Sheriff Joe Arpaio had little reason to enjoy the holiday weekend thanks to a well-deserved judicial slap-down.
U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow issued his ruling in the Arpaio racial profiling case, Melendres v. Arpaio, on Friday - a ruling in which he officially recognized an outrage that been passing for standard police work in Maricopa County for the past six years. The judge ruled that Arpaio and his department do participate in racial profiling and discrimination - a practice that the judge has ruled must stop.
Arpaio has already said that he will appeal the 142-page ruling. Meanwhile, America's most sued sheriff will undoubtedly face new lawsuits based on the Judge Snow's ruling. Arpaio's legendary misdeeds have already cost Maricopa County and its insurers tens of millions of dollars, and many more lawsuits focused on the actions of the Maricopa County Sheriff and his department are still working their way through the courts.
Sheriff Joe is also the subject of a recall effort. The activist group, Respect Arizona, has until this Thursday to come up the necessary signatures to bring about the recall election. They are currently short on signatures, but many are hopeful that this latest rebuke of the sheriff will stir enough last-minute support to make the effort successful.
Sadly, the citizens of Maricopa County have ownership of Joe Arpaio because we keep electing him, and by owning the geriatric sheriff, we also own his misdeeds and discriminatory practices. His bluster, buffoonery, and blatant illegal practices should shame us all.