Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Costs Taxpayers $14.2 Million in Melendres and DOJ Lawsuits

Federal Judge G. Murray Snow recently told Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that he wanted the sheriff to have some "skin in the game" in regards to an upcoming civil contempt trial of Arpaio and four other current and former MCSO honchos set for April 21-24.

But when it comes to Arpaio's racial-profiling ways, his admission of contempt of Judge Snow's orders in the big civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, and his abuses of power under the color of law, county taxpayers have had plenty of skin in the game from jump.

To date, according to Maricopa County's Office of Management and Budget, the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio, and a related lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. v. Maricopa County, have cost taxpayers more than $14.2 million.

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