Sheriff Joe’s world crumbles

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The controversial Arizona cop is prepping for a possible trial. But already, his closest allies have fallen.

By John Dougherty

PHOENIX–With fresh calls for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face a federal criminal trial, many are predicting the end of his controversial career. What few people realize outside metropolitan Phoenix is how much Arpaio’s world has already fallen apart around him.

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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.

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.