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OPINION
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.
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NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
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.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
High noon is approaching for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A civil trial against the Arizona law enforcement official -- known for his tough stance on illegal immigration -- begins in Phoenix today, with foes accusing him of racial profiling and of illegally discriminating against Latinos.  Groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Arpaio and the state's most populous county, charging that they targeted Latinos as part of...
NATIONAL
July 18, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that volunteer investigators working for him have concluded that President Obama's birth certificate is not legitimate. The Maricopa County sheriff made his remarks Tuesday at a news conference, saying: “At the very least, I can tell you this, based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic.” He added: “My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House.” The latest pronouncements are a return to the issue for Arpaio, who is seeking reelection in November.
NATIONAL
July 17, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't laughing at George Lopez's new one-man show on HBO in which the comedian blasts the Maricopa County lawman for his position on immigration and his "birther" stance. In fact, Arpaio is daring the comedian, via the media, to stop hiding behind the mike  and "meet me face to face. " The controversial sheriff said he and his wife were flipping through the channels Saturday night when they paused to linger on Lopez's show, "George: It's Not Me, It's You. " Arpaio said he was shocked at the potty-mouthed language coming from the comedian and switched to another channel without realizing the diatribe was aimed at him. An Arizona reporter helpfully filled Arpaio in on the details.
OPINION
May 13, 2012
Re "Federal officials sue Arizona lawman," May 11 I can only hope that this lawsuit is the beginning of the end of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The man has no business in law enforcement. He has demonstrated time and again his bias against nonwhites. Under his questionable leadership the sheriff's department has engaged in numerous instances of racial profiling, according to theU.S. Department of Justice. He has gone on record to align himself with the "birther" movement, whose members cannot accept the fact that a black man is in the White House.
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil  lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his  Arizona department, alleging that he and his deputies engaged in racial profiling of Latinos. Arpaio, who has proclaimed himself America's toughest sheriff, has grabbed headlines for his focus on immigration enforcement. Last year, the Justice Department issued a scathing report that concluded that his deputies routinely engaged in discriminatory and unconstitutional law enforcement, conducting immigration sweeps instead of investigating crimes, including reports of sexual abuse.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
At least in some parts of Arizona's Maricopa County -- especially in predominantly Latino communities -- a collective sigh of relief was let out Thursday as people learned of the Department of Justice's lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “People have been saying, 'Finally, justice has come,' ” Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox told the Los Angeles Times. Justice officials allege that Arpaio and his Phoenix law enforcement department exercised a pattern of abuse and racism against Latinos, especially immigrants.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano and Dalina Castellanos, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, asking a federal court to prevent the brazen and outspoken lawman from racially profiling Latinos, abusing them in his jails and retaliating against his critics. "The police are supposed to protect and support our community, not divide them," said Assistant Atty. Gen. Thomas E. Perez, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division. "This is an abuse of power case involving a sheriff and a sheriff's office that has ignored the Constitution.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice sued Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Phoenix law enforcement department Thursday alleging a pattern of abuse and racism against Latinos, especially immigrants, and asking a federal judge to force the 20-year, often outspoken and brazen sheriff to stop racially profiling Latinos and abusing them in his jails.  "The police are supposed to protect and support our community, not divide them," said...
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