America's Worst Sheriff

Thursday, December 03, 2009

I almost blogged on this a few times, but I honestly thought it would just go away and justice would prevail, but that won't happen when Joe Arpaio is involved. Well, it hasn't been an easy road. Back in late October, Maricopa (or Marikafka, as it called in many places) County Deputy Adam Stoddard stole some documents from a defense attorney, copied them, and then returned them. He initially claimed that he thought there was evidence of criminal activity (which would have allowed him to take the documents), but her materials had previously been ok'ed and the deputy contradicted himself several times during the contempt hearing.

Here is the video:

The deputy was found in contempt and the judge told him if he issued a public apology, he wouldn't have to go to jail. This seems reasonable. I don't have a problem with bailiffs being vigilant when it comes to security, but they just can't help themselves to whatever documents they want. There he to be probable cause and there simply wasn't in this case. Well, there is no way a deputy of "America's Toughest Sheriff" is going to do something as pathetic and wimpy as issue an apology. The deputy turned himself in and became an inmate (or "political prisoner", according to Joe...I am not making this up). In an effort to waste all sorts of taxpayer money, put the public at risk, and just generally be an asshole, Joe has filed a federal lawsuit, saying that there is a widespread conspiracy. In addition to this, 19 deputies called in sick that were scheduled to work courthouse security. Oh, and there have been several bomb threats.

I like it when employers stand up for their employees, but the deputy was wrong to act the way he did and should face some consequences. This isn't a simple difference of opinion, he violated the attorney/client privilege. I also don't have that much sympathy for Joe, as this isn't the first time he has done something bad.

(h/t to Radley Balko)


Smitty 11:49 AM  

He is ostensibly winning elections, which means there are a majority of people in his community, however slim that majority may be, who keep re-electing this fuck. I don't know what fills me with more rage; him, or the fact that people apparently like what he is doing and want him to keep coming back.

And that he has created a police force of bullies who are little mini versions of him...thank God I have no reason to go to Arizona.

B Mac 11:49 PM  

It isn't often that a law enforcement officer is willing to violate the attorney-client privilege, the 4th amendment, and common sense... On tape. In front of a prosecutor. And a freeking judge.

In what universe could a piece of paper brought into the courtroom by a defense attorney be considered a threat to the security of the courtroom?

And then, to top it off, they filed a damn RICO? Wow. Just... Wow

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