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.”
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!