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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Alt-Weeklies Provide Web Links to Douchey Sheriff Joe Arpaio's House

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 10:00 AM

Action Taken in Solidarity with Phoenix New Times

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From the PR:

Member papers of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) this week are providing links on their websites that direct their readers to the many places on the Internet where the home address of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is listed.

AAN papers are doing so to show solidarity with the Phoenix New Times, which was threatened with felony prosecution for publishing Sheriff Arpaio's address on its website in 2005. After an adjoining jurisdiction declined to press charges, Arpaio's political ally, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, convened a grand jury to "investigate" charges the paper broke the law when it published Sheriff Arpaio's address.

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Member papers of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) this week

are providing links on their websites that direct their readers to the many

places on the Internet where the home address of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe

Arpaio is listed.

AAN papers are doing so to show solidarity with the Phoenix New Times, which

was threatened with felony prosecution for publishing Sheriff Arpaio's

address on its website in 2005. After an adjoining jurisdiction declined to

press charges, Arpaio's political ally, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew

Thomas, convened a grand jury to "investigate" charges the paper broke the

law when it published Sheriff Arpaio's address.

Last week, Phoenix New Times' founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were

arrested and jailed after the paper published a story about the grand jury

and subpoenas they had received that demanded detailed Internet records of

any person who had visited the newspaper's website since 2004, as well as

all notes and records from any reporter who had written about the sheriff in

the preceding three years.

After Larkin and Lacey were arrested an outpouring of shock and anger

accompanied widespread media coverage of the case. The response created a

groundswell of support for New Times. The charges were dropped less than 24

hours later after Thomas admitted that his office had made "serious

missteps" in the case.

"The actions of Mr. Thomas and Sheriff Arpaio in this case are beyond

outrageous," said AAN Executive Director Richard Karpel. "They abused their

offices by engaging in Gestapo-like tactics designed to silence a newspaper

that has been highly critical of them in the past."

Added AAN First Amendment Chair Tim Redmond, executive editor of the San

Francisco Bay Guardian: "Our association and its members won't tolerate this

sort of attack on the right of a member paper to publish information that is

and ought to be public record."

"This was a victory for the First Amendment, the constitution and for our

readers right to read our newspaper without the government spying upon

them," said Larkin and Lacey in a joint statement. "As the Federal press

shield legislation moves from the House to the Senate, we hope people will

remember what happened to reporters, editors and readers in Phoenix."

Phoenix New Times has published dozens of stories critical of both Thomas

and Arpaio. In fact, the paper maintains an archive on its website of its

coverage of Arpaio since he was elected sheriff in 1992:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/php/specialreports/index.php?page=1&report_id

=576937

New Times published Arpaio's home address in a story arguing that he abused

a state law that allows law enforcement officials to keep their addresses

from being made public. New Times said Arpaio used the law to hide nearly $1

million in cash real-estate transactions.

Thomas convened a grand jury to investigate the case even though Arpaio's

home address was then and continues to be easily accessible on a number of

other websites, including the Maricopa County Recorder's official website

(see first link below):

http://recorder.maricopa.gov/CampaignFinance/CampFinDocsSelect.aspx?Candidat

eId=970003&FileYear=2004 (click "2004 Financial Disclosure Statement" for

PDF)

http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/166/RipOff0166166.htm

http://www.zabasearch.com/query1_zaba.php?sname=arpaio&state=AZ&ref=$ref&se=

$se&doby=&city=&name_style=1

http://www.usa-people-search.com/order.aspx?city=Fountain Hills&st=az&fn=J

oseph&mn=&ln=Arpaio&searchpID=117102576

http://www.privateeye.com/(S(4pwn0l55tzc0sqfr4yy5ju45))/Search/SearchResults

.aspx?vw=people&input=name&fn=joseph&mn=&ln=arpaio&city=fountain hills&sta

te=AZ&criteria=joseph;;;;arpaio;;fountain hills;;AZ;;;;;;

http://www.voompeople.com/order.asp?1=JOSEPH;;MICHAEL;;ARPAIO;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

;;;117102576;;&2=name&3=people&4=1&5=joseph;;;;arpaio;;fountain hills;;AZ;

;;;;;;;&rc=1

Arpaio continues to resist New Times' request for information relating to

his real estate holdings.

Here is the list of AAN papers that have agreed to post these links this

week on their websites:

Artvoice (Buffalo, NY)

Arkansas Times

Birmingham Weekly

Boston Phoenix

Boston's Weekly Dig

Cincinnati CityBeat

City Pages (Minneapolis)

Dallas Observer

Houston Press

Independent Weekly (Durham, NC)

Independent Weekly (Lafayette, La.)

L.A. Weekly

Metro (San Jose, Calif.)

Metro (Santa Cruz, Calif.)

Metroland (Albany, NY)

Miami New Times

Nashville Scene

New Times Broward-Palm Beach

North Bay Bohemian

OC Weekly

Philadelphia Weekly

The Pitch (Kansas City)

Portland Mercury

The Pulse (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

The Reader (Omaha, Neb.)

Riverfront Times (St. Louis)

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Fe Reporter

Scene (Cleveland)

Seattle Weekly

Seven Days (Burlington, Vt.)

SF Weekly

Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)

The Source Weekly (Bend, Ore.)

The Stranger (Seattle)

Syracuse New Times

Tucson Weekly

Urban Tulsa Weekly

The Village Voice

Westword (Denver)

Willamette Week (Portland, Ore.)

##

As daily newspaper readership continues to deteriorate, as radio and

television audiences become progressively more fragmented, as competition

for the 18- to 39-year-old demographic soars in an already cluttered

marketplace, alternative newsweeklies continue to engage young, active,

educated and influential readers.

Since its founding in 1978, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies has

grown to include 130 free-circulation weekly newspapers throughout North

America. More than 25 million print and online readers in markets as diverse

as Memphis and Montreal, Pittsburgh and Pasadena, Chicago and Charlotte,

rely on their local alternative newspaper for local news, political opinion

and arts coverage they won't find anywhere else.

For more information about AAN, go to http://www.aan.org

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