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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 »

Judge: 'Sheriff Joe' Guilty of Racial Profiling

Federal ruling calls strategy by Maricopa County's Arpaio unconstitutional

(Newser) - Joe Arpaio of Arizona bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff," but a federal judge has ruled that he doesn't understand America's own Constitution. In a blistering 142-page decision, US District Court Judge Murray Snow wrote that Arpaio engaged in racial profiling against Latino drivers and... More »

Someone Sent Explosives to Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Package intercepted, device defused

(Newser) - Sheriff Joe Arpaio is perhaps the most controversial sheriff in America—and apparently he really got himself on someone's bad side. Law officers in Arizona have intercepted an explosive device that was earmarked for the Maricopa County Sheriff, authorities said last night. The device was contained in a package... More »

New Trainer for Joe Arpaio Posse: Steven Seagal

Actor runs simulated school shooting in Maricopa County

(Newser) - When "America's Toughest Sheriff" needs someone to train his "posse," who does he turn to? Steven Seagal, apparently. The aging action star was in Maricopa County over the weekend to train Sheriff Joe Arpaio's armed volunteers on how to handle a school shooting. Arpaio already... More »

Sheriff Joe's Newtown Response Will Terrorize Kids

Armed posses won't make students feel safe: Terry Greene Sterling

(Newser) - Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-described "Toughest Sheriff in America," responded to the Connecticut school shooting with a new plan: Send volunteer "posses" with guns to patrol the areas around 50 schools in the Phoenix area. But this is an awful idea that will only result in lower... More »

Tea Party 'Birther Fest' a Bust

Event starring Sheriff Joe, Pat Boone called off

(Newser) - If a "birther" jamboree starring Pat Boone and Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio sounds like your idea of a good time, you should have bought a ticket sooner. The September 22 event, organized by Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots, has been called off due to poor ticket sales, reports... More »

Feds Call Off Criminal Probe of Sheriff Joe

But lawsuits continue over Arpaio's alleged civil rights violations

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors will not be charging infamously tough Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio with abuse of power, reports the AP . Arpaio and his allies had been feuding for three years with other officials in Maricopa County, with the sheriff bringing public corruption cases against officials who disagreed with him. Those cases... More »

Eastwood Was Either 'Delusional' ... or 'Terrific'

Count Michael Moore as voting for 'delusional'

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's peculiar speech at the Republican convention has left prominent liberals and conservatives smiling, albeit for very different reasons. Writing for the Daily Beast , Michael Moore thanked the actor for making his night by casting the GOP as "delusional and detached from reality." He added that... More »

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