Dever: I have a right to defend myself in court
Published: November 1, 2010 at 6:24 am
When a person is sued, it’s a given that they should be able to hire legal representation. When you’re an elected sheriff and the ACLU sues you, that need is even more imperative. However, an Oct. 15 article by Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jeremy Duda might give readers the impression that I don’t have that right.
I am working with BorderSheriffs.com to make certain my office and the interests of law enforcement are represented in the legal battle over SB1070. As part of that legal battle, the ACLU decided to file lawsuits against every sheriff in Arizona.
Duda’s article quotes sources as saying that additional voices in favor of SB1070 aren’t needed. That’s odd considering that the ACLU, 11 Latin American nations, the federal government and countless pro-illegal immigration groups have filed litigation against SB1070. How come the open borders crowd is entitled to so many voices in court opposing SB1070, while those of us who feel otherwise should just sit on the sidelines?
Leaving aside the fact that the ACLU is suing me, don’t I have the right to weigh in on the SB1070 legal debate from a law enforcement perspective, especially since I am doing it without taxpayer dollars?
One final point; there are dozens of groups that filed lawsuits against SB1070. To my knowledge none of them have been the focus of a report by the Arizona Capitol Times or any other media because of their anti-1070 efforts.
Those of us who stand for a secure border have come to expect intense media scrutiny. Those who support illegal immigrants seem to get a pass. Has anyone questioned their motives or fundraising efforts? Has anyone asked why they are suing Arizona even though the federal government has taken up the issue? I’m waiting for the media to asks these “professional protestors” the same tough questions they ask us at BorderSheriffs.com.
— Larry Dever is sheriff of Cochise County and an honorary co-chairman of BorderSheriffs.com