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Maricopa Detectives Describe Corruption in Their Office and Under Leadership of Sheriff Arpaio and Former County Attorney Andrew Thomas -- Watch Now


If you want to hear Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives describe the "blatant" corruption they saw under the leadership of Joe Arpaio, tune in now to the State Bar's disciplinary hearing for former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. (If that direct link doesn't work, click here and then click on the video for the one that's "in progress.")
Detective John Halverson, who worked in the now-disgraced Maricopa Anti-Corruption Enforcement Team, was asked moments ago by one of Thomas' attorneys, John Oberg, whether Arpaio's former chief deputy, Dave Hendershott was "competent" to conduct investigations.

Halverson seemed stunned, and paused for a moment before saying as an answer that Hendershott choose "to ignore certain facts that were presented to him."

Despite being on the force for only a year in a half in 2007, he became so critical of what he was asked by his superiors to do, he went to internal affairs to try to stop it.

His request was ignored, he testified.

Detective Brandon Luth is scheduled to testify after Halverson -- and his testimony should be even better.


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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.