Maricopa County Craziness

Check Out State Bar Documents from Dennis Wilenchik's File on New Times Case

In a blog post earlier this week, we referenced documents we'd obtained from the State Bar of Arizona's investigation into "special prosecutor" Dennis Wilenchik's handling of the New Times matter. Those documents also figure prominently in our column this week about Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Some of our readers asked to see the documents in question. And we are nothing if not obliging.

So, for all of you obsessives out there, here are PDFs of the three key documents that we found in the Bar's files.

First, and most importantly, here's the 16-page questionnaire that Wilenchik filled out in response to questions from the Bar.

For a little background on this document, see our column from June 2008. Thomas' lawyers fought like hell to keep these document from public view -- a scheme that worked for roughly a year and a half.

You might want to pay attention to the top of page 3 of Wilenchik's statement. That's where he reveals Chief Deputy David Hendershott's assertion that Hendershott had been talking to Thomas' third-in-command, Sally Wells.

Second, here's an affidavit from Adam Polson, a lawyer at Wilenchik's firm. Polson describes training he received from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in numbers 4-8. In #19 of the affidavit, he drops a bombshell: Vicky Kratovil, of the MCAO's Special Crimes Bureau, consulted with the special prosecutors on the very day that New Times executive editor and publisher were arrested.

Third and finally is an affidavit from Rob Somers, another lawyer at Wilenchik & Bartness. He repeats Wilenchik's assertion that Chief Deputy David Hendershott was talking to Sally Wells.

We're happy to post documents if we know you're interested, so please feel free to ask for this stuff in the future. And for those of you taking the time to read all the way through this stuff, don't hesitate to let us know if we've missed something good!

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