Terry Young, a Former Deputy Now at Surprise PD, Attended Meeting Concerning Plan to Charge Judge, Report Says

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Terry Young, now an internal affairs supervisor with Surprise PD, sat in on a meeting in which bogus charges against a judge were cooked up, a report says

A former deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff's hired to shore up operations for Surprise police attended a meeting last year in which bogus charges against a judge were cooked up, an investigative report states.


After the meeting, the Superior Court judge, Gary Donahoe, was charged with bribery and hindering a prosecution. The charges were dropped, and former county attorney Andrew Thomas now faces possible disbarment because of them. Donahoe is suing the county for $4.75 million.


The mess began, according to the investigative report released yesterday by the state Supreme Court, at a meeting on December 8, 2009.


Deputies Brandon Luth, Rich Johnson and Chief Deputy David Hendershott met in the afternoon on that day and discussed how Donahoe would be charged.


Also attending the meeting, the report says, was Terry Young, a former deputy and internal affairs commander who now works as the supervisor for Surprise PD's internal affairs division. 

Hendershott reportedly told everyone at the meeting that "Arpaio came up with the idea of charging the judge," the report states.

If that didn't set metaphorical alarm bells ringing in the ears of Young and the others at the meeting, what came next sure should have.

Hendershott reportedly told Luth to copy the probable cause statement for the judge's alleged crimes straight from a judicial complaint letter Hendershott had previously written. (We covered this corrupt detail in a previous article.) According to the investigative report:

Hendershott printed off the complaint and wrote the charges on it. Hendershott told them to describe the "benefit" that Judge Donahoe received for his illegal conduct as the Court Tower. In other words, the bribe Judge Donahoe was receiving was a new court building.

At about 5 p.m., Sgt. Luth took the documents to [Deputy County Attorney Lisa] Aubuchon. She read them. She said that "it worked for her."

 

The report goes on to state that "Aubuchon knew that no criminal investigation of the alleged charges had occurred and that there was no factual basis for the charges."

The question for Surprise PD, which is paying Young a salary of more than $96,000 a year, is whether Young also knew "there was no factual basis for the charges."

If he attended the whole meeting and was at least halfway awake, it seems like he should have known what Aubuchon allegedly knew: That the Donahoe charge was bogus.

We left a message for Young and Surprise Police Chief Mark Schott at about 5 p.m. today. We'll let you know if we hear back.


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Ppd101x
Ppd101x

Terry Young is as corrupt as they come. I never heard him utter an honest statement in all of the years that I knew him. If he wasn't in on this, it was absolute dumb luck. I lost all respect for Surprise PD when they picked up this dishonest MCSO refugee...

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Copper
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Knowing Terry Young and the Tard Hendershitt, if Young had intervened, shitt would have gone after him and over ruled everything Terry had to say. Even if Young pointed out that the charging lacked a lot of P.C. (probable cause). Terry Young is not a mean individual and has long as I have known him he has always played by the book. Only bad point is he was brought up through the ranks by Lee and Sands.

Coz
Coz

Maricopa County's finest, as usual, being rewarded for their corruption.

alehound
alehound

Hey Tommy, I got a seatbelt ticket in Mesa with no other cites. Should I fight it? Thanks.

oh, and on topic, $96,000 a year? Jebus h Christ. So the cities just trade these douches back and forth.?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Hound, wear your damn seatbelt and you won't get costly chickenshit tickets. Did you hear about the watchdog group from Washington asking MCSO to investigate the two Phoenix councilmen? Now THERE is a true joke. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house...

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Tommy Collins
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Mr. Stern, you won't want to hold your breath while waiting for a return phone call. I doubt anyone from SPD will want to talk with you about this.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

I just left another message. We'll see what happens.

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