Sheriff Arpaio to Stand Trial

Looks like our favorite thuggish sheriff finally crossed the line one too many times. His brand of oppression appears to be out of style with the ruling class these days. Even organized crime has it’s rules, and refraining from harassing the media is one of them!

From Indian Country Today

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on August 29, delivered a 72-page decision stating that Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and attorney Dennis Wilenchik must stand trial following the unlawful arrests of two Phoenix newspaper executives.

The ruling came on an appeal filed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, owners of the Phoenix New Times, who had filed a lawsuit claiming Arpaio had them unlawfully arrested in retaliation for articles criticizing the sheriff according to The National Law Journal.

According to The Republic via, Lacey and Larkin in the lawsuit claimed they were arrested in the middle of the night in October 2007 after publishing information about extensive subpoenas issued by Wilenchik, who is the special prosecutor. The National Law Journal states the subpoenas were for the paper to identify sources of articles about Arpaio – some of which were questioning the sheriff’s real estate transactions.

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