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Madison

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#1 Feb 14, 2010
Judge finds grounds to sanction Arizona sheriff

February 13, 2010

PHOENIX (AP)— A federal judge has found grounds for sanctioning an Arizona sheriff's office for its acknowledged destruction of records in a lawsuit that accuses deputies of racially profiling countless Hispanics in immigration patrols.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow held off on imposing the sanctions against the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the Friday ruling, but indicted he would do so at a later date once related issues were ironed out.

Since early 2008, Arpaio has run 13 immigration and crimes sweeps consisting of deputies and posse volunteers who flood an area of a city — in some cases heavily Latino areas — to seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders.

The handful of Latinos who filed the lawsuit against Arpaio's office alleged that officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics who were in vehicles, had no probable cause to pull them over and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.

Arpaio is known for tough jail policies, including housing inmates in canvas tents, and pushing the bounds for how local law enforcement agencies can confront illegal immigration.

The U.S. Justice Department said it's investigating his office for alleged discrimination and for unconstitutional searches and seizures, but won't provide any details of its examination. The sheriff believes the inquiry is focused on his immigration efforts.

Arpaio has repeatedly denied the racial profiling allegations, saying people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes. It was only afterward that deputies found many of them were illegal immigrants, he has said.

Some sheriff's officials have acknowledged deleting their e-mails about the patrols and throwing away and shredding officers' records of traffic stops made during the sweeps.

Snow said the sheriff's office was negligent for not holding onto the documents and that the failure to preserve them is enough to justify sanctions. The judge asked plaintiff's attorneys to suggest unspecified "adverse inferences" that could be drawn from the destruction of officers' records of traffic stops made during the sweeps.

Peter Kozinets, one of those attorneys, said Saturday that the document destruction deprived his clients of records that would have shown deputies were selective in whom they approached during the sweeps.

The sheriff's office said the destruction was an honest error that sprung from a top official not telling others in his office to preserve the documents.

The office also said the traffic-stop records were thrown away after supervisors tabulated statistics from them and that thousands of other documents have been handed over.

"We thought the ruling was extremely fair and we are pleased to cooperate," said Dave Hendershott, chief deputy of the sheriff's office. "It clearly shows that the judge understood that it was an unintentional oversight. We are very pleased with the ruling."

Snow also said that plaintiff's attorneys can again depose Arpaio to question him about his own 800-page immigration file, which was covered by a documents request but wasn't handed over before his first deposition in mid-December.

http://www.kvue.com/news/national/84317142.ht...
Madison

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#2 Feb 14, 2010
Revisiting Arpaio / La Raza and reasons

Supervisors Stapley, Wilcox indicted on fraud, perjury

by Yvonne Wingett, JJ Hensley and Michael Kiefer Dec. 9, 2009
The Arizona Republic

Maricopa County Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox were indicted in separate cases Tuesday arising from investigations by the county attorney and sheriff.

A grand jury indicted Stapley on 22 felony counts of fraud, theft, perjury and forgery in the suspected misuse of campaign funds that he raised to run for president of a national advocacy group
, the National Association of Counties. Stapley is accused of spending the money for personal use on items such as furniture, travel - even $1,300 for hair implants - and misstating his personal worth while applying for a mortgage, according to the indictment.

Wilcox was indicted on 36 counts, including conflict of interest, perjury, forgery and false swearing. Prosecutors say she helped facilitate county funding to a local non-profit that was lending her money at the same time.

The indictments come amid a yearlong political standoff tied to money and power that has cost taxpayers more than $2.5 million in legal fees.

Last week, County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court alleging that county administrators, elected officials, judges and attorneys were involved in a widespread conspiracy to hinder criminal investigations and violate federal racketeering laws.

"I think we're going to need an out-of-county judge because of our federal suit," Thomas said of Tuesday's indictments.

Thomas indicated that the very county officials, lawyers and judges named in the federal civil suit also may be targets of current criminal investigations. Thomas singled out Wilcox's attorney, Colin Campbell, a retired presiding judge of the Superior Court.
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http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelec...
Madison

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#3 Feb 21, 2010
Arpaio, top deputy blame left-wing agenda for agency woes

by JJ Hensley
Feb. 21, 2010
The Arizona Republic

A racial-profiling lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is still months from going to trial, if ever, but preparations offer unique, if one-sided, insight into the influential agency.

After more than 15 hours of combined deposition testimony, two things emerge: Deputy Chief David Hendershott runs the day-to-day operations of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office, and both men blame the agency's troubles - including a U.S. Department of Justice civil-rights investigation announced last March - on a left-wing conspiracy among the White House, civil-rights organizations, attorneys and Valley media.

"I believe also that it has become clear that you,(attorney) Bill Strauss,(Phoenix Mayor) Phil Gordon, members of the Anti-Defamation League ... have a political agenda that you are trying to push with this," Hendershott said to Phoenix lawyer David Bodney during the interview. "Your members and others have worked in concert with the Department of Justice in producing what amounts to large amounts of enflamed media that we have learned ... is basically the only basis that the Department of Justice sent us this letter."

Hendershott and Arpaio were interviewed at length in connection with a civil-rights lawsuit filed in federal court alleging that sheriff's deputies targeted five plaintiffs for arrest or citations because of their race.

Bodney, who represents several local media outlets including The Arizona Republic, separately represents plaintiffs in the civil-rights lawsuit, filed in December 2007 by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/0...
Madison

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#4 Feb 21, 2010
Immigrant Detained in Raid Sues Arizona Sheriff Arpaio’s Office for Mistreatment
More problems for Sheriff Joe: A former undocumented worker is accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of negligence and mistreatment in a federal suit.

February 21, 2010
PHOENIX, Arizona

Celia Alejandra Alvarez, a former undocumented worker detained in a workplace raid, is accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of negligence and mistreatment in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit joins a long list of legal actions against Sheriff Joe Arpaio –currently under a criminal grand jury investigation for abuse of power– and comes less than a week after he defiantly announced he will train 881 of his deputies to enforce immigration laws.

Alvarez’s attorneys filed the case before the U.S. District Court of Arizona on February 11. That was exactly a year after she was arrested with 60 co-workers at landscaping contractor Handyman Maintenance Inc.(HMI) for working with false documents.

“I’m not interested in the money I could get out of this,” Alvarez, 32, told Feet in 2 Worlds.“What I want is to denounce the abuse, cruelty and inhumanity of the way in which we are treated by Arpaio.”
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http://www.alternet.org/immigration/145747/im... 's_office_for_mistreatment?pag e=entire
noneoftheabove

Oklahoma City, OK

#5 Feb 21, 2010
"Celia Alejandra Alvarez, a former undocumented worker detained in a workplace raid, is accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of negligence and mistreatment in a federal lawsuit."

funny that when they are mistreated in the desert or left to fend for themselves, they don't file lawsuits in mexico about the mistreatment....hmmmm...

why are the courts even entertaining these law suits, they aren't citizens...let them go into some international court or in their home countries and file....quit wasting our tax dollars!!!
Madison

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#6 Feb 23, 2010
2 lawsuits vs.Maricopa County Sheriff's Office allege racial profiling

by JJ Hensley
Feb. 23, 2010
The Arizona Republic

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office faces new accusations of racial profiling from suspects who landed in the sheriff's custody.

The complaints are contained in a pair of lawsuits alleging neglect and abuse. Both highlight the Sheriff's Office's anti-immigrant reputation and accuse Sheriff Joe Arpaio of failing to properly train deputies how to interact with minority suspects.

Both complaints request unspecified damages and attorneys' fees, and each accuses Arpaio of instituting unconstitutional practices that result in discrimination against Hispanics. The two cases were filed independently of each other.

A sheriff's spokesman this week said the department was in talks with attorneys for one of the cases. The second was described as a harassment suit.

The Sheriff's Office has consistently said deputies do not selectively enforce laws to target Hispanic residents.

The new lawsuits, separately filed earlier this month in Maricopa County Superior Court and U.S. District Court, respectively, allege the Sheriff's Office has ignored the issue of racial profiling instead of addressing it.

Armando L. Nido, plaintiff in the Superior Court case, was arrested in February 2009 after Deputy James Carey tried to pull Nido over in Tempe for having a broken taillight.

Nido's claim states that he knew the "patterns and practice" of the Sheriff's Office to discriminate against Hispanic residents, so instead of pulling over immediately, he drove home. When Nido got out of his car at his house, the complaint alleges, Carey accelerated and ran him over, causing Nido's body to become pinned under Carey's patrol car.

Nido remained pinned until paramedics arrived, according to the complaint, and the commotion drew Nido's mother and brothers out of the house. Both Buena V. Nido and Raul U. Nido also claim they suffered physical and emotional injuries that resulted from the scuffle that ensued with Carey.

Carey stunned Rene A. Nido, Armando's brother, with a Taser and injured him, according to the claim.

The claim alleges the Sheriff's Office has created an "anti-Hispanic sentiment and culture of hatred" that contributed to Carey's actions.

Carey resigned last year from the Sheriff's Office, said Jack MacIntyre, a sheriff's chief deputy. Sheriff's representatives have since been in contact with Nido's attorneys, he said.

The federal case was filed by Celia A. Alvarez, who was arrested by deputies in February 2009 in a work-site raid at a handyman company. Deputies arrested 60 employees accused of identity theft and fraud. In the course of the raid, Alvarez claims deputies threw her against a wall, struck her on the arm and later denied her requests for medical care.

Alvarez's attorney, N. Patrick Hall, said he is still researching what Alvarez was arrested for and what charges, if any, were filed. The Sheriff's Office, however, claims there is no record of Alvarez's arrest in the raid.

"We really shouldn't have to be chasing and wrestling with clouds because the plaintiff's attorneys don't put the minimal amount of effort in to ... a filing that is almost an abuse of the judicial system," MacIntyre said.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/0...
Concerned for the future

Phoenix, AZ

#7 Feb 23, 2010
Madison wrote:
Immigrant Detained in Raid Sues Arizona Sheriff Arpaio’s Office for Mistreatment
More problems for Sheriff Joe: A former undocumented worker is accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of negligence and mistreatment in a federal suit.
February 21, 2010
PHOENIX, Arizona
Celia Alejandra Alvarez, a former undocumented worker detained in a workplace raid, is accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of negligence and mistreatment in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit joins a long list of legal actions against Sheriff Joe Arpaio –currently under a criminal grand jury investigation for abuse of power– and comes less than a week after he defiantly announced he will train 881 of his deputies to enforce immigration laws.
Alvarez’s attorneys filed the case before the U.S. District Court of Arizona on February 11. That was exactly a year after she was arrested with 60 co-workers at landscaping contractor Handyman Maintenance Inc.(HMI) for working with false documents.
“I’m not interested in the money I could get out of this,” Alvarez, 32, told Feet in 2 Worlds.“What I want is to denounce the abuse, cruelty and inhumanity of the way in which we are treated by Arpaio.”
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http://www.alternet.org/immigration/145747/im... 's_office_for_mistreatment?pag e=entire
How can she be a FORMER undocumented worker? She must still be undocumented because there is no way she could have gotten legal status.
She may be able to claim mistreatment, but how can she claim racial profiling?
She was arrested with 60 co-workers because they had false documents.
Why isn't she being tried for identity theft?
Madison

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#8 Feb 25, 2010
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office adds officers to move inmates
Move to resolve missed court dates

by Michael Kiefer and JJ Hensley
Feb. 25, 2010
The Arizona Republic

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has transferred 41 detention officers from a jail facility to a courthouse security detail to try to placate court and county officials unhappy with the office's ongoing inability to get inmates to court.

Attorneys for the Sheriff's Office are scheduled to meet with attorneys for the Superior Court in a settlement conference this afternoon in an attempt to stave off five days of court hearings next week to determine if a sheriff's deputy chief should be held in contempt of court.

Transporting inmates to court hearings is one of the sheriff's duties mandated by state statute. But the office has struggled to make court dates since November 2007.

Last September, Presiding Criminal Judge Gary Donahoe held Deputy Chief David Trombi in contempt of court for the ongoing lapses. Donahoe blamed the missed court dates on the Sheriff's Office's chronic understaffing of its transport unit.

Unless the Sheriff's Office and the Superior Court reach a compromise on the matter today, Trombi faces 187 new contempt citations, called "orders to show cause why a defendant should not be held in contempt," that are to be argued next week in front of Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Robert Brutinel.

The number of personnel used by the Sheriff's Office on those tasks has been a mystery. County officials claimed they allocated funds for 274 court-related sheriff's positions.

But according to Sheriff's Office records obtained by The Arizona Republic, the agency had 233 employees on the job from court security and transport divisions. In the past three weeks, 41 additional detention officers were assigned to court security, bringing the total number of sheriff's personnel responsible for inmate transport to 274, matching the county's designated total.
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http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/0...
Madison

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#10 Feb 28, 2010
Protests, grand jury challenge Sheriff Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX (AP)— With a sheriff’s helicopter beating overhead, the man known as “Sheriff Joe” stood behind a line of officers as 10,000 people marched past — but this was not the usual show of affection and support for Joe Arpaio.

“Joe must go! Joe must go,” whole families chanted, as they rounded the corner in front of the county jail complex run by the five-term Maricopa County sheriff famed for his confrontational tactics, his harsh jail policies and a gift for publicity. The parade of mostly brown-skinned people wanted to show they hated his trademark immigration patrols.

For years, Arpaio has been the rare politician whose popularity remained rock solid no matter the criticism. He was the self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff,” unbeatable at the polls.

Today, however, some indicators have changed for the 77-year-old lawman — and it’s not just the marching in the streets.

His soaring approval ratings dropped to 39 percent in one recent poll. Critics are emboldened by a federal grand jury that’s examining abuse-of-power allegations against him and a second federal investigation that he says focuses on his immigration enforcement.

Arpaio and Andrew Thomas, the top Maricopa County prosecutor and a chief ally, face intense criticism for mounting what many people see as a political blood feud. They filed criminal charges against two county supervisors and the county’s presiding criminal judge, and they’ve also ignited a spate of costly lawsuits. Arpaio and Thomas say they can’t ignore credible allegations of corruption.
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http://www.svherald.com/content/2010/02/27/pr...
spud

Kathleen, FL

#11 Feb 28, 2010
Madison wrote:
Protests, grand jury challenge Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PHOENIX (AP)— With a sheriff’s helicopter beating overhead, the man known as “Sheriff Joe” stood behind a line of officers as 10,000 people marched past — but this was not the usual show of affection and support for Joe Arpaio.
“Joe must go! Joe must go,” whole families chanted, as they rounded the corner in front of the county jail complex run by the five-term Maricopa County sheriff famed for his confrontational tactics, his harsh jail policies and a gift for publicity. The parade of mostly brown-skinned people wanted to show they hated his trademark immigration patrols.
For years, Arpaio has been the rare politician whose popularity remained rock solid no matter the criticism. He was the self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff,” unbeatable at the polls.
Today, however, some indicators have changed for the 77-year-old lawman — and it’s not just the marching in the streets.
His soaring approval ratings dropped to 39 percent in one recent poll. Critics are emboldened by a federal grand jury that’s examining abuse-of-power allegations against him and a second federal investigation that he says focuses on his immigration enforcement.
Arpaio and Andrew Thomas, the top Maricopa County prosecutor and a chief ally, face intense criticism for mounting what many people see as a political blood feud. They filed criminal charges against two county supervisors and the county’s presiding criminal judge, and they’ve also ignited a spate of costly lawsuits. Arpaio and Thomas say they can’t ignore credible allegations of corruption.
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http://www.svherald.com/content/2010/02/27/pr...
The AP is a big business and will invariably side with its slaveholding advertisers. Real reporting doesn't happen at the AP when it comes to this topic. But no matter how many bogus articles are written or how many slanted opinion polls are published the people will stand behind Arpaio. If another election were held tomorrow he would still be sheriff.
Madison

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#12 Mar 3, 2010
HUMAN SMUGGLER ARRESTED AFTER ILLEGALLY
RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES

Deputies Arrest 69 Illegal Aliens in 24-hour Period
(Maricopa County, AZ) In the past 24 hours, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 69
illegal aliens in the act of violating felony state human smuggling laws. The arrests are the result of three separate traffic stops, one of which that led deputies to a drop house at the 1700 block of Freemont Rd in Phoenix where 19 illegal aliens were discovered and arrested.

Sheriff Arpaio confirmed that one of the suspects arrested, Jose Luna-Zamarripa DOB 07-11-1986,
was previously arrested by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies for human smuggling in 2008.

Zamarripa was deported after serving a sentence in state prison and has apparently returned back to
the human smuggling trade.

These arrests are a result of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s recent promise to ensure that all 900 of his sworn
deputies receive training on the enforcement of illegal immigration laws.

Sheriff Arpaio states that the rate of arrests made by his office for human smuggling violations at this point of the year is already almost triple what it was this time last year. This is a significant increase considering the fact that the federal government just recently stripped the Sheriff’s authorit to allow 100 federally trained deputies to act as Immigration and Custom’s
Enforcement (ICE) agents under the 287(g) program.
“This proves that I am keeping my promise to the people of Maricopa County and that I am
continuing to press forward on the illegal immigration problem we are facing. Obviously the
numbers suggest that illegal aliens are still coming into this country and we are still arresting them,”
Arpaio says.
Since the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office began enforcing felony state human smuggling laws,
1,874 illegal aliens have been arrested and booked into the county jail on felony smuggling
violations.
The Maricopa county Sheriff’s Office continues to be the only law enforcement agency to enforce
all aspects of state human smuggling laws.

http://www.mcso.org/include/pr_pdf/3-2-2010%2...
Madison

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#13 Mar 5, 2010
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I'll take all juvenile inmates

by JJ Hensley and Yvonne Wingett
Mar. 5, 2010
The Arizona Republic

A proposal from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to take custody of all of Arizona's juvenile inmates offers a glimpse into the complexities of dismantling the state Department of Juvenile Corrections.

Gov. Jan Brewer's budget proposes eliminating the $63 million agency, an idea that raises significant concern among county officials around the state. They fear the costs of caring for juvenile inmates will be pushed back on to their taxpayers.

Arpaio this week proposed a potential solution: taking the state's 500 juvenile inmates into Maricopa County facilities.

Reaction to his proposal has been mixed. Officials from other counties are universally skeptical that Maricopa County has the infrastructure in place for the added inmates. However, some state lawmakers champion the idea as a way to ease the state's financial burden without increasing the cost to taxpayers.

Arpaio's chief deputy, David Hendershott, e-mailed other county sheriffs Wednesday with sketchy details of a plan to take custody of the state's juvenile inmates without requiring any extra money from their offices.

"We have the systems in place to handle them," Arpaio said in an interview. "I know we can do it cheaper than anyone else. We do have some vacancies now anyway."

But county administrators across the state were skeptical that Arpaio - or any county sheriff in Arizona - would be equipped to handle all the special services that the law requires for juveniles in custody.

The state juvenile facility on Black Canyon Highway has medical and dental clinics, treatment centers for substance abuse and other addictions, and a high school, noted David Tenney, a Navajo County supervisor and vice president of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona.

Maricopa County has an accredited high school in its jails, but the county-operated health-care provider for jails lost its accreditation last year.
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http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/0...
texmex

Detroit, MI

#14 Mar 5, 2010
Get rid of this evil ,Joe Arpaio!! and all who stand with him,We don't need another evil Hitler!!
plopsdad

United States

#15 Mar 5, 2010
texmex wrote:
Get rid of this evil ,Joe Arpaio!! and all who stand with him,We don't need another evil Hitler!!
clueless, hilter killed millions,joe enforces the law against lazy illegals
Madison

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#16 Mar 5, 2010
texmex wrote:
Get rid of this evil ,Joe Arpaio!! and all who stand with him,We don't need another evil Hitler!!
Get rid of the millions of illegal aliens that have invaded this country!!
LOL

United States

#17 Mar 5, 2010
texmex wrote:
Get rid of this evil ,Joe Arpaio!! and all who stand with him,We don't need another evil Hitler!!
OH how funny! You're totally clueless and probably and illegal alien border jumper to top it off!
Madison

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#18 Mar 6, 2010
Sheriff plans another illegal immigrant round-up, crime-suppression sweep

by Alicia E. Barrón
March 5, 2010

PHOENIX – Sheriff Joe is planning on sending his deputies out for another “crime suppression” operation soon.

Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies have arrested 77 undocumented immigrants this week and Sheriff Joe Arpaio says in a media release that this is “good reason for another crime suppression/illegal immigration operation to be conducted within the next two weeks.”

Four traffic stops and the discovery of a drop house by sheriff’s deputies this week resulted in the 77 arrests of illegal immigrants.

Sheriff Joe recently trained 900 of his deputies on how to detect and arrest illegal immigrants. The new training program came about after the sheriff and his deputies were stripped of their authority to act as federal immigration agents.

http://www.azfamily.com/news/Sheriff-announce...
Madison

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#20 Mar 9, 2010
Joe Arpaio's office, county wrangle over control of e-mails

by Michael Kiefer
Mar. 8, 2010
The Arizona Republic

So just whose e-mails are they?

On orders from Maricopa County, a third-party vendor has archived an unknown quantity of e-mails written by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office personnel since August 2008.

The Sheriff's Office says the e-mails belong to them, and they should have been deleted from an emergency backup system after 28 days.

County management says the e-mails are county property. And the messages play into two federal cases, a racial-profiling civil lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and an FBI criminal investigation into Arpaio's office, so they refused to turn them over to the sheriff.

Special investigator takes up Bar probe of Thomas

A Pima County judge will try to sort out ownership in an emergency hearing Wednesday morning.

The issue first arose in February when the Sheriff's Office claimed in the civil lawsuit that e-mails concerning Arpaio's controversial "crime-suppression operations" had been deleted from the system. The federal judge imposed sanctions against the office.

But last week, county officials announced they had recovered the e-mails - though actually, they had been archived.

The news caught the Sheriff's Office by surprise.

On Friday afternoon, Sheriff's Commander Bob Rampy confronted county technology managers and demanded the e-mails be turned over to him, first by e-mail and later in person. County officials turned Rampy down.

County lawyers filed an emergency motion for an order of protection against the Sheriff's Office with the Pima County judge, who is handling an ongoing case between the county and the sheriff over management of a county law-enforcement computer database.

In that motion, attorney Julie Pace, who represents the county, revealed that not only were some of the e-mails subject to the racial-profiling suit, but that other, unspecified e-mails also had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating Arpaio's office. The two sets of e-mails may overlap, but county officials will not reveal the contents of the latest subpoena.

Judge Theodore Borek, who was assigned to the computer case last year, granted the order of protection and set a hearing for Wednesday in Tucson.

Eric Dowell, an attorney representing the Sheriff's Office, said the Sheriff's Office was not aware that its e-mails had been archived since August 2008, following an order by another attorney for the county in an unrelated lawsuit involving county officials.

"They never once told anybody that for the last two and half years, they've been backing up every single e-mail," Dowell said. "If some attorney is looking at my attorney-client e-mails, there are going to be some ethical problems."

Dowell said the initial request for e-mails was based on word searches relevant to the racial-profiling case. But he did not know the extent of the federal grand jury subpoena.

"We don't know what the county has turned over, but what we do know is that someone at (the U.S. Department of Justice) is reviewing the e-mails," he said.

But Pace said that e-mail from all county departments except the County Attorney's Office and the libraries are archived in the same manner.

And Pace said that the backup e-mails are on data tapes that are inaccessible to the company that maintains them.

"They can't read them and don't read them," she said. "Only they (the Sheriff's Office) know what's in those e-mails."

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/0...
Madison

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#21 Mar 12, 2010
MCSO uncovers Phoenix drop house, dozens of people found

PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County sheriff's office uncovered a drop house Friday in west Phoenix where deputies arrested four human smugglers and found 36 immigrants held hostage in deplorable conditions.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said a tip led investigators to a house near 59th Avenue and Osborn Road, close to Maryvale High School.

The 36 people were held hostage in a small boarded-up bedroom for several days and were not in good condition, Arpaio said.

"We rescued them," Arpaio said. "They are all, right now, we feel illegal. We are still in the process of questioning them."

The sheriff said the smugglers also called the hostages' family members across the nation and told them they would kill the hostages if the relatives failed to send money.

Smugglers often charge their human cargo thousands of dollars to be brought to the United States.

Television reports Friday morning showed several people sitting on a curb, restrained with plastic handcuffs, as sheriff's office SWAT team members swarmed around the house.

The sheriff said the case remains under investigation and may lead to other smugglers and drop house locations.

Meanwhile, Arpaio said he plans to move up a planned crime suppression operation, which focuses deputies in a specific area. The sheriff would not say where the sweep would take place, only that it was imminent.

"When the time comes, we will publicize it so that we give all the activists time to get their cameras and surveillance teams out to follow us around to see if we do racial profiling," he said.

Arpaio said that since the beginning of the year, nearly 300 smugglers have been arrested, which is double the number arrested last year.

http://www.abc15.com/content/news/phoenixmetr...
torchwood

Hesperia, CA

#22 Mar 13, 2010
Madison wrote:
Immigrant Detained in Raid Sues Arizona Sheriff Arpaio’s Office for Mistreatment
More problems for Sheriff Joe: A former undocumented worker is accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of negligence and mistreatment in a federal suit.
February 21, 2010
PHOENIX, Arizona
Celia Alejandra Alvarez, a former undocumented worker detained in a workplace raid, is accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of negligence and mistreatment in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit joins a long list of legal actions against Sheriff Joe Arpaio –currently under a criminal grand jury investigation for abuse of power– and comes less than a week after he defiantly announced he will train 881 of his deputies to enforce immigration laws.
Alvarez’s attorneys filed the case before the U.S. District Court of Arizona on February 11. That was exactly a year after she was arrested with 60 co-workers at landscaping contractor Handyman Maintenance Inc.(HMI) for working with false documents.
“I’m not interested in the money I could get out of this,” Alvarez, 32, told Feet in 2 Worlds.“What I want is to denounce the abuse, cruelty and inhumanity of the way in which we are treated by Arpaio.”
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http://www.alternet.org/immigration/145747/im... 's_office_for_mistreatment?pag e=entire
Doesn't this say it all::In the lawsuit, Alvarez alleges deputies wearing ski masks found her hiding,"! She was hiding because she broke the law and it will be judged if the deputies were too rough, but remember this article was posted on a far left website!

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