for Immediate Release
Late yesterday, attorneys representing the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent a response letter to the U.S. Department of Justice's January letter. In the letter, attorneys not only reiterated the Sheriffs willingness to cooperate with justice officials in its quest to determine whether a pattern or practice of racial profiling exists in the Sheriffs Office; the letter also request for the factual bases ofthe DOJ's findings in its Title VI investigation.
The allegations of racial profiling were publicly levied by the U.S. Justice Department officials in writing and at a press conference on December, 15,2011. Arpaio steadfastly denies any pattern or practice o f racial profiling by his deputies.
The letter, authored by Attorney Joseph J. Popolizio ofthe Phoenix based law firm Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C., also maintains that SheriffArpaio will not be intimidated from litigating the matter in a public court oflaw, ifofficials from the DOJ continue to refuse the Sheriffs Office request for the specific information on which investigators based their claims.
In the letter, Popolizio cites the production of nearly two million pages of documentation that the Sheriffs Office provided at the DOl's request and refers to 16 months ofthe Sheriffs cooperation with the DOl's investigation.
Popolizio says it is the DOl's resistance to provide facts for the bases of its findings in the Title VI investigation which "is frankly alarming."
The next meeting between Justice Department and Sheriffs Office attorneys is scheduled for February 6, 2012. Questions about the most recent correspondence will be addressed by Attorney Joseph J. Popolizio; he may be reached at (602) 263-1741.