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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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    Jason_Reel

    over 4 years ago

    2028 Comments

    The politics in law enforcement makes me absolutely sick. When did law enforcement become more of a political relm than standing for what's right & enforcing the law? It's all a smoke & mirrors these days. When the "power mongers" don't get what they want they destroy you. I hope Sheriff Joe puts these punks in their place.

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    jepps309

    over 4 years ago

    490 Comments

    Give em hell Joe..

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    jwoodruf

    over 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    Go Joe....wish we had you here in Houston! We need a great man like you!

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    Kath

    over 4 years ago

    1812 Comments

    Bull shyte! Get em' Joe!

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    mcso_supporter

    over 4 years ago

    1592 Comments

    The proud stands next to the truth!!! The dishonorable stands by the lies!!!!

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    Robofuzz

    over 4 years ago

    310 Comments

    Hang in there, Sheriff!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Give them hell Joe!

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    shawn88

    over 4 years ago

    576 Comments

    We are with you Sheriff. FAFTFH.......

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Obamanation is going after one of the last officers in the country that is willing to stand up and do what is right.

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    CTmotorcop

    over 4 years ago

    432 Comments

    Go gettem Joe.
    Funny how when you do the job that your sworn to do, they want to screw you.

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    How about investigating ( Eric Holders dismissal of charges against ACORN for "INTIMIDATION AND VOTER FRAUD")???????????????????

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    delano388

    over 4 years ago

    4314 Comments

    Give them hell Joe.

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    mjones0089

    over 4 years ago

    408 Comments

    Go gett'em Sheriff Joe.......................Federal grand Jury must have been brought on by the Obama adminstration. Eric Holder (WOW)

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Sheriff Joe is doing the job as it should be done. For that, he will always have to watch his back.

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    Oncethere2506

    over 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    Many say that Sheriff Arpaio is a grand-stander and that's fine with me. This man is a true leader, how many Sheriffs or police chiefs do any of us know, have the conviction of this man! This nation is being destroyed by ILLEGAL immigration and he is the only one with the balls to do something about it. We all owe it to support Joe in anyway necessary!

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