Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrests newspaper owners for complaining about grand jury investigation

Lulu says: New Times owners arrested for publishing a story about a grand jury investigation in which they (the newspaper) are asked to provide (among other things) Web addresses, shopping habits and information about what Internet sites readers visited before logging onto the New Times.
200710191110 The alternative weekly newspaper, in its cover story, said the subpoena was part of an investigation orchestrated to get back at its reporters and the critical stories they wrote of County Attorney Andrew Thomas' political ally Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The scope of the subpoena is unusually broad: It not only demands information from the reporters but also information about all the online readers of the publication since Jan.1, 2004, including their Internet domain names and browsers and what other Web sites they visited before reading New Times.

Outside the jail this morning, New Times editor Rick Barrs told assembled media that the arrests had been an attack by Thomas' attorney.

"They're trying to muzzle us," Barrs said. "This is retaliation against us. And it's not just retaliation against us, it's retaliation against the press."


Previously on Boing Boing:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- the Dr. Mengele of the American Penal System
American Idol for prisoners
Maricopa County Sheriff's Department burn down a house and kill puppy over traffic citations


  1. Royaltrux – he’s in the Tucson jail, that’s not in Maricopa County. I don’t think he’s one of Joe’s inmates. He gets to wear the more couture and modern orange jumpsuit and probably even eat something other than green bologna now and again.

    Joe is a kinda crazy guy. I tried to shake his hand once when he was in our building (he came to talk to the film production company next door to us about a commercial he was making) and got brushed aside by his entourage.

  2. Do you think they’ll find it odd that a lot of little old ladies born in 1901 read the NYT online?

  3. Wow. Stop by Boing Boing on my coffee break, and discover that Maricopa County is after internet records that would include me. This is definitely going to be the weirdest thing that happened to me today.

    I don’t even live in Arizona anymore, I just like to read about my old stomping grounds once in a while. But now I’m trying to remember if I ever used my work computer to read the New Times, just in case Thomas really tries to subpoena the entire Internet.

  4. Personally, I’d love to see Arpaio go too far or get out of his jurisdiction and get arrested and have to serve time in prison. I want to see if he can handle anything near the punishment he heaps on his inmates and citizens.

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