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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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    over 4 years ago


    I love Sheriff Joe...He's my hero!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    You'd all be surprised of the huge numbers of sworn statements by senior leo's criticizing this man. Also, the large numbers of comments against this leo's, for enforcing immigration laws. On this site...I have read comments by leo's stating immigration was a federal issue...not a state issue. As much as I admire Sheriff Joe.....he's being attacked from his own "brothers and sisters" Blue. I don't think he will last much longer. God bless him for his excellent service. This man has a career that is spotless and still a contract on him from the cartels. Anybody in copland...have the balls to take his place?

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    over 4 years ago


    can we get more guys like Sheriff Joe across this country??????? i like him! :)

  • Sheepdogtestweb_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Keep the pressure on! Excellent Job!

  • Us-lgflag_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If only we had more leaders in our state and federal governments like Sheriff Joe. We have to get our good-for-nothing slimeball politicians out of office (Republicans and Democrats) and get more real people like him in there. He does the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not what special interest groups, lobbyists, and government beaurocrats tell him the right thing to do is. Imagine that...doing the right thing and still upholding the law. Ironically enough, what those govt. beaurocrats have tried to get him to do is stop enforcing the law! What hypocrites. Thankfully though, he tells them to shove off. He's an inspiring individual.

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    over 4 years ago


    i love ya sheriff joe,lol

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    over 4 years ago

    Sheriif Joe strikes again. He is the absolute best! During a time when it seems like people forget criminals are NOT NICE PEOPLE, Sheriff Joe tells it like it is. He could sure give a lot of Law Enforcement agencies a lesson in how to work and more importantly who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. The inmates should give up on the lawsuits, they cant figure it out that Sheriff Joe knows what he can and cant do. But as far as inmates "finding Jesus Christ" and redeeming themselves, the majority of the time that is done for the parole board to look good.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all LEO present, past and future.

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    over 4 years ago


    Alvin and the Chipmunks, Doctor Demento, boy, Sheriff Joe has great taste in music. Keep it up cause we are behind you!!!

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    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is da man. He realizes,unlike the politicians out there, that these people are in jail not because they're on a vacation but because they broke the law and there's a price that should be paid. If all jails were run the same way maybe there wouldn't be so many repeat offenders.
    Merry Christmas Sheriff Joe and your fine staff.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Maybe some of the inmates will think of the "reason for the season", Jesus Christ and start to change their lives.

  • Mourning_badge_max160_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    keep up the good work Joe...wish more could be like u

  • Johnf_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Pure Genius!!!

  • Joe_portrait_max50


    over 4 years ago


    You are the MAN Joe!! You show them who is the boss!!

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is my Hero !

  • Big_4182036_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If only all Sheriff's could be like him. Their's nothing like a little chipmunk cheer to brighten your holidays. LMAO Be safe everyone :)

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