Sheriff Joe Arpaio has the FED's crawling so far up his ass

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio has the FED's crawling so far up his ass

Postby KC » 13 Feb 2010, Sat 11:33 pm

Judge finds grounds to sanction Arizona sheriff


PHOENIX – 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 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.
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Postby WaTcHeR » 05 Mar 2010, Fri 5:02 pm

County officials recover data destroyed by Sheriff's Officials in profiling case

Maricopa County’s information technology
department has recovered information contained in e-mails destroyed by sheriff’s officials related to a racial-profiling lawsuit.

The Sheriff’s Office has acknowledged it destroyed records from its immigration sweeps and deleted e-mails among employees regarding those operations.

A federal judge last month imposed sanctions on the Sheriff’s Office for destroying the evidence. U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow ordered the Sheriff’s Office to try to recover the deleted e-mails and swear under oath officials to steps to gather the records.

The Republic has learned the sheriff’s office recently contacted the Office of Enterprise Technology to see if the e-mails could be recovered. Sources said technology officials recovered e-mails dating back to the summer of 2008; it is unclear if all of the e-mails have been recovered, however.

County officials have made arrangements to give the data to attorneys representing the Sheriff's Office in the case.

The racial-profiling lawsuit was filed in December 2007 following a sheriff's crime-suppression operation in Cave Creek that included the arrest of Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres.
Melendres is seeking to stop what he calls "illegal, discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against Hispanics in Maricopa County."

The case now includes five individuals who claim deputies have detained them because of the color of their skin, and their lawyers have sought records from the sheriff's crime-suppression operations.
The Sheriff's Office has denied it engages in racial profiling, but the office destroyed records from those sweeps and deleted e-mails among employees regarding those operations.

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Re: Sheriff Joe Arpaio has the FED's crawling so far up his

Postby WaTcHeR » 14 Oct 2010, Thu 6:07 pm

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered to fix ‘unconscionable’ jail conditions

The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in the nation" is required to fix jails that do not meet constitutional minimums when it comes to food quality and housing conditions, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appeal of District Court Judge Neil Wake's 2008 ruling that mandated Maricopa County, Arizona change the conditions of its jails.

In the 2008 trial, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged that the Sheriff's Office fed pre-trial detainees moldy bread, rotten fruit, and other contaminated food and held them in prison cells hot enough to endanger their health.

As a press release by the ACLU explains, Judge Wake's ruling required Sheriff Arpaio to "end severe overcrowding and ensure all detainees receive necessary medical and mental health care, be given uninterrupted access to all medications prescribed by correctional medical staff, be given access to exercise and to sinks, toilets, toilet paper and soap and be served food that meets or exceeds the US Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines."

"Today's ruling is further confirmation that even a man who likes to brag about being the toughest sheriff in the nation has to follow the US Constitution," said Margaret Winter, Associate Director of the ACLU National Prison Project and lead counsel for the detainees. "Sheriff Arpaio's unconscionable treatment of the thousands of pre-trial detainees in his custody has gone on far too long."

Sheriff Arpaio "likes to portray himself as a hard man and merciless hunter of illegal immigrants, the boss of a prison where inmates live outdoors in tents, even in hellish summer heat," Agence France-Presse reported in May. "They are dressed in black and white striped uniforms copied from old American movies."

They also are forced to wear pink underwear, and to work in chain gangs of up 20 people, cleaning streets or painting walls, with shackles on their feet.

At the top of a prison watchtower, a sign flashes the word "vacancy," one more of Sheriff Joe's grim jokes.

The sheriff has succeeded in creating a climate of fear in Arizona's migrant community, but he is also being watched very closely by the federal government.

In September, the Department of Justice sued Sheriff Arpaio for refusing to turn over documents related to a civil rights probe.

"The lawsuit calls Arpaio and his office's defiance "unprecedented," and said the federal government has been trying since March 2009 to get officials to comply with its probe of alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and having English-only policies in his jails that discriminate against people with limited English skills," reported the Associated Press.

On August 17th, a lawyer for Arpaio stated the sheriff would not comply because the request was too broad, as Raw Story reported.

The Sheriff's Office of Maricopa County has also been accused of surveilling potential political rivals.

"Deputy Chief Frank Munnell alleges that the department's number-two officer, Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, used the department's anti-corruption unit to spy on political rivals," Raw Story reported in September.

Munnell's memo "describes an oppressive work environment in which Hendershott is alleged to have threatened and retaliated against subordinates who questioned him and browbeat others into refusing to cooperate with federal and state investigations into the Sheriff's Office," reports the Republic.
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Re: Sheriff Joe Arpaio has the FED's crawling so far up his

Postby KC » 17 Nov 2010, Wed 8:00 pm

Arizona Sheriff used hidden database to misspend up to $80 million, officials claim

A hidden computer database recently discovered in the course of a racial profiling investigation shows Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio misspent up to $80 million in funds intended for jail operations, according to Maricopa County supervisors and budget officials.

The hidden database contained payroll logs that detailed staff assignments and payments which were different than the staff assignments and payments reported in the official county-run database, they said.

"They've developed a system that basically tracks where they are working versus where they are being paid, and they did not update the official database, which led to the potential problems," Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson told The Arizona Republic. "I think they deliberately hid this info from us."

A spokesman for the Sheriff's Office denied any intention of hiding information from the county and blamed the duplicate payrolls on a lack of compatible technology between the Sheriff's Office and county agencies.

In September, Maricopa County officials reported that Arpaio's office misspent up to $80 million in funds over five years to pay his employees working in patrol, human-smuggling operations and investigative units. The voter-approved money was restricted by law to detention operations such as food, detention officers' salaries, and equipment.

"It appears that [the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office] violated the intent and explicit language of the voter approved jail tax when they used that money to fund activities not related to jail operations," a press release said. "Maricopa County will have to pay back the restricted funds to the detention fund. This is a misuse of public funds."

The latest report by the Maricopa County Office of Management and Budget has "identified at least $34 million in misspending" but has not yet been able to "address some of the more complicated staffing issues."

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has served subpoenas to thirteen of Arpaio's employees and has asked Arpaio to turn over financial documents, software, and 12 years worth of timesheets.

Arpaio has been sheriff of Arizona's largest county since 1992 and proclaims himself as the "toughest sheriff in the nation."

The United States Department of Justice has been investigating Arpaio since 2009 for accusations of discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and having English-only policies in his jails.

Arpaio has refused to cooperate with the investigation and in September the Justice Department sued him for refusing to hand over documents related to the investigation.

"The actions of the sheriff's office are unprecedented," said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department's civil rights division. "It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities."

In October, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appeal of District Court Judge Neil Wake's 2008 ruling that mandated Maricopa County fix the unconstitutional conditions of its jails.

In the 2008 trial, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged that the Sheriff's Office fed pre-trial detainees moldy bread, rotten fruit, and other contaminated food and held them in prison cells hot enough to endanger their health.

As a press release by the ACLU explains, Judge Wake's ruling required Sheriff Arpaio to "end severe overcrowding and ensure all detainees receive necessary medical and mental health care, be given uninterrupted access to all medications prescribed by correctional medical staff, be given access to exercise and to sinks, toilets, toilet paper and soap and be served food that meets or exceeds the US Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines."
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