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Sheriff Joe Under Grand Jury Investigation

Sheriff Joe Under Grand Jury Investigation

The Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix

January 08, 2010

PHOENIX — Two top county officials said Thursday night they have been subpoenaed to answer questions next week before a federal grand jury about a high-profile Arizona sheriff and his office.

In statements read by a county spokesman, Maricopa County Manager David Smith and Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson said they met with a federal prosecutor to discuss the case and will testify Wednesday.

Wilson said the general subject of the inquiry was abuses by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office. Neither Wilson nor Smith offered specifics, said county spokesman Richard de Uriarte, who spoke with the two officials Thursday night.

Sheriff’s spokesman Brian Lee said Arpaio was declining to comment on reports of the investigation. “He has stated that we will conduct business as usual,” Lee said.

Sandy Raynor, a spokeswoman for the U.S attorney’s office in Phoenix, said she couldn’t confirm or deny a grand jury investigation.

Arpaio and an ally are embroiled in nasty legal disputes with county officials and judges. Two county supervisors and one county judge have been criminally charged in investigations by Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Last month, Arpaio and Thomas filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against a group of county administrators, judges and attorneys, accusing them of participating in a conspiracy to hinder an investigation into a $341 million court building under construction in Phoenix and the investigation of Supervisor Don Stapley.

Arpaio is widely known for tough jail policies and pushing the bounds on local immigration efforts. He has led a dozen crime and immigration sweeps, some in heavily Latino areas.

Critics allege that some of Arpaio’s deputies racially profiled people during immigration sweeps. But Arpaio maintains that people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.

He was told in March that his office is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures. Arpaio had said he believed the investigation was spurred by his immigration efforts.

Last year, Arpaio was stripped of some of his special authority to make federal immigration arrests, though he retains some federal power that allows his jail officers to speed up deportations.

A half-day after his powers were limited, he launched a crime and immigration sweep and has since continued his enforcement of state laws banning immigrant smuggling and prohibiting businesses from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    I think people love Joe because he's the ONLY voice of the average American person. When they silence Joe, the dream is over for the rest of us.

  • 8ckwhrom_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Im sure he will pull through this one and still be Sheriff. There is no stopping a frieght train! lol

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 5 years ago


    All they want is what the far Left liberal Dip shits in Washington, wants' Profile Old Women & Children and forget about those who are trying to harm our Country.! IE- Drug smuggling, Ilegals killing B.P. Agents, Illegals raping American Children, Illegals in a DWI State and killing any American, Bomb threats from Muslim terrorist's.! You Know' "We Are five days away from fundamentaly changing the United States Of America"......... We have too many Liberals, who need to be REMOVED from office.! Lets fix America, NOW' and strengthen our SECURITY.!

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Sheriff Joe. You are my hero! You are tough on crime and the liberals can't stand it. Great job and hang in there. My prayers are with you.

  • Scannedimage_sq90_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Sheriff Joe, Honest, hard worker, gets the job done. Feds need to leave him alone! But the Feds don't like someone that think for themselves! Sheriff Joe for President for sure!

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 5 years ago


    The man is doing a great job! He won't play politics with them, so their affraid of him. He won't hug the thugs, and he kick ass! Basically, he doesen't fit in with someones dirty political agenda. The politicians are trying to stick the man, but I hope the man sticks the politicans. You have a man who's getting it done and doing it good, so these morons are trying to take him down. If Sheriff Joe runs for President, I'll vote for him.

  • 1979_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Figures. The man is doing his job and that embarrasses the Feds who are sitting on their collective liberal asses and doing nothing so they are literally trying to make a Federal case out of it. What the hell has happened to my country?

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 5 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is what all of the politicians fear the most: an honest man. Nuff said !!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Sheriff Joe creates all of these controversies simply because he does his job. This man has the support of his deputies and the public, so he must be doing something right!

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 5 years ago


    It's a simple fact of life. People don't like authority and rules. Oh well!

  • Deepthinkersmall124x90_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is under under the gun again for trying to protect us from this mess south of the border and spilling over into the USA;

    to all the rest of the law enforcement community down there by the border where the rubber meets the road, how long will it be before the fools harassing Sheriff Joe start picking on you.

    Sheriff Joe needs to be PRESIDENT !!

    Amnesty is just around the corner.

    Be sure to watch the National Geographic Documentary Series BORDER WARS:

    new series starting Sunday, January 10

  • 1118081703_0001_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Actually Sheriff Joe could arrest these people on something, he is the rule of law in Arizona.

  • Me_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I wish Shefiff Joe would come to maine. Sheriff Joe, your my hero.

  • 1118081703_0001_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Its typical Fed BS to try and prosecute a man that is doing his sworn duty and upholding the law as written.

  • 1asteriskshield_ezr_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Sheriff Joe for President!

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