October 11th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Arizona sheriff known for law-and-order style accused of abuse of power

Ismael Estrada
AC360­° Producer

Editor's note: Watch Anderson Cooper 360° Monday beginning at 10 pm ET to learn more about the allegations against Arpaio.

(CNN) - Make no mistake about it: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is tough on crime.

The popular lawman has built a reputation for taking a strong-handed approach to those who break the law in his county. Whether it’s a DUI, a violent crime or being an undocumented immigrant: commit a crime and get caught in Maricopa and you may find yourself wearing pink underwear and a black-and-white striped jail uniform while a part of a chain gang cleaning up county streets and sleeping in a hot, sweltering tent.

The sheriff scoffs at those who challenge his tactics, holding countless news conferences and media events intended to show the world the consequences of being a criminal in his part of Arizona. His approach has worked; Arpaio has maintained a high approval rating and has never seriously been challenged in any election.

But those CNN talked with say look closer and you’ll find that Arpaio uses the same force and tactics against criminals and against those he considers a political threat - including judges, politicians who challenge his views and even people like Don Stapley, who sits on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the local governmental body that approves Arpaio’s annual budget.

“Anyone who ruled against him, anyone who disagreed with anything he had to say, became a criminal target and criminally investigated,” Stapley said.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Ismael Estrada
October 11th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Angle: Two American cities under Sharia law

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://cnnpoliticalticker.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/t1larg-angle-file7-gi.jpg?w=640 caption="Republican Sharron Angle has said two American cities are under Islamic law." width=300 height=169]
Jeff Simon

(CNN) – Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle told a crowd of Tea Party rally-goers last week that two cities — Dearborn, Michigan and Frankford, Texas — are under Sharia law, the sacred law of Islam.

“We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it,” Angle said according to audio of the rally obtained by the Washington Post. “My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States.”

The problem? Well, Frankford, Texas doesn’t really exist.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar • Islam
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