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Court: Sheriff Joe Can Play Christmas Music‎

Court: Sheriff Joe Can Play Christmas Music‎

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo)

The Washington Times via YellowBrix

December 21, 2009

Sheriff Joe Arpaio – the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” in America – likes Christmas music, especially “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks, and apparently he thinks the 8,000 inmates inside his Phoenix jail should, too.

So it was with some glee that his Maricopa County office announced Thursday in a red-and-green press release that the “sixth and perhaps final lawsuit” brought by inmates to stop the sheriff from playing the holiday songs all day, every day, during the holidays had been dismissed in federal court.

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“We keep winning these lawsuits. Inmates should stop acting like the Grinch who stole Christmas and give up wasting the court’s time with such frivolous assertions,” it read. “But chances are they’ll keep suing and we’ll keep winning.”

The latest lawsuit was filed by inmate William Lamb, who said that being forced to listen to the Christmas songs 12 hours a day was a violation of his civil and religious rights. But U.S. District Judge Roz Silver disagreed, dismissing the case and denying Lamb’s claim for $250,000 in damages.

Sheriff Arpaio catapulted to national attention when he cracked down on the thousands of illegal immigrants who swarm daily through his county; put inmates in pink jumpsuits and underwear; worked them in chain gangs; housed them in tents in the Arizona desert and fed them bologna sandwiches.

He said that his Christmas selections were multi-ethnic and culturally diverse, from all faiths and ethnicities. He told The Washington Times earlier this year that in addition to tunes by Alvin and the Chipmunks, the music included the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Bing Crosby and Doctor Demento.

At the time, he said “all people everywhere deserve a little Christmas cheer.”

Lt. Brian Lee, the sheriff’s spokesman, said the court issued a summary judgment upholding the decision to “inject the holiday spirit into the lives of those incarcerated over the holiday season in the third-largest jail system in the U.S.”

He said inmates have sued six times claiming the music was in violation of their religious rights or cruel and unusual punishment, but the court disagreed – finding no evidence of fact, so Sheriff Arpaio was entitled to the judgment as a matter of law.


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    CAREBEAR911

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    Is he still playing it?
    LOL!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Go Sheriff Joe!!!! Just 'cause I live in Louisiana now don't mean I don't keep track of what ya do Sheriff Joe!! If I was able to vote for ya as a governor I might...not certain I would want to lose you as Sheriff????!!!! Kinda a catch 22 for law abiding citizens.Awe what the heck Sheriff Joe for Governor Sounds GREAT!!! Just make sure ya get a new sheriff that will continue the great work you started.

    Glad the judges all saw it our way -- EVEN Alvin and the Chipmunks have a right to have their say at Christmas time. GO SHERIFF JOE!!!!!

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    legendman3

    over 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    I think that all inmates should have their civil rights suspended for the duration of their payment to society including the right to suite for being in jail!!!!!!

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    legendman3

    over 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    YOU GOT TO LOVE Sheriff Joe Arpaio! i WISH THERE WERE MORE LIKE HIM!!!!!

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    BIGEASYDEG

    over 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    here's an idea, don't be a criminal and do time in jail and then you can listen to whatever you want. $250,00 in damages, are you kidding me??

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    djs105

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    I'll bet the suicide rate went up : ) I feel sorry for the C.O.s I can't stand Alvin and the Chipmunks.

    GO SHERIFF JOE!!

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    excop23260

    over 4 years ago

    786 Comments

    Hey, y'know, that Sheriff Joe has GOTTA be the closest thing ever to a perfect Sheriff. Ever. Arizona is lucky to have him. I wish we had him in Virginia. We do have a very few very good ones, not on Sheriff Joe's scale, but basically good. We also have a lot - a lot - and many, too - of other people holding political office as "sheriffs" in Virginia. Cant we clone Sheriff Joe and distribute the copies all around?

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    arealpatriot

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    CivilianGal....
    You sooo funny....LOL.....but I see your drift....I actually purchased them from him at his Maracopa Sheriff booth at the Fountain Hills Arts Festival last year. We had a chance to talk for a few minutes that time and he autographed them.

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    CivilianGal

    over 4 years ago

    42 Comments

    @arealpatriot: I'm NOT going to ask where you got those pink boxers at! LOL!

    Cruel and unusual punishment would be listening to that rap cr@p that most of them probably fill their heads with day after day. Keep up the good work Joe!

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    nevfuzz

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Tis the season! And who does not like Rudolph? The only problem is that he is not allowed to play the music 24 hours a day.

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    countycowgurl

    over 4 years ago

    42 Comments

    this man is truly my hero i would love to work for him!!!!!

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    arealpatriot

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I have met Joe Arpaio a few times and even have an autographed pair of pink boxers on my wall. He rocks and does the job that we elected him to do. We will re-elect him again. There is a liberal anti-Joe Arpaio group here thats always causing trouble but I give em a good dose of facts when they don't ban me from their website message boards. They are full of it and it's funny just how some people can be so stupid. You can also tell em how much you like Joe! Then they will ban you too. www.arpaio.com

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    danyjjb

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    I am a law abideing person but if I have to go to jail please send me to his. Thank you sheriff joe.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Ya Gotta Love Sheriff JOE.....

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    bluelineapplicant

    over 4 years ago

    114 Comments

    Cruel and unusual punishment? we are talking music, I think that if they had won this suit I would have sued the dumb people who blast there raidos as they drive through neighborhoods and downtown streets.

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