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There's no better evidence of this than the search warrant Arpaio executed on Conley Wolfswinkel.
The sheriff and county attorney claimed that they had reasonable cause to believe Wolfswinkel was bribing Stapley. Based on that suspicion, they got a search warrant for Wolfswinkel's office.
But Wolfswinkel's attorneys were able to prove that the search warrant was based on false information. Six months after its execution, they successfully persuaded a judge (coincidentally, Judge Donahoe) to controvert the warrant and return Wolfswinkel's property.
And Wolfswinkel learned something fascinating upon the property's return. "They discovered that basically none of it had been looked at," says his attorney, Grant Woods. Copies of Wolfswinkel's hard drive, for example, hadn't even been opened.
"What does that tell you?" Woods asks, incredulous.
It tells me that the contents of the hard drive were never the point. They already achieved the goal: a media circus.
Today, Wolfswinkel is offering to settle with Maricopa County for $10 million. Mary Rose Wilcox is asking for $4.75 million. Don Stapley wants $5 million.
And as for Gary Donahoe?
"Judge Donahoe's reputation has been irreversibly tarnished," Manning writes in his notice of claim. "He has been charged with three felony counts and regardless of how baseless those charges were and despite the fact they have now been abandoned, the judge will be forever tainted by those charges."
He's asking for $4.75 million. I hope he gets every penny.