In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Ah, it's like disgraced, disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas never left office. Granted, our current county attorney Bill Montgomery is no prince of darkness, yet. But give him time, as he is currently duplicating his forerunner's abuse of power, by seeking to silence the Maricopa C ... More >>
In an overt act of intimidation reminiscent of his predecessor -- disbarred, disgraced political pariah Andy Thomas -- Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has moved to silence county Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox in all matters concerning Melendres v. Arpaio before the Board of Supervisors. See ... More >>
Maricopa County has dumped Cave Creek Councilman Steven LaMar following his failure to convince a federal judge that a $975,000 payment to Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox might need further authorization.LaMar was appointed to defend the county in late 2010 against the claims and subsequent lawsuits by ... More >>
Image: Ray SternColin Campbell, retired Maricopa County Superior Court judge, is representing a group of retired judges suing a state pension plan in an attempt to reverse a law that shrinks pensioners' cost-of-living adjustments. Retired judges are fighting a new law that reduces their pensi ... More >>
Daisy Flores: Charges aren't warranted against Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox Mary Rose Wilcox, one of five members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, didn't disclose her business interests to the public like she should have, that much is clear. But multiple felonies? ... More >>
John OreJustice of the Peace John Ore, who's handled traffic and misdemeanor cases for the Tempe area for 16 years and served as presiding judge of Maricopa County's justices of the peace for the last four, will not seek reelection.Candidates were required to file by last Wednesday. Ore told New ... More >>
Mary Rose WilcoxThe lawsuits just keep coming.Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband, Earl, today filed a notice of claim against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, deputy county attorney Lisa Aubuchon, and both the sheri ... More >>
Lawyer Ernest Calderon supports Andrew Thomas -- and also works for Daisy Flores, the Gila County Attorney handling the cases against Maricopa Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox.In a county feud that's been marked by cries of legal conflicts of interest, here's one more po ... More >>
Image: Ray Stern It seems likely that Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, (seen here with husband, Earl, and attorney Colin Campbell), will file a claim against the county like Don Stapley did last week. The malicious prosecution claim filed against Maricopa County by Don St ... More >>
Apparently, prosecutors thought that calling Chief Deputy David Hendershott to testify would NOT help their case. Smart prosecutors.In a press release issued last week, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office expressed "disappointment" with the fact that witnesses friendly to the sheriff, including ... More >>
Earlier this week, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk took the stand to testify about her dealings with Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The testimony was ostensibly about the criminal case against County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox -- Wilcox's lawyer, Colin Campbell, ... More >>
Andrew Thomas yesterday took the stand to defend his office's handling of the case against Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.In a hearing yesterday that stretched to more than four hours, both Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk shared their perspectives ... More >>
The latest revelations from Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk surely had Lady Justice weeping -- or maybe even cutting herself. Yesterday's court proceedings examining the question of whether the Maricopa County Attorney's Office must be removed from prosecuting Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox cont ... More >>
A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a court hearing next week that will have county attorneys Andrew Thomas and Sheila Polk answering questions by Mary Rose Wilcox's lawyer. Thomas' office had tried to quash the compelled testimony, but Pima County Judge John Leornardo wouldn't hear of ... More >>
A new grand jury convened by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has indicted Mary Rose Wilcox on 42 criminal counts after problems were alleged in the first go-round. Thomas' office released news of the grand jury's finding this afternoon. Not only did a second grand jury managed to ... More >>
Mary Rose WilcoxIt's either the most appalling lack of judgment we've ever seen -- or the most amazing show of confidence in one's ultimate vindication.Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, who faces 36 felony counts for failing to disclose loans from the nonprofit Chicanos Por La Ca ... More >>
The lawyer for indicted Maricopa County Supervior Mary Rose Wilcox wants a guarantee that County Attorney Andrew Thomas won't accuse the Pima judge assigned to the case of conspiring against him. In a motion filed today, attorney Colin Campbell asks the Superior Court to force Thomas to state p ... More >>
Mary Rose Wilcox (right) with a very important friend, pre-indictmentArguing that there's no way their client can get fair treatment with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office prosecuting the case against her, attorneys representing Mary Rose Wilcox have filed a motion asking Judg ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is giving Colin Campbell, Mary Rose Wilcox's attorney, until 5 p.m. today to voluntarily talk to a deputy about issues related to a supposed criminal conspiracy among county leaders. Image: Ray Stern Colin CampbellCampbell, former presiding judge of th ... More >>
The CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa on Wednesday denied some media reports that the agency's lending division, Prestamos, is a "lender of last resort." Prestamos is at the center of the criminal indictment of Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. She's been accused of failing to disclose at ... More >>
The federal racketeering lawsuit filed last week by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio has "fatal defects" and should be dismissed, argue high-profile lawyers named in the suit. The evidence-light racketeering lawsuit claims the Board of Supervisors, top judge ... More >>
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox is a political victim and innocent of the crimes alleged in last week's indictment, her lawyer said today in a news conference. He's at least half right. Image: Ray Stern Earl Wilcox, Mary Rose Wilcox and Colin Campbell. &nbs ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed on Tuesday to get to the bottom of what they call a serious corruption problem among county leaders and judges. Their afternoon news conference followed the announcement earlier today that County Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Ros ... More >>
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Star prosecutor finds himself on the defensive over fast-track flap
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Civil suits take back seat to criminal cases in county's full court press
Disgruntled Corvette buyer takes his fight to the Web
Congressional hopeful claims Democrat leaders strangled his candidacy; will run write-in campaign
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