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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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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This man makes my day! LMAO!! How I wish he would come here to Washington state....Things would be SO DIFFERENT!!

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    SkoolCop

    over 4 years ago

    4542 Comments

    I love this guy. I would vote for cloning if they cloned enough of him to go around to lead every agency in the nation. OLD SCHOOL TOUGH!!!!!

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    NationUnit

    over 4 years ago

    194 Comments

    We need more sheriffs like that!

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    Lawful_Blue

    over 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Good old Sheriff Joe Arpaio, you can't help but love the guy!!

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    sheriff950

    over 4 years ago

    5372 Comments

    Way to go Joe great win!

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    VERYRREAL

    over 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    This Guy is Great.. Gotta love him!!!

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    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    And whose rights did they violate then they did whatever to land them up in jail??? Inmatees shouldn't be allowed to file lawsuits anyway...I agree Joe for President and Palin as his VP...

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    Swatdog381

    over 4 years ago

    160 Comments

    Visionary! Stand up and applaud.

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    SERT0629

    over 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    Sheriff Joe for President....At the same time, confiscate their music forcing them to listen to it

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    DDemlong

    over 4 years ago

    2238 Comments

    Violation of civils rights??? You got to be joking. Frivelous law suites all around

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Sheriff Joe is my HERO!

    Merry Christmas inmates.

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    swalker35

    over 4 years ago

    256 Comments

    You don't like jail then don't break the law.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    41250 Comments

    Normally I'm not for cloning, this is an exception. Don't folks lose rights and privileges when they're behind bars. Isn't is still called PUNISHMENT??????

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    T_9

    over 4 years ago

    5668 Comments

    I agree, can we clone him? Merry Christmas Sheriff Joe!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I love this guy. Can we clone him?

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