Walsh had been chief deputy to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and was serving as that office's special counsel for Southern Arizona before leaving for the Pinal County job. His conflict was that Joe Arpaio and Andy Thomas earlier had announced that they were "investigating" political foe Goddard for alleged corruption in a criminal case involving former State Treasurer David Petersen. That case, by the way, has gone nowhere.

Walsh punted the "Dougherty matter" back to Andy Thomas in June 2007 — which is when things became famously mucked up.

Last July, Thomas urged the county Board of Supervisors to appoint private Phoenix attorney Dennis Wilenchik and three of Wilenchik's colleagues as "special prosecutors." One colleague was William French, a distinguished former Superior Court judge.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his lawyer harangued two county attorneys' offices to seek a criminal charge against Dougherty.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his lawyer harangued two county attorneys' offices to seek a criminal charge against Dougherty.
County Attorney Andy Thomas wouldn't say no to his political ally, Arpaio.
County Attorney Andy Thomas wouldn't say no to his political ally, Arpaio.

Wilenchik was a pal and former employer of Thomas' and already was counsel of record in several high-dollar civil cases for Thomas, the Sheriff's Office and Joe Arpaio. That should have raised an immediate red flag about whether Wilenchik would be unbiased against Dougherty and New Times in his new role.

But it didn't. Or Thomas decided that he needed Wilenchik in command if he hoped to placate Arpaio with a prosecution, successful or not, against the relentless reporter.

Dougherty had left New Times in August 2006 to pursue other opportunities. Shortly before that, he had blasted Thomas and Wilenchik in columns about the propriety of their professional relationship.

A powerful sheriff's obsession with busting a reporter for a local newsweekly probably would have disappeared from the public's radar had not circumstances changed so dramatically in late 2007.

It was last October 18 when Joe Arpaio's loathing of John Dougherty morphed into the high-profile arrests of New Times' owners on misdemeanor charges of violating grand jury secrecy.

Regular readers of this publication know something about how that chapter ended:

County Attorney Thomas — beleaguered by negative reaction around the nation to the arrests — fired Team Wilenchik, dropped the misdemeanor charges against Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey and ended the investigations of Dougherty and New Times.

The county attorney came away looking foolish, at best; he laid the blame for the arrests and events that led up to them squarely on Dennis Wilenchik, saying he had no knowledge of what his special prosecutor was up to (the State Bar of Arizona is investigating both Thomas and Wilenchik in the matter).

What got New Times' founders locked up (Larkin briefly and Lacey for several hours) was the story they wrote about Wilenchik's overreaching grand jury subpoenas seeking information about New Times journalists and about the paper's readers (including their Internet-viewing habits). "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution" hit the streets on the morning before Selective Enforcement Unit deputies showed up at Larkin and Lacey's homes that night and hauled them to jail.

The October 18 article also revealed how Dennis Wilenchik brazenly had used the wife of a high-ranking county prosecutor to try to orchestrate a private (ex parte) meeting with the presiding Superior Court judge over grand jury matters who was then overseeing the case against Dougherty and New Times.

But what hasn't been revealed until now is how the whole thing got started, how Joe Arpaio and his aides pressured prosecutors from two agencies continually to go after Dougherty, long seen by MCSO brass as the sheriff's archenemy.

The extent to which the Sheriff's Office wanted Dougherty's head on a skewer was almost laughable at times.

Take, for example, the written "analysis" by MCSO Lieutenant Jones to Maricopa County investigators that publication of the address on the New Times site might cause harm to his boss from "terrorist countries" where Arpaio worked long ago as a federal drug agent.

How that what-if scenario proved a "serious and imminent" threat to Joe Arpaio and his family by John Dougherty remained unclear.


In September 1998, the owner of a local pawnshop started a Web site designed to expose Phoenix police officers for alleged "shoddy investigations and/or perjurious testimony."

The instantly controversial site included home addresses, phone numbers, and photos of officers, as well as internal affairs investigations, discipline records, and other documents.

After his earlier arrest on theft and other charges, shop owner Mark Brooks accused Phoenix police of buying thousands of dollars in items from his store at discount prices. In return, he claimed, the officers had run criminal background checks for him and let him attend parties that featured live sex acts.

An internal investigation ended with 28 officers disciplined and one fired because of their cozy relationship with Brooks.

As part of his plea bargain, Brooks ceded ownership of the site, phoenixpolice.com, to the County Attorney's Office, which deleted the information before turning it over to the Phoenix Police Department.

As a direct result of the Brooks case, then-state Senator Marc Spitzer introduced legislation in early 1999 designed to rein in publication of personal information about peace officers on the Internet.

State senators on the Judiciary Committee considered the bill at a hearing that February.

Testifying on behalf of the Arizona Newspaper Association (a consortium mostly of daily publications) was lobbyist Phil MacDonnell, who told the committee that the proposed law conflicted with First Amendment issues. The Web is "speech," he said, and the bill would seek to regulate speech.

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Joemustgo
Joemustgo

SEEING HOW PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF WHAT JOE ARPAIO AND OTHER POLICE AGENCIES WILL DO IF THEY STAND UP, LOOK AT ME, MY LIFE HAS BEEN ALL BUT DESTROYED BY THESE PEOPLE, BEEN PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED, AND THEIR ATTEMPTS AT BREAKING ME, AS ONE OFFICER PUT IT, THEY DIDN'T BREAK ME, BUT THEY TRIED TO DESTROY MY B USINESSES, AND TRIED TO DESTROY MY LIFE, EVEN AIDED IN FRAUD EMBEZZLMENT AND EXTORTION ATTEMPTS BY MY EX WIFE....WHAT KIND OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IIS THIS, IT'S NOT, IT IS REDICULOUS AND DESPERATELY NEEDING TRUE CONSTITUTIONAL JUSTICE, FOR WHICH WILL TAKE EVERYONE STANDING UP AND FIGHTING TOGETHER..

Cops Suck
Cops Suck

Never trust o Phoenix Cop or a Sheriff.

Check out this link that shows Police corruption at its finest.

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Joemustgo
Joemustgo

cops suck, youare right, found that trusting is hard, but there are a lot of good officers that are not there for just a paycheck, i know personaly many of the phoenix police officers that are very respectful in their jobs, but there are those who i have had officers tell me, "HEY I AM JUST HERE FOR MY PAYCHECK", for which that is not the attitude any officer should have, IT IS ABOUT INTEGRITY, UPHOLDING SAFTEY AND THE CIVIL CONSTITUTIONAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL CITIZENS, (AND EVEN THOSE ABOUT TO BE CITIZENS, those who are not citizens, by united nations laws they have human rights that are inalienable, so that must be recognized too.._) i have been through so much, and even now, dealing with some kind of interference with my paychecks and my lawsuits funds, for which are stuck in wire transfers between banks due to these peoples acitons....

hang in there.. JUSTICE ON THE WAY..........

Name withheld
Name withheld

People need to start thinking about who the real criminals are in all the election activity of overzealous law enforcement by the Sheriff and the County Attorney. Every election year brings their 24/7 grandstanding at taxpayers and society's expense. I think the quality of life in Arizona and Maricopa County has spiraled downward in the last 5 years. Power, money and numbers are all that matter to the elected officials who do not care about people or their families. The future looks grim as we approach a civil war in a prison state. There are no safe neighborhoods here as long as law enforcement abuses their power.

Living in Fear
Living in Fear

Coz, thanks for adding more information and helping sort through the Arpaio and Thomas messes. We look forward to reading your comments since you obviously have first hand experience. People don't realize how vulnerable they are to being thrown into Arpaio's jails and the criminal justice system. Since Arpaio has stated he doesn't care who he arrests, then people, just watch out when you get a broken taillight or you are coming out of an area restaurant, mall, church or anyplace violent criminals avoid. You are an easy target for the Sheriff and his posse. They know where the money is and who to grab.

Coz
Coz

LOL.....

http://www.eastvalleytribune.c... and didn�t see it posted yet.

March 23, 2008 - 7:39PM Arpaio may be bending state rules Dennis Welch, Tribune Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is using a loophole in state retirement rules to keep his most loyal deputies on the payroll after they've retired and accepted lucrative pensions and bonuses. In just the past year, Arpaio has rehired four top-level chiefs into civilian jobs. The four received retirement bonuses that paid them nearly $300,000 to more than $500,000 apiece. The sheriff says the men were the most qualified for the jobs. But critics say Arpaio, who is running for re-election, is keeping on key people who have helped him in previous campaigns. Law enforcement personnel are included in a state program called Deferred Retirement Option Plan, a retirement alternative commonly known as DROP. The program was started to encourage officers to stay on the job even beyond the 20-year mark. Once an officer enters DROP, he or she can stay in the program for up to five years. During their last five years, the money they would have received from their pension is socked away into an account earning up to 8.5 percent interest. After they take that money as a one-time bonus, they must leave the department as a sworn officer. The law does not bar them from returning to a civilian job. But that's a loophole other Valley police chiefs say they are wary of using because it sidesteps the intent of state retirement law and can cause morale problems within police agencies because younger employees can't move up. Over the 18 months, four of Arpaio's most experienced chiefs were forced to leave after taking the DROP bonus. In the past, other top deputies have become so-called double dippers - retiring and taking a pension and then rehired by MCSO - but these four did so under the lucrative DROP program and were hired into civilian positions. According to state and county records Jesse Locksa got $576,000 in the one-time payment, Larry Black received $386,000, Tim Overton was paid $445,000, and Rollie Seebert got $270,000. With the exception of Seebert, all had entered DROP in 2002 and stayed the full five years. Seebert entered Jan. 1, 2003 and left Nov. 1, 2006. Each was earning more than $100,000 per year when they retired and now collect pensions as high as $90,000 per year. Each was hired back almost immediately in a civilian administrative job. Black and Locksa started their new jobs the same day they retired. Seebert retired the day after Thanksgiving 2006 and was back at work on the following Monday. The positions are titled "operations manager" and pay $70,000 to $80,000, according to information provided by the county finance department and the sheriff's office. Combined with their pensions, the former deputies maintain annual incomes well over $100,000. None of the four would talk to the Tribune, according to Capt. Paul Chagolla, the sheriff's spokesman. Arpaio said the four deputies - who have contributed cash to the sheriff's past political campaigns and collected thousands of signatures needed to get him on the ballot - were the most experienced and best qualified applicants for the civilian jobs. "It's their right to put in for any job opening and I think I'm getting these guys, with all that experience, at bargain prices," Arpaio said. "I can't think of anyone more qualified for these jobs." Chagolla said the jobs were advertised for five days. But they attracted few applicants, he said, despite their high pay. Chagolla could not say where the jobs were listed. And he wouldn't say who else put in for them. Chagolla also wouldn't say who held the civilian posts before the four former deputies. Because the former employees no longer work for the government, the department is not required to reveal their names, he said. Arpaio did say the four former deputies now have varying responsibilities as "operations managers." Seebert and Overton were hired to train younger deputies in various duties while Locksa was put in charge of communications, Arpaio said. He was less forthcoming when it came to Black, his former chief of enforcement. "It has to do with homeland security and that's all I'm going to say about that," Arpaio said. In the past, all four had directed critical functions of the sheriff's department, Arpaio said, adding they were familiar with many aspects of the department from managing the jails to overseeing the sheriff's threat squad. In addition to their law enforcement duties, the four also demonstrated their political dedication to Arpaio over the years. A review of the sheriff's campaign finance records show they were among the most active volunteers in Arpaio's political machine. Together, the four deputies and their family members have contributed thousands of dollars to Arpaio's political coffers, some as far back as the early 1990s. Perhaps more importantly, Locksa, Seebert and Overton were key to getting Arpaio's name on the ballot for re-election in 2004. They worked political functions, approached people on the street and at other public places to round up thousands of signatures from registered voters for nominating petitions, required before any candidate can be on a ballot. Locksa alone collected nearly 1,100 signatures, according to a review of petition signature sheets at the Maricopa County Recorder's office. Chuck Coughlin, a GOP consultant, called that an "astounding" accomplishment that would have taken an incredible amount of time and energy. "It certainly shows his dedication," Coughlin said. By collecting the signatures, Arpaio's deputies saved the campaign money, Coughlin said. Professional signature gatherers are paid about $1.50 to $2 per name. The recorder's office doesn't keep signature petitions beyond five years, so records for previous election campaigns weren't available. Other Valley police chiefs say they are very cautious about rehiring former sworn officers. A former Phoenix police Chief left the Phoenix department through the DROP program and was rehired under the newly created title of public safety manager, a civilian post that essentially functions as the chief. But Chandler police Chief Sherry Kiyler said her department recently decided against bringing back officers once they've taken their DROP bonus. She said the officers know the deal when the they get in to DROP - once they get paid they have to leave. It was a decision that both the department and the city agreed on. "We didn't want people coming back after DROP, that wasn't its intent," she said. She said she would consider rehiring officers with unique talents, but that issue hasn't come up. Mesa police Chief George Gasc�oesn't rule out rehiring officers after they get their DROP payment, but he's never done it since he's been in Mesa, more than two years. He said he worries about the negative effect it could have on the department. "I'd be concerned about stagnation within the organization," he said. If employees in the department feel there's no room to advance it could demoralize them - something no police department wants, he said. Gasc�aid he's not aware of any officers attempting to come back after taking their DROP payment. Members of the Maricopa County Deputies Association declined to speak about Arpaio's hiring practices or any other issue for fear of reprisal by the sheriff, said Dale Norris, an attorney who represents the deputies union. But other police union representatives in the Valley are particularly critical of the sheriff, saying he has long used political loyalty as a litmus test for his deputies. "This is all about keeping his people in place," said officer Joe McAuliffe, treasurer of the Chandler Law Enforcement Association, the city's police union. McAuliffe pointed to the mass transfer of more than 300 sheriff's officers who supported Arpaio's political opponent - former Mesa police Cmdr. Dan Saban - soon after the 2004 election. "It's not like he hasn't done this before," McAuliffe said. Of the officers transferred, 140 were sworn deputies while the rest were jail guards. Arpaio has said those employees' political allegiances had nothing to do with the move. However, such large-scale reassignments are nearly unprecedented in law enforcement, the Tribune reported as part of an investigation into the shake-up. That is the type of action by the sheriff's department that keeps members of the deputies union from speaking publicly, Norris noted. Norris doesn't see anything wrong with hiring back retired deputies, but said it should be based on qualifications and merit. "If they are getting paid back for their work politically then that's wrong," he said.

Coz
Coz

Thank you for showing all of us how stupid some people are in Maricopa County.You have shown us an example far above all others with your post.

>>John Dougherty is a vile and repulsive man. He is a drunk and cannot possibly know the truth from a lie. He broke the law. If he was honorable, shouldn't he stand up and demand to be prosecuted under the law he broke. Well, why would he, the new times publishers broke the law, and when arrested claimed that the Sheriff violated their civil rights. But they did, even admittedly, break the law, effectively putting every Arizona Citizen at risk. What civil right was violated? The first ammendment does not guarantee any right to violate the law. It also does not grant the right to lie and mislead the public just as the new times has been doing for years. The streets are safer because of Joe Arpaio. He has done a fantastic job and hopefully will continue to do so.Comment by AZ Citizen � March 24, 2008 @ 11:09PM

AZ Citizen
AZ Citizen

John Dougherty is a vile and repulsive man. He is a drunk and cannot possibly know the truth from a lie. He broke the law. If he was honorable, shouldn't he stand up and demand to be prosecuted under the law he broke. Well, why would he, the new times publishers broke the law, and when arrested claimed that the Sheriff violated their civil rights. But they did, even admittedly, break the law, effectively putting every Arizona Citizen at risk. What civil right was violated? The first ammendment does not guarantee any right to violate the law. It also does not grant the right to lie and mislead the public just as the new times has been doing for years. The streets are safer because of Joe Arpaio. He has done a fantastic job and hopefully will continue to do so.

Concerned Citizen2
Concerned Citizen2

Hunting down an investigative reporter by the Sheriff and all the power he has access to, is chilling. Makes one wonder who killed AZ reporter Bolles (Arizona Report),if there is this kind of obsession to destroy John Dougherty. The Phoenix New Times and their investigative reporters are very courageous for not backing down. We are paying attention and will vote against them.

Concerned AZ Voter
Concerned AZ Voter

The area has changed for the worse in the last five years. We will vote out the officials who have abused their power, written poor policy and laws that have dramatically changed what was once a fine place to live. It's time for change.We're voting for Gerald Richard for County Attorney and Dan Saban for Sheriff andhope you all do the same.

Paying Attention
Paying Attention

#1 comment by Coz says it all -- we will take your advice and vote them all out in the next election and also actively campaign against them.

Concerned Voter
Concerned Voter

John Dougherty is courageous and has done much to help the people of Arizona understand what we are facing, when the elected and appointed officials are so corrupted by their power, that they don't care who they destroy. Silencing and singling out a paper who is not in "lock-step" with all the others, who speak as "one voice"(fed by media driven sheriff and the county attorney) only makes one realize how corrupt the county and state are. We commend John Dougherty and Phoenix New Times for the courage to speak out as a voice for those who have been silenced in fear.

Coz
Coz

Joe a hero ?Maybe in Communist China........

Mike
Mike

Everyone, if you are serious and want this group out of office, GET OUT AND VOTE!!! Heck, the county even makes it super easy. Go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/... and get a ballot miled to your house so you can fill it out and mail it in and avoid the long lines. Let's get everyone to this site and let's do something about it this year.

AZ Native
AZ Native

Joe must go! He is as corrupt as they come. Get integrity and honesty back in the MCSO. What ever happened to the public records request, the story didn't say what was the end result. Az voters stop putting Arpaio in office, once your in his sights, your his prey too. He's just a publicity hound, and gets nothing done. Even McCain didn't support him in the last election. Joe must go!

Curious Citizen
Curious Citizen

Hey look New Times, it's your buddy Israel Correa, being charged with a home invasion hoax. We all tried to tell you guys that his arrest by the MCSO was an intentional publicity stunt hoax too, but you wouldn't listen. You pro-illegals will fall for anything. You guys are so irresponsibly knee jerk for liberal causes it's embarrassing. Sorry, but you owe your readers better.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/...

Activist accused of home-invasion hoaxJJ HensleyThe Arizona RepublicMar. 20, 2008 01:00 PM

A Phoenix man is in jail after filing what police claim was a false report about a home invasion.

According to Phoenix Police, Israel Correa, 28, a Valley activist who's had frequent run-ins with law enforcement, filed a police report on Wednesday alleging that a home invasion occurred at his house, in the 2100 block of West Madison St.

The target of the police report was Carlos Mendoza, a justice of the peace, according to friends of Mendoza.

Police investigated the report through the night and went to Mendoza's house early Thursday morning, detaining the judge and some family members while they investigated, said Don Smith, a Mendoza acquaintance.

The investigation ended about 6 a.m. when Correa's girlfriend admitted the report was a hoax, police say.

Mendoza, a judge in the downtown Justice Court, and Correa, an occasional figure in the Valley's immigrant rights movement, have a series of long standing personal disputes.

Each has filed a series of injunctions against harassment and restraining orders against the other over the past few years, according to court documents.

The two were once friends but had a falling out over a disputed $6,000 in rent payments when Correa was Mendoza's tenant, according to court documents.

Native Arizonan since 1956
Native Arizonan since 1956

Gary, your comments shed needed light on the party line mentality of voters. MOST vote for the candidate from their party, regardless of the candidate's worthiness. SOME actually cross party lines and vote for the most worthy and qualified candidate. This requires some examination and assessment of the candidate(s) and their views on a variety of issues. Apparently this is too much work for the party line voters. They just follow like sheep to the slaughter; no investigation or thinking required.God help us!

Gary Klahr
Gary Klahr

As I have said before, you can NOT beat Joe at the polls this year by a Democrat; the ONLY time Demos win county offices is when the Republican incumbent is under Indictment (eg. Assessor Milt Novkov). There was an EASY way to dispose of the Sheriff 4 years ago---but you politically-naive people never realized it. Saban ran a close race in the REPUBLICAN primary then; if more Demos had re-registered as Indxependents then ---as I did---and voted in the Republican primary, Saban would be our Sheriff NOW; but apparently no one but me "caught on" to Joe's political troubles caused by 2 factors ---1) His endorsement in 2002 of Janet over Matt Salmon for Guv which infuriated right-wing Republicans who previously had always voted for Joe; 2) The long-known Az political fact that in GOP PRIMARIES out here, only those kind of Republicans turn out to vote (that is why so many supporters of Mecham's impeachment were defeated in the 1988 Republican primaries for legislative seats---and indeed is the reason Mecham beat Burton Barr for Guv in the 1986 GOP primary).

SO LIVE AND LEARN---Joe will be re-elected; you guys HAD your chance 4 years ago and blew it; Saban will probably lose by only 5 points---Joe's closest race yet with a Demo---but FOUR MORE YEARS of Joe can be expected. /gpk

Coz
Coz

Sorry to rant, but every time I read this, it infuriates me.These guys are such pricks. We all have to abide by the law while they are allowed to flaunt it while breaking it. Amazing�..

John Dougherty is an honorable man. He didn�t deserve any of this either.

Joe has got to Go in 2008.Vote Saban !

Coz
Coz

If there's room in thre bus, let's throw in the Board of Supervisors too, their as bad as the rest.

Arizona Politicians, Sleaziest and Most Corrupt Politicians Money Can Buy.

Coz
Coz

BTW, Lisa Allen too.

Coz
Coz

Arpaio, Hendershott, Jones, McIntyre, Thomas, Lebowitz, Lottstein, only one answer...

But them all in a bus and push the fuckers off a 1000 foot cliff. I'd be more than happy to help do the pushing.

 
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