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Phoenix Braces for Protests as Trump Visits for Rally

Throngs of protesters expected, and an Arpaio pardon is possible

(Newser) - The city of Phoenix is on edge as President Trump plans to visit for a Tuesday evening rally. The Hill frames the matter thusly: Will there be more supporters inside the city's convention center—it holds 29,000—or opponents outside it? One question in the balance is whether... More »

Trump Deletes 2 Different Retweets From Morning

One called him a 'fascist'

(Newser) - President Trump is having another eventful stretch on Twitter. And the item getting the most attention appears to have been a misfire by the president, reports Politico . It began when Trump tweeted about a story on Fox saying he was considering a pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A Twitter user... More »

Trump 'Seriously Considering' Pardoning 'Sheriff Joe'

Arpaio 'doesn't deserve to be treated this way,' Trump says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's first presidential pardon might go to Joe Arpaio. The former Arizona sheriff known for his unconventional and sometimes controversial tactics on crime and illegal immigration was found guilty of criminal contempt last month , and Trump, who has so far not pardoned anyone, tells Fox News he's... More »

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is Now a Convicted Criminal

He faces up to 6 months in jail over criminal contempt of court

(Newser) - The crackdowns that made him famous are the ones that have now sealed his demise. Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was on Monday found guilty of criminal contempt of court, reports the Arizona Republic , marking a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from his traffic patrols that... More »

Arizona's Notorious Outdoor Prison Is Shutting Down

'Circus' is over, new sheriff says

(Newser) - There's a new sheriff in Arizona's Maricopa County, and he's shutting down his predecessor's notorious "Tent City." Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November's election, announced Tuesday that he's getting rid of the open-air facility, where inmates are given... More »

Arizona Gives Sheriff Joe the Heave-Ho

Democrat defeats 'America's toughest sheriff'

(Newser) - The man who liked to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" has been given the boot by voters in Arizona's Maricopa County, where he was seeking a seventh term. The AP reports that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was criminally charged in a racial profiling case last month, has... More »

Sheriff Joe Faces Up to 6 Months in Jail

His trial begins Dec. 6 in Phoenix

(Newser) - It's official: Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has been criminally charged with federal contempt of court and could face up to six months in jail if convicted. The case stems from December 2011 when a federal judge barred the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from conducting Arpaio's signature... More »

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Faces Jail on Federal Charge

The Arizona sheriff is being charged with contempt of court

(Newser) - Prosecutors said Tuesday they will charge Sheriff Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt-of-court for defying a judge's orders to end his signature immigration patrols in Arizona, exposing the 84-year-old lawman to the possibility of jail time and clouding his political future as he seeks a seventh term. The announcement in... More »

Sheriff Joe Still Thinks Obama's Birth Certificate Is Forged

'I'm not going to give up,' says Joe Arpaio

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have finally given up on the birther debate , but Joe Arpaio sure hasn't. The Arizona sheriff who organized a volunteer posse that claimed President Obama's birth certificate was a fake back in 2012, says he's still investigating the document. "I don't care... More »

Hiker Dies After Being Smothered by Bees in Arizona

Louisiana man received more than 1K stings during hike on Mesa trail

(Newser) - A young man from Louisiana surrounded by bees during a hike in a Mesa, Ariz., park died from what a medical exam says was 1,000-plus bee stings. Alex Bestler, 23, was hiking the relatively easy Merkle Memorial Trail in Usery Mountain Park around 9am Thursday with a woman IDed... More »

'Toughest Sheriff' Found in Contempt of Court

Arizona's Joe Arpaio could end up in jail

(Newser) - The six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge's orders in a racial profiling case, bringing the lawman who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to... More »

Protesters Block Main Road to Trump Rally

They carried banners and chanted 'Trump is hate'

(Newser) - Protesters outside Phoenix blocked the only major road leading to the site where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is set to hold a campaign rally on Saturday, the AP reports. The protesters parked their cars in the middle of the road, unfurling banners with anti-Trump slogans and chanting "Trump... More »

Cops: Man Left Granddaughter, 5, in Desert With Loaded Gun

He reportedly told her to 'shoot any bad guys'

(Newser) - After downing a cheeseburger and a handful of drinks Sunday evening, Paul Rater called home and ordered his wife to come get him, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says, per the Arizona Republic . But instead of his wife showing up at the South Buckeye Equestrian Center, the cops did—... More »

Pam Anderson, Sheriff Joe Team Up

... to serve Arizona inmates vegetarian meals

(Newser) - Some inmates at the Maricopa County Jail did a double-take after seeing actress Pamela Anderson serving their lunches. The former Baywatch star was in town yesterday to help promote Sheriff Joe Arpaio's all-vegetarian meal program. Arpaio says cutting meat from the meals served to the more than 8,000... More »

Arizona Deputy May Have Blackmailed Immigrants

Records found in Arpaio deputy's home following suicide

(Newser) - Investigators think a former Joe Arpaio deputy who killed himself recently may have been shaking down illegal immigrants, according to newly released court records. While searching Ramon "Charley" Armendariz's home last week, investigators found 900 hours worth of tapes of traffic stops Armendariz had conducted, along with hundreds... More »

Sheriff Joe: Flag-Trashing Inmates Fed Bread, Water

ACLU blasts Arpaio's 'publicity stunt'

(Newser) - The controversial sheriff who considers himself "America's toughest" is trying to make jails in Arizona's Maricopa County more patriotic, with the national anthem played regularly—and harsh punishments for inmates who desecrate the US flags that hang in each cell. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says inmates who mess... More »

Steven Seagal Eyes Run for Ariz. Governor

Says he's discussed it with Sheriff Joe

(Newser) - He wouldn't be the first actor to trade the silver screen for the governor's mansion: Steven Seagal is making noises to KNXV-TV about running for Jan Brewer's job in Arizona. In conversations with BFF Joe Arpaio , with whom he teamed for reality show Steven Seagal—Lawman: Maricopa ... More »

Judge Wants Monitor to Keep Sheriff Joe In Line

Officers will have to say why they stopped a car before approaching it

(Newser) - "America's toughest sheriff" is about to have someone to answer to. A federal judge yesterday ordered that an independent monitor be established to make sure that Sheriff Joe Arpaio wasn't using racial profiling as a basis for traffic stops, Reuters reports. In addition, when Arpaio's deputies... More »

Man Busted in Gruesome Threats Against Nancy Grace

David Lee Simpson appeared ready to act

(Newser) - A New York state man tweeted a series of threats to a pair of newscasters—and when he was arrested, he may have been on his way to make good on them, police say. David Lee Simpson was obsessed with convicted Arizona murderer Jodi Arias, and he apparently wasn't... More »

Sheriff Joe Backs Down

In wake of judge's racial profiling ruling, he agrees to stop immigration arrests

(Newser) - America's toughest/most controversial sheriff is calling off his crackdown on illegal immigration for at least a week, in response to a court ruling declaring that crackdown unconstitutional. Joe Arpaio's lawyers will discuss the ramifications of that ruling in a hearing on June 14. "We are out of... More »

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