By Amy Silverman
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By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
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By Weston Phippen
Joe and Andy have no scruples: What Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas did to that poor judge is truly criminal.
With the other county officials — supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox — I didn't feel so bad. Because they both had skeletons in their closets. But Donahoe did nothing wrong at all, except go against the aims of these Nazis, and he got his ass handed to him.
The extent to which they tried to discredit him is something right out of the Third Reich. Because if these guys could've gotten away with it, they would've thrown him in prison and tortured him. They have no scruples.
Good journalism is not dead: Excellent job, New Times!
Your continued reporting on subjects that other media won't touch gives hope that not all good journalism is dead in the United States of America.
Leonard Clark, Phoenix
Make Joe and Andy personally accountable: I wish there were some way to make Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas personally accountable for all the misery they caused the innocent people you mention. Too bad taxpayers have to insure the criminals, Arpaio and Thomas.
Regarding [them], how much money have they cost this county in lawsuit payouts, wasted manpower costs, and wasted litigation costs to go after their enemies?
There needs to be a reckoning for these two, and I pray it involves jail time.
Tom Simons, Phoenix
A shocked and dismayed out-of-towner: I'm a student at Arizona State University who came here from another state. Before I started keeping up with local events in the Phoenix area, I had no idea how corrupt local officials could be. How brazen they could be about going after their enemies.
I hope justice does one day prevail against Arpaio and Thomas. It's hard to believe that the public has allowed it to go on for so long. I hope those federal investigations bear some fruit, because I love living here and I want this to be a place where I don't have to fear corrupt public servants who can run roughshod over anybody they please.
Zed Benedict, Tempe
Not like a coincidence: The Jack Cox twist is intriguing, to say the least. Likely much more than a mere coincidence.
Tommy Collins, Phoenix
Lien their houses, take their cars: These officials may deserve money, but why do the taxpayers of Maricopa County have to pay?
Get it directly and personally from Arpaio and Thomas. Lien their houses, take their personal cars. State Schools Superintendent Tom Horne is an occasional liar, but if Thomas gets one vote in the Republican primary for state attorney general, that is obscene.
R.V. Gleason, Bullhead City
Huh?: Great story! Now, if we can just get [Sarah Fenske] to cover the 1070 law — and not [other members of] the moronic, probably-illegal-themselves writing staff the editor has drudged up from the bottom of some Kool-Aid jug.
Byte Rider, Phoenix
A prediction: Here's how I think the claims [by Judge Gary Donahoe and the others] will play out. The Board of Supervisors will deny the notices of claim, and the cases will be filed in court.
Once in court, all records regarding the "investigation of corruption" will have to be requested. Then it will be up to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the County Attorney's Office to show proof. No proof, and I'll bet there will be summary judgments to those filing suit.
Mark Lane, Phoenix
Donahoe's no liberal, John: As usual, Sarah Fenske has her head up her ass. I'm sure if Sheriff Joe had a beef against this judge, it was a righteous one. Even if the judge didn't do anything technically wrong, the sheriff must have known that he was up to no good.
What I'm saying is that Joe knew more, obviously, than he was letting on. Otherwise, he wouldn't have, along with Andy Thomas, gone after this judge. Far as I'm concerned, that Donahoe's a liberal is enough to justify the action taken against him.
John Montero, Mesa
Below the law: I was always told that not even judges are above the law. Judge Donahoe shows us that not even he is below the law — according to Joe.
A fat, old, racist cop and his redheaded stepchild couldn't drag the judicial system any lower. Two of nature's truly great mistakes.
The only two people these morons haven't tried to sue is each other. The Joe and Andy Show would have been more at home in the Senate of the Roman Empire, [where the two of them could've fed] the Christians to the lions.
Joe and Andy's parents remembered everything for their beach parties way back when — everything but the condoms. Damn it!
Steve Tracy, address unavailable
Stand up and do what's right: Great article, and I read the entire 12-page legal document by lawyer Michael Manning. Very sad and corrupt are the continuous control and power that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and [now former] County Attorney Andrew Thomas have in the fifth-largest county in the United States.
I wish New Times would stop misrepresenting 1070. I swear they pick and chose their what they want their readers to know. I mean god forbid New Times talk about anything not involving Sheriff Joe, Andrew Thomas or 1070. People tend to forget that the majority of this state was for this law including myself. Please oh please stop calling this biggest civil right issue of our generation. This will never ever be the same as the civil rights movement of the 60's and women's right movements. I mean every and every county in the world asks for your passport when ever they want. I just think people should just come into this county the legal and right way. New Times, do your reader's a real service and report both sides of the issue. I mean your bias clearly comes through in every article or columns
Looking at the above comments and knowing how left wing liberal the media is. I wished this country had more Joe Arpaio's. Liberals have worked hard the last 50 years to get as many people on the government tit as possible so that they could have complete control. If this doesn't change this November this country as our Founding Fathers new it is done.
To Rich Shelby; thanks for the black eye to the white race. If you have any semblance of a worthy cause, it is undetectable due to your pitiful ignorance!
This all stems from giving power to non whites who are ready to take revenge on us.
USA for European Whites only. All others need to go back to their place of origin. Now that the law has been put in your hands, Arizonians we hope you'll use it to send the message that immigrants and non European Whites are not welcomed. If you see a non-white driving make it your duty to do your jobs. Finally our kids can walk the streets and we don't have to put up with colored people. This is a start there will be more to come. Write to Fair and the tea party, and thank them for doing this for us. Also the Governor, she deserves a trophy for being a hero. Support the Republican Party; let us finish what we have started. The days of white Anglo Saxon America is near.Thanks FAIR.