However, Van Wyck adds, "Here, there was absolutely no interference by anyone in the process and nothing improper at all. Mr. Thomas may have been right in his big-picture view, but not when it came to his particular case. In his case, it was absolutely self-serving."

Jack MacIntyre, a deputy chief for Joe Arpaio, claims not to know anything about his agency's mysterious run at Van Wyck.

"I don't know word one of what you're talking about," says MacIntyre, an attorney and one of the sheriff's closest advisers.

MacIntyre points out that, on Van Wyck's watch, the State Bar filed a complaint against him during a dispute last year between MCSO and criminal-defense attorneys over a reduction in jail visitation hours.

He says that complaint apparently stemmed from blogs on the Arizona Republic Web site that supported his position that the Superior Court judge presiding over the dispute had made up her mind against Arpaio's agency before hearing the evidence.

"It was moronic for them to file that against me," MacIntyre says. "If Bob Van Wyck had ever slept in the same room with a law book, he might know the word 'hearsay' and what it means."

He says that the Bar has dismissed that complaint, too.

Up in Flagstaff, Van Wyck insists he felt more curious than intimidated by the sheriff's detectives.

"Frankly, I was embarrassed for those guys," he says. "There wasn't an episode or an issue or anything at all. It didn't exist. They seemed to be experienced police officers, and I would rather have them doing something real, like maybe solving a crime, or something."

A postscript: A few weeks ago, Thomas asked the county Board of Supervisors to hire Ernie Calderon to deal with legal issues involving East Valley land baron Conley Wolfswinkel and Thomas' pending criminal case against supervisor Don Stapley. In a letter dated March 6, county manager David Smith rejected the request as "both expensive and unnecessary."

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Kmallen53
Kmallen53

IT is not hard to believe they would drive that far.... I helped my niece move out of her house, because her ex boyfriend had beaten her up. Anyway ex was no longer living there but she was afraid he would show up, so i got a few ppl together and went and moved the stuff. Had the key from the property owner and permission. A man showed up asking about tools, told him they were on a truck to my house, he went to my house and retrieved them. A week or so later, I wake up with a deputy in my house and demanding to know where a person with my name was. I told him here what can I do for you. Long story short he drove from Wickenberg and I live in Glendale, 3 times to question me about stealing some tools. They were returned and I didn't steal them. He said I was not authorized to move my nieces belongings. I said I was acting as a moving agent in her behalf. He kept arguing with me about how I was not authorized. He said my nieces ex called and reported the tools stolen. I told him they were not even his tools and the owner of the tools got them back immediately. He continued to drill me. I said I'm done, either arrest me or were done. He swung me around and cuffed me I told him good take me to where ever we have to go because I am done with you. I sat in the car, on a Saturday morning about 7:00 am for 5 minutes and he came back and said lets go. I believe there was no intent I am not arresting you!!!! so yeah they will do that

lieh
lieh

thom ass is guilty as sin, up to old tricks as ever, corruption in maricopa county. the Feds need to clean house. !!

AZ Abuse of Power
AZ Abuse of Power

from above: "'You guys drove 2 1/2 hours up here to interrogate a citizen about something that can't possibly have any ramifications of any kind. It doesn't even catch a civil issue, much less criminal."

Sounds like another arpaio/thomas driven witch-hunt to us! Once again abuse of the taxpayers dollars in a financially strapped county and state while they hunt down their enemies. It's disgusting.

concerned citizen
concerned citizen

Good work exposing the depths of where arpaio/thomas will go to retaliate and get rid of those who oppose them. Van Wyck you deserve better. Stay safe good man we will watch this since you are another one that can be added to "enemies list" .

Arizona State of Fear
Arizona State of Fear

david saint, you truly described the situation thomas has created and perpetuated. Our society and the future of Arizona look grim when people are used as PR pawns and innocent lives are destroyed for a "vote", a "conviction" and to grow the obscene fees of lawyers, to grow the mass industrial prison complex - Arizona #4 largest percentage of state budget going to incarceration. Then ask what incarceration does to society, the destroyed families, children's lives and the future. We are creating MORE criminals, not less, since there is no money for rehabilitation. Arizona is warehousing human beings while those who abuse power and are allowed to operate above the law contribute to the demise of the taxpayers dollars.

thomas and arpaio have found groups of people to prey upon who are not allowed to have a voice, can be controlled and silenced, while they collect their millions from the Federal government to perpetuate their hatred and power at the expense of vulnerable people in our society. Arizona should be ashamed of itself to sit back and do nothing.

david saint
david saint

while i agree with tommy somewhat, the fact still remains that Thomas's tenure has been filled with inconsistancies, retaliations, and conflicts of interest..why would this be any different? The fact that he is allowed to abuse his authority daily, give his old boss millions upon millions in tax dollars, and prosecutes innocent people and not guards that kill inmates is frightening and disturbing. But that he was just re-elected is the worst part because that tells me that either people think this is acceptable, or that they just dont care. Either way, the walls we have built over the years to improve the measures of justice and punish those that abuse their power (ask mike nifong) seem to be falling a brick at a time daily with no end in sight around here. When are those that are charged with upholding the law, justice, and Constitutions going to respect their oaths? When are they going to be held to the same standards that we citizens are held accountable for? Call me crazy, but i still believe in an America where EVERYONE is treated as human beings, respected as individuals and not preyed upon as a PR tool, and the traditions and values that made this country so great will continue to carry on to the next generation..but at this rate the outlook doesnt look good.

TommyC1
TommyC1

Just a thought. It's entirely possible McIntyre may be telling the truth, yes - an anomaly for MCSO. It's likely the 'detectives' were deputies assigned to the County Attorney as investigators. I doubt Van Wyck asked them about their assignment or their supervisor. They likely were sent their by thomas or one of his miscreants. Now if you were to ask arpaio if he knew about it....

TommyC1
TommyC1

As the worm turns.... arpaio and thomas just can't screw with enough people to keep them happy. With all the turmoil they have already caused you would think they would sitting back, drinking scotch and smoking Honduran cigars. But no, someone sent two deputies to Flagstaff for an interview because thomas is upset with this guy and Calderon is getting cut out of his pork barrel work. Maybe Calderon should get out there and stump for clients, huh?

 
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