Posted Friday, March 2, 2012, at 3:31 PM
Arizona’s most infamous sheriff is focused on the country’s most famous supposed illegal: Barack Obama.
Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has revealed the preliminary results of his investigation into President Obama's birth certificate, claiming the long-form document released by the White House was a computer-generated forgery. Unfortunately this particular law office seems short on evidence. "I'm not going after Obama," said Arpaio, "I'm just doing my job."
There is however ample evidence that the office of Arpaio, whose crusade against undocumented immigrants in Arizona has made him a national figure, has ignored over 400 sex crimes against Arizona residents because of their race and has committed other acts of racial profiling. Critics think the Justice Department’s federal grand jury investigation into Arpaio’s alleged abuse of power might have something to do with his sudden birtherism.
In law enforcement terms, that sort of thing might be called a diversion. We expect next Sheriff Joe will team up with James Cameron for a deep-sea investigation of whether or not Osama bin Laden is really dead.