By Rob Janicki
Here's a conundrum. If the federal government does not have the resources necessary to enforce immigration law in Arizona, how does the federal government then have the resources to file a law suit against and engage in continuing investigation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio?
The answer is simple. Sheriff Arpaio is number one on Obama's personal political enemies list. Sheriff Arpaio has challenged Obama's right to serve as President of the United States, no small charge. Sheriff Arpaio has also assembled a group of volunteer experts to investigate the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate and to date the group has concluded that the long form birth certificate presented by the White House is a blatant forgery.
Sheriff Arpaio has become more than just a thorn in Obama's side. He has become a serious challenge to Obama's authority to serve as president, not to mention Sheriff Arpaio captures valuable media attention and time, which means less opportunities for Obama's cohorts in the MSM to fawn over the One with glowing preelection ccommentary and coverage.
The Obama administration, in the form of the Dept. of Justice, under AG Eric Holder, has been investigating Sheriff Arpaio since shortly after Obama's inauguration in early 2009. It is the contention of the DoJ that Sheriff Arpaio is enforcing U.S. immigration law utilizing unconstitutional means. The DoJ, which is likely to lose it's law suit at the Supreme Court over Arizona's SB 1070, an Arizona law on enforcement of U.S. immigration law, has now gone on an end around maneuver to hog tie Sheriff Arpaio, if not silence his voice altogether.
The DoJ will push for court monitoring of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Dept. in hopes of finding violations of federal anti-discrimination laws. DoJ investigators will dig up current sheriff's deputies, former sheriff's deputies, current inmates and former inmates of the Maricopa County jail, all in order to paint Sheriff Arpaio as some vigilante running a rogue operation to purposely discriminate against Mexicans in particular and Hispanics and other minorities in general. It's the DoJ way of calling Sheriff Arpaio a racist. It's the liberal way of fighting against and trying to destroy a political enemy through demonization of the person.
Sheriff Arpaio's defense team will early on seek a dismissal of the charges for a lack of evidence. This will undoubtedly be denied by the federal court hearing the case because of the politicised nature of the charges. I suspect the case will go to a jury trial, which may very well make it difficult for the DoJ to prevail. Juries are more likely to see a through a political trial and present either a not guilty verdict or a hung jury. That aside, the DoJ will still pursue this case to wear down Sheriff Arpaio in the hope of silencing him. Not a likely outcome. The downside to this action is that it may give Sheriff Arpaio more face time with the media and may detract from Obama's campaign activities and his face time with the media. You be the judge in this case. Who should prevail and why?