The list includes two elected officials, County Supervisor-and-bullet-in-Arpaio's-butt Mary Rose Wilcox (D) and State Senator-running-for-Congress Kyrsten Sinema (D). Activists Lydia Guzman and Salvador Reza are recognized by the Times, as are videographer Dennis Gilman and ACLU-Arizona Legal Director Dan Pochoda.
With Sinema's inclusion and brief reasoning, Downes strayed a bit from those fighting Arpaio and those fighting SB1070 and other aspects of Arizona's running battles surrounding illegal immigration. Downes tries to tie her in by claiming that SB1070 was "the state's radical, Arpaio-inspired immigration law.
The New York Times ran an editorial earlier in the week expressing their hope that Arpaio's feet are held to the fire in the civil rights trial that has begun and will continue with the Sheriff's testimony this coming week.
Sunday's plaudits - along with the honorable mention list - can be found below the jump.
EDITORIAL | SUNDAY OBSERVER
In Arpaio’s Arizona, They Fought Back
By LAWRENCE DOWNES
Published: July 21, 2012
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, whose trial in a class-action civil-rights lawsuit continues this week in Phoenix, didn’t get to be America’s most notorious anti-immigrant lawman by being shy. The camera and microphone are blood and oxygen to him. Where he goes, he trails TV crews, a gallery of rabid followers, posse volunteers and, every four years, supplicating Republican presidential candidates. The tent-city jail he calls his “concentration camp” is meant to signify brash, unchallenged power. In the blistering landscape of Phoenix, he blots out the sun.
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