WASHINGTON – A federal court has reinstated a lawsuit against Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio by a woman who said her brother’s death stemmed from a traumatic jail “dress out” – when he was held down, stripped and forced into the pink underwear of county inmates. A divided panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said a lower court could consider whether Arpaio’s pink-underwear policy for inmates amounts to “punishment without legal justification.”Read More »
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The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America took to the witness stand Tuesday and continued his denials that he knew about corruption and mismanagement within his office, saying that he delegated many responsibilities to his former chief deputy.Read More »
Lawyers for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office say they'll meet Monday with U.S. Department of Justice attorneys over federal accusations of civil rights violations.Read More »
A Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill that would restrict the use of restraints on pregnant inmates in Arizona.Read More »
An employee appeals hearing is scheduled to continue Monday for a top aide to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was fired for allegedly lying about his involvement in a group that gave money for an advertisement attacking the sheriff's 2008 opponent.Read More »
Federal officials say they're willing to negotiate and discuss ways to reform the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, which has been accused of a wide range of civil rights violations.Read More »
After initially resisting a federal civil-rights investigation, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now asking the feds for a little cooperation or he’s ready to go to court.Read More »
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has been ordered to pay The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV Channel 12 nearly $51,000 in legal fees they spent in a fight to access public records.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer maintained a diplomatic tone regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s allegations of widespread racial profiling and civil rights violations by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, saying she was keeping an eye on the situation but declining to comment on the validity of the claims.Read More »
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery today joined the chorus of Republicans questioning the political motives of the U.S. Department of Justice and its release of findings that the Sheriff’s Office has followed a practice of racial profiling.
Montgomery also said he’s also going to ask the federal government to reinstate a program it stripped from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Thursday that allows detention officers to check the immigration status of people who are getting processed into jail.