Joe Arpaio

Elections 2012
5:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Arpaio's Challengers Attack Sheriff, One Another

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Gage Skidmore

In the last weeks before election day, the race for Maricopa County Sheriff is far from decided. While the long-serving Joe Arpaio still appears to be in the lead, one of his opponents has gained momentum, and the other is railing against charges that his candidacy is a sham.

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Fronteras
11:33 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Tactics Go On Trial

Maricopa County, AZ, Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Courtesy of NPR

A class action lawsuit that goes to trial in Phoenix today will bring more attention to the tactics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Arizona sheriff has been vocal that cracking down on illegal immigrants is among his top priorities. Plaintiffs claim Arpaio and his deputies discriminate against Latinos.

Every Latino motorist who has been stopped by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office since 2007 or will be stopped in the future is included in the class action suit.

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State Capitol News
4:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

AZ Secretary of State Won't Check Romney's Birth Certificate

Secretary of State Ken Bennett speaking at a Mitt Romney campaign event in May 2012.
Gage Skidmore

Secretary of State Ken Bennett said today he will not verify the birth records of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, at least not now -- and possibly not ever -- despite an earlier public commitment to do so. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:44 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

US Justice Deparment Sues Sheriff Arpaio and Maricopa County

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E. Perez with Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin
Mark Brodie KJZZ

The U-S Justice Department today filed a federal lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his office and the county. The suit accuses Arpaio and the sheriff’s office of discriminatory and unconstitutional law enforcement practices. From Phoenix, Mark Brodie reports.

 

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State Capitol News
1:48 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Governor Brewer Distances Herself from Arpaio and Birthers

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona speaking at the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, 25 February 2011.
Gage Skidmore

Governor Jan Brewer said today she's not buying the arguments by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that there are questions about whether President Obama was born in this country. 

The sheriff concluded last week that a forensic examination proves that an electronic copy of the president's birth certificate offered by the White House is not authentic. And he said Obama's selective service registration card also appears to be forged. Arpaio said that, coupled with other information, suggests Obama was not, in fact, born in Hawaii as claimed. Brewer said she's not buying it.

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State Capitol News
4:15 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Arpaio Out to Debunk Obama Birth Certificate

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio claimed this afternoon that President Obama's birth certificate is a fraud.

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Fronteras
4:02 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Obama's Visit May Signify a Shift in Arizona Politics

After tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Obama heads west to five states that will be key to his re-election next year. One of his first stops - Wednesday afternoon --  will be in the Phoenix area. In 2008, the president largely ignored the home turf of his opponent, John McCain. But as Peter O’Dowd reports, the political winds in this historically conservative state are swirling.

Call it volatility. Call it turmoil. Or just call it momentum. Whatever it is, President Obama, and a less famous guy named Mike Stauffer, want to build on it.

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Fronteras
8:53 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Homeland Security Strips Arpaio of Immigration Powers

Joe Arpaio
Photo courtesy Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The Department of Justice’s report alleging civil rights abuses in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had immediate repercussions. Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that her department had severed its cooperative agreements with the sheriff’s office. The decision strips Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the ability to enforce federal immigration laws.

 

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Fronteras
5:39 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Feds: Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio Violated Civil Rights in Immigration Enforcement

The Department of Justice on Thursday leveled charges of unconstitutional policing against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation into civil rights abuses by Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been going on for more than three years.

The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department accused the sheriff’s office of racially profiling Hispanics and unlawfully arresting them. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez called the sheriff’s office "broken" as he laid out the allegations.

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