Joe Arpaio's Jails Deemed a Great Place (For Animals)

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is celebrating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails.

Of course, PETA's not celebrating the jails for its treatment of human beings, but for how Arpaio's compassionate to animals for implementing a vegan diet at the jails.

Never mind the photo at the top of this page of Army veteran Marty Atencio, who died in 2011 after being brutalized by guards at one of Arpaio's jails, or any of the others who've died in MCSO custody -- PETA and PETA celebrity spokeswoman Pamela Anderson are coming to celebrate.

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MCSO Videos: Jail Inmate Beats Up Detention Officers, Cat Cares for Puppies in Hoarder Home

Categories: Animals, Arpaio

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A cat caring for chihuahua puppies was found in a Wittman hoarder's home on Wednesday.
Videos released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office show a jail inmate beating up multiple detention officers and the foul interior of a Wittman hoarder's home.

Both are newsworthy and, well, just darned interesting to watch.

In the first, shot two weeks ago by a surveillance video in the Lower Buckeye jail, an unidentified 18-year-old inmate attacks two detention officers in a recreation area, then fends off multiple guards and Taser strikes.

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Maricopa County to Pay $3.5 Million for Botched Sheriff's Office Rape Investigation

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio (right) at a December 2011 news conference about the mishandled sexual-assault cases.
Maricopa County will pay $3.5 million for one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's mishandled rape investigations.

The county Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Wednesday to approve the settlement for a Valley family who sued in Superior Court over the botched case.

The case of Sabrina Morrison was one of hundreds of sexual-assaults that didn't receive a proper investigation from the Sheriff's Office in the mid-2000s, when Arpaio was focusing on immigrant roundups and his ethically corrupt anti-corruption task force.

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David Hendershott, Joel Fox and Larry Black Lose in Appeals Court

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Three disgraced, former Maricopa County Sheriff's Office leaders have lost their appeal of a failed lawsuit against officials including their former boss, Joe Arpaio.

Tuesday's 3-0 ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals rips the incompetent claims of David Hendershott, Larry Black, Joel Fox and their Montana lawyer, Ed Moriarity, who was disbarred last year in Arizona over a related case.

The group's 2012 lawsuit stemmed from the years-long feud between county officials that resulted in, among other things, the disbarment of ex-politician and former county attorney Andrew Thomas.

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Glendale Judge Didn't Know Sean Pearce Speeding Case Involved a Death

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Deputy Sean Pearce's speeding case went into overtime last week after a Glendale city judge said he discovered only recently that a death was involved.

Pearce, a veteran Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detective and the son of recalled State Senator Russell Pearce, was on duty when he plowed into a small SUV on December 16, 2013, killing 63-year-old John Edward Harding.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is "Done," Says Arpaio's Former Top Aide, Book Writer Brian Sands

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Evie Carpenter
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Brian Sands, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's book-writing retired executive chief, predicts his ex-boss won't be reelected in 2016.

"I think he's done," says Sands, who retired last year as one of Arpaio's closest aides after a 30-year career at the agency.

The voting public no longer trusts him and won't fall for more public-relations stunts like Arpaio's "stupid-ass lawsuit" against President Obama's executive actions on immigration, he says.

Sands is making his opinions about Arpaio's political future known at the same time he's re-released his self-published book, Arpaio De Facto Lawman.

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Looks Like Arpaio Will Need That Lawyer: Sheriff May Face Civil and Criminal Contempt Charges

Categories: Arpaio, News

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Updated 6 p.m.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio may face civil and even criminal contempt charges stemming from his office's failure to comply with a court order issued in the Melendres civil rights case. In that case, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was found to have illegally racially profiled Latinos in its attempts to enforce immigration law.

The case, which was scheduled for an evidentiary hearing today, was temporarily put on hold as Judge G. Murray Snow considers possible contempt violations on the part of Arpaio and the MCSO.

In front of the crowded courtroom, Snow addressed the sheriff and the issues at hand immediately. "I do acknowledge here the presence of the Sheriff," he said. "I appreciate him being here. I have some deep concerns and I'm glad he's here to hear them. I believe there have been some serious violations that require this court to take action."

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Arpaio May Have Covered Up Video Evidence, Can Bring Lawyer to Hearing, Judge Rules

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Ray Stern
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio can bring a criminal defense lawyer to a federal court hearing on Thursday, a judge has ruled.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio can bring a criminal defense lawyer to a hearing on Thursday -- and he might need such help, a federal judge says.

The ruling by Arizona U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow comes in response to the motion for determination of counsel by Arpaio that we wrote about on Monday, in which Arpaio's lawyers, noting that Snow has warned that the sheriff might be charged with criminal contempt, essentially asked the court to find him a lawyer. The Sheriff's Office claims its request only sought clarification on whether Arpaio is really facing the possibility of criminal contempt charges.

Snow's latest ruling, filed late Tuesday in federal court, informs Arpaio that he can bring an independent defense lawyer to a planned hearing for Thursday or petition the court to appoint him a taxpayer-funded one.

But the real bombshell of Tuesday's short ruling was in the way Snow outlines the potential crimes committed by Sheriff Arpaio.

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Arpaio's Request for Court-Appointed Lawyer Not What It Seems, Sheriff's Official Says

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's request for a court-appointed defense lawyer merely seeks to clarify if a federal judge thinks he really needs one.

That's according to Jack MacIntyre, a deputy chief and spokesman for Arpaio.

As we reported previously, Arpaio's lawyers submitted a court motion to Arizona U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow on Monday, saying Arpaio and other MCSO employees are "entitled to criminal defense counsel."

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Arpaio Asks Federal Judge to Find Him a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Ray Stern
Sheriff Arpaio wants the court to appoint him a lawyer -- does his future wardrobe include jail stripes?
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants a federal judge to appoint him a criminal defense lawyer in case he's charged with contempt.

Citing a threat of contempt charges at a November 20 court hearing, two of Arpaio's lawyers write in a motion filed today that neither they, nor County Attorney Bill Montgomery, have the power to defend Arpaio against criminal charges.

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