Read the SCA Investigative Report from State Attorney General's Office





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We've only just begun looking through a large report on the state Attorney General's SCA investigation, and already we're finding interesting stuff.


But it's hundreds of pages long and, honestly, we don't have time to sift through it and cobble the highlights for you tonight. So, rather than sit on it, we're posting the whole enchilada for you to read.


New Times requested the SCA investigative report soon after the new AG, Tom Horne, took office. Horne's office took its sweet time with the request, forcing us to send a demand letter on Friday reminding the office that it was failing to comply with state public records law.


This morning, Horne's office released a compact disk with about 700 pages in four PDFs. (They also released a copy to JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic, and we'll be looking forward to what he found in the report.)

We started with the first PDF this morning, immediately intrigued by the meeting at Coco's restaurant between David Hendershott and Karen Osborne, director of Maricopa County Elections. They chatted about the political action committees first opened by Larry Black and Joel Fox, and Hendershott wanted to know how corporations could contribute to campaigns.

Fox told the public repeatedly that Hendershott had nothing to do with the SCA, other than to contribute to it. We always figured that was bull.

Then we flipped to the last PDF, looking for any sort of conclusory remarks. We found interesting transcripts of secret recordings made by Deputy Chief Frank Munnell.

Munnell referenced these conversations in the well-publicized Munnell memo, so you may want to have that handy to compare notes.

We scanned through some of the interviews in the fourth PDF: We note with amusement that Munnell's wife called Hendershott to let him know her husband was ratting him out to the FBI. Lisa Allen tells investigators she thought Munnell's wife was a wench for doing so.

The second Randy Pullen interview was interesting, (and we haven't even read the first one.) We think you'll agree that Pullen, the former leader of the state Republican Party, comes off as super-cagey.

We also read of retired deputy Tom Tyo's trip to Big Bear Lake in the Aleutian Islands with Hendershott, big-shot developer Steve Ellman, and other SCA contributers. Tyo says he didn't pay for the trip. Nice perk.

Anyway, we'll be reading more tonight, but we figured some of you might want to get started now:

 

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

 

 

UPDATES:

David Hendershott calls Andrew Thomas an "idiot" in secret recording

Joking about sex and sheep at a Sheriff's Office staff meeting.

Horne elects to defer the SCA case to the feds.

Love, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Style

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18 comments
david saint
david saint

loved the part about Pearce and the Cactus towing bribes, more specifically the part about MCSO not charging him because "they might need him down the road for legislation that benefits MCSO policies". And now the Fiesta Bowl bribes are out of the closet. The right wingers use the term "sanctuary city" quite often, and apparently they are correct. Only problem for them is, its the dirty, crooked, racist politicians they elected because of that one issue that are given sanctuary.

Coz
Coz

When do these scumbags go to jail is all I want to know.

Rollem45
Rollem45

The day is coming when Arpiehole, Henderfuck, Candy Randy Andy, Lisa the Mole, and the rest of the MCSO millionaire's club will face an indictment to rival AZ Scam.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

This staff meeting has so little to do with law enforcement. With benefits, salary, etc., this meeting had to cost us $160 an hour per person on average, maybe more. How many people were in the room? 10? So staff meetings cost us $1600 an hour and there is virtually no official LE business happening. And we think that lawyers cost a lot.

Nweng
Nweng

Thank you for posting these Ray.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Seems to be a valuable lesson here about email.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I have not read it all. But I feel that Toto is pulling the curtain back on the Wizard of Oz. Arpaio is pretty clearly implicated in many of the decisions and was certainly aware of what was going on in real time.

Then the control freak plays dumb.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Doesn't the Flaccid Fool do that all the time?

Gerry_C says:"Then the control freak plays dumb".

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry_C, in many cases the MCSO shurf is not playing....

I find it interesting that Joel Fox was allowed to 'cross examine' Randy Pullen during the interview process. It smacks of "you lie, and I will swear to it"..... not saying that it was untruthful, of course, just very difficult to believe.

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WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I wonder when (and if) we will see the report on the Munnell memo done by Pinal Cty. It's what, about a month after the Pinal spokesman said it was to be released.

Donbollesghostlives
Donbollesghostlives

Pay Stern or someone else to read the report and tell us the truth. That would be good journalism.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Don, the first report said they are doing just that and further will follow....

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Thanks, Tommy. As I mentioned, I just didn't want to hold it back in case someone wanted to read it now.

Coz
Coz

Great job Ray !

XSoldier
XSoldier

Did you turn this over to the U.S Attorney's Office? Maybe the federal GJ will FINALLY indict Joe & Company. Or expand their investigation to include Fox and Black.

Awhile back, your colleague Stephen Lemons asked why former Attorney General Terry Goddard did not pursue the SCA scandal. I think I have the answer. I found it in your former colleague Sarah Fenske's story "The Hunt for Gary Donahoe". Apparently the Flaccid Fool and his mentally unstable right nut (Candy Ass Thomas) were "investigating" Goddard for a plea deal he made for a $5,000 payment to the AZAG's civil department. This occurred in 2007 and I think SCA took off in 2008, so Goddard would have had a conflict of interest. However, Thomas cleared Goddard in June of 2010, while he was running for AG.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gee, thanks, Mr. Stern. I have a big event happening this weekend and was hoping for copious amounts of extra sleep...

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

Ray and Phoenix New Times, Great investigative journalism and staying on top of Arizona's Watergate!

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