Pima County Sheriff Jeopardizes Prosecution of Loughner and Must Resign Now

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has blathered in radio, television, and newspaper interviews non-stop since Saturday’s massacre in his county. He cannot possibly be doing his job to properly and thoroughly investigate the tragic loss of life on his watch in Pima County, Arizona.

Cartoon by Antonio Branco, ComicallyIncorrect

Monday , Dupnik even went so far as to blame talk show host Rush Limbaugh PERSONALLY for the murders in Tucson. See report here on Real Clear Politics. On Sunday, Dupnik admitted in his interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, that there are no facts to substantiate his continual ranting that the tea party and conservatives are to blame for Loughner’s murders. In fact, Loughner has been shown in the past 48 hours to be a lone wolf with severe mental problems who has been stalking the Congresswoman since 2007, before there ever was a tea party. [ see links below]

A local Arizona blog reports today that Sheriff Dupnik has had complaints for YEARS about murder suspect Jared Loughner’s frightening behavior in community college, and online and has refused to take any action to protect the public, saying Loughner was getting ” appropriate medical attention.” This is inexcusable neglect. Victims of the shooter now have basis to sue the county.

Dupnik is a Democrat who brought attention to himself last year when he flatly refused to enforce Arizona’s new immigration law because he personally does not endorse it. It is not the sheriff’s prerogative to pick and choose which laws to enforce.

Dupnik’s agenda-driven electioneering since Saturday is a slap in the face to the families and victims of crazed killer Jared Loughner.

By his irresponsible and unprofessional behavior, Sheriff Dupnik’s statements will be the cause for a change of venue in the trial, which will be very expensive for Pima County taxpayers. The defense is asking for all the U.S. Attorney general’s office and local prosecutors to be dismissed from the case, another legal cluster-f++k caused by the sheriff.

Worst of all, Sheriff Dupnik’s public statements can and will be used to make the case for an insanity plea by Jared Loughner’s attorney. The sheriff is saying, without any proof at all, that the suspect was influenced by talk shows and conservative news media and the tea party.

This ridiculous side show must stop. This sheriff is a buffoon who must be silenced. Clarence Dupnik needs to step down NOW.

In addition to Sheriff Dupnik, call the Pima County Supervisors. These supervisors should be held responsible for the financial and legal mess being caused by this rogue law enforcement kook, and they will be held responsible later when all the bills come in due to the Sheriff’s mismanagment of his duties.

The FBI director, regionally and nationally, should be bringing pressure to bear to get this fossil off to the boneyard. Dupnik has just made this open-and-shut death penalty case a whole lot more expensive and complicated.

Melt the phone lines. Send postcards which are open and can be read by everyone as they reach their delivery point so that this it is visible to everyone that the public has had it with this demagoguery.

Here are contacts:

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Pima County Board of Supervisors

130 West Congress Street, 11th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Receptionist – (520) 740-8126
Fax – (520) 884-1152

Ann Day, District 1
(520) 740-2738

Ramón Valadez, Chairman, District 2
(520) 740-8126

Sharon Bronson, District 3
(520) 740-8051

Ray Carroll, District 4
(520) 740-8094

Richard Elías, District 5
(520) 740-8126

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