I can be a zealot sometimes trying to keep this web site on topic, that topic being “conspiracy theories and fringe views about Barack Obama.” Recently there have been a couple of articles that push the boundaries of the topic. One was a campaign video promoting Orly Taitz’s candidacy for the US Senate, and the second was a couple of articles about the legal troubles of Joe Arpaio.
I’m covering Orly Taitz’s Senate campaign for a couple of reasons. First, Orly is largely known for her birther activities and it’s hard to make anything about her off topic for an Obama conspiracy blog. The second reason is that should she be elected, it’s certain that she would raise an objection to the Congressional certification of the results of the Electoral College vote. The likelihood of her election bears directly on the birther topic.
While Sheriff Joe Arpaio has vaulted into the forefront of the birther story, birtherism doesn’t define him (as it does Orly Taitz). The justification for talking about lawsuits against him is the allegations contained in those suits as they pertain to an alleged relevant pattern of behavior. This is from the Department of Justice Complaint filed today (internal numbering removed):
Since at least 2006 and continuing to the present, in violation of the First Amendment, MCSO and Arpaio have retaliated against critics of MCSO practices,and particularly MCSO’s immigration practices, in an effort to punish these persons for their criticism and to prevent future criticism.
As recounted below, the filing of unsubstantiated complaints and lawsuits demonstrates the pattern or practice of retaliation for protected speech activity.
The former Chief Deputy, acting on behalf of MCSO and Arpaio, filed five separate complaints with the Arizona State Bar targeting attorneys who spoke out publicly against MCSO and Arpaio. Each of these complaints was dismissed for lack of facts or evidence sufficient to support even the initiation of an investigation.
The former Chief Deputy, acting on behalf of MCSO and Arpaio, filed four complaints with the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct targeting judges who had either made public statements critical of MCSO or had issued decisions that Arpaio or MCSO command staff disliked. Each of these complaints was dismissed for lack of facts or evidence to support opening an investigation.
Acting in concert with the former Chief Deputy, Arpaio, and MCSO, a former Maricopa County Attorney filed a lawsuit accusing people who had publicly criticized MCSO of conspiracy in a criminal enterprise. Arpaio participated as a named plaintiff in the lawsuit and substantially contributed to its filing. This case was soon abandoned as unjustified and the responsible attorneys, including former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his assistant attorneys, were subsequently charged by the Arizona State Bar for having violated the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct by bringing the lawsuit.
If Joe Arpaio uses his office to falsely implicate people in crimes for the purpose of retaliation, then one must wonder if the CCP press releases about President Obama isn’t retaliation for the Department of Justice investigation that led to this lawsuit.
These stories are tangential to the main direction of this site and they will get limited coverage.