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Sheriff Joe Arpaio to visit Silicon Valley next week

By Josh Richman
Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 4:18 pm in Uncategorized.

Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., will speak to the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley next Tuesday, May 6, in Mountain View.

ArpaioTickets, costing $30 for forum members and $40 for non-members, are available online; doors open at the IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, at 6:15 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

The forum – perhaps one of the final bastions of conservatism in an increasingly blue region – welcomes Arpaio, 81, as a hero. First elected to his office in 1992 and since nicknamed by supporters as “America’s toughest sheriff,” Arpaio might best be known for his stance over the past decade as an outspoken advocate for stronger enforcement and laws against illegal immigration. He also has undertaken an investigation into the validity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

But a federal judge twice has ruled unsafe living conditions and inadequate health care at Arpaio’s jails violate inmates’ constitutional rights; he’s been accused of abusing his authority for political purposes against local officials; and he has been sued by the U.S. Department of Justice and by other plaintiffs for racial profiling.

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  • JohnW

    Maybe he can bring the patriot rancher from Nevada along to be his warm-up act.