Tom Horne in Handcuffs: Bill Montgomery Can and Should Get Arizona's Attorney General
Social Eye Media Horne: So deserving of a perp-walk...
In Arizona, you've got to get the justice you can when you can get it.
That's because in this state, particularly when it comes to public corruption or the abuse of power, you might as well wait for Godot if you think the wicked will be punished as part of the natural order of things.
Take for example, immigrant-chasin' Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who for all of his misdeeds over the years, richly deserves to be under a prison somewhere.
Consider all the wrongful deaths in Joe's jails, the use of his office to target his critics and political opponents, the violation of the civil rights of others under the color of law (a federal crime, natch), the lies, the cover-ups.
Don't tell me there isn't enough evidence of Joe's crimes. There's evidence aplenty. How do I know?
Because New Times has been compiling it almost from the time Arpaio took office more than two decades ago.
But politics and prosecutors go hand-in-hand. Which is why I believe the U.S. Attorney's Office wussed out in 2012 on going after Arpaio criminally after a four-year investigation into the sheriff and his henchmen, past and present, at the MCSO.
As with a lot of things, the Obama Administration didn't have the huevos for it.
Which is why Arpaio's 2013 defeat in the ACLU's big racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio is so important.
We may never see Arpaio in a pair of his own pink boxers, but as a result of Melendres, we do have a court-appointed monitor overseeing a federal judge's dictate that Arpaio end his racial-profiling ways.
In other words, we got the best justice we could get, no thanks to the feds.