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Arpaio Cops to Investigating Federal Judge, Judge's Wife, Confirming New Times Story

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Arpaio also copped to having his "counsel" investigate Judge Snow's wife, hiring a private detective to look into a statement that the judge's spouse allegedly made at a restaurant, to the effect that Judge Snow wanted to "make sure" Arpaio's not re-elected.

Though these were shocking revelations to many in the courtroom Thursday, they may sound familiar to you, if you're a regular reader.

The first article I wrote on the subject wasin June of 2014, when I detailed the Dennis Montgomery investigation, on which Arpaio has spent at least $100,000, and probably much more, in public funds.

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The MCSO has paid for $50,000 in computer equipment for Montgomery, a generous stipend that sometimes was as much as $10,000 a month, and travel expenses to and from Seattle for two MCSO personnel and for Cold Case Posse honcho Mike Zullo, best known for his involvement in the investigation of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

I've asked Arpaio about the investigation in the past, and he's never denied it.

Currently, I have a number of nearly year-old public records requests that have been denied because they regard what the MCSO calls "an ongoing investigation."

But on Thursday, under gentle but firm prodding by Snow, who had Arpaio under oath following a grilling by plaintiffs in the ACLU's big civil rights case, Melendres v. Arpaio, the sheriff told all, validating my June 2014 column.

Snow wondered if Arpaio had read the article, and Joe said he may have. The judge handed Arpaio a copy to review.

Arpaio then confirmed, by name, that Montgomery was a paid, confidential informant for the MCSO.

Montgomery has an unusual history, to say the least.

In 2010, he was the focus of a fascinating Playboy expose titled "The Man Who Conned the Pentagon," which details how he sold the U.S. Government on a purportedly bogus computer program that he claimed could decipher hidden messages to terrorists embedded in broadcasts of the Al Jazeera Media Network.

The article's author, Aram Roston, reported that millions were shelled out by various government agencies for the software, but Roston claims the Pentagon got taken and the software didn't work.

What was Montgomery doing for Arpaio? Well, Arpaio told Judge Snow that Montgomery had been "investigating the DOJ."

The investigation had something to do "with computer tampering" and "bank fraud."

Was Arpaio investigating him, Snow asked?

"There was info about many judges being infiltrated," Arpaio told Snow, his voice unusually soft.

Montgomery had told the MCSO that judges' phones were being "tapped" by the DOJ, and that the e-mails of local attorneys, judges, and others were being "penetrated."

"You were one of the judges," Arpaio told him.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons