Joe Arpaio's MCSO Costs Taxpayers Nearly $750,000 in Lawsuits in Less Than 24 Hours

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If you pay taxes in Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio has cost you nearly $750,000 in less than 24 hours.
Get your calculators out...

In less than 24 hours, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office -- under the leadership of America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff," Joe Arpaio -- has cost county taxpayers nearly $750,000 in settlements or judgments stemming from lawsuits filed against the sheriff.

The latest: yesterday's $94,000 judgment in favor of lawyers who represent Latinos who claim they were racially profiled during Arpaio's crime-suppression sweeps.

The Associated Press explains the lawsuit:

The lawyers argued Arpaio's office should pay the costs of reopening depositions in the case after it was discovered that the office had destroyed records sought in the lawsuit.

They say they wouldn't have had to reopen the depositions had they gotten the records earlier.

The judge in the case awarded $70,000 to a California law firm, another $2,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and another $22,000 for court reporter and videographer services.

Just hours before that ruling, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a $650,00 payout to the family of a 33-year-old man killed by a motorist who was "pursued recklessly and in violation of law at high speeds by" a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy.

In September 2007, sheriff's deputies were in pursuit of a 15-year-old motorist who refused to stop. During the pursuit, the teenage driver fatally hit Salvador Cereceres Herrera, 33.

In March 2008, Cereceres Herrera's family filed a claim against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Board of Supervisors, and the county's Risk Management Department because, they allege, the teen was "pursued recklessly and in violation of law at high speeds by" Deputy Ronald Frieberg.

But three-quarters-of-a-million dollars is chump change for the MCSO, which has doled out more than $50 million in legal bills since Arpaio took office in 1993 -- but what does he care? Taxpayers are the ones paying for it.
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29 comments
Michael Chaney
Michael Chaney

Taxpayers *should* pay for it as long as they keep electing the dirt bag.

Celia Davidson09
Celia Davidson09

i recently was in tent city and there is so much waste money!! there is so much food, and personal things that are thrown away daily. waste of money that we can put to better use and make phx a better place to live.

Drmepy
Drmepy

Hark!, you don't think this could possibly be racially motivated do you?

John Halczak
John Halczak

this has nothing to do with sherrif arp ..It's the sueing public an the shark's in suit's who are costing the people of AZ there TAX dollar's

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

Let's see now.  We take 99.5 million dollars, hmmmmmm and add that to this 750 thousand dollars, hmmmmm.  How much did his lawyers charge last week, about 94 thousand dollars? Add it to...........................hell, I can't keep track of it all. 

Point is --- Arpaio has cost Maricopa county (which includes me) enough.  We've already lost  our respect and dignity throughout the country (world?).   Enough is enough.  Arpaio, be a man (ha ha) and resign!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Arpaio should be chief of staff to the president.   Imagine the theft and fraud they could commit with that duo.

Jason
Jason

This is a record, even for Joe Arpaio.

Needlessly wasting $744,000 on Joe's bullshit is in and of itself complete and utter bullshit. That money could have gone towards the county. Instead, it is wasted on Joe Arpaio and his stupidity.

Joe knows what the fuck he is doing. He just doesn't care. He will continue to be a detriment to the taxpayers of this county until he is indicted by U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, if and when that ever happens.

Personally, I think his office should recuse itself from doing any type of law enforcement while it is the subject of both the feds and the state. I smell a strong conflict of interest here. 

Former Republican
Former Republican

This abuse of the taxpayers' money alone should be considered criminal. 

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Actually, $750,000 is three-quarters of a million dollars...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Hold on there Partner.  This was all Hendershott's doing.  This was all delegated and the Shurf is not responsibe, not even a little bit responsible for what goes on at MCSO.  He will be happy to tell you that it is not his fault. 

Guest23
Guest23

And New Times had their lawsuit regarding the NTs owners reinstated today as well, though it looks like joe might get away scott free even though one judge said it was a abuse of power. Hopefully the dolts who put this man in power will open their eyes. The NTs lawsuit will apparently move ahead due to wilincheks(sp?) Violating NTs owners constitutional rights of freedom of speech. I am surprised NTs was scooped by this by azcentral or maybe it was better to have another news source report it first.

MiLindoUSA
MiLindoUSA

Freaking amazing! Arpigo still has support from people in this state! When will they wake up? Or are they just a lost cause!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

It looks like Rpiehole should be called "The Teflon Sheriff."

James King
James King

Indeed it is. Thanks for the heads up.

Anon
Anon

oh that's right. how could be forget?

Jason
Jason

I just read the azcentral.com article on the lawsuit.

I just find it to be complete and utter bullshit that Corrupt Candy Ass Thomas had "complete prosecutorial immunity" during this bullshit and that "insufficient claims" against the Flaccid Fool absolved him.

Look, Joe's office made the arrest, and Thomas' office wanted to prosecute under some unknown law. The mere fact that it happened should be enough to name both Thomas and Arpaio as defendants.

Former Republican
Former Republican

His voters are all too old too even know. Where the 80 year old sheriff is the youngest of the group. That's why the state remains back in the '30's. Visit Sun City area, stores and restaurants sometime to find the massive block of voters  who operate en masse. The same people who do not want to pay for schools and young peoples' future -- the future of Arizona. Make laws that take away young peoples' voting rights -- simply haul them into jail, take away their rights and their voting power.

teknik1200
teknik1200

Joe's fiscal responsibility is second to none, that's why the tea-party loves him so much.

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