The Spanish-language press covers a pair of stories of stubbornness in Arizona today, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio refuses to cooperate with a Department of Justice civil-rights investigation and the state legislature decides not to change SB 1070 in light of last month’s federal ruling keeping parts of the law from going into effect. Meanwhile, maritime smuggling is up, and prominent conservative leader Sam Rodríguez is down (on calls to change the 14th Amendment, that is).
Will the DOJ sue Arpaio? The Associated Press reports that Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio has ignored a Department of Justice deadline to submit documents related to a DOJ investigation of Arpaio for potential civil-rights violations. The federal government has threatened to sue Arpaio if he does not cooperate with the investigation.
AZ won’t change SB 1070. Another AP article reports that the Arizona state legislature has dismissed, at least for the moment, the idea of amending certain sections of state law SB 1070 per Governor Jan Brewer’s suggestion. The state is in the middle of appealing the partial injunction issued by a federal judge last month, preventing some of the law’s most controversial provisions from going into effect.