Nov 29 2010
Sheriff Joe Arpaio cranks up the volume on the Christmas carols, cranky prisoners be damned! Now if only we could send all the Gitmo terrorists to Joe’s jail.
Washington Times (H/T Tom) – Phoenix’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has survived six separate inmate lawsuits trying to stop him from playing Christmas music, will begin playing the tunes again this year – starting Monday with Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Feliz Navidad.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, to which Sheriff Arpaio was first elected in 1992 after a 25-year career at the U.S. DEA, has played the holiday songs all day, every day, during previous seasons. The latest inmate lawsuit was dismissed in federal court in December 2009.
“We keep winning these lawsuits. Inmates should stop acting like the Grinch who stole Christmas and give up wasting the court’s time with such frivolous assertions,” the press release read.
Inmates have sued six times claiming that being forced to listen to the Christmas songs 12 hours a day was in violation of their civil and religious rights and a cruel and unusual punishment, but U.S.
District Judge Rox Silver disagreed, dismissing the case and denying claims for $250,000 in damages.
The court issued a summary judgment saying it found no evidence of fact, so Sheriff Arpaio was entitled to the judgment as a matter of law. In upholding the decision, the court said the sheriff was free to “inject the holiday spirit into the lives of those incarcerated over the holiday season in the third-largest jail system in the US.”
Sheriff Arpaio has long expressed his fondness for Christmas music, especially”Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks, so it was with some glee last year that he announced in a red-and-green press release that the lawsuit had been dismissed and the music would begin.