DOJ unable to go after Joe Arpaio for racial profiling, goes after him for abuse of power instead
A federal grand jury in Phoenix is looking at abuse of power allegations against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
County Communications Director Cari Gerchick told the Phoenix Business Journal Thursday night that County Manager David Smith and County Budget Director Sandi Smith have met with federal prosecutors and will appear before a federal grand jury in Phoenix on Jan. 13.
Gerchick said the grand jury is looking at abuse of power charges against the MCSO and Arpaio. Sandra Raynor, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix declined comment.
...The Sheriff teamed with County Attorney Andrew Thomas to indict County Supervsiors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley and has investigated other county officials.
If Arpaio did abuse his power, then he should face the consequences. However, what's going on here is that Arpaio is a target of those who support illegal immigration, including Janet Napolitano, the American Civil Liberties Union, and so on. If they could have gotten him on racial profiling, that's what they grand jury would be investigating. They were on a fishing expedition (see his name's link above) and when they failed to get a marlin they went after a halibut instead.