Joe Arpaio Gets In on Ebola Hysteria by Making Jail Guard Stay Home After Trip to Africa

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Gage Skidmore
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is making a detention officer stay home for the next three weeks because the officer visited Sierra Leone.

Arpaio issued a press release announcing that the unnamed officer has been placed on administrative leave over MCSO's fear of Ebola.

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Gila Bend's Dead Body Problem

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Does Gila Bend have a dead body problem? An examination of Maricopa County Medical Examiner's data indicates yes.

The medical examiner's Unidentified Persons Bureau offers a public database listing every unidentifiable body found in the county since 1970. Since that time, the database records 260 unidentified male bodies and 40 unidentified female bodies found within county limits, adding up to an even 300.

The database's details on these bodies are sometimes thin, sometimes rich, and always sad.

"Every unidentified body is a missing person," a sign in the examiner's office reads. Some cases stem from the discovery of a single skull or femur, often decayed for decades. Others list details down to the color of a deceased person's underwear, or the name on an ID that turned out to be fake.

But dig a little deeper, and you'll notice a disturbing pattern of descriptions in recent years:

"in a desert area near Gila Bend"
"a wash in a remote area near Gila Bend"
"in a desert area near Gila Bend"
"covered in mud in a wash in Gila Bend"
"in a desert area near Gila Bend"

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Felix Torres' Death in One of Joe Arpaio's Jails Leads to a Lawsuit

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Matthew Hendley
The mother of a man who died last year in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Towers Jail has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Felix Martinez-Torres, was 47 years old when he was found unconscious in a cell on October 6, 2013, and he was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to a hospital. A statement released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at the time indicated that Torres "had a history of medical issues," and nothing suspicious was found about the circumstances of his death.

The lawsuit alleges Torres died after being denied proper medical care at the jail.

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MCSO Jails Remain Under Supervision; Still Failing to Provide Adequate Care

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Maricopa County's jails continue to provide inadequate medical and mental-health care to pretrial detainees, a federal judge found yesterday.

Judge Neil Wake, who placed the jails under supervision years ago after determining that they neglected detainees, ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails must remain under court supervision.

"Those in charge of Maricopa County's jails can no longer skirt their constitutional responsibility for detainees' health," commented Eric Balaban, staff attorney for the ACLU's National Prison Project. "Judge Wake found severe problems with the jails' medical care, from intake to treatment. Detainees have had serious illnesses that the jails' staff missed or ignored, causing permanent injuries and even deaths. With today's decision, every detainee at Maricopa County should have access to adequate medical and mental health care. At last."

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MCSO Monitor, Chief Deputy Met by Angry Crowd in Guadalupe

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Ashley Cusick
Warshaw and his team address the Guadalupe crowd.
The court-appointed monitor of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shared results from his team's first quarterly assessment of the MCSO last night at a community meeting in Guadalupe. But tensions ran high, especially given Arpaio's contentious history with the town.

Chief Robert Warshaw and his team have been charged with monitoring Arpaio's office since January, a result of the May 2013 federal court finding that the MCSO unconstitutionally relied on race during traffic stops of Latinos in Maricopa County. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the 200 or so attendees in the packed Frank Elementary School gym were Latino citizens, many of them residents of Guadalupe.

The Arizona ACLU calls Guadalupe the "site of one of the MCSO's unlawful, racial profiling-based operations," and lingering resentment was clear last night.

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The Company You Keep: Sheriff Joe Is One Step Removed From Vladimir Putin

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Arpaio and Seagal in 2012.

They say you're only as good as the company you keep.

Action star Steven Seagal likes to keep company with some of the world's so-called tough guys. His television show Steven Seagal: Lawman sprang from his friendships with two nationally famous sheriffs: Louisiana's Harry Lee and our own blowhard, Sheriff Joe. But the star seems to be taking his bromances to a new, international level.

Seagal's latest buddy is none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. The actor was quoted on a Russian television station in June as saying, "I'm Russian, I love Russia, I love Russian people, and I love your president." The two reportedly share a love of martial arts. But it seems Seagal's support (surprise, surprise!) also extends to Putin's politics.

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Arpaio Uses Murder of West Virginia Sheriff for Self-Promotion

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There's no end to how Sheriff Joe Arpaio can spin anything for a bit of shameless self-promotion. In West Virginia Thursrday, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot while in his car on a lunch break. Moments later, and 1,950 miles away in Phoenix, this sad news is fed through Arpaio's media-perversion machine and emerges something like this:

"According to Maricopa County Deputy Chief of Patrol, Dave Trombi, today's killing of Sheriff Crum has heightened security concerns for Sheriff Arpaio. Arpaio's life has been the subject of numerous threats from many quarters ranging from members of Mexican drug cartels to mentally deranged individuals, according to Trombi."

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Joe Arpaio Recall: Here's How to Sign the Petition

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Since we first started getting details about the effort to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, readers have asked us how they can sign the petition.

Respect Arizona filled us in on a few ways to signing the petition, as the committee is attempting to gather more than 300,000 valid signatures to trigger the recall election.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio Target of Recall by Same Community Leaders Who Ousted Russell Pearce
-Joe Arpaio Recall Paperwork Filed With Maricopa County Elections Department

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Arizona Republic Declares Joe Arpaio Recall Effort "Should Fail"

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The act of smoking meth.
At this point in time, it would be nearly impossible to convince us that there wasn't a crystal meth smoke-a-thon at the Arizona Republic's editorial board meeting on Sunday night.

The Republic editorial board has declared that the Arpaio recall "should fail," adding, "The recall is as much of an abuse of Arizona law as anything Arpaio has done."

See also:
-Joe Arpaio's Incredibly Whiny Response to Recall Effort: "Why Do They Hate Me So Much?"
-Joe Arpaio Target of Recall by Same Community Leaders Who Ousted Russell Pearce
-Joe Arpaio Recall Paperwork Filed With Maricopa County Elections Department


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Joe Arpaio Recall Paperwork Filed With Maricopa County Elections Department

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UPDATE: Joe Arpaio Target of Recall -- It's Official -- by Same Community Leaders Who Successfully Ousted Senator Russell Pearce

The political committee that's apparently going to try to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed its registration paperwork with the county elections department this morning.

It's still not clear exactly who's behind the committee, Respect Arizona, but Citizens for a Better Arizona president Randy Parraz told Stephen Lemons this morning that he knows some stuff about it.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio Recall? Randy Parraz Says No Involvement in Effort Claimed by Petition Partners

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