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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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    Dangerfish

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    The reason this dosesn't happen more often is that people are more concerned with getting reelected then with the city/county they live in. This needs to change.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Three cheers for Sheriff Joe!!! Ya got that right VB_LEO, the Sheriff would be a great POTUS. Maybe someone will start a write in campaign for 2012.

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Thumbs up for Sheriff Joe.. You get my vote as well..

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    VB_LEO

    over 4 years ago

    74 Comments

    This guy should run for president! You got my vote already!

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    Uncon214

    over 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    Merry Christmas Sheriff Joe!!! You're doing a great thing and standing up for your values (following the lay of the law) when the Feds tell you otherwise is something uncommon in people these days... Keep up the good work and may more County Sheriff's do as you do!!! Best of luck should you choose to run for governor, if I lived in AZ you'd have my vote.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50284 Comments

    When are all POS, ACLU and Judges going to learn that they have no rights in jail. They have the right to reasonable food, living and medical conditions, that's it, end of story. What about Sheriff's Joe's right to listen to what he wants to. Merry Christmas Sheriff Joe.

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    cathy_smitherman

    over 4 years ago

    958 Comments

    Merry Christmas Sheriff Joe.. I hope that you and your family has a Happy Holidays....

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    THREE17

    over 4 years ago

    1284 Comments

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

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    Motorcop_213

    over 4 years ago

    22724 Comments

    Merry Christmas Joe!

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    MOChief

    over 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    What the sheriff does should set an example for a lot more to follow - why don't they?

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    MIKE344

    over 4 years ago

    328 Comments

    You the man,Sheriff Joe.Happy Holidays to you and your family..........

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    jafuller

    over 4 years ago

    250 Comments

    Sheriff Joe is my hero, I have an autographed picture of him in my office! I think there should be more like him!

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    What can you say about Sheriff Joe Arpaio, keep up the good job.

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    JJ1

    over 4 years ago

    70024 Comments

    Well done Sheriff Joe

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    BklynsFinest347

    over 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    Sheriff Joe is a boss that I'd follow through the fire with. We need him here in NYC, he has balls, a no-nonsense approach to law enforcement & tells it like it is without the fear of being "politically correct" to these crybaby liberals. Good job & Merry Christmas Boss!!

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