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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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    T_9

    over 4 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Keep doing what your doing Sheriff Joe! You are awesome. I can only hope that more Sheriff's follow your example!

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    HCSO531

    over 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    Ky's got your back

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    cgidney

    over 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    SHERIFF JOE IS MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Blueblood1974

    over 4 years ago

    5204 Comments

    Sheriff Joe and Jack Bauer for President.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Give'm hell Joe.

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    hcmo637

    over 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    We have all heard of follow the leader.....theres alot of leaders out there that need to learn to do just that.

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    Baxter2

    over 4 years ago

    1846 Comments

    This sounds like a vendetta against Sheriff Joe by the left wing kooks. EVERYONE I KNOW BACKS YOU JOE. Don't give in. You are a true inspiration for law and order.

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    Lighthouse23

    over 4 years ago

    174 Comments

    I wish all would adopt his way of doing things.

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    DET727FPD

    over 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    HEY KEEP GOING JOE SHOW THEM WHAT REAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SOULD DO AND TO THE HATERS READ THE DUTIES OF THIER OFFICE AS PROSECUTORS AND DO THIER JOBS INSTEAD OF DROPPING THE DAMN BALL EVERYTIME SOMEONE GETS A LITTLE BOO-BOO!!!!!!!!!!. HEY LOUISIANA WANTS YOU!!!! WHOLE OTHER LEVEL OF POLITICS OUT HERE!!!!!

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    He does a lot of things seeking attention. Now he's getting it. Whatever.

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    creekcop

    over 4 years ago

    1056 Comments

    Missouri backs ya Joe! Go get em'!

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    Chief171

    over 4 years ago

    3192 Comments

    I agree.... Joe for President...

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    StrykerBrig21

    over 4 years ago

    1018 Comments

    How about Joe for President! Think what our country would be like. I think it would awesome!

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    sheriff950

    over 4 years ago

    5364 Comments

    Good luck Joe, we will be rooting for you!!!!

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    FreezeP

    over 4 years ago

    1456 Comments

    "GO JOE" IF THEY DON'T WANT YOU IN ARIZONA COME TO TENNESSEE

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