Judge Orders Documents Seized From Arpaio

Uh oh. It looks like fascist Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio has pissed that judge in his contempt case off once again. After failing to turn over documents he was ordered to produce, the judge ordered federal marshals to seize the information from his office.

A federal judge on Friday ordered U.S. marshals to seize documents from the office of controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio as part of an ongoing racial profiling case.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow issued the order at an emergency hearing he convened after a court-appointed monitor reported that the sheriff’s office had failed to turn over information being sought in connection with the case.

In a brief order, Snow required that 1,459 identifications apparently taken from people by sheriff’s deputies during law enforcement actions and which were about to be destroyed be produced for federal marshals.

The judge also ordered that computer hard drives, documents and other materials related to an investigation involving the judge by a confidential informant be given to marshals by the end of the day on Friday.

Arpaio, the longtime Maricopa County sheriff, did not attend the last-minute afternoon hearing held in U.S. District Court in Phoenix…

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales told Reuters that the information ordered by the court had been seized by early on Friday night.

I’m sure Larry Klayman and the Worldnetdaily will be along quickly to explain how this is a terrible injustice that proves that he’s biased against Arpaio and that Obama really is the reincarnation of Muhammad and Karl Marx and was born in Kenya.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    In a brief order, Snow required that 1,459 identifications apparently taken from people by sheriff’s deputies during law enforcement actions and which were about to be destroyed be produced for federal marshals.

    Is that “idenfications” as in a deputy’s notes that so-and-so had license number 123456789 or passport number __________,

    or is it the actual driver’s license and passport?

    Because the latter would be illegal in and by itself, and the destruction would be another illegal act. Either, of course, would be contempt of court and destruction of evidence (yet another count against Joe.)

  • colnago80

    Well, either Klayman or Michael Weiner.

  • raven

    or is it the actual driver’s license and passport?

    1. The wording indicates that it is ID. Drivers licenses, passports, library cards, green cards, and so on. The stuff we all carry every day.

    2. So why do they have them? Why are they going to be destroyed?

    Are they fake? Or is this just another way to make people miserable. Extrajudicial punishment.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’ve been wondering. As in, “Oh, this wetback has something that looks like a green card. I’ll have to take it back to the office and check it out.” A little while later, the same person gets busted by another deputy for lacking papers under Arizona’s SB1070.

  • chilidog99

    The hard drives are the Montgomery recordings of Al Jazeera broadcasts that he sold to Joe telling him that they were data dumps proving that Obama was conspiring with Judge Snow to “get” joe. Supposedly, Joe paid $150,000 for them.

  • chilidog99

    And yes, Grossly Inappropriate Larry (GIL) is up to his eyebrows in this one.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Do any of those “identifications” in Arpaio’s files include that long-promised info on Obama’s birth certificate?

  • grumpyoldfart

    I won’t be surprised to hear that the federal marshalls managed to lose some of the documents during trasportation.

  • chilidog99

    Pierce @ 7, That was how the con man, Dennis Montgomery hooked up with Arpaio in the first place. Mike Zullo of the Cold Cut Posse hired him using CCP funds to prove that the PDF scan of the birth certificate was fake. Montgomery used this as a springboard to bilk the MCSO by telling them that he could prove that the DOJ was ordering Judge Snow to rule against Arpaio. Arpaio really is, apparently, paranoid enough to have fallen for the con completely.

  • chilidog99

    Raven @ 3, consider this a list of possible members of the plaintiff class deserving a portion of the settlement.

  • chilidog99

    Grumpy @ 8, Why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    Hey! Where’s Cliven? Isn’t this right up his alley?

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    chilidog99 @11

    Because they play the same games. depend on whether it is convenient to be allies to Joe or not at the moment.

    In the larger scheme of things, no part of the governments want to turn over documents as ordered by the courts, or as part of procedure, or to various oversight organs, or FOIA requesters. Even when there is no reason not to do so, or the documents (or information the documents also contain) are already publicly available. Corporations like to do this too.

    The problem is that there are not enough significant punishments for this, and they are given too long to comply, and too many chances to argue, stay, or appeal this. Or just excuse their way out, or simply not comply and let it be buried by time.

    Not that all of the court system is filled with gems, but they seem to be the last hope for a lot of stuff, including this procedural document/evidence production, and reigning in abuses of power in general.

  • StevoR

    @1.D. C. Sessions & 3. raven :

    “In a brief order, Snow required that 1,459 identifications apparently taken from people by sheriff’s deputies during law enforcement actions and which were about to be destroyed be produced for federal marshals.”

    Yes that puzzles me too – surely they can’t just do that & surely they must know that and so why would they even ..?

  • eric

    surely they can’t just do that & surely they must know that and so why would they even ..?

    Just a guess, but…if the evidence’s demonstration of someone’s guilt is stronger than the implication of guilt they might have to address from destroying it, they’re going to destroy it.

  • abb3w

    @1, D. C. Sessions

    Is that “idenfications” as in a deputy’s notes that so-and-so had license number 123456789 or passport number __________, or is it the actual driver’s license and passport?

    Report with more details from an Arizona news orifice outlet here indicates the latter.

  • chilidog99

    The, now disbanded, Human Smuggling Unit used to take the IDs as souvenirs

    They also collected the license plates of the cars that they seized.

  • jnorris

    IIRC, There are county sheriffs in a the USA that believe they are the supreme law enforcement agents in their counties because of something in the Constitution. IF so, why didn’t Sheriff Joe arrest the federal marshals for stealing his files and computers.

    I would check this out for myself, but I have to put on my crocs and guard a Marine recruitment office in a strip mall against a Girl Scout troop selling cookies.