By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
I have a simple question for U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard: Where are the ever-lovin' indictments?
Indeed, you can be sure of one thing in the wake of MCSO Deputy Chief Frank Munnell's 63-page memo outlining the corruption and alleged criminal activity in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office: Both the feds and the AG have all this information and then some.
Munnell admits he's been talking to both federal and state investigators about the Sheriff's Command Association, the group funded by millionaires and high-ranking deputies that paid for a sleazy TV ad against Arpaio's 2008 foe, Dan Saban.
The deputy chief refers to the SCA as a "politically motivated political-action fund," claims that he was asked to contribute to it by Arpaio's chief deputy David Hendershott, and alleges that Hendershott encouraged him not to cooperate with investigators and coached him on how to respond to their questions.
He also asserts that Hendershott threatened him with retaliation because he spoke with the FBI and the AG's Office. In fact, Munnell's putative reason for writing the memo was that Hendershott was seeking to remove him from his assignment as chief of patrol.
In blasting Hendershott and his two top cronies, MCSO Director Larry Black and Captain Joel Fox, Munnell observes that there's "more than enough reasonable suspicion" of law-breaking.
Beyond the SCA scandal, the alleged intimidation of witnesses, and cover-up of criminal activity, Munnell lays out a blueprint for possible federal indictments of Hendershott and others in regard to MACE, the anti-corruption unit formed in 2007 by Sheriff Arpaio and then-County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
MACE has mainly targeted Arpaio's enemies in what Munnell refers to as "politically motivated investigations." MACE probes have focused on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, specifically Don Stapley, Mary Rose Wilcox, and Andrew Kunasek.
Stapley had been critical of the MCSO's budget woes and ended up arrested twice on trumped-up allegations of fraud. Wilcox, a longtime Arpaio critic, was indicted on bogus forgery and perjury charges. In both cases, the indictments were thrown out.
In July, the MCSO accused Kunasek of swiping $15,000 from the county. His apparent sin was questioning the conflicts of interests in MACE inquiries into the Board of Supervisors. Nothing came of the phony claim.
Then there's the racketeering case brought in federal court by Thomas and Arpaio alleging a conspiracy against everyone they'd been investigating and against the judges who had ruled against them in various cases. Thomas and Arpaio ultimately dropped this asinine RICO suit.
Though Munnell never delves into the RICO stunt, if you add it to the pyre, there's more than enough to begin indicting culprits under two federal statutes, 18 USC 242 (depriving someone of his or her rights under the "color of law") and 18 USC 241 (conspiring to deprive someone of his or her rights).
About a year ago, KPHO interviewed former New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias after he had reviewed all the information available concerning Arpaio's possible abuses of power in retaliating against his political opponents.
Iglesias, a Republican and the model for Tom Cruise's character in A Few Good Men, did not stutter when he told KPHO what he would do if he were in Dennis Burke's shoes.
"I would go to a grand jury," Iglesias said. "I would work very closely with the civil rights criminal division in Washington, D.C. And, based on the information that I have, I would seek an indictment."
Remember, Iglesias made his statement in late 2009. An FBI probe of the MCSO began in 2008, in the waning months of George W. Bush's presidency.
A federal grand jury was impaneled in December 2009 and has, so far, questioned numerous county employees, alleged victims, and MCSO staff, including, according to my sources, Munnell himself.
The state Attorney General's Office began a probe of the SCA scandal and other matters in November 2008, and if we take Munnell at his word, the AG's Office is still looking into MCSO wrongdoing.
So any way you shove it into the blender, indictments are long overdue. And that's not even getting into the numerous allegations — none of them news — of Hendershott making bank as Arpaio's right-hand man.
Munnell has Hendershott profiting from the sales of pink underwear — his son even gets a commission on each pair of boxers for the logo, which Hendershott Jr. designed, according to Munnell.
Munnell says Hendershott had a business interest in the facial-recognition technology he was pimping in Honduras and China. You remember all those treks at county expense to Honduras to supposedly train the police force there? I first revealed them in January 2008 in my Feathered Bastard blog ("Hendershott in Honduras?" January 12, 2008).
The real reason behind the Honduran escapade, it was later revealed, was to make it a test case for the facial-recognition technology sold by Hummigbird Defense Systems, whose CEO was good buddies with Hendershott and traveled with Hendershott to China.
"In fact," Munnell writes, "Chief Hendershott was quoted by [an] MCSO employee associated with the project as stating that, upon their retirement from the Sheriff's Office, they were going to make lots of money."
HANG HIM HIGH. How can the voters of az let joe get away with what he is doing. If nothing happens to him he will be making fools of all of us. The man is an ignorant pig. Sez he knows nothing, bull hes the boss. If he sez he knows nothing of what goes on in his department then he should not be sherrif. He is wasting our money and we let him get away with it. All he seems to care about is publicity. his jails are a pig stye and the medical facility in durango jail isnt fit for animals let alone people. A nurse told me they work with what they have. Nothing is what they have. The voters need to wake up and smell the bullshit coming from this mans mouth.
put his sorrry butt in the private prison. the cops want big sympathy when one of the killed but when one breaks the law, when a lawman they need to be held to a higher accountablity. Make and example of them or the crime and coruption in az keeps right on happening.NO slap on the wrist prison. time.! and no private cell. let them go where they belong. They make mockery of everyone in prison is innocent, well htere you go let them go to jail and cry' but im innnocent"! haha jokes!
Over here in Scottsdale corruption is a routine, professional practice. Making false statements on documents is very easy to determine. What are the reasons these deficiencies are not corrected? There are very easy to detect. The police are only the tip of the iceberg of corruption and incompetence that reaches into the inner depths of the Scottsdale Justice Court. Might that entity aptly be renamed: Scottsdale Kangaroo Court. Joseph Stalin would be proud.
Did you know. wants to join him by maintaining that the hoax with deputy Pureliar Lucis
there will be NO INDENTMENTS AND NOTHING WILL HAPPEN JOE ASSWIPE AND SHERIFF OFFICE IS ABOVE THE LAW>
While the Feds are at it, they should look into all the other corruption that this criminal has committed over the years.
Rumor: Dept. of Justice has ordered rainbow colors underwear (extra small) for the toughest corrupt sherriff in the country...According to a news flash this clown has caused taxpayers another 600,000 dollars today as a result of his tough stance against broken tailights...He will never go against real criminals. Another newsflash: his partner in crime Babozo (Pinal) wants to join him by maintaining that the hoax with deputy Pureliar did happen and the ak47 shooters have returned to Mars (not Mexico) in their invisible spaceship...Mr. Cartel expert (in the mind of Fox News) sooner than later will not be able to handle the truth so US Marshall Gonzalez better order extra-extra small underwear for this super Clown...Arizona---who let the clowns in? Taxpayers you all have been duped...
mark my works they will push this under the rug ; state attorney general no balls, sheriff in pinal co. will not find any wrong doing because hes not doing a crimal investgation, boy i trought i,d seen bad politials in louisiana, but this crooked ass state takes the cake along with with that crook joe anfd fat ass dave 2 snakes in the same barrel and 1 more snake the sheriff in pinal co. those folks better stat watching that lieing crook to.
Why the hell isn't that asshole in prison yet? It's absurd to even entertain the idea of letting him retire, even more ludicrous to consider letting him keep his job. He should be in general population prison with no sort of special protection whatsoever, he's a scum bag and is worse than most of the criminals already in the prisons.
Wouldn't it be sweet justice to see Arpaio's mug on http://phoenixmugs.com ?
All i know is if it was me with that type of organization doing what he does....I would be arrested under plenty of criminal syndicate statutes!! Cause hes a public figure hes excempt or what? Hes a criminal using the tax payers money to run his gang...Yes MCSO is a gang for you poeple that dont understand the topic. But hey...AZ has always had a colorful track record when it comes to corruption with government officials. Symington, Mecham, AZ Scam, the list goes on!! And now we come to find out that our governors sonis a sexual predator!! Good job AZ ;) Another homer for the election process. Makes you wonder if voting really matters right? I think its all fixed way before any of the so-called voting begins. Gotta make it look right though? Makes me sick and embarrased to say im even from here nowadays!!!
Arpayo do us Seniors and TAX payers a favor just retire we are done with your lies, your Tactical Negative political implications and negative media towards OUR LOVELY STATE OF ARIZONA, CARELESS spending of OUR TAX PAYERS MONEY, Every time you get sued or your sueing some one you use our TAX PAYERS MONEY to PAY for it dam LAWSUITS . Enough is Enough Our Citizens will voice their concerns. And Tell Jan Brewer to stop letting CRIMINALS that have not completed their sentence FREE. Because of the budget shes letting Criminals out early out of STATE PRISON. so she can save Money. That dosen't make sence.
Time for Arporkhole, Hennerslob and Jan Spewer to hit the fucking road. I forgot to add Pearce to the list. This crap is for the fucking birds.
How is it that this article occupies the same spot on yahoo for weeks? Yahoo bias? This is scum journalism at it's worst..
They should also have Phoenix News Times Investigate Arizona Department of Corrections, The Current staff assults on Correctional Officers and the overwhlming Short staffing and the Current and past homicides on inmates due to shortstaffing, Thanks to brewer cutting the salaries of the Correctional Officers, Short staffing the Correctional Officer III, also non as counselors. Educational programs. In other words everything across the board was slashed for cuts. News Times you would get a very good story if you interview Correctional Officers and Inmates at Buckeye Lewis Complex among other Complexes in Arizona. Its a real problem that the Citizens of Arizona and Tax Payer dosen't know its getting worse. Cutting funds is not the answer. Cuver-up on murders in prison by State higher ups, Pay off of millions to families of inmates murdered or assulted by other inmates due to short staffing. Plese look in to it.........We also need your help to informe the public of the truth.... Thank you. Stephen Lemons we love your honesty and informing the truth.
And we are worried about the Cartel and And all these sheriffs that make up shootings. I belive we need to clean house and do away with lies, currupsion. and Lets start with Jan Brewer. The leader of the LIE.
Arizona needs a new image..........
Much of the current controversy surrounding Arpaio and MCSO is an "apples and oranges" conundrum:
Point 1- Arpaio and his underlings have destroyed the MCSO from within (and ripped off the tax payers) by years of intimidation, corruption, and self serving publicity stunts. The victims of this mafia are not just the current and past employees, but other politicians, and private citizens who have had the audacity to cross the Regime.
Point 2- The illegal immigration issue is just another one of his stunts. He has twisted this matter to curry favor from a crime weary citizenry that is understandably upset with the federal government's failure to aggressively enforce the laws. His "tough on wetbacks" shtick is actually an insult to those who want real enforcement and reform.......and it has done nothing but pick fights with the feds.......which of course allows him to act even "tougher".
I am all for tough, non-politically correct enforcement of the immigration laws. I am NOT for a Sheriff that makes political hay out of a serious subject such as this just to get his name in the headlines......while simultaneously (and purposely) deflecting real attention from the years of criminal & financial misdeeds within his own organization. Arpaio is the furthest thing from a true professional law enforcement leader..........he is a charlatan; and a corrupt one at that.
The MCSO shurf is:A) A senile bag of flatulenceB) A short, overweight, corrupt flaccid old foolC) A threat to public safety and a drain on the taxpayerD) All of the above.
Mr. Lemons, you said it all! If anyone read today's Montini column in the Arizona Republic, he describes the Flaccid Fool as a Ford Model T. That is quite true.
Montini goes on to describe Pinal County Shurf Paul "Mr.Clean" Babeu as a Chevrolet Corvette. When Hell freezes over, the PCSO shurf will be a Corvette. He has corrupt deputies who fake their own shootings in his department.
Goddard is too much of an idiot to indict the senile old fool and his lackies. I will give him credit for the $94M he won from Western Union, though.
Now if Mr. Burke can grow and retain a pair and get this threat to public safety out of office, he'd be doing everyone a favor.
I also read in a Montini column that the Flaccid Fool actually can announce his candidacy for a sixth term as MCSO shurf. (thank you Senator Pearce)
I learned that Pearce is going to be AZ Senate President and may consider a run for the Guv's office, as well as MCSO shurf. We're all in major trouble if that happens.
that old fat prick and that second in comand other prick will not have any thing done to them mark my words they are above the the law. cajungman
If there is enough information to indict him then do it. Otherwise find someone else to smear in your liberal writings. Joe has done more for law enforcement than any of the puppet Chiefs in Phoenix, Mesa etc. Joe does not support breaking the law by harboring illegals in his jurisdiction. Can that be said for the big cities protecting them? There is no true journalism today, only politically motivated smear writers.
Mr. Lemons: If I understand anything about the law, it is only this: there is a big difference in accusing and indicting an individual with a crime, and and accusing and indicting a LAWFUL police enforcement agency. The ground rules HAVE to be different.
My question is: do YOU, Mr. Lemons, have access to the files and actual testimonies of the accusers? Or are YOU privy to information that a Grand Jury would have, of are you being fed information (perhaps illegally) by someone in the DOJ? Is that why YOU (according to the headlines) expect to see a federal indictment: which might make YOU a viable Grand Jury witness to possessing information...unless that is just your bias against the MCSO, or any law enforcement agency that is at odds with yout political viewpoint!
Munnell has been part of the corrupt, self-serving, insider club for many years.........that's how he got to where he is today. His memo to Arpaio is a transparent attempt to cover his ass, prop us his buddy Sheridan, and protect Arpaio (who is now basically senile, but had been supportive of and fully witting of the nefarious illegal actions of Hendershott, et al for years). All of the "Chiefs", "Super Chiefs", PIO staff and other upper echelon have turned a blind eye/ear to the mismanagement of the MCSO for decades, while ignoring the due process of scores of harassed and terminated employees. Units such as the "Threats Squad", MACE, and the like have been used to "investigate" and attack anyone perceived as a disloyal enemy of the regime. It will take an army of experienced, impartial investigators to unravel all of the crimes.........including a team of forensic financial experts and computer crime sleuths. The feds better act fast........as I'm sure the shredders on the 19th floor are working on high speed as we speak. The removal of Hendershott, Black, and Fox are just the tip of the iceberg..........and the remainder of the command staff know it. I'd bet they are getting their own "black books" of incriminating notes ready to point fingers at one another in an attempt to save themselves from the sinking ship and inevitible indictments. They lost the respect of the current (and past) rank and file long ago......in addition to turning the MCSO into a laughing stock amongst the rest of Arizona law enforcement agencies. All in order to bestow lofty titles upon themselves and to enrich themselves at the expense of the true professionals that still suffer at the MCSO. The beginning of the end is finally here..........thank God.
Truly we must acknowledge that Joe should have know what was happening in his department yet he done what it done tn the business world. By placing his confidence in one that he trusted. And to be found not loyal to the best sheriff in the United States of America.Look at the big picture and give Joe the respect that he should have. Pray for Joe as the bible states.See Romans 13: 1-7, in fact the people that are in political position because GOD put them there. You should read the Bible and not depend on the preacher. Study to show yourself approval to God and not man, then you will meet the approval of GOD. THINK ABOUT PLEASING GOD.
what was your web designer doing with this article? Can't read the headline with all the little subarticle headers going across the page at the top. They don't move out of the way whenyou move your cursor near them. Something's not right the way that was set up. Those should not be covering the headline. Copied and pasted them here for you. These cover up the top headline still trying to find what it says and can't. Features
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Should Sheriff Joe Arpaio Get a Pass When the Indictments Come Down? Hell, No
.......a state wiped out by corruption,,,and we are working to give IRAQ a goverment?....judges above the law? and $100,000 pay offs to lawyers to stay out of court....crime is now Arizona number one industry as Washington is looking at nation building in the mid-east....give me a break....and a new newspaper for Phoenix
No Public Servant should be above the law, they work for the people. They have guide lines in which they must abide by, if they step out of those guide lines, it is for certain a reason for termination, no matter what level of government they represent.
Let's cut to the chase: this Arpaio flap is all about illegal immigrants. Sheriff Joe wants U.S. laws enforced; the Maricopa Supervisors, City of Phoenix etc, encourage and through subcontractors, virtually employee illegals. And who knows, if the Supervisors and other officials are stick men for the Mexican Cartels who make in the neighborhood of 40 billion via the Phoenix pipeline for human and drug trafficking.Political campaigns are every expensive, and indirect contributions by Mexican Cartels are viewed as overhead and normal cost of doing business. The U.S. "legal" system is a sham, we incarcerate those with differing political opinions all the time. Who is,or is not indicted depends on which party is in power at the time. The Dems are in power for now, who knows who will be indicted after the 2012 elections ?
Sheriff Joe is an ignorant MORON. His claim to fame is the fact that he attended GlendaleCommunity college, he does not state for HOW LONG OR WHAT HIS MAJOR WAS, probably a one week course in thievery?
He reminds me of (and looks like) Al Capone the chicago MOBSTER. What troubles me is that he has been allowed by our political system too present himself as a HERO. His righthand man, HENDERSHOT is a big fat PIG that is double dipping with a huge pension and SALARY by acting as ARPAIO'S hired gun. I would let them both lose in in the prison system wearing only PINK UNDERWEAR and let the prisoners have their way with them both. It would be a fitting end for them both, living like KINGS with our money!
If Joe was responsible by commission or omission then he should go and take whatever penalty is due. The case against Mary Rose Wilcox was thrown out because the judge thought it was brought on political grounds. The ruling was not based on the facts. Her misdeeds are well known whether they are settled in court or not. Some of hers have passed the statute of limitations. But Joe, should not take her defense, and deal with the issues straight on. Iglesias has his own issues and cannot be taken seriously. He would not go after ACORN for voter fraud and was then fired. He has issues.
I hope they put his BIG BUTT in pink underwear and send him to tent city see how he likes green bologna and rotten fruit . Its long over due for the biggest crook in the state .
I am in doubt that anything will be done to Sheriff Joe as far as any indictments are concerned. I am old enough to remember how Sheriff's used to rule in the South and this is just a western version. Instead of afro-americans, Sheriff Joe has Mexicans, and others from latin countries he blames. The playbook he is using was invented over 100 years ago in the deep south. He continues to profit from the taxpayers in Maricopa County and no one has the "stones" to call him to task, not the AG nor the US Government. I can only pray that the voters will not re-elect him in 2012.
Indict, indict, indict ! What doesn't Joe Arpaio understand about legal and breaking the law ! His Nativists supporters are always asking everybody else what don't they understand about the word "legal" now it's Joe Arpaio's turn ! We need to make sure that he is not let off the hook and serves his time like the rest of us would have to: in a Maximum security prison and not some country club federal pen !Leonard Clarkformer chair of the Recall Committe on corrupt sheriff Joe ArpaioArizona Native
Wow....I didnt think to many poeple even paid attention to what your speaking of. Ive served 3 prison terms and i am very familiar with the departments cover-ups when it comes to crimes committed under their jurisdiction. The sickening thing about it is that the so called "Officers" employed thier are participating in these crimes and getting away with it!! Yes i indeed have seen criminal activities involving these scumbagsincluding homicide and smuggling of drugs into the prison yards. They are trained to cover up their tracks and when it gets"Hot" for them they are usually transferred off to another facility...Tax money at its best use right? Only if the public knew what their money promotes in that world ;)
I agree with you about cleaning up house...but shouldn't we begin with those who were in office FIRST?
OK. Assuming Arpaio is ousted, what is the "...tough, non-politiacally correct enforcement of immigration laws." that you espouse? Would you throw out the baby (REAL enforcement of immigration laws) with the dirty bathwater (Arpaio)?
I will guess you haven't read any of the 63 page memo by Munell. Nor have you read anything about the multiple criminal charges lost by MCSO when they retaliate against anyone who dares to disagree. Nor have you read about the many millions already paid, and many more millions to be paid, for civil lawsuits against MCSO simply because your hero, the Flaccid Fool, refuses to follow the Constitution of the United States and/or the very laws he was elected to protect.
It must be incredibly easy for someone of your ilk to write such nonsense. You simply have no basis for your statement.
If you've followed the MCSO for years and were an investigative reporter of the caliber of Mr. Lemons, then what he writes makes sense. We come here to find the truth while the other media takes their info from the MCSO flacks.
Please, Mr. Hurd, feel free to read the bible and pray. I will deal with reality and facts as they are known.
You need to know this about MCSO, Mr. Hurd. All the time you are praying and reading the bible they are thinking and plans ways to victimize you and many others.
(Exception statement) This does NOT include the many very fine and professional employees of MCSO who are looking forward to the day the Ivory Tower comes down.
This really has little to do with illegal immigration. Joe started racial profiling during his "crime suppression sweeps" prior to the passage of SB1070. The Sheriff of Maricopa County quit serving the citizens and began to rule, ignoring his responsibilities to live within MCSO's budget which will cost the taxpayers millions along with the pettty fueds with the BOS. This is a classic lesson in how power corrupts. The more his popularity grew, the more corrupt he became until he felt above the law and that is when he quit serving and began to rule. His effectiveness as Sheriff has been more than tarnished. A serving Sheriff would step down to save the citizens of Maricopa County any more hardship. Unfortunatey the citizens will suffer.
We are hearing there have been more deaths under Brewer then any other governor. PNT, we need a DOC special report! It's long overdue.
And you have no grasp on reality. Do I think the department is perfect, no, is there corruption to be found, probably, but it doesn't matter what people think whether reading the 63 pages, which I'm sure you didn't, or forming their opinion based on all the other anti Joe fanatics. IF THERE IS EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING HE AND ANYONE ELSE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. They either don't have sufficient eveidence or they are still gathering it to make their case. And maybe you should check out what your own city pays out to civil lawsuits every year, because they all do, its just not paraded in front of the citizens as this is.