Some people claim that there’s a sheriff to blame……
The fish-wrapper, unable to restrain itself for any length of time, is going after Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, yet again. Today’s ridiculous lead editorial titled, Paranoia-ville, accuses the popular and effective sheriff of wasting tax dollars on a public records request.
What has the daily riled today is that a “140-pound reporter” from the seamy alternative weekly newspaper demanded to see what Arpaio’s deputies were copying. When his request was denied, an assistant city attorney was called in, and declared that the scrawny reporter had the same right as the deputies to view the documents.
The slim reporter is free to make his own public records request.
But, he does not have authority to view the documents simultaneously with the sheriff‘s employees. Since the daily often demands public records, we can’t help but wonder if it would accord a citizen who walked in off the street the same access they now declare is the reporter’s right—while they were inspecting the records they received, pursuant to their own demand?
Betch’a it wouldn’t happen. Neither would it rate an editorial, with the sub-head, More waste from the sheriff’s office.