Feathered Bastard

Arpaio's End Game: Judge Snow Sets the Sheriff's Contempt Hearing for April, but Joe Has Some Tricks Up His Sleeve

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A comprehensive list of individuals subjected to one or more of these tactics by Arpaio's office over the years would rival an Edward Snowden-like data dump.

I'm kidding, but not by much.

Here's a partial list: former county Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, former county supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, former County Attorney Rick Romley, and, of course, this paper's former co-owners, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

You could even include President Barack Obama, because Arpaio went after him on the birther nuttery, as well as the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, targeted in the Green Acre farce.

See also: -Joe Arpaio's Investigating Federal Judge G. Murray Snow, DOJ, Sources Say, and Using a Seattle Scammer To Do It

So a federal judge? Pshaw. That would be nothing to ol' Joe.

In fact, last June, I detailed how Arpaio was using tens of thousands of dollars meant for confidential informants to pay infamous Seattle scammer Dennis Montgomery to investigate a paranoid fantasy of a plot by Snow, the U.S. Department of Justice, and outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to "get" Joe.

Back then, I reported that Montgomery had been paid around $100,000 for his services so far. As his work for the MCSO continues, that figure is likely much higher now.

The MCSO has denied my records requests related to Arpaio's payments to Montgomery, the purchase of computer equipment for him, and air-plane flights and hotel rooms for MCSO deputies to babysit the guy.

Over and over again, I have been informed that the denial was because of an "ongoing criminal investigation."

Since June, the number of high-level sources confirming different aspects of the original report has increased.

Sources have informed me that the MCSO had banker's boxes of material that Montgomery produced, supposedly to back up the vague conspiracy theory.

There also are allegations that involved third parties attempting to hack either the DOJ's e-mails, Judge Snow's e-mails, or both.

I'm not saying I'm buying everything my sources tell me. But too much of what they have tipped me to heretofore has turned out to be correct.

Now, along come two more reliable sources, both telling me that Arpaio's bragged about how he's investigating Snow, his wife, Cheri, and an already-vetted Snow family link to the law firm of Covington & Burling, which represents (along with the ACLU) the plaintiffs in the big racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio.

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