Sheriff Joe’s anti-fed crusade

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His rebuff of the Justice Department proves his longtime strategy: Defend himself by attacking his critics

By John Dougherty

The only thing surprising about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pistol-whipping of the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday is that anyone is shocked to see him thumbing his nose at the feds.

“This doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state legislator and longtime Latino civil rights leader in Phoenix. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been following Arpaio over the last 20 years.”

Read the rest of the story first published in Salon.com here.

© Copyright 2012 John Dougherty, All rights Reserved. Written For: Investigative MEDIA

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