Arpaio's Chief Deputy Confirms Wack Investigations of Judge's Wife, CIA, DOJ, etc.

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Here's my pick for the most ridiculous quote from MCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan's testimony in federal court Friday, during day-four of his and Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt trial in downtown Phoenix:

"It depends on how you define, `investigated your wife,'" said Sheridan, his face redder than a pack of Twizzlers.

Talk about a Bill Clinton moment.

Seems Sheridan doesn't believe that interviewing witnesses about statements allegedly made by federal Judge G. Murray Snow's spouse rises to the level of an "investigation."

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Arpaio Cops to Investigating Federal Judge, Judge's Wife, Confirming New Times Story

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In my line of work, it doesn't get much better than a federal judge's handing your column to a public official, and getting the accused pol to confirm the column's facts, one by one, under oath.

This is what happened on day three of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt trial, when, at the conclusion of Arpaio's testimony, U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow told Arpaio he wanted to ask him a few questions, based on one of my columns from last year.

The result? Admissions by Arpaio that he had been using a confidential informant in Seattle, Dennis Montgomery, and paying him from RICO and confidential-informant funds to do an investigation of a vaguely defined conspiracy theory involving the U.S. Department of Justice and various judges, including Snow himself.

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Noose Tightens Around Arpaio's Neck as He Channels Ronnie Reagan in Day Two of Contempt Trial

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Think To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch doing Jedi mind tricks on an addled Emperor Palpatine.

That's what Stanley Young, the plaintiffs' lead attorney in the ACLU's big civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, resembled as he interrogated Sheriff Joe Wednesday afternoon during day two of Joe's civil contempt trial before federal Judge G. Murray Snow.

A veteran litigator with the Silicon Valley arm of Covington and Burling, which has partnered with the ACLU in this suit, Young began his examination of Arpaio by first having the sheriff acknowledge that he had violated the orders of the court, asking the pseudo-lawman to agree that all 21 facts both he and his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan stipulated to in a March admission of guilt were true.

This Arpaio did, while leaving himself some wiggle room.

"With the caveat that I'm the leader of this office and take the responsibility," he said.

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MCSO Sergeant Implicates Arpaio in Willful Defiance of Federal Judge

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MCSO Sergeant Brett Palmer sang like Pavarotti on the stand Tuesday afternoon during his boss Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt trial, laying the blame for the MCSO's defiance of a federal court's orders directly at his jefe's feet.

Dressed in civilian attire, Palmer, who once helped manage the MCSO's now-defunct Human Smuggling Unit, explained that when federal Judge G. Murray Snow issued an order December 2011, enjoining the MCSO from enforcing civil federal immigration law, he thought all deputies at MCSO should receive training regarding it.

Palmer described the 2011 order as a "180-degree" turn from the HSU's policy of detaining Latinos based on suspicion they were in the country illegally.

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"Slut-Shaming" Preacher Harasses Tempe Mosque, Tears Up Quran

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Wacko bigot preacher Brother Dean Saxton and a crew of fellow jerks harass the mosque in Tempe

I hate giving morons free publicity, but sometimes it's necessary to spotlight the stupid as a sort of public service.

Such is the case with Tucson's notorious "slut-shaming" street preacher Brother Dean Saxton, who has garnered attention in the past by blasting University of Arizona coeds for wearing revealing clothing and therefore, in his cretinous opinion, deserving of rape.

Seems Saxton has been making the trek to Tempe recently to stand outside of the Islamic Community Center on Fridays (the Muslim day of worship), yell at people and tell them they will burn in hell.

He's even taken to tearing up a Quran in an effort to provoke a fight with worshippers, as you can see in this video, shot last Friday by members of the Tempe mosque.

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Simcox Molestation Trial Stayed by High Court Till April 29 Hearing

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The trial of ex-Minuteman leader Chris Simcox on allegations that he molested two young girls in 2013 was put on hold Thursday by an Arizona Supreme Court Justice, at least till the end of this month.

At issue is whether the 54 year-old Simcox, who is representing himself, will be able to personally cross-examine two alleged child victims, ages 7 and 8, as well as another child, age 7, who will testify as a witness for the prosecution and who claims Simcox bribed her with candy to see her genitals.

Responding to an emergency petition filed on behalf of the mother of one of the victims, Justice John Pelander held a telephonic hearing Thursday afternoon with the involved parties, and summarily granted a stay.

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Joe Arpaio Costs Taxpayers $14.2 Million in Melendres and DOJ Lawsuits

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Federal Judge G. Murray Snow recently told Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that he wanted the sheriff to have some "skin in the game" in regards to an upcoming civil contempt trial of Arpaio and four other current and former MCSO honchos set for April 21-24.

But when it comes to Arpaio's racial-profiling ways, his admission of contempt of Judge Snow's orders in the big civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, and his abuses of power under the color of law, county taxpayers have had plenty of skin in the game from jump.

To date, according to Maricopa County's Office of Management and Budget, the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio, and a related lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. v. Maricopa County, have cost taxpayers more than $14.2 million.

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Arizona Appeals Court Denies Stay of Trial in Alleged Minuteman Child Molester Case

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A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals has declined to halt a pending trial, where accused child molester and ex-Minuteman leader Chris Simcox will be allowed to cross-examine his alleged child victims.

After a telephonic hearing held Monday, Judges Margaret Downie, Patricia Norris and Randall Howe refused to reverse a trial court's decision to let Simcox, who is representing himself, directly interrogate two girl victims, ages 7 and 8, one of whom is Simcox's daughter.

A third girl, age 7, is expected to testify as a witness. She alleges Simcox bribed her with candy to see her genitals.

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Judge Will Allow Alleged Child Molester Chris Simcox to Cross-Examine Victim Children

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Former Minuteman leader and accused child molester Chris Simcox started his Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court trying to get Judge Jose Padilla kicked off his case, claiming Padilla favored the prosecution, was a member of La Raza, and therefore was biased against him.

Simcox's request quickly was denied by another judge, but this worked to his advantage, as that afternoon, Padilla agreed with Simcox that he should be allowed to personally cross-examine his alleged child victims, ages 7 and 8, one of them Simcox's own daughter.

The erstwhile Republican U.S. Senate candidate is representing himself in his upcoming trial on six counts related to accusations that he molested two girls in 2013. Simcox has two "advisory counsel" from the legal defender's office to help him out.

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Chris Simcox Wants to Personally Cross-Examine Child Victims in Upcoming Trial

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Alleged child molester, ex-Minuteman jefe, and one-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Simcox is demanding that a Maricopa County superior court judge allow him to interrogate his alleged child victims in an upcoming trial.

In a recently filed motion, Simcox, 54, rejected the county attorney's attempt to shield the girls, now aged 7 and 8 (one of them Simcox's own daughter) from direct cross-examination by the disgraced nativist.

Simcox now is acting as his own attorney in the case, with the assistance of two "advisory counsel" from the county legal defender's office.

In response to Simcox's February decision to represent himself, prosecutor Yigael Cohen asked the court to allow the children to be questioned by Simcox's advisory counsel, so as to avoid further traumatizing the children, while respecting the rights of the accused.

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