Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe filed a $4.75 million claim against the county for alleged abuse of power by former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
As our post about Thomas and Donahoe from yesterday explained, the abuse appears to be quite real. Donahoe was charged by Thomas with three felonies, including bribery, despite the inability of Thomas to explain what Donahoe had done.
A probable cause statement attached to the criminal complaint in December was a near word-for-word copy of a complaint letter about Donahoe sent a week before to the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct by Arpaio's chief deputy, David Hendershott. When asked at a news conference to explain himself, Thomas stammered and asked for the media to help him explain it, adding that Arizona's bribery law could be interpreted very broadly.
Thomas, now running for state attorney general, refuses to discuss the matter.
Michael Manning, Donahoe's lawyer, writes in the chilling (though flowery) notice of claim that Donahoe's reputation has been "irreversibly tarnished."
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