Sheriff Gangbanger

This sardonic sapsucker scratches out the truth on Sheriff Joe's gang-friendly gulags, an ICE spokesman's DUI stint, and the Arizona Repugnant's reportorial fumbles

Wagner recently blew the dust off a profile of former AZ attorney general Grant Woods, which jumped from the front page to a full page in the daily's Sunday, January 7, edition. The story had the far-from-stirring header: "Defined by principles, paradox." Nothing much of note in the takeout, 'cept for a line high up in the story stating that Woods is "prosecuting the 'Baseline Killer' case."

Flip Fantasia, talk about a scoop!

But hold on there, Portnoy. We know from New Times éminence grise Paul Rubin's exposé about James Mullins, the Kentucky inmate who falsely confessed to murdering 19-year-old Georgia Thompson in September 2005, that Woods was going to prosecute Mullins ("I Dunnit," September 21, 2006). But that case wilted under the solar rays of further scrutiny. Tempe's police investigation was revealed to be shoddier than warped balsa wood, and Mullins' confession turned out more fake than some hottie's bolt-ons at the Hi-Liter.

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For a while, it appeared Woods might win a role in the ongoing case against accused BLK Mark Goudeau. But, no, Woods' good buddy Candy Thomas backed off his initial desire to have Woods onboard the BLK prosecution team. (Politics sure do make for wacky mattress-mates, what with Woods being an outgoing and open-minded sort, and Candy being a nerdy, wing-nutty Mexican basher from way back.)

Instead, the prosecutin' will be handled by two of Candy's veteran homicide attorneys. Not to be denied, Woods accepted an assignment as lead prosecutor on another murder case for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, though not a high-profile one. Woods says he's doing it gratis, just to keep his hand in.

Hey, maybe Wagner read Rubin's piece and never followed up to see if stuff had changed. Or maybe the Rep scribe's copy had been sitting around the office gathering cobwebs and no editor thought to recheck the facts. Either way, someone's getting paid too much at the snoozy fishwrap.

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chris
chris

I am currentyl an inmate at tent city on work furlough. Everytime I eat food from the mcso i get so sick it feel like im going to die. Take my freedom, and rights but dont try to kill me! This is unreal how mcso can do this. You are forced to buy there food to keep from getting sick which Arpaio owns and operates.

 
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