Were Charges Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio Politically Motivated?

Charges of abuse of power against Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio were dropped on Friday. He still faces charges of racial profiling.

According to The Huffington Post, federal charges of abuse of power against Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpiao were quietly dropped on Friday. He and his department were being investigated for alleged misuse of county credit cards as well as other misuse of jail funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel reportedly released a statement saying her office "is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct" by current and former members of the sheriff's and county attorney's offices. The Arizona based Assistant U.S. Attorney reportedly claimed to be acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. In her statement she wrote, “After careful review, we do not believe the allegations presented to us are prosecutable as crimes."

Arpiao has claimed all along that these charges were all politically motivated. He has earned admiration from some and disapproval from others for his tough stance on law enforcement. He has also been outspoken in his opposition of the current administration. Arpiao was reportedly told the charges had been dropped while he was still in Tampa after attending the Republican National Convention.

The Huffington Post reports that some people question the timing of the announcement, which was late afternoon on a Friday before a holiday weekend. Traditionally, that is a time when people pay the least attention to the news.

The 80-year old sheriff, who is running for a sixth term, is still facing civil charges that his office racially profiles Latinos, retaliates against critics of its policies and bases it actions on citizen complaints that are not allegations of crimes. However, a find against Arpaio in those cases would not result in jail time.

What do you think? Were the charges against Arpaio politically motivated and does the dropping of the charges indicate this?

Tim September 04, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Is the minority status in Maricopa County applied because of political labeling or are they in fact the minority in that county? Meaning, are there more people of one ethnicity in Maricopa than another, making the prison population mostly "minorities"? I'm really curious as I do not know the ethnic diversity of Maricopa County, AZ. So many people put the label "minority" on any group other than white people, when in fact that majority of that population may be of a ethnic group other than white.
Chris September 04, 2012 at 02:49 AM
It isn't Tim. It's what most of us wish we had more of. It's George's buddy Abelardo Casillas that thinks it's racist.
Tim September 04, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Why is it so wrong to want to have people show ID to vote in an election? Especially when those being elected are being hired to do the job of the citizenship? We ask people for ID for everything, to write a check, to buy cigarettes and alcohol, to open a bank account, to use a credit card at Walmart, to apply for food stamps and welfare. You have to prove who you are to get a drivers license (well, for now anyway). So why is this considered a scam? There have truthfully been cases of voter fraud proven in court. And this is important to get it right as the folks elected are there to do the busines of the people, and we need to get that right.
George Wilson September 04, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Sheriff Joe Arpalo is not out of the legal woods yet.He has a civil case pending and and the U.S. Department of Justice has also sued the sheriff for alleged constitutional violations including racial profiling,retaliating against Arpaio critics,punishing Latino jail inmates and failing to adequately investigate a large number of sex crime cases .Like I said earlier,a crypto fascists.
Chris September 04, 2012 at 04:01 PM
@ All Without doubt much is revealed through the aforementioned comments.


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