Two weeks ago, I reported on a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow in the ACLU's big racial-profiling lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Melendres v. Arpaio. During that hearing, Snow scheduled the seven-day trial to begin on July 19.
After the hearing, outside the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse, some weirdness erupted when I attempted to ask Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey about a statement he'd just made to another reporter. Casey asked my name, and when told, stated that I was not a reporter and that I had used "invective" against him in the past.
Casey then stalked off, after refusing to answer an additional query from me (one repeated to no avail by a TV journalist), wondering how much dough he'd scored from his gig on Melendres.
I tagged along with him for about a block and a-half, but he generally refused to communicate with me. Though, at one point, he did perform a sophomoric bit of sign language, which I described in my original post.
This aside, the question concerning Casey's take from the Melendres case interested me enough to put in a public records request with the county for the amounts that Casey's firm, Schmitt Schneck Smyth Casey & Even (formerly, Schmitt Schneck Smyth & Herrod), has billed for services rendered.
The result? According to Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick, Casey's firm, which has worked the case since it began more than four years ago, has billed the county just over $735,000, so far.