The Arizona Republic has just this morning editorialized about the Justice Department’s hunt for Arpaio’s hide. Although they obviously don’t think that the popular sheriff is pure as the driven snow, they also want Thomas Perez to show what facts he has to prove his racial discrimination charges against Arpaio.
The Arizona Republic (where are the facts?):
….neither the Justice Department nor Napolitano addressed any issues directly related to Arpaio’s administration of the 287(g) agreement in the jails. If there is a problem with that program, what is it?
Napolitano’s decision, coupled with the Justice Department’s behavior since Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez released his 22-page complaint, is beginning to raise some concerns about just how strong the federal case against Arpaio really is.
On Wednesday, Arpaio’s lawyers responded to the Justice letter with a 37-page demand for details about the allegations cited by Perez.
The feds need to show what they have!
Obviously, Arpaio has no plans to quietly resign or to sign an oversight agreement that effectively would cede management of his office over to the feds.
A clearer understanding of the case against him might convince the sheriff otherwise. We all want to see it.
By the way, only one county in Maryland participates in the 287g program (Frederick County), a program which the Obama Administration has been trying to dismantle for the last three years.