Conflict of Interests
December 11, 2009 1:02 PM Subscribe
posted by msalt (107 comments total)
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The feud between renegade Sheriff Joe Arpaio prev 1 2 3
and local officals is exploding. He has now indicted one judge who ruled against him
(for obstruction of justice), and got a warrant to search the office and home of another.
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals freed (pending appeal)
the sheriff's deputy who grabbed a defense lawyer's privileged papers literally behind her back, and blocked that search warrant
on the judge, also pending appeal.
, from Talking Points Memo.
of highly respected judge Gary Donahoe caused the cancellation of a hearing that was considering whether to limit the power of Arpaio and his ally, County Prosecutor Andrew Thomas, to prosecute local officials. Arpaio and Donahoe now argue that Judge Donahoe, who has ruled against them in other cases, has a conflict of interest in cases involving them because of their indictment.
Thomas and Arpaio also filed a federal racketeering lawsuit last week alleging that the County Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County -- the nation's 4th largest, centered around Phoenix -- the presiding judge and several others are involved in a conspiracy to obstruct justice. Here's a report by Phoenix's ABC affiliate
, which supports the two. (warning: loud audio)
Reports say that the FBI is investigating Arpaio
for retaliating against political opponents.