Police Chief Jack Harris Won't Say Who Asked Him to Write Declaration in Support of Anti-1070 Lawsuit


Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris won't tell Judicial Watch who asked him to write a letter in support of the feds' anti-1070 lawsuit.

And he won't tell you, either.

If you'll recall, Harris' declaration -- which ended up attached to the federal filing -- outlined several problems the double-dipping chief believed his officers would have in trying to enforce 1070.


His involvement angered the conservatives over at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.

It also spurred a request for public records last month by Judicial Watch, a sue-happy, right-wing activist group based in Washington D.C.

The group filed an official request under Arizona's public records law for material used to prepare the Harris declaration. In particular, the group wants to see if Harris was contacted by someone in the Obama administration to write the letter -- or maybe someone closer to home, like Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

Phoenix PD blew off the request, so Judicial Watch filed suit this week to make the agency comply.

Tom Fitton, president of the Judicial Watch, told us today that one thing the group hadn't tried is to simply call Harris and ask him who, if anyone, urged him to write the letter.

We gave it a shot, asking Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson to relay the question to the chief or his staff.

But Harris didn't tell us "It was my idea," or "Janet gave me a call."

He didn't tell us anything.

Thompson says Harris declines comment because of the pending litigation by Judicial Watch.

In other words, Harris won't tell us where he got the idea to write the declaration -- because he's being sued for refusing to tell someone else the same thing.

In other words: These aren't the droids you're looking for. Move along.

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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.