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Inmates Sue Over Holiday Tunes - Lawsuits Claim Tradition Is Cruel, Unusual Punishment
Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc./WBAL ^ | December 16, 2009

Posted on 12/17/2009 11:09:10 AM PST by kingattax

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County jails will play Christmas music and holiday hymns throughout the season, continuing an annual tradition despite multiple lawsuits filed to prevent it, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has announced in a news release.

The music is played all day in all jails and includes songs and melodies from all countries and faiths in many languages, KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported.

In years past, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has personally chosen some of the songs and performers featured, including tunes from Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Bing Crosby and Doctor Demento.

"People everywhere deserve a little Christmas cheer," Arpaio explained in 2008. "Especially those incarcerated during the holiday season."

According to the news release, inmates have filed six lawsuits over Arpaio's policy, claiming cruel and unusual punishment and forced participation in religious celebrations. Four of those lawsuits have been dismissed, and the sheriff's office said it expects the courts to dismiss the remaining two.

About 8,000 people are incarcerated in Maricopa County Jails, the sheriff's office said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arpaio; hilarity; lawsuit; maricopa
sheriff Joe should be president
1 posted on 12/17/2009 11:09:11 AM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

They may have a point about Alvin & the Chipmunks.


2 posted on 12/17/2009 11:10:55 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: kingattax

If not President then at least he should go after McCain in the primaries.


3 posted on 12/17/2009 11:11:09 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: kingattax

That’s a fact!


4 posted on 12/17/2009 11:11:11 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: kingattax

Merry Christmas, Sheriff Joe......


5 posted on 12/17/2009 11:11:24 AM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: Col Frank Slade

LOL, a bunch of tattooed bad-asses sitting around listening to that all day.

Nice image, but probably hard on the poor small guy who does something remotely bothersome to them later.


6 posted on 12/17/2009 11:13:31 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: kingattax

It’s torture, I tell ya ... pure Torture!


7 posted on 12/17/2009 11:15:38 AM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: kingattax
From the opening of "Sweet Home Alabama":

TURN IT UP!!!

8 posted on 12/17/2009 11:16:58 AM PST by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: kingattax
Palin/Arpaio 2010 (because we don't have until 2012).


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

9 posted on 12/17/2009 11:17:54 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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"HO,HO,HO"

10 posted on 12/17/2009 11:18:06 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: kingattax

Well if “Santa Baby” is part of the mix then I’m going along with the inmates on this one.


11 posted on 12/17/2009 11:19:37 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: kingattax

Word of advice to criminals. If you don’t like the prison environment imposed upon you, then don’t do whatever it is you did to be put in there. Simple, really it is.


12 posted on 12/17/2009 11:19:52 AM PST by Wee-Weed Up
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To: kingattax

Man oh man! The county lock up has 8000 inmates? That must be some complex.

Good work, Sheriff Joe.


13 posted on 12/17/2009 11:21:02 AM PST by RexBeach ("Those are my principles...if you don't like them, I have others." Groucho Marx)
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To: kingattax

Having worked in a retail store where the manager had hooked up his 8-track to play Brenda Lee Christmas carols from 8:00 am till 10:00 pm every day from Thanksgiving until Christmas, I agree that it could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.


14 posted on 12/17/2009 11:24:37 AM PST by Bob Buchholz
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To: Col Frank Slade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVs6X9yIM_k


15 posted on 12/17/2009 11:25:06 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: kingattax
If it were me I'd play "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd...24-7.
16 posted on 12/17/2009 11:25:23 AM PST by Musketeer
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To: kingattax

If it’s Holly Jolly Christmas or Santa Baby, I’d have to take his side.


17 posted on 12/17/2009 11:27:58 AM PST by nina0113
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Oh,man. that’s worse than listening to Korean TV shows!


18 posted on 12/17/2009 11:28:10 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Col Frank Slade

“They may have a point about Alvin & the Chipmunks.”

Chipmunks roasting on an open fire
Hot sauce dripping from their toes...

Bob Rivers - Twisted Christmas

Or one of his best, “Walking ‘Round In Women’s Underwear”


19 posted on 12/17/2009 11:30:34 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: kingattax

Liberals, America-haters, Hispano-Racists, and other assorted whiners have been going after Sheriff Joe for years....it is getting ridiculous.

If the inmates do not like the Christmas tunes....hey, stop committing crimes.

I am sick and tired of the Criminal Rights crowd and their pandering to thugs and criminals.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing his job....and very effectively


20 posted on 12/17/2009 11:31:29 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Al Gore is neither a scientist (Global Warming Fraud) nor an economist (Free Trade, NAFTA))
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To: kingattax

They should play “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Feliz Navidad” non-stop.


21 posted on 12/17/2009 11:31:33 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: The Comedian
This would be cruel and unusual:

L

22 posted on 12/17/2009 11:31:35 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

“Blue Christmas” tortured by Elvis and that ghastly “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” by Springsteen should be considered cruel and unusual.


23 posted on 12/17/2009 11:32:22 AM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: DarthVader
They should play “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Feliz Navidad” non-stop.

Or Jingle Bells with the barking dog.

24 posted on 12/17/2009 11:32:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I was thinking the same thing or the song called “Fishheads, Fishheads”.


25 posted on 12/17/2009 11:34:17 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: DarthVader

LOL


26 posted on 12/17/2009 11:41:29 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: kingattax

Dr. Demento has a Christmas album?
How kewl is that?!

Does it have “I am Santa Claus” by Black Sabbath?


27 posted on 12/17/2009 11:50:59 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kingattax

Christmas music? It’s still Advent. / s


28 posted on 12/17/2009 11:53:02 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Musketeer

NONONO!! “The Girl From Impanema”!!!!!


29 posted on 12/17/2009 11:54:00 AM PST by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision.)
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To: Musketeer

NONONO!! “The Girl From Impanema”!!!!!


30 posted on 12/17/2009 11:54:09 AM PST by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision.)
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To: tet68

My personal favorite is of course...

I want a hippopotumus for Christmas.

I just love it.

Just imagine listening to that sweet voice
for the rest of your married life!


31 posted on 12/17/2009 11:54:11 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: misharu

Sorry for the double post!


32 posted on 12/17/2009 11:56:07 AM PST by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision.)
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To: Lurker
You want them to reform, or snap?

Best to play it safe, and just encourage rapid suicide:


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

33 posted on 12/17/2009 12:04:46 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: kingattax

At least they are getting to hear real Christmas music.


34 posted on 12/17/2009 12:05:45 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kingattax

If they wanted to stop it immediately, they should notify ASCAP, who actively pursue unlicensed broadcast of copyrighted music.


35 posted on 12/17/2009 12:08:32 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: The Comedian
For rapid suicide I recommend this:

L

36 posted on 12/17/2009 12:16:10 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: kingattax

Moral of the story. Don’t go to jail!


37 posted on 12/17/2009 12:23:18 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Death Penalty For Bunny Rabbits!)
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To: Schnucki

The only thing that’s Cruel & Unusual is the Tax Payer having to pay to keep these ASSHOL*ES alive !


38 posted on 12/17/2009 12:24:28 PM PST by dbrew2u
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To: freekitty

I always loved this time of year, I would play Christmas music good and loud in the shop, the boss wouldn’t come out there until Jan2. He just stayed in his office grumbling.


39 posted on 12/17/2009 12:44:03 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Lurker

Huh, I always wondered what happend to that guy from Full House. Now I know: He changed his name and started a singing career.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

40 posted on 12/17/2009 12:44:16 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: USMCPOP

Doesn’t Mark Levin play that song every year ?

It is funny.


41 posted on 12/17/2009 12:51:44 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: The Comedian

Believe it or not Jonathan Richman is the guy who was the musician in “Something About Mary”.


42 posted on 12/17/2009 12:52:59 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: kingattax

I don’t know, 90% of all Christmas music is atrocious, he might have a case.


43 posted on 12/17/2009 12:54:12 PM PST by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: tet68

LOL The old Scrooge.


44 posted on 12/17/2009 2:54:39 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kingattax
Glad to see this case dismissed. There are just too many frivolous lawsuits. Some, like those filed by ACLU, are nothing but legalized extortion. Others are done out of demented greed against innocent people.

BTW, just read that the family of Sheri Coleman - who along with her two sons was allegedly murdered by her husband - wants to sue Evangelist Joyce Meyer. Demented greed.

45 posted on 12/21/2009 11:20:05 AM PST by Dante3
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