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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 »

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 »

DoJ Investigating Long Lines 'Fiasco' in Ariz. Primary

Complaints allege unacceptable waiting times in minority-heavy areas

(Newser) - Long lines at polling sites in Arizona's March 22 primary led Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to call the night a "fiasco"—and the Justice Department to now investigate whether there were civil rights violations regarding what Stanton called "unacceptably disparate distribution of polling locations," Reuters... 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 »

Homemade Shotgun Backfires on Kid, 13

Teen built gun with instructions found online: police

(Newser) - An Arizona teen underwent surgery on Sunday after accidentally shooting himself with a homemade shotgun he'd assembled with instructions found online. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the 13-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he tried to fire the weapon and was hit in the rib cage by a projectile... 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: '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 »

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 »

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 »

Feds: We're Taking Sheriff Joe to Court

Negotiations fall apart in civil rights case, as Arpaio refuses monitor

(Newser) - The Justice Department is through negotiating with the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America. Authorities announced yesterday that they will sue Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for alleged civil rights violations, the AP reports. The department had been trying to work out an agreement with Arpaio in which he'd train his... More »

Birther Sheriff, Feds Clash Over Monitors

Joe Arpaio refuses to let DOJ 'run my office'

(Newser) - Talks between the Department of Justice and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio have broken down, and now the feds are threatening to sue over the sheriff's alleged abuses against Hispanic suspects, reports the Washington Post . The Justice Department is insisting Arpaio's Maricopa County sheriff office take on a court-appointed... More »

Sheriff-Imposed Pink Undies Blamed for Man's Death

Mentally ill man stripped by deputies feared underwear was rape prelude

(Newser) - Forcing inmates to wear pink underwear was one of the moves that led Joe Arpaio to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff"—but those undergarments may be his downfall. A federal court has ordered a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a... More »

Sheriff Joe Fires Back at Feds' Allegations

Discrimination case a 'witch hunt': lawyer

(Newser) - Arizona's embattled Sheriff Joe Arpaio is hitting back at Justice Department allegations that his office shows "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias" against Hispanics. "Don't come to use me as a whipping boy for a national, international problem," he told reporters, saying he has "... More »

Feds: Sheriff Joe Violated Civil Rights

Arpaio conducted 'egregious' racial profiling: Justice Department

(Newser) - Tough times ahead for America's Toughest Sheriff : The Justice Department has accused Joe Arpaio of major civil rights violations. Arpaio's office committed what a top Justice official called the most egregious racial profiling he'd ever come across, the AP reports. Arpaio also conducted immigration "sweeps" prompted... More »

'Sheriff Joe' Workers Busted for Human Trafficking

Deputy, two others accused of cartel ties

(Newser) - So much for not taking your work home with you. Three employees of immigrant archenemy Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona—including a deputy in the human-smuggling unit—were arrested for alleged involvement in a drug- and human-trafficking ring. One is also 8 months' pregnant with the child of a Sinaloa... More »

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Creates 'Mugshot of the Day' Contest

Maricopa County lawman making waves again in Arizona

(Newser) - Commit a crime in Arizona and you'll likely see some jail time, but you may also earn the dubious title of "mugshot of the day." Sheriff Joe Arpaio has started a daily contest to see which criminal will earn the honors, notes IndyPosted . "Numerous people are... More »

Sheriff Joe Plays the Media for Fools—Again

He's going to New Hampshire, and everyone swoons

(Newser) - The headlines have been cropping up in the RSS feeds of political junkies: Sheriff Joe Arpaio—the self-anointed tough guy in Arizona who doesn't like illegal immigrants—is going to New Hampshire Sunday and pointedly not ruling out a 2012 presidential run. CNN rounds it up here . All this coverage... More »

Arizona County Deported 26K—Without the New Law

A quarter of the national total

(Newser) - Since 2007, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has deported or forced the departure of a whopping 26,146 immigrants through a federal-local partnership program. That's a quarter of the national total, without the benefit of the new Arizona law that legalizes checking papers of anyone who looks to law enforcement... More »

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