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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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    BUMP Rambo!! Wonderful video you suggested. Thanks !!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Good for Sheriff Joe!

  • 50_bkemblem_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good for Sheriff Joe. Maybe the Federal court system would stop taking such BS cases filed by inmates.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Sheriff Joe ROCS. A wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit. Music is so special to ALL people especially during the Christmas Season. If I had to go to jail I wanna be near this man in authority. Thanks Sheriff Joe!

  • Nado_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It shocks me that more places dont follow what he does,

  • Metacchandler_max50


    over 4 years ago


    One more reason he is a freaking amazing Sheriff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is awesome, another victory for America's Favorite Sheriff. Joe should run for the White House one day he would be a kick ass President!

  • Lakewood_pd_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I had the pleasure of hearing Sheriff Joe speak last year in AZ while I was there for the NJSPBA convention. The man is awesome!

  • 1211120858_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I wish i could talk my wife into moving to Arizona. I just love the way Sheriff Arpiao speaks his mind and does buisness, I would be thrilled to have him as a Boss, and i wish he ran things here. Hey maybe if he becomes Governor he could speed up executions.

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff, keep on keeping on!

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If its good enough for for sheriff Joe, It's good enough for the rest of the jails out their.
    Go Joe

  • Ganster_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well done. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  • Tazer_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Right on Sheriff!

  • Imagesca4xarl3gatekeeper911_max50


    over 4 years ago


    GOD Bless Sheriff Joe Arpio,,,,, Keep On, Keepin On!,,,, Brother! "Christmas Offerings."

  • 450312-r1-12-12_013_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is a top cop,he does the job he was elected to do despite the liberals who hate him.

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