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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

The sheriff is no stranger to controversy, although his philosophy of “zero tolerance towards the criminal element” has been embraced by his deputies and the community alike. He was first elected in 1996 and was re-elected by double-digit margins in 2000, 2004 and 2008. In 2007 a petition to recall him failed to gain enough voter signatures to get on the ballot.

Most recently he has come to the attention of the federal government. He was notified in March by the Justice Department that he may have unfairly targeted Hispanics and Spanish-speaking people for arrest. In October, the Department of Homeland Security revoked the authority of 160 of his federally trained deputies to make immigration arrests in the field.

The sheriff has denied any wrongdoing and has said he welcomed and would cooperate in any investigation of his office. He has continued to arrest illegal immigrants under recently passed state laws.

Tired of waiting for the federal government to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and concerned about the potential terrorism threat that the lack of border security posed, he assigned deputies in 2006 to monitor his 9,226-square-mile county for illegal immigrants. He targeted the illegals under an anti-smuggling law that state lawmakers passed to fight drug trafficking.

“My message is clear: If you come here and I catch you, you’re going straight to jail,” he said at the time. “We’re going to arrest any illegal who violates this new law, and I’m not going to turn these people over to federal authorities so they can have a free ride back to Mexico. I’ll give them a free ride to my jail.”

Sheriff Arpaio, 77, captured headlines nationwide when he set up a jail system that included tents, spent less than 15 cents per meal per inmate, and banned smoking, coffee, movies, pornographic magazines and unrestricted television in all of his jails. He also assigned both men and women to chain gangs.

The sheriff also has created several rehabilitative programs, including “Hard Knocks High,” the only accredited high school program administered by a sheriff’s office in a U.S. jail.

More recently he has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor, with polls showing that he has a commanding lead as a Republican candidate for the November 2010 race.

A November poll by Rasmussen Reports said that of 1,200 likely Arizona voters, he was the Republicans’ “best shot at holding onto the Arizona governorship in 2010.” The poll said Sheriff Arpaio led the expected Democratic challenger, Terry Goddard, Arizona’s attorney general, by 12 points and that 64 percent of voters statewide said he was doing the right thing by working around federal law to continue his aggressive actions against illegal immigration.

Lt. Lee said his boss had received “multiple inquiries locally and nationally” about the latest Rasmussen poll, but had made no decision regarding the governor’s race.

  • 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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