Feds End Probe of ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ Joe Arpaio; No Charges

MSNBC, August 31, 2012

The federal government has closed a criminal probe of alleged financial misconduct by Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” and no charges will be filed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Friday.

A separate federal investigation relating to allegations of civil rights abuses by Arpaio’s office is continuing.

The announcement on Friday marked the end of an investigation that began in November 2010 at the behest of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to examine alleged financial improprieties by the county sheriff and his deputies.

A federal criminal inquiry into several of those matters was concluded last summer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona declining to initiate criminal charges.

Maricopa County authorities were informed on Friday that federal prosecutors had likewise declined to bring charges in connection with allegations that the sheriff’s office had misused county credit cards or misspent money from jail facilities excise taxes.

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Arpaio, 80, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term as sheriff in November, has been under a separate federal inquiry since 2008 over allegations that he and his deputies engaged in an extensive pattern of civil rights abuses.

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Also in July, Arpaio denied in testimony in a class-action lawsuit that his deputies targeted people because of the color of their skin.

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Arpaio is also known for outfitting county jail inmates in pink underwear, claiming the pink shorts are less likely to be smuggled out of jail and sold on the black market, and for housing inmates in a Tent City jail in Phoenix, even when Sonoran Desert summer temperatures soar to 115 degrees.

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  • Make no mistake about it.  I feel that Sheriff Arpaio is a self promoter who’s policies are  motivated to some degree by the desire to get his name in the press and get  reelected. 

      That being said, I agree with his “tough on crime” stance and most of what he does.  In particular as a 22 year veteran of the criminal justice proffession it’s nice to see someone who will not cater to the whims of criminals.   To what degree he’s actually on our side is debatable, but its’ nice to see someone who stood his ground under preasure from the government and the diversity thugs and called their bluff.   Hopefully he will be an example to others that if you stand up to the bullies in many cases they will eventually back down.

    • Puggg

       A politician uses self-promotion to get re-elected.  I’m surprised, shocked, to no end.  That only describes a 99.99999% minority of all politicians.

  • Defiant White

    Arpaio for President!

  • IKantunderstand

    I think the feds will soon move to the “Stalinist form of investigations”: We have already decided you’re guilty due to mental incompetence, and/or just plain crazy. No appeals. Either change your thinking, or off to the gulag, (or,  if you’re ” lucky”… the institute for thinking readjustment due to malformed concepts of what we  told you to think a long time ago and you preferred to ignore due to independent thinking(a state crime).) So, your choice: 1). You agree with us; or 2).YOU AGREE WITH US.

  • The__Bobster

    It’s time to start the impeachment process. Screw the election. I want every action of this pretender to be overturned.

  • CoweringCoward

    Can anyone name a single “black leader” that could survive the level of scrutiny Sheriff Joe has?

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    Hmm, maybe the Feds are getting better at this. At least they managed to close this pointless investigation which resulted in no serious charges without murdering any of Arpaio’s family members. As I recall we just passed the anniversary of a Federal investigation that didn’t quite turn out that way.