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Joe Arpaio's Andy Thomas-Like Stooge Bill Montgomery Moves to Silence Mary Rose Wilcox on Melendres

In an overt act of intimidation reminiscent of his predecessor -- disbarred, disgraced political pariah Andy Thomas -- Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has moved to silence county Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox in all matters concerning Melendres v. Arpaio before the Board of Supervisors.

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In a letter dated June 6, Montgomery warns Wilcox that she has a conflict of interest in the ACLU's racial profiling lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which was recently ruled on by U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow.

Snow found that the sheriff's office had engaged in discriminatory policing against Latinos and ordered the MCSO to stop, setting a June 14 hearing for a discussion of how to proceed.

Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey has indicated that an appeal is in the works, and both Casey and Deputy County Attorney Tom Liddy apparently have met with the Board of Supervisors in executive session, advising them on the case.

Wilcox, the only Democrat, the only woman, and the only Hispanic on the five-member board, is already on the record as being opposed to any funding of an appeal in Melendres by the BOS.

Read County Attorney Bill Montgomery's June 6 letter to Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.

But Montgomery's letter advises Wilcox that she must "refrain from taking part in any further discussions or voting on any issues related to the Melendres lawsuit and/or any possible appeal of the decision."

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