Worst sherrif ever.....junk, fraud, ass*ole....law enforcement officials that break the law should be thrown away forever......
By Amy Silverman
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By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
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And yet, none of these men and women rate a mention by Scheel in her letter. The only victim she deigns to discuss is former Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, whom Thomas, his accomplice ex-Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon, Hendershott, and Arpaio conspired to falsely charge with bribery. This, because they anticipated Donahoe would rule against them in a hearing in his court.
Why did Scheel feel the need to rationalize federal inaction on Donahoe, while ignoring all the rest?
Because Arizona Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil — writing earlier this year on behalf of the panel that disbarred Thomas and Aubuchon and suspended Thomas' pawn, former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander — concluded that Thomas and Aubuchon had committed perjury by bringing a false criminal complaint against Donahoe.
Moreover, O'Neil found that Aubuchon and Thomas, in conspiring to deprive Donahoe of his rights, were guilty of 18 USC Section 241.
"Were this a criminal case, we are confident that the evidence would establish this conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt," O'Neil wrote.
Also, O'Neil made it abundantly clear that Hendershott and Arpaio were part of this conspiracy. O'Neil noted that Hendershott told others it was Arpaio's idea to charge Donahoe.
And yet Scheel states in her missive that the U.S. Attorney's Office "cannot bear the heavy burden of proof necessary to obtain a criminal conviction" of this passel of rogue prosecutors and cops.
Thing is, if Scheel really believes this, why will neither she nor anyone else at the federal office appear before the press and the public to answer questions about its decisions?
Remember, Scheel dropped her bomb with a three-paragraph press release just before the Labor Day weekend began, and even the office flack has been forbidden to answer press inquiries about the decision.
Scheel's letter to Montgomery only surfaced after the fact; it was not part of the Friday release, which broadly stated that the U.S. Attorney's Office was "closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct by current and former members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office."
The simple answer to the question posed above is that the feds' move to end this four-year probe, which began under the George W. Bush administration, is indefensible.
Recently appointed U.S. Attorney John Leonardo recused himself from the Arpaio probe last month, which probably is why Scheel, who had been acting U.S. Attorney until her new boss was sworn in, became the bearer of bad news.
Why did Leonardo recuse himself?
In 2010, when Leonardo still was a Pima County judge, he ruled on bogus charges brought against Supervisor Wilcox, finding that County Attorney Thomas had formed an "alliance with the Maricopa County Sheriff who misused the power of his office to target members of the [Board of Supervisors] for criminal investigation."
Which, obviously, sounds like a violation of 18 USC Section 241.
The Republican continued, "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."
Chad Snow, co-founder of Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group responsible for recalling ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce and which now is targeting Arpaio in the November election, noted that numerous other current and former law enforcement officials publicly have accused Arpaio and Thomas of wrongdoing.
"Every other finder of fact or law enforcement professional who has looked at Arpaio's actions has concluded that there is ample evidence of criminality," he explained on the eve of a CBA demonstration in front of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix over the federal inaction. "What did all of those people see that Ann Birmingham Scheel didn't?"
Indeed, Scheel's announcement sends a dangerous message to all prosecutors and law enforcement: Trample the Constitution at will, and there will be no criminal consequences for your actions.
"If I did something wrong, there would be indictments floating all over the place," Arpaio stated at a press conference after the announcement, where he thanked the feds for ending the investigation. "The bottom line is that we were cleared."
Not cleared. Not innocent. Just un-indicted.
Worse even than the feds showing themselves to be gutless is the colossal present they've given Arpaio two months before the election.
Did I honestly expect them to perp-walk Arpaio, Thomas, Hendershott and all of the rest of these KGB-wanna-bes?
I had fun fantasizing about that, but no. I'm far too cynical to think that law enforcement will go after law enforcement as it should, when necessary.
But the least the Obama administration could have done is wait until after the election to throw Arpaio this big, wet kiss. After all, the feds sat on their hands for four years! Would it have killed them to wait two more months, to have given Democrat Paul Penzone a better shot at ousting this tyrant?
Worst sherrif ever.....junk, fraud, ass*ole....law enforcement officials that break the law should be thrown away forever......
F**k sheriff joe..the most racist, stupid, law breaking sheriff ever...disgusting...he's 800 f**king years old....he is senile and probably has dememtia...no F88king public office for anyone over 65 ever, period...who the f**k wants crusty old dinosaurs running this country...crusty old dinosaurs...sorry a young 40 yr old sheriff could do 10 times the job that this partisan schmuck has done...he is a f**king law breaker in law enforcement...he should get double the sentence...he makes me embarrassed to be white, an american, and an iraqi slaughter vet...
I read the New Times because I believe the only way to know the truth is to hear both sides. However, I rarely give full credibility to NT because as a moderate and as somebody who has been negatively affected by illegal immigration they NEVER talk about how it has affected the American worker. I along with many others have either lost jobs or no longer receive a fair wage because of illegal immigration. Never mind the fact its affected far more than just jobs. Over 50% of babies born in Arizona are delivered at the expense of tax payers. And most of those births are from women who are here illegally. Then there is education, and other public services. Why don't they ever talk about that?
You, you and me are aware and accountable for our own failure to maintain a checks and balances procedure for law enforcement, for justice in our community. The MCSO is outnumbered by the people who want to shut them down. A cage of cowardly lions is a great description for we the people.
Only the citizens [the people] of Maricopa County can drive Joe Arpaio from power. We the people… right? I hope the people can get a hold of the case file, all that blood shed done by the MCSO and dish it out to the people who keep them on the payroll. Joe Arpaio and his subordinates remain on the payroll because the people of Maricopa County allow it. There are many people in this county who’s lives are ruined because they resisted law enforcement, enough people to populate a colony and they struggle day to day to recover from the inescapable system of law enforcement. The people of this county pay for the cost of living for every employee at the MCSO who live in our community. By our own tax paying efforts, we accept the possibility that our sons and daughters could suffer permanent life damage or death for standing against law enforcement. When you look into the eyes of your child as they prepare to live in this community, the possibility is in their future. Roll the bones. This article clearly states the injustice that should motivate the people of Maricopa County to end all possibilities of injustice, but do the people really want to stop complaining and resolve the problem?! That is unclear.
They dropped the witch hunt because they knew they had nothing against the Great Joe Arpaio
the political witch hunt is officially over! Thank god! this state still has enough common sense not blame the great Sheriff for doing his job and rounding up and deporting the illegals who are destroying the very make up this country. Im so tired of hearing about the poor illegals! too bad they are not are problem or responsibility ! go to your home country and fix your toilet homelands and stop coming here to turn us into toilets too! Thank-God for Sheriff Joe! well im off to campaign h.q. for the best Sheriff in the U.S,. And will be there on the election night celebration of his re election in Nov. God bless America and thank him for giving us true heros like Sheriff Joe!
Sheriff Joe did nothing wrong....your either just jealous, love illegals, or your boss told you to write this story.....there is a reason your newspaper is free....nobody would pay for crap articles and 47 pages of strip club and escort ads.....we all know obama is a piece of trash thats driving this country off a cliff
That is, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, and the Justice Department are worthless at holding accountable law enforcement agencies run amok.
Wow, a case where the Feds. waste so many dollars and try to tell us who we can elect and what they can do. Must have been Bush' fault. Why listen to the voice of the people who are legal and live here. By the way, how many of your advertisers are upstanding citizens? Oh, yeah freedom. Know it and understand it. If you have a problem with the majority, move on.
So what's the big deal about show me your papers anyway? Is is also racial profiling to ask for drivers license and insurance card?
Face the facts that you lost. Show me your papers is now law. You are just sore losers. I told you all before to watch what's next. So there!!!
Great Story !
But let’s look at the big picture. The Sheriff gets a huge reprieve PRIOR to election day. Why? Well think about this: He had his big investigation over to Hawaii to work on the Obama birth certificate thing. Something tells me that good old Joe may actually have scored big time, gotten the goods on Mr. Obama.
Then, to shut him up, give him a reprieve by dropping the case. Why else if it was such a sure thing to convict Arpaio in the first place. They are all politicians, doesn’t matter which party that they are from. Just a fact of life.
I’m sure I am not the only one writing to you on this. And if true…what the hell DID Arpaio’s investigators find out?
The illegal lovers are finding that they can't use the Feds and our Constitution to their advantage anymore,it's about time
I wonder if this has to do with Leonardo's appointment as U.S. Attorney? He did rule that the Flaccid Fraud as well as Candy Andy and the Miscreants abused their power when he was a Pima County judge.
I strongly suggest that the DOJ take another look at this operation and tell us again how these two corrupt imbeciles get to skate on serious allegations such as these. President Obama will not win the election if he can't direct his attorney general to indict a pair of criminals.
A wet kiss, Mr. Lemons? I expected this story to somehow involve the Pinal sheriff based on the headline from the home page....
Mr. Lemons, An outstanding courageous article. You hit it out of the ball park! Thank you. This has shown the public that justice is unbalanced and tipped against the people. Now its left for the voters to vote Arpaio and his enablers out of office. This now has become the public's problem. You are very much at risk for harm in this out of control county and state.
Fine kettle of rotting fish. Federal level, state level, AND county level. Justice is dead in Amerika and more so in Maricopastan. Punk-ass warlords rule the roost and are guaranted impunity. Well and, immunity from prosecution. Maricopastan. US Attorneys are flaccid and lickspittle. Justice is dead in Amerika and more so in Maricopastan.
If there can be no justice, there can be no peace. Ever and more so in Maricopastan.
On Friday, I e-mailed the following to Ann Scheel.
If law enforcement doesn't have to obey the law,
WHY THE FUCK SHOULD WE.
Screw you, you coward and screw Arpaio, the DOJ, the U.S. Attorneys Office, and Federal law in general.
@jamesbuechler50 Start with sex education in the schools and birth control.
@alexmez Get informed! It's time for a new sheriff. Tired of the reign of terror and 20 years of entrenched power and "control". The sheriff is NOT a joke but a depraved monster in our midst. His enablers, like those who thought Hitler was great, also have blood on their hands. Truly sickening.
If There Were Any Victims..?" by Bill Louis
you nothing about the law do you dumdass. ecveryone has to show drivers license and insurance when pulled over not that you are a born amerian remeber you could be one of the ones that is harrassed by that bigot of a sheriff and his cronies. If you want to live in fear the rest of your life you need to open up your eyes and really take alook at what this country is really turning into a highly racially discriminatory nation only let in who we want like theterrorists that caused the destruction of the twin towers. If you got the money we will let you in but if you are poor immigrant watch out Joe will get you american born or not.We need to stand up to this tyrannt. No more abuse of power and use the money allotted to the jails foer the jails not for your own personnel use for what you want to use it for instead of what its intended for.
No he did not get anything swe vthe people got something and its the reaming of your life who do you think paid for them to go there it wasn't the sheriff it was you the tax payer. he never uses his own money its always yours. who do you think is paying for his attorneys and who do you think is paying for all the lawsuits against maricopa county sheriff it is us the tax payers and thats why he thinks his shit don't stink. every thing about the man is a lie , and you all have fallen for it hook, line and sinker. satan runs the sheriffs office and his army of minions don't care they hurt remember this
@jimnbubbaPlease define "illegal lovers" for me and explain your assertion regarding how 'they' might be using the Feds and our Constitution to their advantage. Your comment is interesting but seems shallow.
your as ignorant as the rest of the country with out the immigrants are you willing to cut grass in 110 degree weather or pick crops by hand i don't think so so get off your high horse and really take a look at how things are ran. taked for instance in the 80's we were on the drug war thing right before election time and what happened after the elections it went away. what do you really think is going to happen with immigration after the elections it goes away. what we need to do is bring back our troops and send them to mexico to take out these drug cartels and to eradicate all who stand in the way. we let anybody else into the country to go to school why all of a sudden is it only mexicans that are the problem. look at who bom ed the world trade center and you tell me who is atfasult they expired visas did we hunt them down no and they were trained by americans not illegals so you really need to get your facts in order and stop listening to bigots like arpiao and that dumb box of rocks govenor brewer before openning up your dumb ass mouth
Eric Holder won't go after anyone in a high, visible place. Same deal with the bankers, go after a few small fry to make it look like he's doing something, while settling huge frauds with the banks for a pittance of what they stole, and bonuses for the executives who perpetrated them.
I own a swimming pool company and a mow my own grass.....your a dumbass.....how many illegals are in your garage right now?????
It should mean something to you Rachel. Given that you signed your name to the bullshit amended RICO complaint and had a hand in helping your idiot boss abuse the taxpayers' trust and the power of his office.
@Yourproductsucks im sure it meant a lot to scott norberg and marty atencio
Tell that to the innocent people in tent city wearing pink underwear and eating green baloney. Wake up you fucking moron.