Maricopa County Craziness

Maria Brandon, Fired Maricopa Civil Attorney, Says County Retaliated Against Her for Defending Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County leaders retaliated against a county civil attorney for providing Sheriff Joe Arpaio legal help and for voicing her opinion to a newspaper, the woman claims in a lawsuit.

Maria Brandon, a veteran deputy county attorney until her termination in June of 2011, says that her civil rights were violated, she was defamed and that county employees were not properly trained. Besides going after the county in general, her lawsuit names Tom Liddy, deputy county attorney and son of Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy, and County Risk Manager Rocky Armfield as defendants.

The suit, (see below for complete text), gives an inside look -- albeit a one-sided one -- into how the fight between county leaders, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas affected the lower ranks at the County Attorney's Office.

She describes county leaders rewarding Arpaio protesters, (unfairly, in her view), being yelled at by a two-faced Liddy, grabbed by another employee, having her pay slashed and finally being fired, all because she was doing her job.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.