Dave Hendershott, the disgraced former chief deputy under Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, will invoke his right against self-incrimination if asked to testify in the job appeal hearing for fired deputy Joel Fox.
Barry Markson, Hendershott's lawyer, told Judge Robert Sparks in the appeal hearing today that his client intended to plead the 5th Amendment on all matters dealing with the SCA campaign-finance scandal
The Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office still has an open criminal investigation into the SCA matter, it is widely believed. The state Attorney General's Office turned over the SCA criminal investigation to the Feds last year.
The scandal has been the subject of countless news stories since it broke in late 2008. It involves the raising of more than $100,000 by Hendershott, other Arpaio command staff members, and wealthy posse members, and how the money was allegedly laundered through the Arizona Republican Party for use in a sleazy ad against Arpaio's 2008 opponent, Dan Saban.
The criminal investigation examined potential evidence of fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and possible violation of several campaign-financing laws.
Hendershott, Fox and former Deputy Chief Larry Black were fired by Arpaio last May, in part for their roles in the SCA matter. (SCA, or Sheriff's Command Association, was the name of the secretive group that raised the money.)