Rick Romley Spanks Paul Babeu, Hard: MCAO Will Not Pay for Entire Munnell Memo Investigation

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County Attorney Rick Romley gives Sheriff Babeu a reality check

In my Monday blog concerning just who will pay for the cost of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's administrative investigation into the Munnell memo alleging corruption in the command staff of the MCSO, I reported that Babeu's flack Tim Gaffney had told me that both the MCSO and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office were offering to pick up the tab.

Since MCAO spokesman Bill Fitzgerald had informed me that the MCAO would only reimburse for the cost of civil legal advice given by Pinal County Attorney Jim Walsh, I asked Gaffney who specifically had made promises to Babeu about reimbursement.

Gaffney asserted it was Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Clarisse McCormick who told this to Babeu. MCAO spokesman Bill Fitzgerald said he didn't know what McCormick said to Babeu, but he reiterated that the MCAO has only offered to reimburse for any legal advice given by Walsh. 

To drive home the point, Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley sent a stern letter to Babeu yesterday making clear that the MCAO's made no further promises concerning the investigation, and that Babeu will have to seek the OK from Maricopa County for reimbursement for the cost of the inquiry itself.

(You can read Romley's letter and its attachments, here.)

Romley advises Babeu that the MCAO will "only be responsible for the reasonable costs incurred to provide legal advice by the Pinal County Attorney."

The letter further states that "Any costs associated with the administrative investigation will not be borne by my office and you will need to contact the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the Maricopa County Manager if you desire reimbursement."

Ouch, and double ouch. 

Then Romley adds another whack to Babeu's spanking, informing Babeu that if his "administrative only" investigation into Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office comes across information of a criminal nature, he needs to consult with the Pinal County Attorney's Office to ensure that he will not compromise a potential criminal investigation.

"If your office has information that may be criminal in nature, it should be forwarded to my office," writes Romley, "the Attorney General's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona, for their consideration."

Romley attaches his original letter to Babeu on the same subject, and Arpaio's letter to Babeu thanking Babeu for having the PCSO's Internal Affairs department do an "administrative investigation" of the Munnell memo allegations.

If Babeu thought he could somehow corner Maricopa County or the MCAO into writing a blank check for his sham inquiry, he was mistaken. 

Maricopa County officials have made it plain in e-mails to Pinal County Manager Terry Doolittle that they would have to approve any funding of Babeu's inquiry. 

Personally, I don't think Maricopa County, or any of its departments, should fork over dollar one to Babeu or Pinal County for what will ultimately be a whitewash.

In light of Babeu's botched investigation into suspected self-shooter, PCSO Deputy Louie Puroll, which Babeu's had to reopen due to the reporting of New Times journo Paul Rubin, Babeu cannot be trusted to undertake a probe into his pal Arpaio.

As I've already mentioned, Babeu should do to the Munnell memo investigation what he's done to Deputy Puroll's T-shirt: Forward it to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and let some real cops handle this mess.


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Nirvana175
Nirvana175

New Times is a joke there is a reason why these are free and at the bus stops cause nobody will pay for this crap, the CEO is a liberal who is spreading liberal propaganda for their own agenda's of legalizing marijuana and having open borders so they can hug a tree and smoke a dubbie with Jose. so take it for what is worth (Nothing)..... yes there are bad cops but 95% of them are good people with good intentions and follow their departments policies, its the 5% that are shady and corrupt... but eventually they DO get caught.

mark
mark

There are a few little known facts regarding Rick Romley. If my memory serves me right it was Rick Romley who prosecuted Pinal Counties manager for corruption. Mr. Romley has in depth knowledge regardig the corruption that exists in Pinal County, CORRPUTION IS BY FAR WORSE IN PINAL COUNTY THAN MARICOPA COUNTY and Romley knows it.It is amazing that Babeu is doing an investigation into wrongdoings in Maricopa county when his own office is very proficient in the same illegal policies they are supposed to be investigating.

Chevyred57
Chevyred57

Oh Yea! Time for Sheriff Joe Boo Boo to leave Pinal County. And take your follower of yes girls with you.

Caeser
Caeser

Why is the Deputy DA Claurise McCormick mentioned in every corruption investigation? And why is she always defending the Shurf on the Taxpayers dime? Hasn't Romley and the feds seen that she is probably corrupt to? Why is she the one trying to approve payments for Hobo Joe?

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

We weren't sure if "Mo'sfriend" was directing his comments at any of The Associates, but we state that all we're doing is relaying E-mails sent to cocozzamail@gmail.com and our many other E-mail addresses.

"Mo'sfriend" mentions some type of Florida issue he has. Please give some more details and we'll look into it. Do you need something investigated and/or researched in The Sunshine State?

We believe they have some type of illegal immigration gig going on in Miami or thereabouts. Filing a lot of criminal nuisance abatement actions in Florida against drophouse owners and people that rent/hire illegals. Apparently a few violent run-ins with shots fired.

Check out www.badphoenixcops.blogspot.co... for the latest on Phoenix police and government corruption. That's www.badphoenixcops.com - where the truth HURTS.

Waiting on "Mo'sfriend" on the rebound. We'll relay your comments.

TIF with JTR, online and on time.

Steven
Steven

@Bill + Gerri: I dunno, maybe you should try to be a little more distinctive, so people like Mo'sfriend don't get confused..................just a little helpful hint. :-)

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

Some pro-Arpaio Vietnam-era Associates are claiming that Mr. Romley is not a war hero. They have spammed our E-mail boxes with at least 52 copies of the following:

"To Acting Maricopa County AttorneyRICK "No Legs, No Balls Either" ROMLEY and The World Press, These are opinions based on known facts. RICK ROMLEY is no Vietnam war hero as he claims. He lost his legs and his COJONES as he was RUNNING FROM ENEMY FIRE and ABANDONING HIS FELLOW TROOPS in THE NAM. Here's ROMLEY's latest pack of lies at http://www.azcentral.com/news/... ROMLEY, you're just another corrupt lying bastard, a coward, and a traitor who's in the pockets of the human smuggling and illegal dope cartels. Comments welcome, loser. (Signatories names withheld, but you probably can guess who they are.)"

Man, Mr. Lemons really hit a nerve by writing a Romley article. The Bird is undoubtedly getting the attention he wants and selling plenty of advertising for Mike Lacy.

Check out www.badphoenixcops.blogspot.co... for the latest on Phoenix police and government corruption. That's www.badphoenixcops.com - where the TRUTH hurts.

HMG with JTR, online and on time.

Mo'sfriend
Mo'sfriend

Self promoting your little fife dome is a great cause!! Your paralegal crap failed in Florida and it will fail here in AZ as well. Mr Romley, has done more for this county and state than you and your little para legal buddies will ever accomplish because he is a real attorney and has put his hat into the ring and takes fire from Mo's like you guy's

Becky Chandler
Becky Chandler

As far as I'm concerned the Phoenix New Times is the only reliable newspaper in Arizona.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

So, speaking of cost: If this PCSO deputy did shoot himself and caused the massive and overwhelming response, who should reimburse the agencies for their labor, overtime, flight time, and other costs?

Heck if any of us drives around a barricade and gets washed off the road during a monsoon storm, they want to charge us for our own rescue because the response is expensive and unnecessary.

What is the difference?

KEVIN_4949
KEVIN_4949

I AGREE TOMMY COLLINS THERE IS SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT THOSE TO AGENCIES, ONE IS PROBABLY BACK-UP THE OTHER. BUT OVER ALL THERE HAS TO BE CHECK AND BALANCES.

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

An Associate zeroed in on Tommy Collins' comment,

"Hey, we agree with Tom-Tom's statement that we need press inquiries to keep law enforcement in check. Tommy wrote,

"Gamer, I'm a retired law enforcement professional. I have NO PROBLEMS with the New Times, or any other publication or entity asking questions about police incidents. It's all part of the check and balance system of our democracy, simply because every barrel has some bad apples that will spoil the rest."

Tom-Tom, it's the MANNER IN WHICH THE INQUIRIES ARE MADE and THE MOTIVES BEHIND THOSE QUERIES. New Times is a propaganda tool for LA RAZA and The New World Order, so their inquiries always have a subversive intent and agenda."

How are you, Tommy Collins? We welcome your response and will relay it to The Associates.

Check out www.badphoenixcops.blogspot.co... for the latest on Phoenix police and government corruption. That's www.badphoenixcops.com - where the TRUTH hurts.

JTR with HMG on the blog, online and on time.

Anon
Anon

Stephen, Good job! We come here to find the truth. Keep the heat on these liars!!

Theriser
Theriser

@gamer- The hunt will end when the law enforcement agencies learn to tell the truth!!!!!!!!!! Nobody in law enforcement views Ar-payaso and Henderbutt as professional law enforcement officers. With Ar-payaso's me, me, me and I,I,I's, and Henderbutts eat eat eat, JESUS is found more times in the jails than the truth is between them. They lack integrity and couldnt pass the polygraph that they would put their own officers through.

Anon
Anon

Theriser -- keep on rising because you hit the nail on the head and the public has a right to know the truth.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

"Gamer" wrote:

"Speaking of who will pay for what..........didnt the New Times pay a forensic pathologist to claim that the Pinal Deputy was shot at close range?"

Are you asking, or are you insinuating? The answer is, no, they did not. They interviewed several forensic scientists with expertise in the field of gunshot wounds and evidence, and reported their findings.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Mr. Lemons wrote:

"As I've already mentioned, Babeu should do to the Munnell memo investigation what he's done to Deputy Puroll's T-shirt: Forward it to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and let some real cops handle this mess."

One potentially big problem: the chain of evidence has been broken. PCSO made it clear from the beginning that they didn't submit the t-shirt for analysis because they didn't consider it to be relevant. Who has had access to it in the meantime? How has it been handled and treated? There appear to be several patches snipped out from areas on the border of the bloodstain. Who knows what else has been done.

Puroll refuses to cooperate with investigators without his lawyer setting terms, as Rubin's article indicated. That was already highly suspicious in a case where one lawman was being investigated (courteously and, perhaps, cursorily) by outside law-enforcement agencies who were not even considering criminal charges. Then, Babeu refuses to submit the t-shirt for analysis, claiming it isn't relevant. Good thing New Times is on the case to drag this incompetent and possibly criminal nonsense into the light. Let's just hope that an examination of that t-shirt can still allow meaningful determinations to be made.

Gamer
Gamer

Speaking of who will pay for what..........didnt the New Times pay a forensic pathologist to claim that the Pinal Deputy was shot at close range? So while youre busy fucking around with the MCAO trying to get them to back down on helping Pinal Co on the MCSO investigation fees, you took the liberty of fucking with an already closed investigation in another County......and hired someone who will make the opposite claim that their Deputy made.

When will your witchhunt of these law enforcement agencies end? When will you stop encouraging the public to accept marajuana? When will your complate lack of respect for any law enforcement agency stop? The New Times has turned into nothing but a local anti-law enforcement fish-wrap.

Coz
Coz

Sounds like you've been sniffing to much Arpaio & Babeu butt.

Becky Chandler
Becky Chandler

What is wrong with a newspaper paying an expert to take a seond look at some evidence--especially in a case that is real hinky--thats kind of their job and certainly their constitutional function. As a former prosecutor, I was astonished at the way the shooting in Pinal County was swept under the rug--by the media, and the Pinal County Sheriff. Several police officers told me privately, way back when, that they were highly suspicious---a wide spread concern in the law enforcement community that only the Phoenix New Times covered. If they had not kept on this story--it would have died--and although I still hope it is not the case, the smell only gets worse and worse.

Steven
Steven

Becky, while I am worried about political corruption myself{I live in north Texas so it's to be expected, I guess}, I have noticed that a large number of people are waking up to reality..........not just waking up, but REALLY waking up..............there is still hope.

Anon
Anon

Gamer, As a citizen and taxpayer watching and living under the abuse of power in Maricopa County and the state, I do NOT agree with you. Without the outstanding investigative reporting done for years by the New Times and its reporters the public would be kept in the dark. The public has a right to know!! Thank you, Paul Ruben and Phoenix New Times for getting to the bottom of what was a suspect case to begin with...following on the heels of the suspect death of the rancher while politicos were busy filming campaign ads during all this!! You may have fooled the public in the past but NO longer -- many of us are paying close attention to timelines an details!!

BaboonHater
BaboonHater

Funny, Gamer. You're just like Baboon, you don't want the truth out. Maybe you ARE Baboon...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gamer, I'm a retired law enforcement professional. I have NO PROBLEMS with the New Times, or any other publication or entity asking questions about police incidents. It's all part of the check and balance system of our democracy, simply because every barrel has some bad apples that will spoil the rest.

New Times did not 'hire', by compensation, the experts. However, even if that had, what is wrong with that? Each side to every question hires experts for a variety of reasons. That would be one of the major reasons for evidentiary hearings prior to, or during, trial.

New Times brought this story to the surface because it needs to be addressed. In my opinion PCSO closed the incomplete investigation to save face for the deputy and to protect Babeu's political interests.

Also, try fish wrapping your monitor when you're done reading... this is the electronic version...

Steven
Steven

Yeah, and it'll be a while before Babeu gets what's coming to 'im..........{P.S. thanks for your service. :-)}

Anon
Anon

Tommy Collins, Well said!!

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