Monday, April 20, 2015
"Arpaio fell back on his old-school, attention-diverting tricks last week. He brought in an aging Playboy playmate to tour the jail and talk about how cheaply he feeds his inmates. It was the same baloney. Arpaio cut short a press conference on vegetarian meals for prisoners when reporters asked about the real issue: racial profiling and the cost of implementing a court order that Arpaio admits defying. Sorry, Pamela Anderson. That's the real bombshell."
On Tuesday, a federal court judge will consider whether Sheriff Arpaio and others should be held in contempt for failing to abide by an injunction entered by the district court (and affirmed in large part by the Ninth Circuit last week) in a case in which the defendants in its law enforcement activities violated the constitutional rights of Latinos.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Arpaio's leadership has come under considerable scrutiny and criticism.