Joe Arpaio's Boy Rich Burden of "Colorado Kool-Aid" Fame Retires Due to Pending Demotion
Some may recall that Burden was involved in a 2002 altercation with former Phoenix Coyotes player Brad May, where May supposedly punched Burden outside a Scottsdale club.
As a result, Burden pressed charges against May, and later sued him, reportedly scoring a $26,000 court award.
My colleague Ray Stern reported that onetime Deputy Chief Larry Black, known for his "love connection" with ex-Captain Joel Fox, offered to hook Burden up with season's tickets to Coyotes games, if Burden would drop the whole thing.
Black's offer was one of the revelations of the so-called "Munnell memo," a document authored by Deputy Chief Frank Munnell that spilled truckloads of dirt on the inner workings of Arpaio's office.
The memo resulted in an investigation of the sheriff's office by Arpaio's political ally, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. The Babeu report dished on additional MCSO controversies.
For instance, Babeu's report detailed the workings of the Maricopa Anti-Corruption Effort, or MACE, a product of Arpaio's partnership with now-disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas, which the pair used as a means to retaliate against their enemies in county government.
Burden was once assigned to the unit. Hendershott micromanaged MACE investigations, and wanted MACE detectives to produce a warrant to search the offices of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The rotund chief deputy was looking for evidence that the supes had used taxpayer funds to sweep county offices for MCSO-planted listening devices.
MACE detectives, including Burden, refused to write up such a warrant, even though Hendershott threatened to "machine gun" any detective who would not do his bidding.
Burden and others were later moved out of the MACE unit by Hendershott because of the incident.