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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.

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm starting to wonder if Sheriff Joe is hiring!

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    They can lay around in their pink underwear and chill.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    If the inmates are complaining, then he's gotta be doing things right !!! Way to go, Joe !!!

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I wish we had more guys like him in our command of government. Awesome job Sheriff Joe!

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    To bad we couldn't have discovered this godsend early on in his life and put him into the whitehouse. Does he have a program where he takes the arrested immigrants and makes them clean up and repair/do work around the property of the ranches they tear up and litter when they cross over? Bus some down to the indian reserve and have them clean up those stolen dodge wrecks they leave behind.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I think this is the best thing I have heard all day. You know these prisoner's dont work, they dont pay taxes, they dont have to worry about a tent over their head (lol), they dont have to worry about being clothed (again lol) and they get the pleasure of listening to christmas music. What the heck are they complaining about?????? Some sign this man up for the next Presidental Race!!! He would have my entire family's vote and then some.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I wish this guy had 1 million off spring and they all were in law enforcement. We need more like him in the profession. Way to go Joe, God speed ahead.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Sheriff Joe is a true Pioneer! Keep it up!

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max160_max50


    over 4 years ago


    HA! I love it. GO JOE!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Totally agree. Sheriff Joe is what a leader should be.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Lol, I would love to meet sheriff Joe, he seems bigger than life. that is so funnee.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Don't even mention the phrase "political correctness" in front of Sheriff Joe. He'll have no part of it.

  • 6_months_076_max50


    over 4 years ago


    WASP7000 I second your motion. Recall election please.

  • Troublewithtribbles_max50


    over 4 years ago


    All great leaders have their detractors......Joe is what America needs to bring morality back into focus...there are consequences for being a convicted felon...not a free ride or a vacation.

  • Washington_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe for president

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