Joe Arpaio In Charge, Arizona Attorney General Docs Show

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Arpaio out of the loop? Not a chance

Well, here's some fresh proof that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's "Munnell memo" report is a complete whitewash, and that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was, is, and always will be in complete control of his agency. While he's still sheriff, that is.

Today Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office released another doorstop document from the various investigations into the MCSO that were under way before Horne was sworn in. Horne kicked these over to the U.S. Attorney's Office in March. The latest is almost 600 pages long.

Generally, this one deals with the bogus, trumped up investigation and criminal charges against Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley for filing incomplete financial-disclosure forms. Charges that were eventually thrown out of court.

Though Babeu recently told the public that Arpaio was "deceived" by subordinates, such as now-fired Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Arpaio's own words in these docs contradict Babeu's assertion.

According to Yavapai County Prosecutor Sheila Polk, Arpaio attended a meeting with her, Hendershott, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and now-fired Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon, where the arrest of Stapley on further trumped up charges was discussed.

(It's confusing, but the second round of charges against Stapley was still pending.)

Polk told investigators that she was upset over the arrest because she'd warned the MCSO to hold off on such action. She asked the sheriff's office to remove itself from the case, at which point Arpaio blew his lid.

"I had [probable cause] to arrest [Stapley]," he told her. "No one tells me when I can/cannot arrest. I am not vindictive; I am the only politician in the state w/guts to stand up to powerful Stapley and his gang."

Polk kept detailed notes of her involvement in the case, which she had taken over at the request of Thomas. You can eyeball them and what's not redacted of the rest of the investigation,here.

There were serious problems with the first Stapley case because the statute of limitations had run out on many of the charges. Along those lines, Thomas' hatchet-woman Aubuchon is implicated by MCSO Lieutenant Travis Anglin, who was a supervisor on the MCSO side of MACE, the Maricopa Anti-Corruption Effort.

MACE was the tool Thomas and Arpaio used to go after their political enemies. It's one of the pet projects that Arpaio paid for with that pilfered $100 million from protected funds.

Anglin suggests that Aubuchon informed him that the investigation into Stapley officially began May 14, 2008.

Check this excerpt from a summary of Anglin's interview:

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This is more trouble for Aubuchon because the 2010 report from Arizona State Bar investigator John Gleason, which called for the disbarment of both Aubuchon and Thomas, stated that her investigation of Stapley began earlier.

In his report, Gleason wrote:

"Chief Hendershott of the Sheriffs Office asked Sgt. Brandon Luth of the Sheriff's Office to start looking at Stapley in January 2007, but to keep it confidential.

"Aubuchon, if not another deputy county attorney, began in January 2007 to research Stapley on the Internet."

Gleason's report already alleged that Thomas and Aubuchon knew that 44 of the original 118 counts filed against Stapely were too old to prosecute. 

There's a lot more in this latest AG release that is difficult to summarize completely in one blog post. But let's put it this way, Hendershott was doing some scary stuff, talking about seizing government computers, trying to bully Polk into letting him dictate what subpoenas to issue and how to run her grand jury, and offering to fly one of her deputies back and forth from Yavapai County in the MCSO helicopter.

Here's another excerpt. This one from an interview with Polk's Chief Deputy Dennis McGrane, where he explained how he told Polk that "Hendershott was my concern":

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There also are damning allegations from MCSO Sergeant Luth, who suggests that Hendershott may have been attempting to obstruct the state AG's investigation into the MCSO.

This passage is from a summary of the Luth interview:

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Luth also tells investigators that Arpaio is at the head of the chain of command for both the MCSO's Organized Crime Division and its Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Arpaio's not just in the loop, he's the one spinning things.

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Delores Smith
Delores Smith

Sheriff Arpaio,Ignore Obama and the Feds.  I support you, and so do the people of Arizona.  Obama is a puppet of George Soros.  They are nation disorganizers...not community organizers.  We'll take care of them at the polls.Delores SmithDelores109@cox.net

Coz
Coz

Another idiot heard from. Thanks Delores for making yourself known.

Coz
Coz

The only people deceived by Baboons (Babeu) report are those that have 1/2 a brain and can think for themselves.

Baboon is no better than Bozo Joke Arpaio

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

There is a report on Raw Story today about Arapio's KGUN interview. He is asked about the misappropriation of funds and the failure of the MCSO to investigate 400 sex crimes. His response: it's not my fault. What a hands-on, dynamic leader is "America's Toughest Sheriff!"

Tangled Web
Tangled Web

This "news website" seems obsessed with Sheriff Arpaio, it comes across as a personal vendetta against the entire Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

That's the problem with our news outlets, so many of them are little more than nasty little blogs that are used to smear political opponents.

It's disgusting that websites like this one even exist. 

Bobby
Bobby

..........."seems obsessed with Sheriff Arpaio".......

Hot Dog!! That is what I've been trying to say about a thousand times. Whatever........

Bobby
Bobby

Sorry Mistalee, I have never taken dope of anykind, even the kind you must be taking. I never heard of the term sandbilly. Must be part of your creative writing style. I'd say you've got some work to do.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Bobby, good for you, that means your brain is still brand new and full of potential, dont waste it, dont fill it with bullshit and cool aid, seriously, remember THERE IS ALWAYS 2 sides to every story, find both, follow the money, who profits, who benefits, why did someone say that, or did that, there is always a motive for everything a human being will do or say, sometimes good, sometimes bad, but there is always a motive.

Bobby, we have slapped you down enough times to make anyone throw the monitor against the wall and quit blogging, but you keep coming back, you got heart, I respect that, so much so that I am going to start calling you Rocky Balboa, we knock you down and you relentlessly get back up but you dont have strong arguments, if you were to really open up your mind to the real world and become more analytical you would become a powerfull ally, I do hope you understand what others and myself have been trying to tell you, well, trying to scream at you, I can tell by what you say your are a young guy, this site is full of older retired people with a lifetime of experience, listen and take advantage of of that, I seriously hope you and I find ourselves on the same side someday.

Bobby
Bobby

It's possible. 

Bobby
Bobby

Jason , I repeat. What in the hell are you talking about. When I ask a question about a certain rock group, etc. it has nothing to do with copyright laws. I'm starting to wonder again about you and the "piss freak", US War Veteran, since he associates with you so closely.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Bobby, you should really change your name to Boomerang.  You get tossed over and over and over again and you keep coming back... 

Bobby
Bobby

Idiots can't toss anyone, so I don't mind if that's your intrepretation.

wherewasi
wherewasi

 Ignorance is NOT bliss.  Bobby, my dear, you are ignorant.

Bobby
Bobby

Here's a fresh thought for you morons. MSNBC reporting: Mexican drug cartels operating freely in SOUTHERN ARIZONA. Now here's the fresh thought. Why don't you CLOWNS, wherewasi, U.S. War Veteran, Jason, Former Republican,.......there's too many morons to mention you all, why don't you hassle Arpaio and Company to help in the effort to get drug cartels out of Arizona? You won't do that, because your little narrow agenda won't allow it. As I wrote previously, I HOPE IT ALL COMES RIGHT DOWN ON YOUR FAT, IGNORANT HEADS.

Jason
Jason

The Senile Spinster will cry that he's too busy to talk to his boss---the taxpayers signing his paycheck---all the while crying that the cartels have a million dollar bounty on his balloon-shaped head.

Also, the above comment is directed at Shurf Paul Buffoon of Pinal County, who recently cried that he has been marked for assassination by the cartels. 

If either of these scenarios were true, both the Flaccid Fool and Buffoon would be in wooden boxes. Both men are freaking delusional. Just like you, Bobby. You must be polishing both Joker's and Buffoon's knobs.....  

Mistalee
Mistalee

If you and sandbilly crackheads like you would lay off the narcotics for awhile, the drug cartels would go out of business. 

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"why don't you hassle Arpaio and Company to help in the effort to get drug cartels out of Arizona?" 

What in the fuck do you think we and specially this newspaper have been saying for years, but the fool wont listen, so its time to get a real Sheriff.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Tell it to the flaccid fool, tell him to quit fucking around with gardners, dry cleaners and pei wei cooks and start going after the real criminals. 

wherewasi
wherewasi

Any of you really analytical types still out here?  I found this browsing old archives about the MCSO budget.  I don't recall seeing it before and haven't studied it too hard yet, but two things jump off the page at me.  Hendershott saying in emails that Arpaio wants to be the decision maker, and discussion of the Detention budget and uses. 

 http://www.azcentral.com/ic/pd...

Jason
Jason

I clicked on the link you provided. I, too, do not recall this being in the Arizona Republic. It appears, from what I read, that Blimpie, Barkell, and OMB wanted to meet and discuss the Sheriff's Office FY 2010-2011 budget. It appears that the Sheriff's Office wanted to cooperate with the county and make necessary reductions, but that Candy Andy and the MCAO stopped that from happening with the red-hot county Civil War. It seems to me that Blimpie liked the budget as laid out by the OMB and that he needed to get the Senile Spinster to sign off on it. It also appears that Blimpie had proposed a few reductions in the JE/Detention fund. It also appears that because the county wars were at their pinnacle, both the county and the Sheriff's Office were going to bring in their lawyers for budget negotiations. Luckily, that (both the county and the MCSO bringing in their lawyers) didn't happen. 

I think both the Senile Spinster and Candy Ass Thomas have a lot of explaining to do. Hey Andy, if I'm not explaining this well, I hope you'll help me.....  

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

 After reading all the links on Arpaio's Archives here in your paper, I would have thought the Feds would have indicted him by now. What does this say about what's really happening and who controls the state of Arizona?

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