Sheriff Joe Arpaio Should be Charged, Eric Holder Told in Letter From Former Arizona Prosecutors

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Former Mayor Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon, Paul Charlton, Rick Romley and Terry Goddard sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today asking him to have Sheriff Joe Arpaio charged for abusing his power.

Gordon's a former Phoenix mayor; Charlton's a former Arizona U.S. Attorney; Romley's a former Maricopa County Attorney, and Goddard's a former Arizona Attorney General.

The ex-mayor and ex-prosecutors point out that when a state Supreme Court's disciplinary panel disbarred former County Attorney Andrew Thomas last week, it linked Arpaio as his partner in crime -- literally.

Here's their letter:

Dear Attorney General Holder,

Earlier this week the Arizona State Bar, following a lengthy and painstaking investigation, stripped former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas of his license to practice law.

These sanctions, the subject of a 247 page opinion, were in response to the stunning frequency with which Mr. Thomas abused the power of his position. The Bar opinion found that not only had Mr. Thomas violated the ethical rules in order to intimidate and smear political adversaries, the opinion found evidence which proved, "beyond a reasonable doubt" , that Mr. Thomas had violated 18 U.S.C. 241, Conspiracy Against Civil Rights.

Each of us felt relieved to see this measure of justice. In fact, it was heartening to those of us who remember and embrace the way our system, and the genius of its design, was intended to work in America.

Yet even as we acknowledge the just result of this week's actions, we draw your attention to the Bar's findings which indicate that Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio worked in concert to commit the crimes for which Mr. Thomas has, to a degree, been held accountable. The list of Sheriff Arpaio's transgressions against the residents of Maricopa County and his Oath of Office is extensive. We need not reiterate them here - as they, by this time, are well known to you.

The United States Department of Justice investigation began well over 1,200 days ago, in the Bush Administration. We recognize that the men and women of the US Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice have been working on this matter for a very long time. While the recent decision by the Arizona Bar resolves some of the allegations against both Mr. Thomas and the Sheriff, many others are still unresolved.

Given the Sheriff's often repeated position that he has been completely in the right, the only way to clear the air and resolve matters beyond a reasonable doubt is to meet before a judge and jury in a court of law. Or, if your investigation has not found sufficient evidence of wrong doing to bring criminal charges, you should say so now and end the investigation. Only definitive action by your Office one way or the other will end our long ordeal.

Mr. Attorney General, the State Bar of Arizona has closed one chapter in the Thomas - Arpaio saga, but only you can bring closure to the many issues still afflicting our County. Even the powerful statement made by a disbarment action does not equal the final resolution obtained by a trial and verdict. To see justice done, we must look beyond the corrective actions taken by the Bar and the often heroic investigations by the media. The State Bar has done all it can do. So has the free press. Now, it is up to the Department of Justice to bring final closure.

As a former mayor and three former prosecutors - each of us has spoken out - and each of us has paid a personal price for doing so. Today, we respectfully ask that you act.




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Harry
Harry

The emperor has no clothes because Obama is a FRAUD who has
deceived America- The real culprits are the news-media who refuse to print
anything about Obama’s covered up criminal past- He even surrendered his LAW
license to avoid investigation- He has
bitterly resisted proving his eligibility- There have been over 30 lawsuits
against Obama’s FORGED birth certificate & multiple SSN’s and NOT ONE word
in any American newspaper- The news-media BLACKOUT on Obama’s past is
UNFORGIVEABLE= So-Obama goes after Joe to counter Joes criminal investigation of him- "OBAMA - YOU ARE GUILTY" 

Bobby
Bobby

Well, yeah, but according to Congressman Daryll Isaa, Eric Holder should be charged as well. LOL.

Guest
Guest

 Joe should arrest Holder for his traitorous acts with Fast & Furious. Wonder if Lil Eric will visit anytime soon?

 As for charging Joe - 1000+ days and all the doj can come up with is a whiney-ass-bitch of a letter touting supposition and hearsay. The doj is a joke, nobody has any respect for the federal government anymore (new headline out about fed employees getting welfare while working at federal cake-walk of benefit laden jobs - WHAT HYPOCRISY!). Go to hell Eric Holder.

Julian Alien
Julian Alien

I am from Florida and I would elect Joe to any office he wanted to take.All the crap he is getting is just because he found proof of Obama's S.S.,Birth Certificate forgery.I can't wait to see them all on trial.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

I don't think Holder gets much respect around here...  The fact is, no AZ jury will convict Jorap - Like it or not...68% of the peeps love him

Guest
Guest

Yes, the DoJ has yet to act - yet.  But unlike Joe windbag, they've said relative little thus far. Sometimes the wheels of justice grind slowly and, in this case, apparently very slowly.  However, based on the 247 page Bar opinion that stripped Thomas' license, my bet is that the DoJ will have its day, and 'nickle bag' Joe's  career will end poorly.

Susurro Perforado
Susurro Perforado

Heroes, all four of them.  Thank you for your courage in speaking out against corruption and overbearing government.  Sheriff Joe...it's over. Time to step down.  I suspect he doesn't want to step down until he dies, because his successor is likely to find where the bodies are buried.

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Tina
Tina

Profound thanks to Nr, Charlton, Goddard, Romley and Gordon for your outstanding letter, for assessing this nightmare so well and so accurately to Mr. Holder.  It HAS been 4 years, and in my view Arpaio's defiance, abuse and dishonesty will just become worse if he is not stopped and held accountable  And if the DOJ can find nothing to prosecute him for, they need to tell us  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

THIS, my friends, is a story worth printing and distributing at gatherings such as the "Wrinkle City Coterie" planned for this Saturday, April 21st, in Flaccid Hills, Arizona.

However, please be prepared to read and explain it to most of the 'supporters' of the MCSO shurf. Perhaps even both of them.

guest
guest

the writer of this piece has some reading comprehension problems. the letter above tells the feds to shit or get off the pot, not just to shit. the letter says to file charges or get the fuck out of our state. oh well, it's the new times, what would one expect?

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

No one is immortal, one reigns forever in any position, father time will get ole Arpaio or a federal indictment, either one suits me fine!:-)

AZ FAIL
AZ FAIL

The feds need to put up or shut up, but I predict that nothing will happen until after the November election. It's all about politics, not justice. Obama is going to need every vote he can get to win, and Arizona may actually be in play. But if the feds indict and perp-walk Arpaio & Co before the election, the Joe groupies will be shrieking like cats in heat, and the Tea Party extremists on the right will turn him into a fucking martyr for their cause. Arizona would go GOP, and possibly cost Obama the election. And if the Rombot becomes POTUS, nothing will be done about Joe and the rest of his minions. Hell, the Rombot will probably give Joe a fucking medal for his ethnic cleansing...er, illegal immigration fighting efforts, maybe even appoint him the head of Homeland Security or something (*shudder*) .

If Obama wins a second term, he'll have nothing to lose and will be free to indict Arpaio, Henderschott, Aubuchon, Thomas and the rest of their sorry ilk, put the MCSO into receivership, and begin purging Maricopa County of the foul stench that is Arpaio and his corrupt and dirty excuse for law enforcement. Voting Arpaio out of office in November will also help obviously, but Arpaio and Co. need to be punished for their crimes nonethless.

Make sure you vote in November, for the love of god.... 

En4cer
En4cer

JOE IS AN EVIL PERSON AND NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR ABUSING HIS POWER AND WASTING TAX PAYERS MONEY ON INVESTIGATING PEOPLE THAT OPPOSE HIM IN ORDER TO DIG UP DIRT AND SWAY PUBLIC OPINION.  THIS TACTIC WAS CREATED BY ORGANIZED CRIME WHICH IS HOW HE RUNS THE COUNTY AND STAYS IN POWER.  THIS IS THE STUFF YOU SEE IN MOVIES IN HOLLYWOOD NOT IN OUR MODERN DAY SOCIETY.  I FIND THE SYSTEM COMPLETELY BROKEN TO ALLOW THIS MUCH CORRUPTION TO EXIST.  SHERIFF JOE IS JUST LINING HIS AND HIS RELATIVES POCKETS WITH MONEY AND ONLY A FEW PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK WHAT HE IS DOING IS WRONG.  HE HIDES ALL OF THIS BEHIND HIS FIRM STANCE ON FINDING AND ARRESTING ILLEGALS ALL OVER TOWN AS A PUBLICITY STUNT.  HE HAS THE WOOL PULLED OVER SO MANY EYES.  DO YOU REALLY THINK HE IS ACTUALLY MAKING ANY SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION?  IF HE IS THEN WHY ARE SO MANY ILLEGALS STILL HERE?  I WILL GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR BEING GREAT AT USING THE MEDIA FOR PROPAGANDA TO DEFLECT THE PUBLIC'S ATTENTION FROM WHAT HE IS REALLY DOING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WAKE UP PEOPLE AND BRING THIS CROOK TO JUSTICE!  HE HAD HIS DEPUTIES FOLLOW A CITY COUNCILWOMAN'S DAUGHTER HOME FROM SCHOOL TO TRY AND CATCH HER DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL, SO HE COULD ARREST HER, BECAUSE HER MOM CUT THE SHERIFF'S BUDGET.  IF THAT ISN'T ILLEGAL AND ABUSE OF POWER AND TAX PAYERS MONEY THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS?

Celeste Pettijohn
Celeste Pettijohn

 I asked Terry, Mr.Charlton, Mr. Romley and Mayor Gordon to write a letter after the immigration reform forum held at the Burton Barr Library. Mr. Charlton asked the audience to write to Atty Gen. Holder and I thought these four guys were a "Dream Team " and suggested that they write a joint letter.I am so glad the Thomas issue prompted them to act together and write this letter. I also hope many Arizonans write the Atty.Gen to encourage him to have a jury trail. But if Holder is going to answer anyone or pay attention to anyone, my guess is he will answer these four gentleman. As they have said, they all, though from different political parties,  stood up to this bully in the name of justice and all have paid a price.Charleton, Romley , Goddard and Gordon have given Arizona reason to be proud. Thank you to these gentlemen for their courage.

John Shlong
John Shlong

They are trying to get him out cause he.s close to proving that obama should be impeached for not be a real american ..thats all it is ..if that doesn,t work, they ,ll probably jfk him thats what the government finally does when they can,t fool you anymore !!!!!!!!

Anon
Anon

Who is in control anyway? Arpaio and his handlers? ALEC, Grover Norquist, developer Ellman, the White Supremist groups, CCA, High Ground, Geo Corp. and on and on?

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Oh, they've got more, dumbass! Pull you head out of Joe's ass.

Jack Seift
Jack Seift

68 percent... you're dreaming. He only won by 3 percent of the vote last time. And that was last time. Obviously a lot of MCSO stooges have started writing in, fearing that their cushy jobs will be lost soon. Either that or you're Babeuing Joe's withered cock.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Tommy, I Googled AZPOST last night, and found something interesting.

AZPOST does NOT require county sheriffs, the elected head of a police agency, to be an actual police officer. As a former policeman, would something like this worry you?

The fact that the MCSO shurf is NOT an actual police officer, coupled with the fact that there are no term limits, give people like the Old Goat plenty of time to criminally abuse their power.

I am working on a trio of ballot measures. One would require a two-term maximum, similar to the U.S. Constitution's 22nd Amendment. The second would require all county sheriffs to be AZPOST certified. The third would give voters the chance to appoint their sheriff for a four-year term.    

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

The supporters of the MCSO shurf are apparently as mentally ill as the old man himself.

Only a complete nutcase in need of a straitjacket and meds would support this corrupt old fool.

Perhaps we need disgraced, disbarred and mentally unstable Candy Andy at this event as well...He was able to drum up a few imbeciles of his own... 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

My very limited comprehension skills led me to think the letter was intended to motivate Mr. Holder by showing some significant political support. But I'm sure you know much better than the many hundreds of thousands of us in Maricopa County who want to rid ourselves of the wrinkled blight acting as sheriff.

david saint
david saint

lol apparently you dont know much...otherwise you would know all 4 are critics of joes..they didnt write this to help him, they did it to counter joes bullshit claims of ignorance and arrogance. ("im just doing my job", etc)...Notice they specifically mention the Bar being of the opinion had this same info been presented in a court of law that the outcome would most likely be criminal convictions for arpaio, hendershiz, thomas, aubchon, etc....apparently, YOU cant read and comprehend..thanks for playing little one, night night

Anon
Anon

Who counts the votes?

Celeste Pettijohn
Celeste Pettijohn

 I suspect there is some truth in what you say. I don't think much will be done till after the election and if Romney wins, I think you are correct.Nothing will ever be done. But maybe just maybe, with many people writing and the intervention of these  four, it might look good for the Admin to be seen taking action.Holder might move.He has been taking baby steps. The loons in Az who love Joe are smaller than ever and Pres. Obama would look good to a lot of the rest of the nation and esp. the Hispanic vote if Arapaio is gone. Just a thought And the fiscal conservatives couldn't argue against this as Joe has cost the county a fortune.Heck, the libertarians might get behind this!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 A mor appropriate nickname for him would be the "Teflon Sheriff."

Anon
Anon

It shouldn't take "courage" to go up against a county sheriff unless something is very, very wrong. There is something very sinister going on in Arizona that must be removed.

Tina
Tina

I too was at the BB Library event hearing all four of them.  Definitely a "Dream Team" and thanks for your suggestion about the "team: letter to Holder. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 Been writing him every week for over a year. I ask him when he is going to do something EFFECTIVE to stop the abuses of Arpaio and the MCSO.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

And it'll be sweet revenge when Obama nails the Old Fool's fat ass to the wall with criminal indictments and nationally televised perp-walks.

BTW, you ARE familiar with Article IV Section I of the U.S. Constitution, yes? 

david saint
david saint

LMAO, no thats why he "looked" into it..so morons like you would think exactly that rather than accept the facts your hero is a crook.  
On that note i have to wonder how the people who worshiped J edgar felt when all his misgivings and shenanigans were brought to light.  I only ask because i know thats how the arpaio apologists are going to feel.

Coz
Coz

Shut the F up moron.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 And you consider Arpaio to be a "Real American?"

Coz
Coz

Troil

Native Guns
Native Guns

Speaking of ALEC, there are some large corporations that you might be supportive of without your knowledge, via as a customer. I'll be boycotting Johnson&Johnson products and am in the process of writing to the CEO of my insurance company: State Farm, to get them to withdraw from ALEC or lose me as a customer. Since ALEC is known to support/sponsor a wide array of laws that are destructive to your basic Rights and Freedoms.

Coz
Coz

Many of us have been writing them letters for years, about time they got off they're asses and did something.

Celeste Pettijohn
Celeste Pettijohn

 While I agree with you about Arapaio, using JEdgar Hoover is a really bad comparison. JEdgar actually caught some bad guys. And created an influential bureau of trained professionals. Joe can't even get outstanding murder warrants served. or investigate child molestations because he is too busy promoting himself.And clearly he lets any moron with a gun, convicted felon or not, join his posse. If JEdgar were in charge of the DOJ, Joe would have been toast long ago..

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

GMAFB?

I'm confused then and I'm confused now. I thought this article had to do with the possibility of OSB being criminally indicted. 

david saint
david saint

lol you are right, that would be giving joe too much credit.  But he does try and act like him quite a bit, and people seem to buy it much the same. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Responding to the birth certificate comment
..GMAFB... Give me a f****** break

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

Stopped doing business with Wells Fargo, ended the car lease, etc. Arpaio having penthouse office suites in the Wells Fargo building though taxpayers have protested for years sends a clear message who Wells Fargo is. Going after Hispanics and immigrants as customers on one end and then funding private prisons that incarcerate their "customers". Are they using their confidential information against them?

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