8:00 AM EDT, June 22, 2013
State Del. Jon S. Cardin's recent commentary on Garrett County Sheriff Robert Corley is full of half truths and lies ("The lawless sheriffs of Maryland," June 17).
Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not a laughingstock, and I challenge Delegate Cardin to note where he got that lie from. I searched the web and nowhere is this found except by Jon Cardin.
Sheriff Arpaio was elected to a sixth term last year in Arizona, after having taken strong steps in 2008 to correct past issues, including stopping controversial saturation sweeps that targeted and detained immigrants. The lawsuit the court recently ruled on was initiated in 2007.
Arizona has been at the heart of a bitter national debate over illegal immigration since Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed a 2010 crackdown on undocumented immigrants that was challenged by the federal government. Mr. Arpaio was following the laws of the U.S Constitution and the state of Arizona in arresting and deporting illegal immigrants
The Maryland sheriffs are following U.S. Constitution and might selectively enforce the new gun laws through the same selective enforcement that keeps Mr. Cardin from getting a speeding ticket when he drives 65 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Take note that the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a part of the Arizona law that permits police to question people they stop about their immigration status.
I agree with Mr. Cardin that "ignoring the law is a slap in the face to the citizenry and to democracy." That's why Mr. Cardin himself "should be held accountable for his irresponsible and illegal decisions" to enact legislation against the U.S. Constitution and the citizens he swore to represent.
Ralph Grubb-Wheeler, Reisterstown
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