Sheriff Joe Arpaio Won't Make Report on Munnell Memo Public, For Now

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Larry Black, one of Sheriff Arpaio's most trusted aides, is one of three people who almost certainly will be be fired based on the Munnell Memo findings, Channel 5 (KPHO-TV) reported today.

​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio doesn't want the public to read an investigative report into the alleged crimes of his top people anytime soon.

In a letter he sent yesterday to Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (see below), Arpaio cites an Arizona statute (see 38-1101K) in warning Babeu that the report can't be made public until certain employees mentioned in it have exhausted an appeal process.

Babeu sent the report to Arpaio today. It highlights the findings of an investigation into a 63-page memo written by one of Arpaio's deputy chiefs, Frank Munnell and made public in September. The wide-ranging investigation was conducted by Babeu's office. (Babeu hired private detective Keith Sobraske to do the job.)

People interested in the soap opera/crime drama going on at the MCSO have been anxiously awaiting this one. Last month, the state Attorney General's Office released their findings on a criminal investigation into a scheme to violate campaign finance laws known as the SCA scandal. That report was a gold mine of insight into the corruption that went on under Arpaio's nose (see this week's cover story based on the AG's report here), and the Munnell Memo report ought to be similarly rich. If it ever gets released, that is.

Babeu sent the news media the following statement a few moments ago:

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Investigation Completed

Today, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has met with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and turned over the entire investigation. The documents turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office include the "Investigative Report" which is 1,022 pages and three additional "Findings of Facts" on Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Deputy Chief Larry Black and Captain Joel Fox.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Our administrative investigation requested by Sheriff Arpaio is complete. My staff and I formally presented the results of the six month long investigation to Sheriff Arpaio during a four hour meeting today. Sheriff Arpaio now needs to digest the reports and make his own determination regarding my recommendations. We are prohibited by law from releasing any details of the investigation until Sheriff Arpaio makes his decisions and due process is afforded to his staff members."

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Apparently, Captain Joel Fox is not an "at-will employee" of the county, meaning he can't be disciplined without going through a strict routine, which includes the appeal process. Here's what the above-mentioned statute says about releasing public info on cases that haven't been completed:

An employer shall not include in that portion of the personnel file of a law enforcement officer or probation officer that is available for public inspection and copying any information about an investigation until the investigation is complete or the employer has discontinued the investigation. If the law enforcement officer or probation officer has timely appealed a disciplinary action, the investigation is not complete until the conclusion of the appeal process.

Knowing how Fox likes to abuse the system in order to keep secrets for himself and his buddies at the Sheriff's Office, the public might be waiting a while. Arpaio and Babeu may worry that his employees may sue over a premature release of the Munnell findings. Fox is pro-lawsuit, for sure, last month submitting a $5 million claim against the county and filing a federal suit over the release of e-mailed love letters between him and Larry Black.


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Dave Francis
Dave Francis

Judge for yourself?

Remember the TEA PARTY will kill any new amnesties, including so-called Immigration reform, Sanctuary States, Chain Migration, The dream act or any underhand way of passing any more AMNESTIES. By not enforcing restriction illegal immigration laws, should look to examples of the very serious over populations in border States of California, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico that have massive money problems; attributed by the illegal alien invasion. States that are not overrun or have implemented strict laws such as Georgia, can view illegal aliens skipping out, taking their economic families to feed of the generous welfare programs further afield. Learn more about the astronomical costs and Statistics at NumbersUSA or just typing into Google, illegal alien costs. Officers such as sheriff Joe Arpaio has been demonized and attacked by rampant liberals and Socialists, on this uncontrolled immigration issue that is draining the safetynet on our soil. He is a strong reminder that some offices of the law, will carry out their duty, while others play politics to shield themselves; Chief of Police Beck in Los Angeles has no backbone when it comes to this terrible issue in his jurisdiction; he hides behind the Sanctuary city unconstitutional policy of Special order 40.

It's your America; not the 20 million plus foreigners and not the politicians who cower under the bombardment of open border lunatics. Join a local TEA PARTY and become an activist in the tens of millions other others fighting for jobs, cutting obsolete government agencies, building the real border fence and station permanent National Guardsman. Make E-Verify mandatory to catch criminal businesses hiring illegal aliens and make it an enforced police policy for every jail to use Secure Communities to fingerprint and process all individuals to verify their immigration status. The country is in the worst predicament of owing Chinese and foreign investors over 14 Trillion dollars and now want more taxes from ordinary Americans. So if this is the case, why are we not removing economic illegal immigrants from our shores? Hundreds of billions would be saved and, then would start returning jobs to our own citizens and legitimate residents.

A dirty business that attributes profits from illegal labor must be dealt with in the harshest way. No slaps on the wrist or mediocre fines, but judged on its incorrigible merits. With Fines from $50.000 up; confiscations of all business assets to fund ICE. Businesses with large ratio's of illegal labor, a term of at least a year in prison on first offense. This should not be home incarceration, but in a federal correction facility. That should determine that hiring foreigners carry a nasty risk of committing a felony. Same with people, who scorn our laws to enter America illegally, should carry a penalty of not a worthless civil infraction, but a justifiable felony conviction.

Shouldn’t prudent Americans wonder why this has never been the case? It makes sense that this was intentional to allow illegal immigrants to enter our lands with impunity? Janet Napolitano can gesture all she wants about the border being better secure? Then perhaps she would like to buy London Bridge from me. One major problem is over a thirty year period, those here of certain racial groups who entered America and was legally processed, but allowed family members to join them who cheated our laws. So its obvious there is these mixed groups, who are between "A Rock and a Hard place." However, this is a sovereign nation and there are no excuses for breaking our law and they will be deported or remove themselves.

THROW OUT ALL THE ILLEGAL ALIEN PROCURERS, OF WHICH POLITICIANS, GOVERNORS, MAYORS, POLICE CHIEFS & OTHERS WHO ARE INSTIGATORS IN THIS INVASION.

Read about illegal alien widespread Tax fraud at http://www.thesocialcontract.c... the Pdf file "Illegal Aliens and American Medicine." http://tinyurl.com/o6r27 and the report "DRAINING AMERICA INTO POVERTY" at http://tinyurl.com/3mv3vzm These are reports that the Leftists, US Government Czars and radical open border zealots or lobbyists prefer you didn’t see.

IN 2012 budget we must enforce the Grand old party with new injection of TEA PARTY candidates, otherwise the future for our families are at financial risk. NOT FOR ONE MINUTE THINK THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU? IT COULD BE YOUR JOB NEXT?

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Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Since when did Arpaio start worrying about people's "Constitutionally protected liberties" and "the due process to which they are Constitutionally entitled"???

What a joke and a sham this all is.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

AARPaio always supports constitutionally protected liberties when it helps him.

david saint
david saint

who are we kidding, this report will NEVER be made public as long as Joe is sheriff.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I just hope the Sheriff reads this faster than he read his own book. Who knows but half the report may be pictures so it might be easier for him that I think.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Pinal did him a few favor and included items like "Color Dave's uniform brown on the next page, and be sure to stay in the lines..."

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