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Holy shit.

Posted by Judah | October 19, 2007 9:20 AM

Your point? Lacey and Larkin are notorious blowhards, Lacey in particular is an insensitive jackass (ask the family of Don Bolles - oh, you're not familar with investigative journalism, are you?) I suspect you wanted this to be some sort of blowback on the Seattle Weekly. Nice try.

Posted by And I remember you, too | October 19, 2007 9:22 AM

@2 Read the article. Look at what was being subpoenaed. It's a bald-faced violation of the rights of readers as well as a fairly appalling abuse of power. The fact that these things are being done "notorious blowhards" doesn't make them any less fucked up.

Posted by Judah | October 19, 2007 9:33 AM

@2 Do you really want to get started with Don Bolles? I have known the Dunlap family my entire life and if ever there was a man that was rail roaded over that "investigative" reporter it was Max Dunlap. Lacey and Larkin aren't blowhards they just aren't patsies in the pocket of the Quayle family.

Posted by Turner | October 19, 2007 9:48 AM

Yeah, this is a little creepy:

"The subpoena asks for information not only about the newspaper’s reporting, but also the information on readers who may have seen material deemed confidential published on the newspaper’s website, including the internet domain names and browsers used, and any other information about online readers of the publication since Jan. 1, 2004."

Posted by Levislade | October 19, 2007 10:00 AM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is about as big a scumball as they come. He likes to send his deputies out on round ups of illegal aliens with hand offs to I.C.E. who incidentally do not want his assistance. One of his older (at least thirty years now) past times is to round up the homeless around Phoenix and put them down in Tent City (a barbed wire enclosed complex) until he can get them put on to Greyhound buses to other cities. He's a real piece of work. I personally think it's great that Lacey and Larkin published Arpaio's home address as there are bound to be countless Phoenicians who would like to send the sheriff Christmas cards and such.

Posted by Turner | October 19, 2007 10:05 AM

Sucks to be in Phoenix, doesn't it, Lacey?

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | October 19, 2007 10:08 AM

While I doubt Lacey will ever go to jail, I wonder if he did, he'd end up in that boot camp prison that Phoenix is famous for?

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | October 19, 2007 10:09 AM

"... where arrested at their homes ..."

Um, don't you mean were?

At least it wasn't Texas. They'd be on death row right now with fake DNA evidence.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 19, 2007 10:32 AM

Also arrested this week: members of the Orlando Weekly's ad department for printing escort ads. Here's the story.

A bad day to work at a weekly.

Posted by horatiosanzserif | October 19, 2007 11:21 AM

There was a story recently about Arpaio's swat team amateurishly and maliciously destroying a house based on false evidence, including laughing at the occupants of the house as they forced thier dog back inside the burning building to die. Below is a link to the story, called "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution", that got them arrested - it's a good read. It points out that Arpaio is famous for making his inmates wear pink underwear, work on chain gangs, and eat rotten meat. There is also a history of many inmates with any kind of disability dying in his jails, which have been the subject of the only Amnesty International investigation inside the United States. The article also goes into great detail on the prosecutor and politicians who are part of his posse, their martyr complexes and the ethical breaches they regularly get away with, including this subpoena and these arrests.

Posted by Noink | October 19, 2007 12:59 PM

Is sheriff an elective office in Arizona? If so, what kind of assholes do they have living in his district that keep re-electing him? Where are the Duke boys? They could put a stop to this in no time.

Posted by Smade | October 19, 2007 1:08 PM

Just FYI, all charges were dropped hours ago and the prosecutor was fired. Village Voice media is still thriving, and the Seattle Weekly is still in business.

Posted by Buzzkill | October 19, 2007 7:48 PM

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