Tom Horne Defers SCA Investigation to Feds; State AG Won't Go After Sheriff's Office

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Tom Horne has "elected" to defer the SCA case to the feds.

Tom Horne, the state Attorney General, inherited the SCA case from his predecessor, Terry Goddard.

The case is all about the dirty politics played by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the state Republican Party. Briefly, it involves a secret slush fund of money solicited from fat-cats around the country to help Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The money was illegally donated to the state Republican Party, which used it to create the "sheriff's-opponent-masturbates-and-screwed-his-own-mother" ad (see the YouTube video) that ran for a night on local TV until viewers demanded it be taken down.

The lies, cover-ups, corruption and potential crimes involving top sheriff's officials, including Arpaio, seem obvious to us.

But state Attorney General Horne -- a Republican, like the sheriff -- won't touch it.

In a statement released today to coincide with the release of the SCA investigative report, (which Horne only coughed up after we sent a strongly worded demand letter), Horne says he's deferring it all to the feds.

Horne's office states in the release:

"When Attorney General, Tom Horne, assumed office on January 3, 2011, the Attorney General's Office had several pending investigations which were initiated by the previous administration. Some of those investigations involved present and/or past members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Maricopa County Attorney's Office and others. Members of the Attorney General's Office have consulted with members of the United States Attorney's Office and it has been determined that the United States Attorney's Office has investigated, or is investigating , the same matters as part of an on-going federal investigation.

The United States Attorney's Office has previously received authorization from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to investigate and prosecute any potential state criminal charges which may arise in connection with the current federal investigation. Accordingly, the Attorney General has elected to defer to the federal authorities regarding said investigation and potential prosecutions arising from it."

"Elected" obviously means they could be doing something about it, but aren't.

Way to keep Arpaio happy.


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Nvntr777
Nvntr777

Who writes this s**t? A dumbocrat schmuck?

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XSoldier
XSoldier

Horne was useless as state schools chief. He became useful when he ran against our mentally unstable and delusional former county attorney and actually won in the GOP primary for AG.

Now, as the AG, he went right back to being useless. He refuses to step into the water, citing "conflict of interest", and refuses to actually do his job. He's just as useless as Goddard.

Nweng
Nweng

We had a veteran prosecutor and a school administrator running for State Attorney General. This, of course is Arizona, and the people picked the POS school administrator.

SeeForYourself
SeeForYourself

Veteran prosecutor? Andrew Thomas spent six months as a prosecutor in juvenile court, and six months charging misdemeanors. He has never served as a prosecutor in even a misdemeanor jury trial. He was, and remains, nothing but an ideologue. He was an incompetent crook as County Attorney, and he will soon be disbarred for his actions. Don't get me wrong; I don't support Horne, but the fact that a man who is banned for life from dealing securities was a better alternative than Thomas is more evidence of just how starkly evil and dangerous Thomas proved to be as Maricopa County Attorney.

Coz
Coz

Horn and Goddard combined, they still don't have a set of balls between them.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Cozzolino,Albeit I'm not a Democrat. But I would say without hestitation that, Goddard was better. I wouldn't exactly lump both of them into the same boat. Goddard went after and took down some major white collar crimes and their enablers. Just not the MSCO.

What has Horne done?...........nada.

Coz
Coz

While I do agree with with some what Johnny, where Goddard was worthless when it came to Arpaio, he knew what Arpaio was up to for many, many years and did nothing.

But then again, neither did any of the other worthless politicians either.

Sw Litigation
Sw Litigation

For once, I agree with Horne. State laws are pitiful on white collar and corruption cases anyway.

Coz
Coz

That's the problem when State leaders are just as corrupt as those they are suppose to investigate

GOPdestoryer2011
GOPdestoryer2011

Looks like Mr. Horns is the new coward of the county. Since the gutless kook doesn't have a shred of manhood to investigate serious crimes committed by wing-nutty demagogues. I supposed that during the course of his term, we will be seeing more corrupt malfeasanced crimes committed by wackos of the far right and members of his own poltical party.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

The cowardice that our politicians have been showing lately is staggering. Rotellini would have made this her first order of business had she won the State AG in November. Looks like we ended up with the one with smaller testicles.

Discodog
Discodog

Sounds like Horne is as bad as predecessor Goddard. Yeah, he's republican and it is interferring with his duties of AG. How soon we forget that Horne was barred from every participating in securities since he was caught in a securities fraud scheme. Hornie is a chicken.

Coz
Coz

What a goofy looking fucker Horn is.

vic
vic

I swear, Horn just looks stupid. Usually that is not known until someone speaks, butit in Horn's case this idiot should just have a tat on his forehead, saying DUH!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

This is the tip of the iceberg of the many conflicts of interest that exist in Arizona and the Feds need to step in and help the people of Arizona. It's years overdue. Many innocent people, children and families have suffered under this regime of terror that does not represent what America is all about. It's time to restore the broken justice system in Arizona and hold those accountable who have destroyed the state. It'll take two decades to try to undo the damage caused by former County Attorney Andrew Thomas abuse of power and 200,000 convictions. A wrecking ball through the state!

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

The feds don't need to "step in and help the people of Arizona." The FUCKING BRAIN DEAD MORONS WHO ELECT AND RE-ELECT THESE SHITBAGS NEED TO HELP THEMSELVES. Learning to read would be a good start along with the development of some abstract thinking skills. Failing that, lobotomies would be an acceptable alternative, as would having someone use the parental control on their TVs to lock out faux news.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

On March 14, after Horne left the State Capitol where he pretended he was attacked by a "thuggish Mob" ( He wasn't-I witnessed and filmed the entire event) he left and had lunch with Sheriff Arpaio. There are several reliable eye witnesses. Perhaps its nothing but it is worth mentioning.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Here's how I think that conversation went:

Arpaio: "Tim, you remember what I did for you, right? You remember how I got you elected in, what was it, June?"

Horne: "November. Yes, sir."

Arpaio: "DON'T TELL ME WHAT MONTH IT WAS! IF I SAY IT WAS JUNE IT WAS JUNE! Now, where was I... Oh yeah, so you know what you have to do, right Ted? You know it will make me look bad if anything were to become public about this fund thing, right?"

Horne: "Yes, sir."

Arpaio: "Did I ever tell you about the time I arrested Elvis?"

Horne: "What does that have to do with..."

Arpaio: "Good talking to you, Terry."

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Funny stuff, Pit. Unfortunately, after reading the transcript of the staff meeting from the SCA investigation, I can imagine it's not from from being accurate...

Coz
Coz

As was suspected, Horn was bought and paid for long ago by Bozo Joe Arpaio.

Horn is just another worthless POS Politician that is willing to look the other way for his fellow cronies.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Horne is probably so deep in the Flaccid Fool's pocket it's not even funny. The only reason for this is because he whipped Joke's candidate, Candy Ass Thomas, in the GOP primary. Hence the reason Candy is suing the county and state for $47 million.

Native Guns
Native Guns

He's showing us that he is too scared shitless of the "Flaccid Fool". The guy is worst than a Democrat jellyfish. The sort of coward that will surely piss his pants once confronted with a KKKriminal case involving the top ranks at the MSCO.

He sure ain't no top cop of the state.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Johnny, like the Flaccid Fool, Horne is an elected official. Neither of them are cops and they don't deserve such a title. They are both elected administrators, nothing more.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

A very convenient way to wash his hands of it without having to do anything about it. I think I heard someone at the water cooler the other day referring to Mr. Horne as "Mr. NoNuts".... I am thinking I see why...

Gizzard
Gizzard

Should have known this was going to happen! another Arizona moment to cherish.

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