Detention Officer may Remain in Jail Till After Christmas, Lawyer Says; No Evidence Officer is in Cell After Contempt Order
The county lawyer for a detention officer thrown in jail for contempt of court refused to say on Thursday whether the officer was being held in a cell.
Whether Stoddard's actually in a jail cell, Liddy won't say.
(Friday update note: We had also asked Liddy whether he considers the staff of the jail to be "in jail." He said yes).
The order by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe to jail Stoddard states that the officer should self-surrender to the jail. It says nothing about a cell. When we asked Liddy whether failing to put Stoddard in a cell would violate the spirit of Donahoe's order, Liddy -- a former radio host -- replied, "I don't do spirits."
However, Liddy did admit that Stoddard was getting some special treatment: He was not forced to put on pink underwear or use pink towels like Arpaio typically foists on inmates. Liddy says he bought Stoddard personal items to use and anyone who has a problem with that can call him.
Judge Donahoe reportedly made statements indicating Stoddard would be held until at least after Christmas, Liddy says. More information about that is expected to be released later, he says.
|Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office|
|Adam Stoddard's mug shot, via www.heatcity.org|
As we reported earlier today, the Maricopa County Association of Detention Officers plans to hold a candlelight vigil each night that Stoddard's in jail.
The jailing -- if he's in jail at all, that is -- of Stoddard sparked a protest by detention officers and deputies yesterday outside the courthouse at 201 West Jefferson Street. Also yesterday, about 20 detention officers called in sick, causing 143 criminal cases to be delayed.
Arpaio's chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, tells New Times he doesn't believe anyone called in sick to protest Stoddard's situation. However, he added that he'd be concerned if someone who called in sick yesterday also showed up at the afternoon protest.