Joe Arpaio Slapdown: Judge Rejects Request To Seal Depositions in Melendres

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Arpaio: the gift that keeps on giving...

Judge G. Murray Snow, the federal judge in the three-year-long racial profiling lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, has rejected a motion by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers to seal videotaped depositions of Arpaio, former Chief Deputy David Hendershott and other MCSO staff.

(Read the Judge's ruling, here.)

The motion was prepared by Tom Liddy, son of Watergate convict and rat-muncher G. Gordon Liddy. It asked Murray to bar the release of recent depositions by Arpaio, et al.

Um, like, why? Well, there's the real reason, and the reasons that Son-of-Rat-Muncher gave. The real reason is that when videos of their depositions were released last go-around, Arpaio and Hendy made some really asinine statements, which became fodder for Television newscasts, bloggers, and columnists.

Arpaio famously claimed that he had not read, in entirety, his last book, Joe's Law, co-authored by the sheriff's lickspittle-scribe Len Sherman. Arpaio even disagreed with parts of his own tome, saying that the wacky nativist reconquista theory regurgitated in the book was Sherman's contribution, not his.

Hendershott -- now on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of (Arpaio's pal) Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's investigation into allegations raised by the Munnell memo --blurted absurd stuff too.

Worst, perhaps, was his allegation of a conspiracy hell-bent on silencing his boss, a conspiracy that Hendy claimed included the ADL's Bill Straus, the White House, Mayor Phil Gordon, the Illuminati, the Bilderbergers, and members of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Okay, he didn't mention the last three, but he may as well have. Hendy looked and acted like the heavy, and this was long before MCSO Deputy Chief Frank Munnell's leaked report painted him, rightly or wrongly, as the epicenter of all corruption in the county.

But of course, Liddy couldn't argue that the videos should be kept under wraps because they would be embarrassing for Joe and his henchmen.

So he insisted that if the videos were released, the case would be tried in the media, there would be a "circus atmosphere" created," that personal info about law enforcement officers and private citizens might get released, and that criminal gangs might retaliate as a result.

(Read Liddy's rationale for his request in his reply motion, here. In his initial motion, Liddy's rationale was even dumber, just a one liner, as Mitch over at the "Arizona's Politics" blog recently pointed out.)

Liddy's claims were hooey, so Snow shot the motion down, but gave Liddy the possibility of revisiting the matter by issuing the order "without prejudice," and by telling Liddy to confer with the plaintiffs before renewing his motion.

As a result, we'll likely have to wait a while longer before we get to eyeball the videos. The ACLU, which is providing counsel to the plaintiffs along with MALDEF and the firm of Covington and Burling, has informed me that it will make no decision on the videos until after sheriff Joe's legal beagles confer with them.

Ironically, these supplemental depositions were all ordered as part of Judge Snow's sanction against the defendants when it was revealed that the MCSO had destroyed documents requested by the defense and failed to retain e-mails related to Arpaio's anti-immigration sweeps, as the MCSO was required to do.

We're pretty much guaranteed a repeat performance by Arpaio and his thuggish underlings in the new round of videos, so it's no wonder Liddy wants them hidden from public view.

The new depos took place in November. Hopefully, the new year will bring with it some belated Christmas gifts, courtesy of Sheriff Joe.

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Celi
Celi

How much has this man cose Arizona in lawsuits and payouts, etc? MILLIONS. And the cost keeps going up. HOW does this man remain in power? Surely - the Angel of Death, Jan Brewer, could have paid for a few transplants with all that scratch. Can ANYONE explain to me how this man remains free and in power???

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Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Both Arpaio's and Hendershotts other Dep's were filled with so much BS that it took hours of sheer boredom to find a few Gems. They are very good at denying, lieing and forgetting.

The Humpty Dumpty Arpaio
The Humpty Dumpty Arpaio

Every dog has his day, so it's been said. So, apparently, do every swine. Joseph M. Arpaio... Part time county sheriff - full time self promoter - prevaricator par excellance - racism perpetuator - spewer of mendacious racial propoganda - megalomaniacal autocrat. Wearer of adult diapers.Your days are numbered, fuckhead Steve Tracy of Phx.

Coz
Coz

Very cool, can't wait to see the MCSO slimeballs lying their asses off as usual.Post the video's when the are available.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I can only imagine that any judge who has been ensconced in the political machine of Maricopa County is painfully aware of the MCSO media machine. That very machine that lives and breathes due to regular and emergency media circus acts carefully orchestrated by MCSO. Such as the dog that suddenly needed to be adopted and given a 'good home' after having been a member of the MACE unit 'family' for a number of years. Queenie, I believe is her name.

Or the 'promotion' of Paul Chagolla, the only deputy of Hispanic blood who rose to the rank of supreme commander within MCSO. After his tour of duty selling hogwash to the media and public about MCSO.

Or the MCSO annual Mall patrol. To protect the public from criminals. Such as they are apparently doing this year at the Paradise Valley mall, which is within the jurisdictional parameters of Phoenix Police Department, not MCSO (as the agency of primary law enforcement responsibility).

Now, the worm has turned and following the public release of the first videos of depositions, MCSO suddenly doesn't want the next round of videos released until after trial. Damned odd, but not at all unexpected.

Have we noticed the significant reduction of blather coming from MCSO in the past month or so? What has happened to Lisa, the MCSO shurf sitter? We hear from Sheridan or McIntyre from time to time with their timeless denials of wrongdoing, and occasionally the Flaccid Fool himself, waxing on about how "99.9% of the MCSO employees don't violate the law", or something to that effect. Or he spews vitriol about the Metro Mall refusing to accept the posse patrol during the holiday season, passing that decision off as being politically motivated due to the MCSO immigration enforcement. Well, who would ever have that such a thing might happen?

Now, the Old Goat, is seeing that it appears, as least at the moment of this writing, that Bill Montgomery isn't quite the mindless concubine that thomas turned out to be.

Life in the MCSO camp must be very tense for some of that criminal element the shurf spouted about.

I will guess that 99.9% of the employees at MCSO are smiling, giggling, and high fiveing where they can't be seen or video taped.

Yes, Martha, vengeance is ours, and it's so very sweet.

Coz
Coz

No doubt's in the slightest, Dennis.

Tina
Tina

A perfect summary that describe him to a T. So many people out of state really don't know what the real Arpaio is all about. Last year I got a card from an acquaintance in Oklahoma who wrote, "We like your sheriff and wish we had one that had the same attitude." This year I set him straight (or tried to).

Rollem45
Rollem45

Agreed but for the high-fivers. All the employees at MCSO of cleaned up. They are sitting on some of the largest retirement numbers in the history of Arizona law enforcement. Yeah, things are a bit tense at MCSO right now...like when they should retire before 30 years or how losing the take home car will effect the monthly income or how long will the COBRA last or will Obama care will effect the retire insurance and on and on....I wish there was some way we taxpayers could sue these clowns for taking out money.....

Oppa
Oppa

aprio backed this fraud woman for governor of ca under third party cp. go to www.freeplumpervideos.com for a picture of her (she is the one with read hair left hand corner of page. We knew she was a fraud and a liar and now the picture to prove it. HOO ho ho

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