Len Sherman, Co-Author of Joe's Law, Disputes Part of Arpaio's Testimony at Racial-Profiling Trial

See also: Joe Arpaio Struggles in Racial-Profiling Trial to Answer Examples of Seemingly Bigoted Leadership

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Len Sherman, co-author of Joe's Law, tells New Times that he did not write one of the inflammatory passages of the book that Arpaio attributed to him.
In one of his latest "wasn't me" moves, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday blamed inflammatory statements about Mexicans in his 2008 book, Joe's Law, on the book's co-author, Len Sherman.

Sherman, however, takes credit for only one of the two statements that Arpaio attributed to him.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's accountability meter ran a serious deficit during his testimony at his racial-profiling trial when he was asked by lawyer Stanley Young about a couple of passages from the book.

"My parents, like all other immigrants exclusive to those from Mexico, held to certain hopes and truths," Arpaio's autobiographical account states.

Young asked Arpaio on the stand Tuesday whether a "fair reading" of that passage was that "immigrants from anywhere else other than Mexico had the same hopes and truths that your parents had, but people from Mexico did not?"

Under questioning, Arpaio had to admit that Mexican immigrants do hold to the same "hopes and truths." But Arpaio blamed that passage on co-author Sherman.

Arpaio also said Sherman wrote another passage quoted by Young. The passage asserts that second- and third-generation Mexican-Americans don't assimilate into "mainstream American."

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Judging from Sheriff Arpaio's statements yesterday, this book should be probably be labeled "fiction."

Sherman, whom we reached last night, admits the latter example sounded like something he had come up with.

Sherman says one of his goals in co-writing Arpaio's first-person account was to reflect Arpaio's ideas the best he could. The statement about assimilation was drawn from something similar written by scholar Samuel P. Huntington, Sherman says.

Indeed, Huntington -- author of the 1996 bestseller Clash of Civilizations -- drew cries of racism after he published "Who Are We: The Challenges to America's National Identity" in 2004. In that book, Huntington wrote:

The persistent inflow of Hispanic immigrants threatens to divide the United States into two peoples, two cultures, and two languages. Unlike past immigrant groups, Mexicans and other Latinos have not assimilated into mainstream U.S. culture, forming instead their own political and linguistic enclaves--from Los Angeles to Miami--and rejecting the Anglo-Protestant values that built the American dream. The United States ignores this challenge at its peril.

Sherman does not, however, take credit for the "all other immigrants exclusive to those from Mexico" line. He says he's pretty sure Arpaio wrote that one.

"Anything that starts 'My parents'...would more likely be attributed to what [Arpaio] said," he says.

In any case, Arpaio certainly has stood by his book -- until Tuesday, when he had to defend its content before a judge.

UPDATE: We just saw a blog post from Joe Dana at Channel 12 News (KPNX-TV), who writes about a promotional speech Arpaio made about his book in 2008 at a Scottsdale bookstore. Dana quotes from a video of the speech:

"One thing I don't do is lie. I was very careful writing this book. I wrote it like I was testifying in court."

Which, of course, actually is the opposite of what he testified to in court yesterday.

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Pesos
Pesos

It's actually quite fun watching Joe dig himself deeper into the hole. Karma's a bitch, right joe?

bill.shine
bill.shine

It appears that Arpaio is a liar. Either he lied in court, which us perjury, or he lied to us, the electorate, which isn't a crime, but should be. In my opinion, his public statements are truthful, and he perjured himself in court.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers...

joesgottogo
joesgottogo

love it, when the chips are down , Sherman says, joes not wiping his buggers on me!

KevininPHX
KevininPHX

You can always tell when 'ole Joe is lying.  His lips are moving.

Pinnochio
Pinnochio

Arpaio Lies so much he has tangled himself up, and dosen't even know which Lie to tell next.

 

This must be very frusterating?

DaveNichols
DaveNichols

Joe loves to have "Fall Guys" for his Lies.

cozaz1
cozaz1

Ooops, Bozo Joe caught in ANOTHER lie.

gerry_c
gerry_c

OSB is simply a liar.  I am sure deputies have been fired from MCSO for telling lies that are less significant. While lying is wrong in any case, telling inconsistent stories based on the convenience and needs of the moment is the hallmark of a particularly pathetic liar.  More importantly, it suggests that the Constitutionally Elected Sheriff is not willing to be honest, accountable, or responsible for his actions or decisions made on behalf of the people of Maricopa County. 

 

Nickel Bag Joe never did grow up into a man that has the backbone and integrity to tell the truth when it does not suit his objectives.  Same old coward afraid that the truth will harm him.

 

 

 

 

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

BTW If the Joke takes on stuff that threatens America shouldn't he be taking on himself?

 

dumpsterdiver
dumpsterdiver

Those dirty people are cleaning your clock Churff Payaso.no fence,no Candy,no Russell,and meskins' are wiping their butts with copys of SB1070.They taunt you outside your office and

you can't round them up..Like your hair though..Is that Clairol Monkeyshit brown?

 

 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Didn't Arpaio bail out on authorship of the books he supposedly wrote - and is happy to sign for the mouth-breathers who buy and and lined up the supposed autobiography of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff  - a year and a half ago year during previous court testimony?  He said he hadn't even read the books at that time as I recall.

car_del99
car_del99

The joker is nothing but a blowhard POS  A walking TURD with a badge...

 

 

car_del99
car_del99

He  was so proud of every thing the book says about him..and now when he has to tell the truth , he acts like a little girl denying everything , and blaming somebody else..

wtf...
wtf...

Someone send this article to Judge Snow....They should bring Len Sherman to the stand....

marykcroft1
marykcroft1

 @allanbartlett ...And the steel balls in his pocket jangled together as he nervously played with them...

Pinochio
Pinochio

If Arpaio's Co-Author is telling us that Arpaio is Lying "Under Oath" in his first day of Court, why do we need to hear any more?

 

Every word out of Arpaio's mouth is probably a Lie!

 

Arpaio Lies so much he probably believes his own B.S.

 

Arpaio's Oath, his word are meaningless.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @wtf... btw LMAO Joke thinks that immigrants from everywhere but Mexico are ok? well hate to break it to you racist Joke, but immigrants are all the same to me until proven otherwise. If you come here and work hard and pay your taxes I dont got a problem with you, but if you come here and abuse the laws and don't value the Constitution get the fuck out. that means you too Joke... were you even born here you fat racist piece of shit?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @mikefrombisbee It seems "he cant recall" who wrote the book, parts of the book, if he read the book, or even it's title!

omas2cents
omas2cents

 @wtf... I'm sure Len Sherman will make it to the witness stand as a rebuttal witness

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

 no shit make that sorry bastard Joe look even worse, be nice to lock him up for lieing under oathe

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

Exactly, it's time the senile fool face the same consequences of lying under Oath as anybody else, every time this asshole takes the stand he lies his ass off, it's time someone punish him for that, anyone else would be doing hard time for the same crime.

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