Thursday, December 16, 2010


During most of the year, Arpaio was raiding small local businesses ridding them of their cheap labor — thus opening up low-paying jobs for the rest of us. Ha! You should see the lines forming at the local landscape company. If it wasn’t his covert operations complete with news helicopters, reporters, supporters and demonstrators, Arpaio was busy telling the world how innocent he was and how he was the victim in the ongoing grand jury and FBI investigations into alleged racial profiling, abuse of power and misuse of public funds.

Something has happened over the past two or three months that has had a marked impact on the “Toughest Sheriff in America.” He was a no-show on election night. He has been thanked but no thanked for some of his normal holiday show of force. He recently began piping Christmas music into his jails not only in English but in Spanish too! He even is playing music for Ramadan!

So what’s going on with Arpaio anyway? He’s hunkering down and lying low.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors took away his high-priced attorneys several weeks ago. Some of his most trusted and highest-ranking assistants have been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into their own alledged wrongdoing. The feds have been incrementally winning court approval of their requests for financial records and e-mails.

The door is closing. Justice may be lurking around the corner.

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