Saturday, July 10, 2010

"America's Toughest Sheriff" under investigation for Abuse of Power

It seems that political rivals and opponents of the famous/infamous Arizona Sheriff from Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, get the same type of attention as his prisoners.  Sheriff Arpaio is under investigation for Abuse of Power.

Arpaio is known for his boasts about how tough he is on prisoners under his watch, like housing prisoners in Army Tents, dressing them in pink underwear and pink/black stripped prison garb, and claiming he spends more money to feed his dog than he does on the prison food.

The Federal investigation comes at a time when Arizona's new Illegal Immigration law is also being challenged by Federal Government.  According to the CNN article (link posted above), Sheriff Arpaio has launched one investigation after another into the activities of his political rivals and his most ardent opponents for such things as pedophilia and embezzlement.   Sheriff Arpaio has also come out in strong support of Arizona's new Immigration Law. 

To put a more local spin on this, just imagine the outcry if the City of Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney, Lynchburg City Police Department or Sheriff's Office launched an investigation into the alleged illegal activities of the Liberty University leadership to influence an election or settle a political score?  Oh, wait... Liberty did something like that except they didn't take over the Lynchburg City Council. 

But, Liberty University does have a major political ally in Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who launches investigations into Climate Scientists, challenges the Federal Government's ability to enforce Health Care Reform and issues opinions to state supported colleges and universities that it's OK to discriminate.  I guess its all a matter of who's in charge and where. 

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