He goes on to say, "Do you know why LA was so much fun for you? Because you felt secure. You were secure in what you were doing, and you were secure in our relationship."

Fox referred to when they shared a "hotel room in Los Angeles one stormy night four years ago," and he mentions how Black had shared his "heart."

Fox tells Black, "You do not want love, if that love is not returned. You think it is foolish. You think this because this is what people will say. You think being perceived as foolish is a bad thing. You don't want people to think you are foolish because then you will feel insecure. But I am a fool. I am happily a fool."

The e-mail also manages to squeeze in some work talk: One reason Black's not so secure, Fox writes, is that his new job "does not have very clear duties, so you felt insecure about that and had to ask Dave [probably Hendershott] what you should do."

A few days later, on October 10, Black tells Fox, "Even though we are thousands of miles away, I can hear you talking in my heart and your message is crystal clear. I love you, dear friend, stay safe, and you are in my thoughts . . . always. Talk to you sooner still!!! I am getting excited for you to get back. (Not wanting to see your vacation end), but you know what I mean."


By the summer of 2008, the SCA account totaled more than $111,000. With the November election fast approaching, Black and Fox were ready to put the money to use.

But the two couldn't just walk through the front door of the state Republican Party and make the donation. Besides the ink in the well, it appears that an overt deal was made with party officials about how the SCA money must be used for the anti-Saban ad.

Part of the evidence of the agreement comes from statements by Lisa Allen, the sheriff's spokeswoman, and James Miller, from internal affairs, who both told investigators that as the November 2008 election drew nearer, Black worked on the material that ended up in the ad.

Miller told investigators that it was a "well-known fact that Larry Black spent a large amount of time in a 'video' room on the 19th floor," cutting and pasting video footage that was intended for use in the Saban smear ad.

"Per Miller, SCA was a PAC fund and was the method used to 'fund the hit piece on Saban.' When asked how this was known, Miller stated it was common talk/knowledge around the office," the report states.

A backchannel to the Republican Party was needed, and the SCA found one in Chris Baker, a political consultant who often was at the party's Phoenix headquarters in the summer of 2008. Baker was a friend of Randy Pullen's, then-state GOP chairman.

Black, when he was interviewed by investigators in May 2009, said he and Fox needed to find a legal way to donate the money. Black said he consulted with "some political guys," including Baker and two or three lawyers. He said he spoke with Baker five or six times "during the campaign" and said Baker suggested giving the money to the Republican Party. He said he gave $105,000 in two checks to Baker; he waffled on whether Fox was present when he handed the money to the political consultant.

Baker told a different story to investigators. He said he was contacted about doing free work for the SCA by Republican state Representative Jim Weiers, a former state House Speaker whose son worked for the Sheriff's Office.

"Weiers asked if Chris Baker would be interested in doing some independent expenditure work," the report states. "Baker said he had some time, so he agreed to go meet with them."

Weiers did not return repeated phone calls from New Times.

Baker said he met Fox and Black at a restaurant and chatted about the fund. At a second meeting, on August 21, 2008, Baker picked up an $80,000 check and took it to state GOP headquarters.

Normal procedure would have been to hold on to a check until some information about the donors could be found, Amy Lynn Gordon, then-state GOP finance director, told investigators. This check was listed merely as from the SCA, an organization unknown to GOP officials at the time. Over her objections, Pullen told her to deposit the money in the GOP's state account, she said.

Pullen later told investigators that the check wasn't for much money and that he figured he'd get the individual donors' names at some point.

Actually, the state GOP was hurting for money then, and the check was the biggest contribution the party received during that election cycle.

Sean McCaffery, then-executive director of the party, tells New Times he didn't immediately question the origins of the $80,000 check. Nor did he worry about the lack of information three weeks later, when Baker brought in another SCA check for $25,000.

"You assume that people who are involved in politics at that level know exactly what they're doing," McCaffery says. "I think the state party was a victim [of the SCA] with those checks. Live and learn. As far as I'm concerned, it certainly won't happen again."

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malasangre
malasangre

the best part of this story is the right twisting in pain to ok these guys

WhatASurprise
WhatASurprise

Is Larry Black the brother of former Liquor Commission Assistant Department head Tim Black?

Cgamble49
Cgamble49

how come we (ARIZONA) end up with all the crazy people, (Brewer,Horne,Joe,Pearce,etc.)

Chucklereader
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woohoo, finding love within the confines of the mcso.This is better then reading savage love.

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THIS IS REALLY STARTING 2 GET OLD ! IF THESE 2 MUD PACKERS WANT 2 VISIT EACH OTHERS CHOCOLATE STREET , LET THEM ! IT'S THEIR LIFE , LET THEM AND ONLY THEM LIVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike
mike

You have to clean out the bowl before you make the frosting.

Guest
Guest

ray stern, it seems obvious to anyone who can read that "what happened" in LA (Louisiana) was the unexpected death of Deputy Gary Labenz. Clearly, it affected Fox and Black deeply. Having smeared two long-time employees of MCSO for expressing their feelings to each other about his death, i sure hope you have actual PROOF that Captain Joel Fox and Larry Black are homosexual lovers, as you've so obviously implied....otherwise, you're gonna lose your ass in the forthcoming lawsuit. Good luck.

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Alexander
Alexander

Pretty blockbuster stuff if its all true. I feel like they could have left the gay part out- if it was just two drinking buddies squandering taxpayer funds & misusing authority, I think folks would be equally up in arms.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Alexander, I don't think anyone really gives a rip if these two are actually physical lovers. The salient part about this whole issue is that Black and Fox were NOT being truthful about their involvement in the SCA criminal actions, and they were hiding their relationship, to the point of Fox actually having a hidden email account for their emotional exchanges. Putting any criminal activity aside how do you think the families of these two must feel, if indeed they are physical lovers? Imagine the danger involved for the wives, who likely didn't have a clue as to the extent of their involvement?

I think the reporter was correct to include all facets of their activity.

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Church lady

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Typically the New Times embraces Homo-sexuality, unless it is a useful ploy to smear someone. If I were gay I would be outraged by this stab in the back and would boycott the businesses that advertise in this rag. Even if I were straight, I still would. There is far too much of hate mongering and hate bating by this rag. We need solutions not problems in this world.

mike
mike

that's funny, I pictured Black as the top too...

Tina
Tina

Just change the names of these two wayward spouses (Black and Fox) to one being male, the other female.

Doesn't make any difference if those two are homosexual, heterosexual or bi-sexual.

The bottom line is the pervasive, deliberate, crafty and knowingly unlawful activity, initiated by Hendershott to unlawfully obtain illegal campaign contributions for the SOLE purpose of re-electing ONE political office holder (Arpaio), with re-election of his partner in crime (Thomas) being thrown in for good measure. All knowingly unlawful from day one.

While the emails might add some insight and speculation as to why the cover-up and dishonesty to investigators and the court lasted so long, it doesn't alter the purposefully unlawful actions of top people in this law enforcement agency, and the sheriff's pecking order that carried out the devious plan.

Keep the focus. MCSO, remember, is a LAW enforcement agency.

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I honestly do not care if these men love each other or have sex together. That's none of my business. I don't understand the entire homosexual thing, but as a straight guy and a moderate old-school conservative, it doesn't affect me. Why should I give a damn about what two men do in bed? Doesn't have any bearing on my life!

This is something the new-fangled right wing conservatives should think about. What is it exactly about people's bedroom antics that make you think it's any of your business? You're supposed to be Conservatives, meaning minimal Big Brother Government attitudes. So butt out of what ain't your concern.

On the other hand, what does bother me is the lousy job the MCSO has long been doing as a law enforcement agency. Pushing a $100 million in legal costs, maybe over that by now. Endless lawsuits, mostly lost. Wrongful deaths in our jails, including a mother's unborn child. Crime ignored all over the county to fund Dog and Pony shows about illegal aliens.

Hell, MCSO isn't even all that effective at catching illegals. They completely ignore major offenders and chase the least worrisome, least costly, easiest to catch illegals while catching damned few of them AT VERY HIGH COST!

Wish I had the power, I'd fire the top 50 ranking people in MCSO. Be they law enforcement or public relations or what have you. Start at the top, boot out a bunch of these clowns.

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Ronny1note
Ronny1note

Wow, How embarrassing for them. Why does the media feel the need to disclose this stuff. It sounds really private and personal. Why is this an issue? Are we living in the 1950's again? How bout some real news?

Cindysince1992
Cindysince1992

This is news, it's news when my taxes are paying their salaries !!!

Vickie
Vickie

No wonder Sheriff Joe is so "Hard-On" capturing illegals!!You can't bring charges of "Love In The 2nd Degree" if you're booted out of the country!!!Who will listen to you? lolLarry "Rubber Lips" Black. LOL

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Vickie

Sheriff Joe stars in: "The SugarPlum Sheriff".Rated R

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Coyotesfan123
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It must be odd wanting a career in law enforcement only to be hired by MCSO and become part of a corrupt criminal organization.

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Patraulea2323

I hear there's a new movie being filmed in Arizona: "Brokeback Sheriffs" :-)

MaricopaFail
MaricopaFail

Hahaha figures these dirty pigs would be gay too. So its not the inmates raping each other, its Joe and his ass pirates!

your nightmare
your nightmare

RUASSHOLE PIERCE, YOUR NEW NAME......Mr. Az. state governor.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Hey phoenixtimes, why don't you do some real investigative work and try and find the people who beat this giants fan to death. I bet they are LA dodgers fans, probably mexicans from LA, probably illegal too. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s...

Coyotesfan123
Coyotesfan123

It is Phoenix New Times right? Los Angeles New Times. Besides I hope hope law enforcement would investigate a murder.

busman
busman

thats right the illegals are to blame for this right you bigot! just admint your most conservative racist friends are gay!!!! ROTFL...

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Or...perhaps YOUR PEOPLE! You are so rude nd racist.

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To Tonka II
To Tonka II

Ok, so the two Deputies Bumped Butts, who cares, not my business. As for Sheriff Joe - That man does an extremely good job. He is prone to listen to others under him and not be in complete control, but Joe is honest and above board.

How do I knwo so much you ask? Because I'm around these men every day of the week.

Church Lady
Church Lady

To quote a great lady "Well, isn't that special?" Church lady would be disappointed with all the grab assing in Maricopa and well as Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Babeu the Church Lady is coming after you!

 
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