Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling Case Costs County Over $1 Million So Far, with More to Come

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One expensive bunch of pork belly

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's legal beagle Tim Casey has indicated that the sheriff's office will appeal federal Judge G. Murray Snow's recent decision, wherein Snow found the MCSO guilty of racial profiling and ordered it to stop.

Considering the payday Casey's firm Schmitt Schneck Smyth Casey & Even, P.C. has scored by defending biased policing in Melendres v. Arpaio, I can't say I blame him.

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According to Maricopa County, Casey's firm has billed $945,205.96 in Melendres.

Nearly a million clams. Not bad for losing.

Actually, the damage is a little higher, as the firm Ogletree Deakins worked on the case at one time, and billed $80,035.50.

That's a total of $1,025,241.46 that the county's ponied up for the case.

Under federal law, the county is responsible for paying for the attorneys' fees of the plaintiffs in this case, which according to ACLU of Arizona attorney Dan Pochoda are sure to exceed those of Casey.

An appeal will add to those fees, should the plaintiffs prevail.

"If you win on appeal, you're entitled to fees both on the trial, and for all the work you did on appeal," Pochoda explained.

"It's over a seven figure amount now," he said of the amount owed plaintiffs' lawyers. "That's over a five year period with all the law firm attorneys and so forth. But the appeal will be a six figure amount, including costs and fees."

The plaintiffs did not ask for damages in Melendres, only a ruling in their favor.

Assuming Pochoda's estimates are correct, Melendres may have already cost more than $2 million (adding in what Casey and Ogletree have been paid), and if appealed, could cost the county $3 million to $4 million total.

Unlike Casey, whose payday is guaranteed, lawyers from ACLU, MALDEF, and the law firm Covington and Burling, among others, labored at the risk of not getting paid, if the Judge had sided with the defendants instead of them.

As far as an appeal goes, Pochoda called it a "guaranteed win" for the plaintiffs, should the county go forward. He claimed that Snow's 142-page decision was "appeal proof," and contained "no tricky questions of law."



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perezalejandro707
perezalejandro707

It is over for Arpaio italian immigrant son. He is not only in major financial problems to come. Health 

 is Failing and he will suffer from all he is done too many people. Racist Arizona is ugly Hot dry and over run by the South border.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

The onus is now on the BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (BOS).

Those SUPERVISORS owe us taxpayers the respect we offer them. They can show US such respect by taking charge of MCSO now, within the parameters of law and policy.

Judge Snow rendered his decision and it seems to be a well considered and lawful decision that likely is valid and won't be overturned. 

Now, the BOARD OF SUPERVISORS need to tell the elderly elected official at MCSO that his charades will have to stop.

Now is the time for the BOS to say NO. No more taxpayer money. NOT one more dime will be spent on this foolishness.


Will they have the intestinal fortitude?


AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

We need to look beyond Arpaio at this point... there is really nothing that can be done now that the recall has failed by anyone other than the government.  Hopefully the recall did wake some people up to the politics of Arizona, more people have registered to vote and the only hope we have at this point is that 2014 will make a difference.  Tom Horne needs to go (is he really considering running for governor?), Steven Montenegro is evaluating whether he should run for secretary of state?  Come on, we need to start focusing on the next election now.  Who is in there that supported Arpaio?  Let's get them out!

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

Happy Birthday Joe! Gonna go kart again this year? How about some base jumping? I know...SKATE BOARDING!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Phoenix DESERVES asshole Arpaio.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Fuck el mirage. Puro sur side puta.

John S Hershey
John S Hershey

Marco- Really? So kids should be allowed to be raped because they live in El Mirage?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Why am I not surprised by this latest round of MCSO/MCSO shurf bullshit?

Thanks a lot Joe for continuing to be a financial burden on the people you claim to work for.

Does anyone know what this disgraceful old man's tab is?

I'm guessing it's around a third of a billion dollars.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

And as for the child sex case card foolz are trying to play, fuck el mirage in the first place. Bitch ass shit hole of a town anyways.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Its only racial profiling when you know youre here illegally and have something to hide. Funny, when illegals realize theyre losing their meal ticket, it becomes racial.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Good job Chuck, proving knuckledraggers are the voters in Maricopa County these days.

John S Hershey
John S Hershey

Bob Redsamen- Born and raised. But it doesn't matter, Joe recieved 60% of his campaign money from out of state donors last election...

John S Hershey
John S Hershey

Leave him alone, he is tge only person doing part of his job. Who else will not investagate children sex abuse cases? Who else will mismanage 100million of tax payer money, who else will have 50 Million in tax payer money be dished out in wrongful death rulings? Leave him alone! He arrests people that may or may not be illegal working as dish washers and other low paying jobs.....

Bob Rebsamen
Bob Rebsamen

How many of you critics live in Maricopa County or Arizona for that matter?

Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

Sign me up with the disgusted, hate is such an ugly word.

Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

Ask a long time cop. They might be able to answer that one. Racial profiling is a time honored tradition.

Katie Fox
Katie Fox

Since when is racial profiling someone's job?

Tina Ramos
Tina Ramos

Leave him alone, at least someone is doing their job!

Bob Rebsamen
Bob Rebsamen

Small change compared to The City of Phoenix and the Food Tax Lies......

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

Joe is the man...Fuck the haters. If you don't like it...leave.

Mike Durio
Mike Durio

But there's so little money in Maricopa and AZ for social services. This state is a joke!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

I think that by now this matter is on the BOS's hands and Judge Snow, if They give MCSO the "slap on the wrist" by not appointing a Monitor, the OLD FOOL is going to go back to His old ways, (ignoring the Judge's ruling), keep in mind that the Recall is over, what the POS has to loose?.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

has the thought occurred to anyone that maybe this lawsuit wouldnt have gone the way it did (and will go further too) if Joe would have just put his ego aside for one moment and perhaps apologized for U.S. citizens and people here legally for being caught up in his search for illegals? this is dead serious when i ask this. just showing a little remorse for things done by his policies and his agency (whether they were intentional or not) could have saved him a lot of the fire he is under. instead he is more concerned with pointing a finger instead of saying he feels bad for those caught in the crossfire. even if Joe were right about ICE training his people wrong, it doesnt change the fact that it was his agency and his people who committed those wrongs. since those wrongs were committed by his agency it is up to him to apologize or show remorse. he even admits these things happened (he is just saying it was done under the direction of others though) so why cant he admit that since, yes they did happen.......then there evidently were victims of these problems. he says that ICE trained him to victimize these people with their policies, then he cant deny there were victims. you cant have one without the other

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

heres the sad thing, even if they appeal and lose (and Joe has a track record of just that)..........this may be one of the cheapest mistakes we are on the  hook to pay for by Joe.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Watch the additional law suit roll in now.  The cost to taxpayers will be MUCH higher over the next few years.  The Tea Party must be so proud of their hero, with him wasting taxpayer dollars.

Did Jaffy's little website post his cellphone number to act as the new "illegal immigrant hotline"?  Will he put up his Scooby Doo pup tent in the land near his condo to house those illegals?


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

History tends to repeat itself. Joe has lost his appeals before and is going to appeal now (repeat), Joe has promised to change before and gone back on his word, but is saying he will change now (repeat). Joe has cost us millions (repeat). Joe has lied and blamed others for his mistakes or violations of the law and or constitution (Henderschott, Fox, Black,) to remain in office and is now saying its ICE's fault (repeat). you know the old saying "Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice shame on me"? Joe's version is "Fool you once, shame on you, Fool you twice, its just Ol' Joe"

Cozz
Cozz

Add this to the 60+ million in civil suit payouts and all the attorney fee's not included for Bozjo Joe representation, got to be close to 100 million by now this baffoon of a Sheriff has cost the tax payers one way or another.

...and people actually vote for this criminal and con artist, amazing.

StacyP
StacyP

This POS has cost not only millions of tax payer money in legal fees.. but so many heart breaks and torn  families.  He has literally destroyed peoples lives and families.  I won't wish any bad on him like others have (and with good reason).. all I have to say is that Karma will get him.. we don't need to worry about a thing.. just sit back and enjoy the show.  (get the popcorn)


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

To say this is just the tip of the iceberg is putting it lightly. 

This is not only going to end up costing us, the taxpayers, for this itself, but the tidal wave of civil suits that are sure to follow now that this ruling sets precedence. 

I certainly do hope that no matter what the argument from MCSO, a monitor does get appointed. Joe and MCSO cannot be trusted to self police themselves and Snow knows that, since he has already sanctioned MCSO once in this trial for destroying evidence.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@AnotherMesaVoter Interestingly, a few years ago the shurf used to charge a healthy donation to his campaign for his 'endorsement' of any candidate. In fact he once endorsed two candidates for the same office. Now, he can't give his endorsements away. However, his money did result in both Tom Horne and Bill Montgomery being elected to their current offices. It's probably safe to assume that he also funded some of the campaigns for his choice for Board of Supervisor candidates. The elderly elected official has always used his financial and voter influence to build a circle of protection around himself. 

Your point is very valid. Those currently in office, or potential candidates, who are or have been, or will be, supported by the very elderly man; need to be taken out of the election process. 

Tom Horne, by the way, has apparently decided to not pursue the governor position and instead will attempt to keep his office as state A.G. He found out recently that the governor is driven everywhere and it's really hard to have mid-day liaisons when your driven here and there...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@jonnyquest everyone should be able to run with the bulls at least once in their life (they do do that in town right? so there are sidewalks involved right? I'll pitch in)

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@IdontRecall Agree 100%. As soon as he thinks no one is looking, Joe will go right back to business as usual. How else can he continue to pander to the fears of his base?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@danzigsdaddy 

Zigs, it's beneath Joe to apologize.

Remember his half-assed "apology" to the crime victims his office ignored? "If there were any victims, I apologize to those victims."

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@danzigsdaddy 

If the Old Fool had never allowed this bullshit to happen, we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

Seriously, I would like to see some serious reforms. Term limits, and sheriffs that hold AZPOST certification, and that certification is subject to the Arizona Public-Record Law.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@Cozz 

My guess is that his tab is closer to a third of a billion dollars the narcissistic old man has cost county taxpayers.

Sad isn't it? People vote for someone who is completely unprofessional, has been declared a racist by the federal government (remember the criminal and civil investigations were started under W)

I compare Arizona to the Old Fool's homestate of Massachusetts. They actually have ethics laws out there. It is ILLEGAL to be UNETHICAL.

Could you imagine what would happen if there were a set of ethics laws in Arizona? Politicians would actually be held accountable. Corruption would be virtually non-existent. etc.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz  if you total up all the mismanaged money, lost and untraced money, settlements and payouts, legal fees and everything else...........its right up around a quarter billion dollars now.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@StacyP 

I've got fresh Orville Redenbacher's popcorn (lightly buttered and salted) and a cooler full of cold beer....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@Flyer9753 

What I don't get is why the DOJ doesn't join in with Melendres.

The DOJ can now (and should) make a successful case for a monitor without its lawsuit since the Melendres lawsuit essentially resolves the DOJ lawsuit.

What the DOJ should do, now that it doesn't need its civil lawsuit, is reopen its criminal investigation. If anything this bolsters the claims made that Arpaio abuses his power.

DNichols
DNichols

@Tommy Collins:

An Elderly elected official said "I don't write the Laws, I just enforce them."

This was a Lie!

The "Protective Circle" he has paid, and sponsored into Office includes his former Chief Deputy Racist Russell Pearce who wrote Laws for his Former Boss/Sponsor, E-verify, SB1070, ect.

This Elderly Elected Officials Ring of Henchmen also includes many more Politicians, A.G.'s, County Atourneys' This Official even controls the States Largest Local News Paper with a Son in Law as thier Editor.

This Elerly Elected Official should write a new Book: "The Art of becoming a self made Dictator even in a so called Democracy."

The Elderly Officials last Election was riddled with "Voter Supression Tactic's, and even a Vote Siphoning Deputy?

Political Corruption Perfected to an Art.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@danzigsdaddy 

I include all the attorneys' fees for the plaintiffs' side as well and figure it comes to around $60-$90 million.

Plus all Arpaio's own taxpayer-funded legal fees ($60-$90 million)

The "misspent" $99.5 million

Plus all the lawsuit judgments and settlements ($50-$60 million)

Let's not forget the 10,000 plus lawsuits STILL pending...

And you get $269.5 million on the low side and $339.5 million on the high side. (Numbers are rough estimates and include the 10,000+ lawsuits still pending.)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  as for why the DOJ didnt join in could be purely a strategic move. the Melendres case was not seeking any money or penalties and would be an easier win because it was not monetary based. if the DOJ was in on that then they would not be able to seek what they are looking for which would be imposed sanctions. also if they let Melendres have their own case and they won and then the DOJ picked theirs back up, there would already be one ruling in favor of him being complicit in racial profiling thus making the DOJ case a little easier with an established history at that point. the bad part of that strategy is that if the DOJ now picks up their case and wins (which is much more likely) there will be many many more cases that will follow and those will all be for money, money which we will have to pay with our taxes. their strategy will probably work, but unfortunately for us, it might work too well

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  

I suspect the DOJ will file a 'friend of the court' brief or something similar, maybe not even something official in the record, to that effect. 

If I remember correctly, doesn't the DOJ also have another outstanding case pending against Arpaio? If so, the DOJ may have seen that this case had a good or better chance to win and therefore set precedence that can then be argued in the pending DOJ case.

Either way, I suspect Snow will appoint a monitor of some type, trying to find a compromise between what is wanted and what MCSO will actually work with. Snow is well aware of MCSO's and Joe's role in evidence destruction and resistance at listening to the courts (and Snow specifically) in the past and I think he will remember it when making his decision.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@danzigsdaddy 

True. Didn't think of that.

As I just told Flyer, I know the DOJ wants a monitor to oversee MCSO. Arpaio has steadfastly refused a monitor, but I do think Judge Snow will appoint a monitor.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  which is  a strategy that MCAO uses. they string the cases out so there will be a history of offenses instead of trying everything in one case.  that way you look more guilty when they hit you with the last case. it isnt a strategy that always works, but it seems to be working in this one

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@truthseekeraz 

There was a story yesterday on yahoo.com about a pair of Pennsylvania judges who were owned by the private prison industry.

Basically, the judges would sentence first-time teenage offenders to the maximum penalties allowed under Pennsylvania law for whatever criminal acts the defendants caused. For every teen sentenced to a privately-owned prison, the judges would get a kickback.

One judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison and has to pay $1.2 million in restitution. Not sure what happened with the other judge.

Sad isn't it?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@Flyer9753 

True. It's possible that the DOJ will file a friend of the court brief.

Not sure if the DOJ has a second lawsuit pending against Arpaio. I do know they filed suit shortly after they released their findings of their civil investigation in 2011. I know they want a monitor to oversee the MCSO. The DOJ essentially said the same thing in 2011 that Judge Snow just ruled on. That Arpaio and MCSO apply biased and discriminatory tactics. They also threatened to withhold all federal funding for Maricopa County. $155 million at last count.

I hope a monitor is approved. I think it will help MCSO rather than harm it. Plus, what does the Old Fool have to lose?

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