Len Munsil, Conservative Activist, Once Investigated by Sheriff Arpaio's Corrupt Anti-Corruption Team

 

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Len Munsil, conservative activist and former gubernatorial candidate, was investigated for alleged political crimes by Sheriff Arpaio's MACE team.
Len Munsil, a conservative activist who ran against former Governor Janet Napolitano in 2006, was once investigated by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's corrupt anti-corruption unit.

In the "Trifecta case," as it was called by Arpaio's minions on the Maricopa Anti-Corruption Enforcement team, Munsil was investigated for supposed improprieties stemming from the 2006 race.

The revelation comes from MCSO Sergeant Brandon Luth, as seen on page 572 of the 1,021-page summary of the investigative report by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's office.

"Allegations against Munsil included illegal transfer of funds, lying in political campaigns, and telemarketing issues," the report states.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: July 25, 2011 -- Report shows that Luth misspoke to Babeu's investigators, or maybe the investigators misquoted him. Munsil was considered to be the alleged victim in the probe. Click here for more info.

Arpaio was once a political ally of Napolitano's, supporting the former U.S. Attorney in 2002 after she whitewashed a federal probe of misconduct within the jail system he ran.

The ultra-political MACE team apparently tried to keep up Arpaio's end of the rumored bargain four years later by going after Napolitano's competition.

However, the Munsil investigation was handled differently than other MACE inquiries that were heralded publicly by Arpaio. Instead of simply smearing his name with pretend evidence, as had been done to Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, MACE kept the Munsil probe quiet. A list of cases pursued by MACE compiled by the Arizona Republic in 2009 doesn't mention the Munsil case, which probably means the Sheriff's Office didn't comply fully with the Repub's records request for all of the MACE cases.

Whether evidence of crimes was uncovered, we don't know. We put in a public-records request with the MCSO this morning to see the file.

Munsil didn't return a message we left for him last night.



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Ms Info
Ms Info

Who was Napolitano's chief of staff when all this was going on?

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Worthless story.    What's the point?    They investigated, maybe this was a reason, he supported her, she might have done whatever, the newspaper didn't say this, maybe he didn't whatever, we asked why, why what?, they didn't respond and we'll keep you up to date aabout whatever.     That's some good journalism there, Ray. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Makes you wonder about the motivation for the case against Munsil.  Not in the same flavor as those against Stapley or Wilcox. 

SHADOW WOLF
SHADOW WOLF

I don't think Munsil will remain "quiet" for long after this piece. I wonder why he is keeping his mouth shut? Does he plan to run again? People are slowly coming out of the closest and speaking out against the "Flaccid Fool". He too, should follow suite........if he has the gonads or cojones or whatever.

Jason
Jason

When can we expect Munsil's multi-million dollar notice of claim against the Flaccid Fool & Co? I'm eager to see how much MORE money the MCSO shurf will cost Maricopa County taxpayers..... 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["Allegations against the MCSO sheriff include illegal transfer of funds, lying in political campaigns and telemarketing issues," the report states.]

A future quote, or something very similar, to been seen in days to come.

RY
RY

 Burke, I think.

Jason
Jason

They investigated this guy for merely running against a Flaccid Fool ally, former Governor, now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Janet gave the Senile Spinster a free pass on his corruption in '02, when she was U.S. Attorney for Arizona and as a result, he used his influence to help her win the Governor's Office. 

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

The point is that this was a potentially politically motivated criminal investigation. Duh.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Walter, I see the point of the story as simply sharing a story within a story. The MACE unit conducted an investigation that went nowhere, but at the very least the investigation was within the perceived purview of the unit and why it was supposedly created in the first place. To combat corruption. After this investigation, or soon after, the MACE unit, under the direction of the MCSO shurf and Hendershott, turned from investigating possible corruption into creating corruption.

While the story itself has no real answers, it certainly leads to more questions.

Questions are always good for the mind. It's why two and three year old children are incessant in their wondering, "Why, Dad, why did that happen?"

At least that's my perspective.

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