what Bozo Joe Arpaio gives them with what was keep on County Archives back up system, I'll bet there will be a lot missing from the Bozo Joe Files (Already shredded) that MCSO tries to hoodwink the Feds with.

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