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News executives can sue Arpaio for arrest

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Two newspaper executives who were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office after a series of critical articles can sue the man who calls himself America’s toughest sheriff.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that Phoenix New Times co-owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin could not sue authorities for the 2007 arrest. The men were arrested after revealing that Arpaio’s allies in the Maricopa County attorney’s office obtained a grand jury subpoena to identify sources for articles about the sheriff. Arpaio and the prosecutors eventually backed off.

The court ruled the executives could sue Arpaio for false arrest and violations of their First and 14th Amendment rights, among other claims.

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3 comments

  1. there must be some way arpaio can be arrested, convicted and jailed for this. justice in some many ways is long overdue on that account.

  2. Concerned Citizen

    2007 was a terrible year in Maricopa County with the out-of-control Sheriff and Maricopa County Attorney. Their media and internet witch-hunts, the witch-hunts on the ground, SWAT teams, lack of due process, lack of investigation, lack of following established protocol was nothing but a reign of terror. Those who silenced or could no longer afford legal fees to defend themselves thank Phoenix New Times owners for seeing the case through to the end. You have done a great public service. That was 2007 and now it’s almost 2013. A long and costly journey through the justice system. If Arpaio and Thomas had to pay their own legal fees these abuse of power actions would cease, along with all the money.

    Godspeed Phoenix New Times owners!

  3. Concerned Citizen

    Where are the long overdue indictments?

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