^
Keep New Times Free
4
| Arpaio |

Arizona Republic Compounds Error About Judge's E-Mails in Opinion Column

As our readers know, we corrected misinformation yesterday about whether the takeover of a computer system by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office gave Arpaio and his minions access to judge's e-mails they aren't allowed to have.

But someone forgot to send the memo to the Arizona Republic's editorial writers, who penned an opinion piece about the situation today. Though we wouldn't argue with 90 percent of the piece, the following passage is apparently incorrect:

Arpaio previously sought to look through privileged Superior Court e-mails in the system. An appellate court ruled against him. By seizing the entire system, Arpaio gains access to these e-mails, and much more.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

We asked the ICJIS program manager, Gary Huish, about that two or three times yesterday just to make sure, and his answer was emphatic: The sheriff's office takeover, while "monumental" in its egregiousness, does not give Arpaio access to the those judge's e-mails, he told us.

The takeover may, however, allow prying eyes to scan other, not-so-sensitive e-mails. But computers, fastidious record-keepers that they are, would allow the county's IT department to determine if e-mails were accessed or if anything in the system was changed.

In other words, if the sheriff's office uses this opportunity to spy on people without a search warrant, they'll probably get caught.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.