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Old 06-24-2012, 01:14 AM   #1
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Several thousand critics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gathered outside "Tent City" Saturday night for a rally calling for the closure of the sheriff's complex of canvas jail tents.




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... no charges cause he ain't guilty o' nuthin'...

... `cause he out there doin' a heck uv' a job...

... roundin' up dem illegals...

... an' puttin' `em inna pokey.

U.S. ends criminal probe of controversial Arizona sheriff
Sat Sep 1, 2012 - Two tough-on-immigration Arizona sheriffs with national profiles in the Republican Party were cleared of criminal wrongdoing on Friday in unrelated probes, though one remains accused of racial profiling and other abuses in a pair of federal lawsuits.
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The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona said it had closed its criminal investigation of alleged financial misconduct by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, self-described as "America's toughest sheriff", and was declining to bring charges. But a separate U.S. Justice Department investigation and lawsuit relating to alleged civil rights abuses by Arpaio's office, including accusations of widespread racial profiling in his immigration enforcement, is continuing, federal prosecutors said.

And a federal judge is expected to rule soon in a similar suit brought against Arpaio, this one a class-action case by five Hispanic citizens who claimed they were stopped by the sheriff's deputies because of their ethnicity. Earlier on Friday, another Arizona lawman with national ties to the Republican Party and a reputation for cracking down on illegal border crossings, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, was cleared of criminal charges by the state attorney general's office. Babeu resigned as co-chair of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's state campaign after allegations he threatened a male lover with deportation but asked for the state investigation of his conduct to clear his name.

Babeu acknowledged at the time he was gay and had a personal relationship with his accuser, Jose Orozco, who was reported to be from Mexico, but denied that he had made any threat to deport him. "The Attorney General's Office will not file charges against either Babeu or Orozco," Solicitor General Dave Cole said in a statement. "The investigation determined that Babeu did not commit any criminal violations and further concluded that, although Orozco conducted himself in a manner that may constitute a violation of the law, there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction or anything more than a misdemeanor charge," Cole added.

Babeu said in a statement that "the truth had won out in the end", and that he had been fully exonerated. The decision on the Arpaio case marked the end of an investigation that began in November 2010 at the behest of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to examine alleged financial improprieties by the county sheriff and his deputies. A criminal inquiry into several of those matters was concluded last summer with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona declining to initiate charges.

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Arizona sheriff’s office profiles Latinos, judge says
Sun, May 26, 2013 - A US federal judge ruled on Friday that the office of the US’ self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.
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The ruling marks a thorough repudiation of the immigration patrols that have made Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio a national political figure. It backs up allegations that critics have made for years that Arpaio’s officers violate the constitutional rights of Latinos by relying on race in their immigration enforcement. Known for jailing inmates in tents and making prisoners wear pink underwear, Arpaio started doing immigration enforcement in 2006 as Arizona voters grew frustrated with the state’s role as the nation’s busiest illegal entryway. US District Judge Murray Snow also ruled Arpaio’s deputies unreasonably prolonged the detentions of people who were pulled over. The ruling represents a victory for those who pushed the lawsuit.

They were not seeking monetary damages but rather a declaration that Arpaio’s office engages in racial profiling and an order that would require it to make policy changes. “For too long the sheriff has been victimizing the people he’s meant to serve with his discriminatory policy,” said Cecillia Wang, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Right Project. The sheriff, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, will not face jail time or fines as a result of the ruling. Arpaio, who turns 81 next month, was elected in November last year to his sixth consecutive term as sheriff in Arizona’s most populous county.

A small group of Latinos alleged in their lawsuit that Arpaio’s deputies pulled over some vehicles only to make immigration status checks. The group asked Snow to issue injunctions barring the sheriff’s office from discriminatory policing and the judge ruled that more remedies could be ordered in the future. The group also accused the sheriff of ordering some immigration patrols not based on reports of crime but rather on letters and e-mails from Arizonans who complained about people with dark skin congregating in an area or speaking Spanish. The group’s attorneys said that Arpaio sent thank-you notes to some people who wrote the complaints.

The sheriff said his deputies only stop people when they think a crime has been committed and that he was not the person who picked the location of the patrols. His lawyers also said there was nothing wrong with the thank-you notes. The ruling used Arpaio’s own words in interviews, news conferences and press releases against him as he trumpeted his efforts in cracking down on immigrants. “Ours is an operation, whether it’s the state law or the federal, to go after illegals, not the crime first, that they happen to be illegals,” the ruling quoted Arpaio as saying. “My program, my philosophy is a pure program. You go after illegals. I’m not afraid to say that. And you go after them and you lock them up.”

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