The Arizona Republic ran an article today about Captain Joel Fox's lawsuit against Terry Goddard and Cox Communications over the public release of sensitive e-mails.
The story by Repub veteran JJ Hensley, though, fails to mention one thing:
The e-mails' gushy love talk between Fox and his supervisor, Larry Black, which are undoubtedly the motivation behind the suit. (See our article from Friday about the lawsuit.)
We put in a call to the paper's editor, Randy Lovely, to find out what happened. It seems safe to assume the omission was made after a discussion by editors, but it's unclear why the final decision shortchanged readers. Would the Repub have decided differently if one of the pair had been a woman?
Sure, the intense expression of man-love between Fox and Black is personal stuff, but it's well within the scope of the SCA scandal, as we've explained.
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The pair spoke of their love as they carried out what state and federal investigators saw as a criminal conspiracy; some of the "Zorro" e-mails, ("jdzorro" was the e-mail name used by Fox), mention the SCA scheme and their love for each other in the same body of text.
Investigators didn't examine all of Fox's e-mails or put them all in their report. They only bring up e-mails they found noteworthy in light of their investigation, and those -- obviously -- includes the love letters.