Thanks to the Sonoran Progressives for making me aware of this gross abuse of power by out of control Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpio. Seems the owners of the Phoenix New Times, a weekly newspaper, were arrested yesterday on charges of revealing Grand Jury information. The New Times, a Village Voice company, has had its executives, reporters and names of readers subpoened by a special prosecutor. The special prosecutor was appointed to see if the newspaper violated the law when they published the home address of Sheriff Joe Arpaio three yeares ago. A sheriff’s department spokesperson refused comment on the subpoena, saying that Arpaio is a “crime victim.”
Hmmmm…. Woman dies in Phoenix airport within minutes of being “taken down” by airport security staff. Sheriff arrests persons named in grand jury probe centered on info about the sheriff. None of that would make me want to travel to Phoenix or spend one second there that I didn’t have to. Do I need to say that this city is also the home of Hell-bent Hawk John McCain and Bush administration apologist and right hand boy Jon Kyl.
If anyone doubted that Phoenix was a hell-hole, this should get them on the path to changing their minds.
And if anyone doubts that police are way out of control in this country, along with our purported “leaders,” these stories of high level abuse of power parallel and encourage the street level abuse of the citizens of this country.
Read more here about the Phoenix abuse of the legal system in the New Times case:
Warning: You’ll be part of the subpoena if you read the New Times online.