November 6, 2012 |
Voters in Arizona's Maricopa County have reelected Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the face of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law. With 82% of the county's precincts reporting, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” in America won a sixth term convincingly with 53% of the vote. Arpaio, 80, is best known for vigorously cracking down on illegal immigrants in his county - moves that won him admirers in and outside Arizona but also created a fissure dividing Latinos and law enforcement.
September 1, 2012 |
With the U.S. attorney's office deciding not to file criminal charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other current and former members of his department, the Arizona sheriff said Saturday that the office "did a good job" -- and that he would continue to enforce illegal immigration laws. Assistant U.S. Atty. Ann Birmingham Scheel made the announcement in a short news release Friday evening, ending years of inquiry into allegations of financial misdeeds and abuse of power.
August 3, 2012 |
The testimony phase of the federal civil rights suit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has ended and lawyers will be submitting their final written arguments in the next few weeks. Arpaio, who built a national reputation as a fierce opponent of illegal immigration, is being sued by a group of Latinos who allege the sheriff's office discriminated against all Latinos and violated their constitutional rights. They argue that the Arizona sheriff's office had a policy that improperly profiled, detained and held Latinos.
July 25, 2012 |
Joe Arpaio bills himself as a tough-talking lawman, but he turned down the volume in an Arizona court of law this week. The Maricopa County sheriff took the stand in the civil suit alleging that his department violated people's rights by profiling Latinos. Media reports agree that the sheriff, famous for his strident and ferocious verbal attacks on illegal immigrants during numerous television and other media appearances, was far quieter while on the stand Tuesday. Arpaio explained that he was suffering from the flu. “We don't arrest people because of the color of their skin,” Arpaio insisted during testimony throughout the day. Latinos represented by various groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, are suing Arpaio and his office, arguing that Maricopa County officers systematically profile Latinos during law-enforcement sweeps in Latino areas in Phoenix.
July 19, 2012 |
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a busy man. On Thursday, the civil trial against the sheriff's department got underway in federal court. Arpaio is being sued for allegedly engaging in racial profiling and discriminatory policing. (He faces similar charges in another civil rights lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.) A few days before the trial began, Arpaio held a news conference to declare that Barack Obama's birth certificate is fake. The sheriff reached that conclusion after his volunteer posse of investigators traveled to Hawaii to demand a copy of the president's birth certificate.
July 19, 2012
Nearly five years after Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was first sued over his immigration enforcement policy, the Arizona lawman will finally appear in court to explain himself. That's welcome news given his defiant refusal to date to provide much-needed answers to the serious allegations leveled against him. Beginning Thursday, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow will preside over the civil rights trial that will determine whether Arpaio and his deputies engaged in racial profiling and discriminatory policing.