Maricopa County Craziness

Maricopa County to David Hendershott: "Put the Evidence on the Line" Concerning Andy Kunasek Accusation

A lawyer for Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek chides a sheriff's official to put up or shut up on a new, vague accusation of wrongdoing made last week.

The letter by attorney David Derickson also suggests that the allegation by Chief Deputy David Hendershott of a theft of public funds refers to $14,600 spent by the county sweeping for hidden listening devices. Derickson goes on to say that Kunasek "received legal advice that permitted the expenditure" before he signed off on it.

We still don't know if Hendershott was referring to the sweep for bugs.

But Derickson's main point is a good one (and similar to the one we made): Hendershott, who's reportedly on vacation until July 23, should present evidence (if he has any) sooner rather than later, since he went to the trouble of making the accusation.

Derickson states snidely that the news release and letter we told you about last week must have both been written by Hendershott, judging by the grammatical errors. Hendershott and the county have traded a few open insults lately: County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick told New Times last week that Hendershott called her a liar -- and then she proceeded to describe Hendershott as a raving madman.

Who knew the county would still be so much fun in the dead of summer?

Derickson implies that Hendershott released the Kunasek allegation to coincide with the Arizona Republic's story last weekend about the federal probe into potential abuse of power by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his henchmen.

Kunasek's office denies the supervisor committed any crimes.