Fascist Sheriff Needs Your Help

Can you spare a dime to help fascist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pay for lawyers to defend him against charges that he did not follow a court order, charges he has admitted were true (only he didn’t mean to, honest, you have to believe him)? He’s now asking for help.

With his legal fees mounting and a trial turning increasingly personal, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is turning to the public for money and the legal system for a new judge.

Arpaio said in a letter to supporters that he doesn’t have the money to continue paying for attorneys out of his own pocket, adding that he feels “targeted” by the immigration rights groups that have sued him to stop what they say are racist policies targeting Latinos.

“In some instances I have to personally pay for attorneys to represent me in these cases,” Arpaio wrote in an email Thursday. “I do not have the personal wealth or the wherewithal to keep up with the costly demands of paying for attorneys to defend me.”

I don’t know about you, but my heart just bleeds for him. He’s been ignoring the courts and arrogantly flouting federal law for decades and now that he’s been caught, he has to pay for (part of) the bill for attorneys to defend him. I think I feel a tiny little tear forming…

On Friday, Arpaio asked for Snow to be taken off the case. His reasoning: The judge is personally involved in the case because Arpaio’s former lawyer authorized a secret investigation of Snow’s wife.

“No reasonable person with knowledge of the facts can deny that Judge Snow is now investigating and presiding over issues involving his own family,” Arpaio’s lawyers wrote in the filing.

This takes some serious audacity. Arpaio has a long history of investigating and even arresting prosecutors and judges who dare to challenge his authority in clear attempts to intimidate them. So now he initiates an investigation into the judge’s wife, then says that that investigation forces the judge to recuse himself because he’s now personally involved. Talk about chutzpah!

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Arpaio has a long history of investigating and even arresting prosecutors and judges who dare to challenge his authority in clear attempts to intimidate them.

    To be fair, they did look Mexican.

  • colnago80

    Hey, I’ll volunteer to donate the sleeves off my vest to Arpaio’s defense fund.

  • marcus

    I think I might be able to come up with a teaspoon or so of ballsweat… On second thought, nevermind.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Oh, be nice people. I even pay taxes in Maricopa County, and I’d make Arpaio a deal: we’ll pay for his legal defense [1] if he pays for the damages if he loses.

    [1] But only if he prevails.

  • John Pieret

    a trial turning increasingly personal

    Worse than pink underwear?

    “No reasonable person with knowledge of the facts can deny that Judge Snow is now investigating and presiding over issues involving his own family

    And whose fault is that? And if a new judge is assigned, what do you want to bet Arpaio will have his/her significant other followed around? If I’m Snow, I announce in court that I accept Arpaio’s contention that it was done by his lawyer and he had nothing to do with it and then nail his ass for having defied at least 2 orders. Sure, it will give him an appellate issue … but that’s going to cost him more money and I suspect that, as it goes up the appellate chain, there will be less and less sympathy for an asshole who targeted a Federal judge’s family.

  • thebookofdave

    What Joe Arpaio needs most is tough love, which arrives in the form of Larry Klayman.

    Can you spare a dime to help fascist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    Hmm…perhaps I can spare exactly a dime, so Ol’ Joe can call somebody who cares, on a 1950s telephone.

  • lordshipmayhem

    Can you spare a dime to help fascist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    No.

  • John Pieret

    Back in the day … when I was an Army Jag officer defending criminal cases … when we had clients who threatened us … we’d point out that , if you attack your defense counsel … in the resulting case, the judge who would preside at the trial is a lawyer … the prosecutor would be a lawyer … your defense counsel will be a lawyer … What chance do you think you’d stand?

  • Sastra

    Can you spare a dime to help fascist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio …

    Ok, now you’ve got me all interested in sending him a dime … one dime, tucked alone into an envelope addressed to “Fascist Marcopa county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Karmaisabichisntit, Arizona.”

    “No reasonable person with knowledge of the facts can deny that Judge Snow is now investigating and presiding over issues involving his own family,” Arpaio’s lawyers wrote in the filing.

    Kinda like asking a judge to have mercy on a client convicted of double parricide, because he’s an orphan.

  • Goomba

    I’ll send him a dime, of Pesos.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Send him pink underwear.

  • neonsequitur

    Sheriff Joe has the same rights as everyone else, under the Miranda v. Arizona decision.

    You have the right to an attorney.

    If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.

    Free legal representation! What could possibly go wrong?

  • abb3w

    @5, John Pieret

    Sure, it will give him an appellate issue … but that’s going to cost him more money and I suspect that, as it goes up the appellate chain, there will be less and less sympathy for an asshole who targeted a Federal judge’s family.

    Plus, I’m wondering if the appelate courts might argue that the case must be accepted on the principle of Necessity — it would seem that otherwise any crook could prevent prosecution by sending a private investigator after the judge.

    Regardless, it seems like he’s reaching the point where the slow-turning wheels of justice finally grind him into an exceedingly fine powder. (Which should be then tested for drugs.)

  • whheydt

    Re: neonsequitur @ #12,,,,

    So far as I can tell, this is a civil suit and the court has no obligation to provide him with representation.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kcobb47 Ken

    I’m currently reading the book ‘Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’ by Johann Hari and this guy figures prominently into one of the chapters I was reading today. That was the first I had heard of him. By all accounts in the book, he’s a truly awful human being who has created a culture where prisoners are shamed, abused and tortured based on absurd beliefs about addiction that have long been discredited. He apparently moved all the prisoners out of the freshly built jail into basically a tent city (in Arizona!!) and then used the new prison as an animal shelter because he felt the animals deserved it more!

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Sastra says: Can you spare a dime to help fascist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio …

    .

    Ok, now you’ve got me all interested in sending him a dime … one dime, tucked alone into an envelope addressed to “Fascist Marcopa county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Karmaisabichisntit, Arizona.”

    .

    Worth a try. A buddy of mine once got a letter addressed to

    Randy [redacted]

    Crazy Farm

    Indian Mills, NJ

    .

    “Crazy Farm” wasn’t actually his street name. But it was intended for him… It would be interesting to see the written addresses that are delivered to this sad hypocrite, bully, fascist, misogynist, racist, and corrupt piece of work. I think I will help – and it will be a real dime, as he asked. By the time it’s processed he won’t come out ahead from it anyway.

  • dingojack

    nah – send him $0.10, in the form of a cheque.

    Dingo

  • chilidog99

    Whheydt@14

    Yes, at the moment it is a civil case. One in which Arpaio has already conceded his guilt in regards to CIVIL contempt of court. He is represented by the county in this case.

    The issue is this: is he also guilty of CRIMINAL contempt of court.

    The county will not defend him on those charges, should they be brought.

  • whheydt

    Re: dingojack @ #17…

    And then your bank will charge you for writing the check…a lot more than a dime.

    There’s a story about two brothers who were mad at each other. One wrote the other a check for “zero dollars and absolutely no sense”. The other brother “cashed” it, which got the first brother a $0.15 check charge (this was quite some years ago).

    And then there was the item that Herb Caen reported…. Some guy paid his gas & electric bill made out to “Pigs, Extortion & Greed”. It came back with a request that it be made out to “Pigs, Greed & Extortion” to get the company initials (Pacific Gas & Electric–PG&E) in the right order.

  • dingojack

    Here, as I understand it, it doesn’t cost you to write a cheque, only to cash it.

    Dingo

  • D. C. Sessions

    Regardless, it seems like he’s reaching the point where the slow-turning wheels of justice finally grind him into an exceedingly fine powder. (Which should be then tested for drugs.)

    Not powder, bologna.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Why the hell do the officers of the Maricopa Count Sheriff’s Department still work for Arpaio? You’d think there would be enough who see what a problem he is and quit, making the department unable to operate.

  • StevoR

    Off topic sorry but I think this is something folks should see and think about and I ask thatEd Braytonplease consider blogging about and sharing it here :

    https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/564695847005260/?pnref=story

    TRIGGER WARNING : Horrific video.

    A man has a stroke whilst driving; crashes the car as a result, the cops show up, he literally physically cannot respond and obey their commands – so instead of checking to see if he’s okay – they tase him, empty a can of pepper spray into his face then drag him out of his car, allowing it to run over his foot in the process. I don’t need to say what his skin colour is do I?

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    You mean he has to pay for representation, just like everybody else?

    OH, THE HORROR!

    /s

  • Kermit Sansoo

    timgueguen says: Why the hell do the officers of the Maricopa Count Sheriff’s Department still work for Arpaio? You’d think there would be enough who see what a problem he is and quit, making the department unable to operate.</I.

    .

    I would guess that the reasonable, honorable, or compassionate ones left quite some time ago.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    If he’s truly serving the public good, then he can fall on his sword and plead guilty.

    Fighting the charge proves that he’s corrupt and needs to be removed immediately.

    So now he initiates an investigation into the judge’s wife, then says that that investigation forces the judge to recuse himself because he’s now personally involved. Talk about chutzpah!

    Easy solution: have a new judge working from behind the anonymity of a screen, the same way witnesses sometimes testify. Arpaio can’t harass someone he can’t identify, so there can’t possibly be a conflict of interest. Problem solved.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I predict that if Shurf Joey Piehole gets hisself a prison term, his tidy whities or purty pinkies will be brown within minutes of his donning them.