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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 "...

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...

'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...

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...

Sheriff Joe Plays the Media for Fools&mdash;Again
Sheriff Joe Plays the Media
for Fools—Again

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...

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...

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