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Arizona Sheriff Questions Obama’s Birth Certificate, Critics Question Priorities

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Aired 3/2/12

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio questioned the validity of President Obama's birth certificate at press conference Thursday. The sheriff's critics blasted the presentation, which took place during an election year and amid a federal investigation into civil rights allegations in Arpaio's department.

— Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio questioned the validity of President Obama's birth certificate at press conference Thursday. The sheriff's critics blasted the presentation, which took place during an election year and amid a federal investigation into civil rights allegations in Arpaio's department.

The sheriff’s volunteer Cold Case Posse headed up the investigation. This is after 250 members of the Surprise Tea Party petitioned the sheriff to look into the validity of the president’s birth certificate. Sheriff Arpaio announced he suspects forgery and fraud.

"I’m considering asking the Hawaii authorities to look into this, but as my investigators and I feel – will they really do it?" Arpaio said.

In fact, Hawaiian authorities have been asked to look into this for years. Obama responded last April by posting his birth certificate on the White House’s website, which has been recognized as an official document from the Hawaii Department of Health.

Arpaio will face two challengers to his seat as sheriff of Arizona's largest county this November. One of them – Paul Penzone – criticizes the sheriff for making time to investigate the president’s documents, when his office ignored other investigations, like the sex crimes in El Mirage in the mid-2000s.

"The sheriff’s statement were an insult to law enforcement, and a slap in the face to the victims in this community who his office failed to serve when they were victimized," Penzone said.

Scottsdale Police Lt. Mike Stauffer is also running for Maricopa County Sheriff this year. He noted that Thursday’s press conference coincided with this week’s court appearance of Joel Fox -- the former Sheriff’s captain who is accused of money laundering during the sheriff’s 2008 campaign, and may now be under a federal investigation of his own.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | March 2, 2012 at 11:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

A better headline would be:

*Phoenix Sheriff questions Obama's birth certificate; Americans question sheriff's sanity.*

Under what authority is this fat, psychotic, race-baiting, media-whore, delusional, self-serving embarrassment allowed to get into this arena and question another state's authorities on an investigation?

Talk about an over-reach of power and **proof** of what I have said all along about this bloated buffoon - his one and only priority is his own notoriety and fame.

His various self-branded tactics in law enforcement that his groupies love to hail are all unproven to have any efficacy and serve no other purpose than to give him a national stage for his self-serving gloating.

The crazy man likes attention, and **that** is **all** he is about.

Hopefully Phoenix will soon wake up and vote correctly, and finally free themselves from the horrendous embarrassment this has caused their city!

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Avatar for user 'SteveRhoades'

SteveRhoades | March 2, 2012 at 2:46 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Illegal immigration and high levels of identity theft go hand-in-hand .
Urge your Members of Congress to support Mandatory E-verify legislation .
Google this: NUMBERSUSA .Once you are registered, go to the "action board" to
send free faxes to your state representative .
They are all typed up and ready to go, you just need to click your mouse to send.
No more illegal aliens in payroll jobs !

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Avatar for user 'al_mac_62'

al_mac_62 | March 2, 2012 at 5:25 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey, how about "KPBS posts story about insignificant jackass pursuing ridiculous birther notion during important elecion year", reader questions KPBS' priorities.

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Avatar for user 'Unitedfront'

Unitedfront | March 3, 2012 at 8:52 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

It's about time the truth is proven. Obama is a puppet of the NWO.

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