As I recently noted in an update to one of my blogs, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Chief Deputy David Hendershott is scheduled to be deposed in the big Melendres vs. Arpaio racial profiling lawsuit this Tuesday, January 19. Previously, it had been scheduled for January 8, but was moved back recently.
Now it has been revealed in a January 12 order from presiding Judge G. Murray Snow, that Hendershott has been seeking to have his entire deposition sealed before the fact, so as to avoid the embarrassment suffered by his boss, who admitted in his Melendres depo that he had not read his own book Joe's Law in its entirety.
Arpaio's testimony was that of a figurehead, who delegates all of his authority and knows very little of the internal workings of his own office. At least, that's what Arpaio would have us believe. Hendershott, however, is another matter altogether. Hendershott runs the day-to-day operations of the MCSO. It will be very difficult for him to shrug off all responsibility for misdeeds onto underlings.
And yet, the near-universal ridicule Arpaio has received after his testimony was first made public by me, and was later picked up by other news outlets, has apparently chagrined the MCSO. The transcript and the video of Arpaio's depo has gone viral, and Arpaio's been left looking like more of a buffoon than he usually does.
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In any case, whether it's from fear of being mortified, or a desire to avoid scrutiny in general, Hendershott's sought to have his deposition kept in the dark. Thankfully for Arpaio-watchers, he seems to have failed for the moment.