Skip to comments.Sheriff Joe Strikes Back: Asks Court to Dismiss Eric Holder DOJís Lawsuit
Posted on 06/12/2012 2:28:02 PM PDT by montag813
by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attorneys have filed a "Motion to Dismiss" in response to Eric Holder's ridiculous lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Sheriff and his deputies against "Latinos" through their enforcement of existing Federal immigration laws.
Arpaio's lawyers have called on a Federal court in Phoenix to dismiss the DOJ's lawsuit, in a 23-page response, asserting that Holder failed to back his claims with "sufficient statistical evidence." Such evidence is required in Federal discrimination lawsuits, and the DOJ has provided none.
The filing also asserts that the DOJ has no ability to even sue the sheriff's office "because it is a nonjural entity incapable of suing or being sued," and asked for the sheriff's office to be dismissed as a defendant. This claim seems well-grounded in case law, and would provide a major hurdle for Holder & Co. if the judge agrees with Arpaio's claim.
In addition, the DOJ had accused the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office - the nation's 4th largest - with "racially profiling Latinos" and "punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish" - essentially not providing "adequate Spanish-language assistance" to such prisoners.
Arpaio's response specifically takes on the latter charge, asserting that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires proof of "discrimination" on the basis of "race, color, or national origin". However, the DOJ asserts a non-existent criteria of "limited English proficiency" in their lawsuit, and Arpaio uses case law to assert that such claims under the Civil Rights Act have been rejected in prior circuit court cases (see details in the full text of the Motion below).
Arpaio also asserts that additional DOJ's claims must be dismissed because they are made on behalf of unnamed individuals with no proof of harm whatsoever; and that the DOJ cannot obtain "oversight" or "supervision" as injunctive relief over MCSO, if it "interferes with jail operations", or "overrides the setting of law enforcement priorities" - citing a Supreme Court ruling to back it up.
It is an exceptional, muscular response to an arrogant DOJ used to pushing its weight around, particularly Holder and his La Raza-veteran Civil Rights Division head Thomas Perez, who have tried to bully 5 states over commonsense Voter ID provisions, playing disgraceful racial politics at the expense of the rule of law.
Sometimes all it it takes is one person to stand up and say "NO," for others to see that the system can be fought, that tyranny can be opposed. As Thomas Jefferson said: "One man with courage is a majority."
We salute Sheriff Joe for refusing to back down in the face of the tyranny of Eric Holder - the man who Mark Levin has called "the most corrupt Attorney General in history" - who himself should be standing trial for the deaths of slain Border Agent Brian Terry, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata, and hundreds of Mexican civilians who died as a result of the guns he handed over to murderous cartel gunmen.
Justice is on the side of Sheriff Joe. He will prevail, and will stand with him.
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Full Arpaio "Motion to Dismiss" text below...
A true American Hero.
Sounds like Arpaio has better lawyers than the DOJ.
Should filed a motion to dismiss based on a lack of standing in Arizona. /sarc
If Romney had any sense, he would announce that if elected, he would appoint Sheriff Joe Arpaio as the new Attorney General with one and only one basic instruction:
Investigate all allegations of federal corruption, past or present, indict those believed to be guilty, and pursue vigorous prosecutions, and seek maximum sentences for all convicted, no exceptions.
Sheriff Joe IS a true American hero. He is incorruptible.
I’m no fan of Arpaio, having lived in Phoenix for 9 years and meeting him on several occasions. However, I hope he wins this one.
I read the brief. Motions to Dismiss pursuant to (b)(6) are rarely granted, but it looks like Arpaio has solid grounds for the motion and it may be granted in this case. I can’t wait to read the DOJ’s response.
Im no fan of Arpaio, having lived in Phoenix for 9 years and meeting him on several occasions.Yea, so?
You have only been here a week. By a majority of the members here Arpaio is likely the most respected person in government around here...I suggest you keep your underlying negative comments about him to yourself if you want to stay.
USD79 Since Jun 7, 2012.
We all kinda like Joe around here, so you may be sure that we'll be keepng an eye on you.
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Although the wording was not that specific(ie.. vs. arizona), they did state the claim that the DOJ has no standing at all. This was mentioned several times. Sweet Justice. i hope sheriff joe has his press conference on the Obama Fraud on the same day that holder resigns.
Gov. Walker of FL--take notes.
Good for Sheriff Joe. Anyone know when the press conference on Obama's documents is scheduled?
This is an open discussion forum. Who gave you the right to demand someone else conform to your opinion?
Hi, Mr. Holder!
If this doesn't sum up Sheriff Joe I don't know what would. (BTW, June 14 is his 80th birthday.)
“Im no fan of Arpaio...”
I’m a fan of many of the tactics he uses. On occasion, I have seen him act like...well...a jerk. But he seems to get results. Would you care to tell us what your issues are?
And welcome to FR. If you aren’t a troll, or Eric Holder, you should enjoy it here. ;-)
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