This was followed by a 5 hour hearing concerning protection. But, I owe Dkos an answer, so tomorrow:
To verify hearing dates, times, locations and for more complete case information, please call Case Management Services at (520) 740-4240 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday).
I'll be calling to verify case information for Case C20097077, since the MSM decided a lot of other pointless bullshit was more important today.
Running low on popcorn.
I don't need weathermen to tell me which way the wind blows, I walk the hills of the Guadalupe and smell the breeze, which is currently laden with the pollen of wild flowers.
My friend, the times are a-changing, changing, pendulums are swinging, old father time just rolled over, whatever is your flavor, it's a happening.
First Dark Ager MeLeroy goes down in Texas, possibly saving the education of an entire generation of Americans. This alone would have made March epic, but now the worst sheriff in the history of our republic, Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona, seems to have made a fatal mistake in his boss hog take over of his county.
He thought the internetz were a series of tubes with dump trucks in them.
First, Joe thought he was gonna get away with a slap on the hand:
Judge rips Sheriff Joe Arpaio on lost profile case files
by Craig Harris, The Arizona Republic - Feb. 13, 2010 12:00 AM
A federal judge has imposed sanctions on the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for destroying evidence in a racial-profiling case, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio must answer questions regarding an immigration file he kept.
U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's order, released Friday, also calls on the Sheriff's Office to try to recover e-mails that were deleted and to swear under oath to steps it took to gather the records.
I can just see this sworn testimony:
Judge Murray: Sheriff Arpaio, what did you do in your attempts to save your emails?
Lipstick Joe: Well your honor, I just kept hitting that delete button like a man possessed. I hit that delete button like it was a pancake and I was butter. I hit it like I was Ali making friends with Foreman. I hit it like it was candy and I was a kid at Halloween, hit delete over and over again, like a candy like button, shiny and red, deleting upon deleting until all evidence was gone. I hit the delete key to cover my tracks so much it only say "le" when I was finished.
Yeah, something like that.
What this all about anyway?
Melendres is seeking to stop what he calls "illegal, discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against Hispanics in Maricopa County." The case now includes five individuals who claim deputies have detained them because of the color of their skin, and their lawyers have sought records from the sheriff's crime-suppression operations.
The Sheriff's Office has denied it engages in racial profiling, but the office has acknowledged it destroyed records from those sweeps and deleted e-mails among employees regarding those operations.
Being browner than a grocery bag was a crime in Joe's eyes. See, he doesn't like the immigrants, even though Joe was an anchor baby for his parents from Italy. Funny how that works.
So everyone thought this evidence was gone and Sheriff Joe was pretty confident he was gonna beat the system again, just like Boss Hogg. And there were no Duke boys to save the day, but there was an IT specialist.
See, Sheriff Joe's fatal flaw in his scheme was his complete lack of understanding of how the internet actually works. God bless him for it, because now he might actually have to answer for his actions.
Deleted e-mails by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office subpoenaed by grand jury
by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press - Mar. 8, 2010 05:50 PM
Maricopa County officials said Monday that a federal grand jury investigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office for alleged abuses of power has subpoenaed some e-mails that were thought to have been deleted by the sheriff's office but turned out to have been saved by the county.
The e-mails had been requested earlier in an ongoing lawsuit that accused Arpaio's office of racially profiling Hispanics in its immigration patrols. The sheriff's lawyers said last month that some e-mails were deleted as a result of an unintentional mistake by a manager and that they had been unable to recover messages written before October.
The discovery led a sheriff's official to request the records back from the county on Friday on grounds that archiving the old e-mails could jeopardize public safety matters.
Haha, Sheriff Joe thinks he's a unitary executive. This is same stunt BushII would pull when his administration got painted into an anti-Constitutional corner. In unison they would scream, "National Security! National Security! National Security!", much like Sheriff Joe is claiming public safety.
Which is utter bullshit, and Lipstick Joe has no Yoo or Roberts to protect him.
"I think they are terribly afraid about what's in these e-mails," said Cari Gerchick, a spokeswoman for the county.
You bet your bottom dollar they are afraid. The wheels of justice turn ever so slowly, but they do turn and currently they are finally starting to grind down ol' Joe.
He knows his goose is cooked.
Joe Arpaio's office, county wrangle over control of e-mails
by Michael Kiefer, The Arizona Republic - Mar. 8, 2010 08:26 PM
The news caught the Sheriff's Office by surprise.
On Friday afternoon, Sheriff's Commander Bob Rampy confronted county technology managers and demanded the e-mails be turned over to him, first by e-mail and later in person. County officials turned Rampy down.
A Pima County judge will try to sort out ownership in an emergency hearing Wednesday morning. (Happening Right Now!)
Eric Dowell, an attorney representing the Sheriff's Office, said the Sheriff's Office was not aware that its e-mails had been archived since August 2008, following an order by another attorney for the county in an unrelated lawsuit involving county officials.
That's rich! So Lipstick Joe and the Boyz totally thought they had destroyed all the evidence against them only to find out a 3rd party vendor had been backing all their city correspondence due to corruption in another matter.
So much corruption, so little time, eh Joe?
The judge should render these emails as evidence because:
- They are county property, not the personal property of Sheriff Joe.
- Saying they should have been deleted and were not is like saying: "Your honor, I meant to wipe my fingerprints off that gun before it became evidence."
So I will update after the judge rules, because the proof of the criminal pudding of Boss Joe and his Hispanic-Hating Gang are in those emails.
Be nice to see Lipstick Joe in a neon pink prison outfit, busting rocks in 120 degree heat with no water.
Hell, he might even make a run for the border, which would be so sublime, even the changing winds would gale with laughter.
- no time to edit, watching for court action -
Update 1 : No news yet, but there was an NPR story about Sheriff Joe and the closing of a restaurant for having an undocumented worker washing dishes. DMX also did cocaine on his probation on Phoenix so Sheriff Joe wants to send him to jail, so maybe they can bunk together.
Lastly Sheriff Joe will be the celebrity host at The Humane Society of Wickenburg’s fourth annual Pars For Paw golf tournament and fundraiser. Something tells me this event is about to get awkward.
Just letting you know no news yet from the emergency hearing, I am sure Joe and his lawyers are howling against the rule of law as we speak.
Well still no news, I've placed calls.
But talk about a bad week for Sheriff Joe and his posse, as I alluded to in comments his chief attack dog Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas is under investigation by the FBI!
County Attorney Thomas snared by investigation
by David Keller
Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas long the hungry publicity hound and ever ready to stage a full court press conference to announce one of his double top secret investigations against political foes, finds himself the center of a special investigation. The Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court has decided allegations of unethical conduct lodged against Mr. Thomas warrant the unprecedented appointment of a special investigator requested by the Arizona bar.
It’s also been revealed that Thomas the chief political ally of embattled Maricopa county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is a target of an ongoing FBI and justice department investigation into allegations of civil rights violations, corruption and widespread abuse of authority. The Arpaio political machine which dominated local politics in Arizona for the better part of two decades is visibly disintegrating as lower level players attempt to make the best plea deals they can with federal authorities, before a federal grand jury begins handing down indictments.
Nothing says the end times of political machine than plea deals by the little fish. Big fish are sweating so much you can see the perspiration under water.
Sources close to the federal investigation report several individuals have already flipped on the sheriff and County attorney in return for pleas. The Government is said to be just a few months away from winding up the probe, which perhaps explains why Sheriff Arpaio has recently begun to claim he is the victim of a secret plot being directed against him by none other than President Barack Obama’s white house and the Justice department.
The Arizona legislature which is home to several dozen lawmakers who owe their political careers to the Arpaio political machine is already consumed by bitter infighting over who will take over leadership of the Arizona GOP and State legislature when Sheriff Arpaio is gone. Most local pundits speculate all the meetings and long lunches being taken by groups of moderate republicans and conservative democrats at the capitol indicate a bi partisan coalition of legislators will emerge to assume power when Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas are taken into custody and find themselves being outfitted for the pink underwear they made so famous.
Looks like I will be moving from popcorn to champagne very shortly!