MCSO in Compliance with 12 of 87 Requirements, Monitor Reports in Guadalupe

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 teams' 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 October 2012 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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Arizona Latino Leaders Announce Support for Same-Sex Marriage

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Latino leaders Carlos Galindo-Elvira, Edmundo Hidalgo, Steve Gallardo, Eva Montelongo, Dolores Huerta, Danny Ortega, Mark Mazon, and Alessandra Soler at the announcement yesterday.
Latino leaders from across the state kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month by announcing their support for marriage equality.

The central Phoenix gathering was organized by Why Marriage Matters Arizona, a coalition founded a year ago by the ACLU of Arizona, Equality Arizona, Freedom to Marry, and the Human Rights Campaign. The event coincided with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

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Rural/Metro to Pay $2.8 Million Settlement for Billing Patient Transports as Emergencies

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Rural/Metro Corporation agrees to pay the federal government $2.8 million to settle allegations that it ripped off Medicare by falsely billing patient transports as emergencies.

From 2007 to the end of 2011, says Arizona U.S. Attorney John Leonardo, Rural/Metro's ambulance divisions including Southwest Ambulance and Tucson's Kords Ambulance would routinely send Medicare higher bills for reimbursement based on false claims.

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Grand Canyon's Bad-Boy Mountain Bikers From '95 Shutdown Still Best Closure Violation Tale

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North Kaibab trail
Twenty-one people have been cited for violating the shutdown-related closure at Grand Canyon National Park, but none appear to have topped the 1995 adventure of the "Sedona 5."

We're still waiting to view the paperwork on the 21 suspected scofflaws, hoping their tales of idiotic bravado are worthy of relating to you. In the meantime, we invite you to take a trip down memory trail, back to the 1995 shutdown of the federal government which also involved a long, painful closure of the Grand Canyon. (Then-Governor Fife Symington sent in the National Guard as potential replacements for the furloughed park workers, but the feds rejected his offer.)

Mountain biking is always forbidden below the Grand Canyon's rim. But a contingent of five avid mountain bikers from Sedona decided the closure was the perfect opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime, and on November 19, 1995 set off -- loaded on pot and 'shrooms -- down the North Kaibab trail.

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Joe Arpaio's Lawyers Fail to Get Sheriff Off the Hook in Justice Department Lawsuit

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have failed in their attempt to get the Justice Department's racial-discrimination lawsuit tossed.

Chief U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver made a ruling this week on the June motion to throw out the suit against Arpaio, the Sheriff's Office, and the county. Only MCSO is being dismissed from the case, since it's a "governmental entity" -- which leaves the county on the hook for any MCSO misdeeds.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio Lawyers: Discriminating Against Spanish-Speakers Doesn't Violate Civil Rights
-Joe Arpaio, MCSO Sued by Justice Department for Racial Discrimination
-Joe Arpaio's Office Commits Worst Racial Profiling in U.S. History, Concludes DOJ

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Colorado City Neighbor Hildale Says Justice Department's Claims Are "Disguised" as Facts

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Colorado City and its neighboring town of Hildale -- the former stomping grounds of child-rapist Warren Jeffs -- both responded to the Justice Department's civil-rights lawsuit, and both towns want the suit tossed.

The feds say the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Jeffs are still running Colorado City and the neighboring Utah town of Hildale to their fanatical religious liking, and attorneys for Hildale say the government isn't even producing facts.

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Justice Department Monitoring Election in Maricopa County to Keep the Racists at Bay

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The Justice Department is stopping by Maricopa County during tomorrow's elections just to make sure no one's being racist to an illegal degree.

The agency announced this morning that it's sending federal observers to three cities in Alabama, as well as Maricopa County to make sure everyone's complying with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Janet Napolitano's Alleged "Frat House" Leader Suzanne Barr Now on Leave

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See also: Janet Napolitano's Lady-Friends Don't Like Men, ICE Employee Claims

Suzanne Barr: Arizona native and accused "frat house" leader.
One of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's appointees is taking a little break from her job after word got out about a lawsuit accusing her of sexual harassment.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Suzanne Barr -- an Arizona native -- is accused by the special agent in charge of New York City investigations for ICE of creating "a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees."

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Janet Napolitano's Lady-Friends Don't Like Men, According to Angry ICE Employee

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Former Arizona Governor and current Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
According to a lawsuit filed by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisory agent, a couple of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's lady-friends at ICE don't like men.

The lawsuit, filed by James Hayes Jr. -- the special agent in charge of New York City investigations for ICE -- says two women brought into the agency under the former Arizona governor's reign have been discriminating against him since they came into the agency in 2009.

As the lawsuit puts it, one of those women, ICE chief of staff Suzanne Barr, "...[C]reated a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees."

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Tom Horne Ain't Mad About Justice Department Suing Colorado City

That's Tom Horne, and he approves this lawsuit.
Believe it or not, an elected official in Arizona is pleased with something the federal government did.

Attorney General Tom Horne handed out his thoughts on the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division suing Colorado City -- the town on the Utah/Arizona border that child rapist Warren Jeffs used to call home -- and he's likin' what he's seein'.

"I am very pleased that the US DOJ has taken legal action to join us in this fight," Horne says. "I have offered the support of my office in pursuing this case and look forward to justice being served."

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