Over the years the Phoenix New Times have published story after story articling the corruption and underground dealings of “America’s Toughest Sherrif”: Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In a retaliation for this constant uncovering of his illegal dealings (illegal immigration disputes, Mexican drug cartels, the Minutemen, political ambition, and turf disputes between prosecutors and the judiciary) Joe Arpaio and special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik have gone after the Phoenix New Times subpoenaing them for all the records of every person that has ever visited the website for the last almost 4 years. That includes the IP addresses, which site they were coming from, the browser they were using, the pages they read, domain names, etc.
It looks like Wilenchik also tried to rig the Grandy Jury behind closed doors by getting a private audience with the judge involved, luckily the judge had enough sense to tell Wilenchik to fuck off:
Special prosecutor Wilenchik used a politically potent emissary in a behind-the-curtain attempt to set up a meeting between the judge overseeing the grand jury and Wilenchik.
In a hastily called hearing October 11, the judge labeled Wilenchik’s attempt to set up an ex parte discussion “absolutely inappropriate.”
Francine Hardaway wrote another article on Arpaio as well titled “Can a Red-Neck Sheriff Peruse your Online Reading Habits?” and she pretty much sums up what happened to the New Times in one sentence:
So of course Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the guy with the tent city jail and the inmates in pink underwear (we don’t believe in rehabilitation of our prisoners, just in their degradation and humiliation) has now subpoenaed the notes and records of not only New Times reporters who have written stories about him that he doesn’t like, but also those of the New Times readers who have read those stories.
Can someone fill me in when law enforcement went from serving the people to ruling over the people? Do these guys think they are serfs and lords? We are their citizens? Good god.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s corruption is hardly a private matter, this guy has his hands in everything and from what I’ve read, falls into the category of douche-bag.