Arpaio Decks the Jail Halls With Christmas Carols, Despite Suits

Monday, 29 Nov 2010 02:50 PM

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Do you hear what the inmates hear? Well, you do if your favorite radio station started playing Christmas music 24/7 last week, making it among the hundreds across the country that got the jump on Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But not by much — nobody gets a jump on the self-designated toughest sheriff in the country when it comes to the holiday spirit — just as nobody eclipses his record against illegal immigrants. Wayward travelers don’t bother him around this time of year, if, for instance, they’re three kings on a mission.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, illegal, immigrants, ChristmasArpaio started playing the carols 12 hours a day for his jail’s inmates today, even though his holiday rockin’ around the Christmas tree has prompted six lawsuits in the past, according to The Washington Times.

Over the years, the sheriff has fended off six lawsuits from inmates who just don't seem to get the holiday spirit. To them, he says: You will hear what I play.

Among the songs his 8,000 or so inmates started hearing today are “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Feliz Navidad.” Other tunes to be cued up, recognizing ethnic variations on the holidays, include "A Christmas Kwanzaa Solstice," "Over the Skies of Israel," "Ramadan," "Llego a La Ciudad," "Let it Snow," and "Rodolpho El Reno de la Nariz Rojita," the Times reported.

"Maybe the holiday music can help lift the spirits of the men and women who are away from friends and family during the holidays, not just the inmates, but the dedicated men and women who work in the Maricopa County Jails," the sheriff said Sunday.

After having beaten back six inmate suits trying to silence the music, Arpaio obviously revels in traveling to the different beat of his little drummer boy.

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