Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Arpaio & Thomas: Menaces To Society

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 3:56 PM

AZ Blue Meanie over at Blog For Arizona complained a while back that TW wasn't paying enough attention to the civil war underway between Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas on one side and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the judiciary on the other.

It's a bit out of our backyard, but it is relevant to all Arizonans in that Thomas has his eye on the position of attorney general once Democrat Terry Goddard runs for governor next year and Sheriff Joe is making noises about running for governor, although I'm of the opinion that he'd rather have us talking about him running for governor than actually run.

If you ask me, Thomas and Arpaio are using their law-enforcement powers to target their political enemies on flimsy grounds. That's the sort of thing that should concern everyone, on both the left and the right.

The Arizona Republic's Rob Robb weighed in today with a column. Key takeaway:

But for the residents of Maricopa County, here's what it comes down to: either we have a massively corrupt judiciary and county government, or we have a prosecutor and sheriff assaulting the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law.

There is no third possibility.

Meanwhile, Mike Lacey of the Phoenix New Times recaps some of Thomas and Sheriff Joe's greatest hits.

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