The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office admitted yesterday that it asked the Arizona Attorney General's Office to "contact" Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio's opponent in this year's election -- and ask him about "inside information" he received about the December death of Marty Atencio in one of Arpaio's jails.
The Sheriff's Office refuses to say it asked the AG's Office to "investigate" Stauffer, just "contact" him.
However, we got our hands on a voicemail the AG's Office left for Stauffer. In it, you can hear a "special agent" from the AG's office say it's an investigation...then that it's not an investigation...and then dance around the word "investigation."
You can listen to the voicemail here.
Additionally, Stauffer told us yesterday that the Maricopa County Attorney's Office contacted his higher-ups to tell them the agency would not longer prosecute cases he was involved with as a member of the Scottsdale Police Department -- a claim the County Attorney's Office says is "absolutely false."
According to Stauffer, the County Attorney's Office is a little fussy over something he posted on Facebook about County Attorney/Arpaio crony Bill Montgomery's handling of the Fiesta Bowl scandal -- a case that resulted in no prosecutions of politicians involved in the scandal (get all the details here).
"I was questioning that there was no prosecution of the people in the Fiesta Bowl and I said 'could it be because Arpaio's name was on the top of the possible defendants list?'" Stauffer told us yesterday. "They didn't like that.".
Arpaio, as you probably know, has a long history of attempting to intimidate those who oppose him, which includes the arrests of county supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox, and the arrests of the owners of this publication, to name a few.
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