The Theft of Voting Rights in Arizona

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 12:20 pm

What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure [...]

DoJ Continues Closing Cases, Ends One Investigation Into Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 9:26 am

They must be clearing out filing cabinets at the Department of Justice. After ending their investigation into the deaths of detainees in CIA custody, they then wrapped up a separate investigation into Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff suspected of various criminal acts. This particular closed investigation looked at retaliation against political foes: “After [...]

Expect Civil Rights Challenges to Arizona “Papers Please” Provision

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:26 am

Just because the Supreme Court didn’t strike down the “papers please” provision in Arizona’s SB1070 before implementation doesn’t mean that the provision is in the clear. The Supreme Court gave stringent guidelines for how to proceed in seeking proof of citizenship from arrested suspects, and said they would hold open future challenges to the law. [...]

DoJ Sues Joe Arpaio for Civil Rights Violations

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 10:23 am

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has filed suit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, alleging discriminatory police conduct against Latino citizens. Federal authorities allege that Arpaio and his office have unconstitutionally and unlawfully targeted Latinos during traffic stops and during crime suppression operations. DOJ alleges that MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) unlawfully detained Latino [...]

Arpaio Cited By DoJ for Unconstitutional Policing

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 10:15 am

In a stinging report, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division released their findings of a two-year investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, showing that he unfairly targeted Latinos and discriminated against them at the expense of other crimes in his jurisdiction, including sexual assault crimes. After an investigation that lasted more than two years, [...]

Grijalva’s Yuma Office Closes Due to Gunshot on Chaotic First Day of Immigration Law in Arizona

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 12:30 pm

The partial implementation of the Arizona immigration law, SB1070, began today in earnest, and already we’re seeing the friction between supporters and immigration rights advocates play out. Adam Sarvana, a spokesman for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), an outspoken critic of the law, just sent out this release: The Yuma district office of Rep. Raúl M. [...]

Arizona Doubles Down With More Race-Based Policies

By: Saturday May 1, 2010 9:25 am

The conservative line for those who bother to defend Arizona for their harsh immigration law is that the state merely wants to deal with a metastasizing problem in their backyard, and that the idea this is racially motivated is absurd. One marvels at how they’ll incorporate this new information into that analysis. Today, the Wall [...]

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