Phoenix police form a cordon to block the street while protesters rally Thursday against Arizona's new immigration law.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton is flooded with mail and calls after putting some of Arizona's controversial immigration law on hold. The U.S. Marshall for Arizona, David Gonzales says “About 99.9 percent of the inappropriate comments are people venting. They are exercising their First Amendment rights and a lot of it is perverted. But it’s that 0.1 percent that goes over the line that we are taking extra seriously.”
AZ SHERIFF NOT DETERRED
Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio shrugged off Judge Bolton's ruling and proceeded Thursday with a planned sweep in the greater Phoenix areas to search for illegal immigrants suspected breaking traffic laws; he cited his power under an existing state law. From the AP:
Deputy Bob Dalton and volunteer Heath Kowacz spotted a driver with a cracked windshield in a poor Phoenix neighborhood near a busy freeway. Dalton triggered the red and blue police lights and pulled over 28-year-old Alfredo Salas, who was born in Mexico but has lived in Phoenix with a resident alien card since 1993. Dalton gave him a warning after Salas produced his license and registration and told him to get the windshield fixed. Salas, a married father of two who installs granite, told The Associated Press that he was treated well but he wondered whether he was pulled over because his truck is a Ford Lobo. "It's a Mexican truck so I don't know if they saw that and said, 'I wonder if he has papers or not,'" Salas said. "If that's the case, it kind of gets me upset."
DISNEY SELLS MIRAMAX FILMS
The Walt Disney Co. is selling the film company to an investor group for $660 million. Miramax was once owned by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and released blockbusters such as Good Will Hunting, Life Is Beautiful and the Kill Bill movies. The Weinsteins were unsuccessful in their bid to buy back the company, named for their parents, Miriam and Max.