CNN.com: The Justice Department is preparing to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known internationally as “America’s toughest sheriff,” saying talks between the two sides have fallen through.
The Obama administration and Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had been in the midst of settlement talks, after the Justice Department accused it of systematically discriminating against Latinos.
ABCNews.com: “The Justice Department has cut off negotiations with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and officials with the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office in its effort to install an independent monitor to rein in the unconstitutional tactics used by officers there.
Arpaio, who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” defied the Justice Department suggestion [...]
AZCentral.com: Arizona’s state prisons overuse solitary confinement in cruel, inhumane and illegal ways, particularly for mentally ill prisoners and juveniles as young as 14, the human-rights group Amnesty International charges in a report to be released today.
According to the report, which is to be delivered to the governor and state lawmakers, Arizona prisons use [...]
Arizona Republic: “A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has imposed financial sanctions against a Phoenix law firm that represented Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas in legal disputes with the county’s governing board, judges and others. Judge John Buttrick ordered the sanctions earlier this week against Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak [...]
AZ Central: A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed all of the civil lawsuits filed by Maricopa County officials and Superior Court judges against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
Judge Neil Wake on Friday gave the plaintiffs — retired judges Gary Donahoe, Barbara Rodriguez Mundell and Anna [...]
AZCentral: A law firm that represented the Maricopa County Sheriff’s and Attorney’s offices in multiple battles against the county Board of Supervisors, judges and others has filed a lawsuit against the county.
The complaint was filed late Wednesday in Superior Court on behalf of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart P.C.
AZCentral: Three years ago, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas was investigating county supervisors, county employees and judges, saying he was the only elected official courageous enough to root out corruption.
Because of those investigations, Thomas and two of his former deputies must appear before an ethics panel at the Arizona Supreme Court starting at [...]
ABA Journal: In the first settlement of some $125 million in claims made by Maricopa County, Ariz., officials who say they suffered damages because of alleged off-the-rails prosecution and litigation by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a retired judge.
Former Superior [...]
AZ Central: Add another $22 million to the tab in the infamous, ongoing and ever-more-expensive Maricopa County wars.
No longer are our public servants and our former public servants putting their hands out, expecting taxpayers to compensate them for their damages. Their pain and suffering is becoming so great that they are now rolling up [...]
AZCentral: A law firm embroiled in a lawsuit and other disputes with Maricopa County filed a special action against the county, claiming officials refused to properly respond to numerous requests for information sought under the state’s public records law.
An attorney representing the firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart P.C. filed [...]
AZCentral: The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will have to produce an unredacted copy of a damaging investigative report for a judge to review, according to a ruling issued in a hearing Wednesday.
Arizona Republic: “An investigator for the State Bar of Arizona filed a formal complaint Thursday against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his former aides.”
Arizona Republic: “The lengthy investigation into a political-action committee that funded commercials in support of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas will not result in indictments while Attorney General Terry Goddard is in office.”
Arizona Republic: “Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Lisa Aubuchon, a onetime deputy prosecutor, vowed Monday to keep practicing law and to vigorously fight new allegations of ethical and criminal misconduct that, if proved, could result in their disbarment. Thomas, Aubuchon and former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander misused their prosecutorial powers [...]
Arizona Republic: “Five former and present Superior Court judges and Maricopa County officials are suing the county, claiming Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas targeted them in criminal investigations and lawsuits without merit to retaliate for court rulings and budget cuts.”
Arizona Republic: “Former Maricopa County prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon spent Monday morning sparring with lawyers over which county officials will have to testify in a hearing to determine if she was unfairly fired by the County Attorney’s Office.”
Arizona Republic: “The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors could approve a $10 million contract today to defend Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and their employees against legal claims stemming from their investigations into county officials.”
Arizona Republic: “An independent prosecutor has reiterated what federal law-enforcement officials previously concluded: Criminal charges are not justified in several public-corruption investigations conducted by former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. . . . nine cases he reviewed had no merit.”
Arizona Republic: “The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and county management cannot permanently sidestep the County Attorney’s Office in civil litigation by asserting conflicts of interest.”
Arizona Republic: “Top prosecutors in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had repeatedly cautioned Andrew Thomas over the last year and a half against filing criminal charges and a racketeering suit against judges and county officials. But according to detailed interviews and e-mails gathered for an administrative investigation of a prosecutor at the center of those [...]
Arizona Republic: “Maricopa County officials believe the discovery of a duplicate payroll log and database hidden in a secure computer system at the Sheriff’s Office could reveal the extent of alleged misspending in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s agency. The sheriff’s employee database operated parallel to a county-run system, recording a different set of sheriff’s [...]
Arizona Republic: “Maricopa County supervisors and budget officials have spent recent months blasting the Sheriff’s Office for massive financial missteps. They say sheriff’s officials concealed misspending, used tax money for purposes forbidden by law and abused county-issued credit cards. The issues came to light amid a vitriolic political power struggle between Sheriff Joe [...]
Arizona Republic: “Maricopa County taxpayers have spent more than $1 million over the past three fiscal years to defend attorneys against complaints about their ethical conduct, an Arizona Republic analysis of financial records from the County Attorney’s Office shows. Most of the expense is tied to run-of-the-mill complaints filed by defendants or their [...]
Arizona Republic: “Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley on Wednesday officially closed two cases launched by an anti-corruption unit in the Sheriff’s Office that has played a role in the ongoing federal abuse-of-power investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office.”
Arizona Republic: “Conflicts of interest will prevent interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley from criminally investigating allegations that the Sheriff’s Office misspent as much as $80 million in restricted detention funds over five years. Romley told The Arizona Republic on Wednesday that he and his office had too many conflicts of interest in [...]
Arizona Republic: “A [former] deputy Maricopa County attorney [Lisa Aubuchon] who was fired last month for her role in controversial county government investigations has asked to be reinstated to her former job.”
Arizona Republic: “A report detailing allegations against a deputy Maricopa County attorney fired Monday provides a window into the legal and political machinations of former County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ office.”
See the “September 6, 2010, letter to Lisa Aubuchon” notifying her of the findings of the Maricopa County Attorney’s investigation about [...]
Arizona Republic: “The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday will consider whether to fire a law firm that has represented Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office on many high-profile lawsuits against the Supervisors.”
Arizona Republic: “The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office misused at least $50 million from a fund for jail operations, and county supervisors may have to use the general fund to repay the money, top county officials say.”
Arizona Republic: “A controversial prosecutor faces imminent firing after a five-month inquiry into her role in filing criminal charges and a civil suit against judges and county officials on behalf of then-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. . . . Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon was sent a ‘pre-termination letter’ last week, an initial [...]