Sheriff Joe Arpaio: The 25 Most Read Stories of His Previous Term
The numbers are in and somehow Joe Arpaio, our 80-year-old codger of a sheriff, has secured another four-year term as the county's top lawman. If that wasn't enough to get your blood boiling, the self-professed "America's toughest sheriff" is promising to run for Maricopa County Sheriff again in 2016. That's just blatant salt in the wound, spit in the eye, or whatever you want to call it.
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In preparation for at least another four years of Arpaio rule, here's a look back at the most read stories by New Times staff on Arpaio's previous term in office.
Dead rats in the evening slop. Cells so full of cockroaches that you sleep in a mass of them. No air-conditioning. Overcrowding. A lack of guards to watch the inmates. Violence and mayhem. White supremacists. And enough drugs to slake the appetites of Hermann Goering and Aleister Crowley, were they still alive. Read the full story by Stephen Lemons, published on August 26, 2010.
According to a memo written by a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy assigned to a botched sex crime case now threatening to cost the county millions, fraud investigations took precedence over a 13 year-old girl's report of being raped by her uncle. Read the full story by Stephen Lemons, published on August 20, 2012.
MCSO Deputy Chief Frank Munnell submits a 63-page memo detailing corruption and alleged criminal activity in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Read the full story by Stephen Lemons published on September 23, 2010.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office didn't just commit racial profiling of Latinos, according to the findings of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation. Rather, Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in U.S. history, a DOJ expert concluded. Read the full story by Ray Stern, published on December 15, 2011.
Investigators with the Arizona Attorney General's Office raided the home of one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's favored commanders -- seizing computers, cell phones, bank records, and other documents.The AG was looking at the possibility that MCSO Captain Joel Fox and his cohorts committed felonies including fraud schemes and practices by willful concealment, making prohibited political contributions, and money laundering. Read the full story by Sarah Fenske, published on September 3, 2009.