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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.

  • 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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