Sheriff Joe Arpaio Entraps 18 Year Old Kid For Publicity Stunt

I’m watching Dateline on Investigation Discovery (ID) tonight, I see this story about a guy named James Saville who was acquitted of charges of trying to kill famous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio after a seemingly slam dunk case against him.

You know who Sherifff Arpaio is, he bills himself as the “Toughest Sherifff In America”, he makes the criminals live in tents, wear b/w striped suits, work on chain gangs and wear pink underpants. Civil Rights groups hate him. Etc.

Here’s a picture of this donut and attention hound:

Here’s quickly what happened:

An 18 year old kid named James Saville is in prison for feebly trying to blow up his school. He has a cellmate who claims that he’s a mobster but is actually a veteran jailhouse snitch, Thomas Morgan (if you’re in a Maricopa Jail reading this, maybe join this Morgan fella in the shower sometime) who snitches to get better treatment behind bars. He’s taped asking James over and over if he’d build a bomb to blow up the sheriff. He coerces him, wakes him up, on and on.

You can tell the kid isn’t interested in it really. But he persists.

They have 126 hours of tape of them talking about it.It’s very clear that the sheriffs office and this snitch cooked up the story that this kid wanted to bomb Sheriff Joe for yet another publicity stunt. After spending 4 years in jail his lawyer, Ulises Ferragut gets a call from a seargent at the same time there’s a technical error disallowing the plea deal from going through. At the last minute, Ferragut withdraws the plea.

They have tapes of people from the Sheriffs Office crafting the story with the snitch. Their undercover agent, “Yancey”, picks up the kid only one day out of jail, drives him to several stores and pays for the bomb parts, then pays him money and unbelievably drives him to a restaurant where sheriff joe’s car is! WHAT?!

Guess who’s waiting to film all of this? Yep, the news. Whew, sherifff joe is so tough on crime that criminals hate him and he narrowly avoided certain death!

Until you see that the Sheriffs office practically invented the entire plot and then coerced some kid into playing the role as assasin and almost sent him to jail for 30 years for a publicity stunt. If you see a picture of the bomb the kid built, its laughable.

Read more about it here: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2004-06-24/news/in-the-crosshairs/

This makes me sick. I’m a Republican but have always been suspicious of this guy.

I hate how our government tries to create criminals to fuel the system they’ve created. This reminds me of how there was a serial killer running around Phoenix during this time and this tough on crime sheriff is too busy getting his hammy face on the fucking news.

What a creep.

If you’re from Arizona, do not vote for Sheriff Joe Arpaio in this year’s election.

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  1. Well, I’m not a republican, I’m a quasiapathetical-cataclysmal solipsist which means one of these days it’s all going to hell in a handbasket and I really could care less because I made you all up anyway, but even I want to punch this guy.

    I mean, ok, we live in times where we may be a wee bit too coddling of our murderers. Do prisons really need to be HD-ready with an expanded cable package? Are the comings and goings at Wysteria Lane really part of the rehabilitation process? Do they need decent exercise equipment? Can anyone prove that more high school drop outs get their GEDs outside of prison than in? I mean, if you want to change your ways, you will. Prisons can offer an avenue for self-improvement, but I think we have a captive slave labor force and we should use it!!

    But that’s got nothing to do with this guy. In a world where people are concerned about how the prisoners are treated and willing to sue the state to improve their conditions, Sheriff Joe could have stood as the ACLU’s white whale. His practices flew in the face of rehabilitation through cuddling and teddy bears and basically tried to make people go straight because prison sucked so damn bad. It’s not an idea without merit, but this guy sobs at night because they took his iron maiden.

    GONNA PUT YOU IN THE CHOKEY!!!

    ahem.

    Any-who, his green bologna menu and spartan living for prisoners was getting him a little national acclaim, and like any moron who gets 15 minutes of fame, he tried to get another 15 minutes by topping himself. Well, he couldn’t take MORE away from the prisoners without really exposing himself to the full wrath of the people waiting for him to cross that line. I mean, I think the lawsuit becomes pretty open and shut if it’s dirt for dinner and the words “bedroom” and “outhouse” are used for the same hole in the ground. So he orchestrates nonsense to get his name out there more, and he does it with the deft touch of a teenager at his first boob. Railroading this kid would have just been step one. Step two would have involved blowing up his own jail and walking around with his arm stuck inside his T-shirt so he could claim dismemberment. He went from an laudable anomaly to a laughable clown.

    And he was going to count on it spreading virally, too. THANK YOU, INTERWEBS! Word gets around, video gets around, Maury and Oprah fight over a sheriff Joe appearance…and he gets another 15 minutes of fame. You’re a freaking po-dunk sheriff, be happy that you got noticed the first time, you redneck tool.

    I think convicts deserve to be protected from abuse from each other and the guards, afforded reasonable nutrition, and opportunity to move beyond the ways that put them there in the first place. As far as living conditions, I don’t see why they should be better off than most of the people living under the poverty line, let alone the squalor 3rd world countries. Luxuries are earned. I mean, reality check is, we aren’t SERIOUSLY going to give them a second chance anyway, why go broke giving them false hope?

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  2. Absolutely right. I’ve done some research and I think this is probably this guy’s last year in office— a lot of people out there hate him, even the Republicans in the area.

    If he really cared about law enforcement he’d be focusing on that and not all the publicity. He looks like a child molester too.

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  3. Arpaio “gloated over the inhumane treatment he dishes out to his inmates” and “appeared to take a chillingly sadistic pleasure in his role as incarcerator. It was the duty of any Irish court to see that no citizen was handed over to such a regime.” God says do not rejoice in thy enemies fall.Mr. Arpaio is a sinner just like anyone else.All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of god.Mr. Arpaio is hidding something.It is usually the worst of sinners that point fingers at others.If Mr. Arpaio is serious about catching criminals, then I think that is very noble of him.I would highly advise him to start with Governors, Mayors, lobbyists, congressmen and women, senators, and then perhaps in his own police department.Thank you and God bless.

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