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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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    cpowell5266

    over 4 years ago

    36 Comments

    I think Arpaio is doing a fanastic job. Keep up the good work.

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    Deli734

    over 4 years ago

    410 Comments

    Don't give up Joe!

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    Mcdonnal

    over 4 years ago

    386 Comments

    I wonder if Sheriff Joe's old nemesis, Janet Napolitano, has her fingers in any of this? Keep on keeping on Joe, the truth will out, hopefully before they are able to take you down.

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    caretaker79

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Sheriff Joe, You are runniing the jail, just like John Wayne would. Keep on trucking.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This is what you get from the Liberal Judges and Politicians when you don't allow corruption and prosecute or investigate them for breaking the law.
    This is what you get when you become an icon against illegals and their illegal activities.

    Please don't blame the Feds. If they receive a complaint from Local Authorities they have no choice but to investigate.
    Rather, blame the Local Judges and Politicians under Joe's Office scrutinity... They are the ones to blame from bringing these complaints to the Feds... As retailiation... Nothing more.

    Sheriff Joe is the man... I would have been proud to be in the forces under his command.
    Nothing but more crap from bitter Liberals.
    Go Joe... Go...!!!

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    MACK2014

    over 4 years ago

    168 Comments

    LETS JUST LOOK AT THE DRUG GANGS IN MEXICO ASSASSINATING POLICE CHIEFS- OFFICERS IN FRONT OF THEIR HOMES AND IN FRONT OF THEIR FAMILIES (CHECK OUT THE VIDEO OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE OF MONTERREY ( IN MEXICO ) AND HIS WIFE BEING GUNNED DOWN IN A JEWELRY STORE.......THESE BAD GUYS ARE ALREADY HERE IN AMERICA....TESTING THE FORTITUDE OF U.S. POLICE OFFICERS !!!!! GOOD JOB SHERIFF JOE !!! BE CAREFUL

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    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Another case of the Feds targeting someone because he will not knuckle under to them I would bet that they railroad the Sheriff. Good luck Sheriff Joe, I hope you make them all look stupid.

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    NECU2

    over 4 years ago

    350 Comments

    Sheriff Joe I admire your concentrated efforts on keeping the illegals out. So what Civic minded half a--ed group brought this allegation forward? Maybe if all the illegals were out of the country we would be able to employ more Americans to do the Americans work, less unemployment=better economy.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    OK you lilly livered pieces of so called Truth Seekers" stop targeting the good guys who out there doing YOUR JOB and start asking the hard questions of a rogue adminstration that thrives on an AGENDA!! Hang in there Sheriff Joe. God is on your side thru it all. ROLL ON 'BAMA! THE CRIMSON TIDE IS COMIN' IN!!
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    ill_taze_u_bro

    over 4 years ago

    2844 Comments

    Fight the good fight Sheriff Joe

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    daltonsp

    over 4 years ago

    382 Comments

    Politics screwing yo proactive policing.

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    AgentNYPD

    over 4 years ago

    126 Comments

    So he's in trouble for being proactive?

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    sgt457

    over 4 years ago

    1204 Comments

    Not surprising... do your job well, and you shall be rewarded...with a Grand Jury investigation! What a crock! Sheriff Joe for President!

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    Bury

    over 4 years ago

    1342 Comments

    It's all political!

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    cgingo

    over 4 years ago

    21884 Comments

    O.K., they have nothing better to do than rouse the Sheriff for doing his job. Sounds like another cover up coming.

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