The Kangaroo Court of Randy Parraz

A few weeks ago, I submitted the following Letter to the Editor of the Arizona Republic. They didn't publish it, so I sent it to the East Valley Tribune. They didn't publish it either. Maybe it's because they would rather join Randy Parraz in condemning Sheriff Joe Arpaio than print the truth.

Dear Editor:

On January 31, 2012, I attended a Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting where Chief Deputy Sheriff Jerry Sheridan reported that claims that have been made repeatedly by the anti-Arpaio activists relating to uninvestigated sex crimes are not true! These “over 400 uninvestigated cases” relate to a discovery made by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) dating back to October of 2007. Sheriff Arpaio immediately ordered that the 432 cases be reopened, and he dedicated 27 sheriff’s detectives to complete them. All but 4 were resolved in 2008. The audit showed that 417 of those cases did not meet the criteria necessary to warrant further investigation. The other 15 were investigated and resolved in 2008, except for the 4. Of those, 3 suspects have been identified and interviewed, and MCSO is awaiting DNA analysis. The last case has been completed and submitted to the County Attorney for prosecution.

The crowd of anti-Arpaio people who were present didn’t want to hear this report. They stormed out of the meeting, yelling at the Supervisors as they went. It was at least 15 minutes before order could be restored. County Attorney Bill Montgomery had given a similar report before the group left. Yet, the anti-Arpaio group called all of it a “dog and pony show.”

No it wasn’t. It was the truth. That’s not what they wanted to hear. This pathetic bunch of agitators are more interested in their agenda to smear Sheriff Arpaio than in hearing any proof that would vindicate him.

Their idea of a “public hearing” is nothing more than the Soviet’s infamous “show trials.” What is happening to our republic?