Joel Fox Loses Federal Case Against Terry Goddard; SCA Figure had Sued Over Release of E-Mails Exposed by New Times

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Joel Fox has lost his federal lawsuit against former state Attorney General Terry Goddard over the release of embarrassing e-mails.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Captain Joel Fox has lost his federal lawsuit against former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, whom Fox accused of improperly allowing the release of embarrassing e-mails.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake had already dismissed the part of Fox's complaint that targeted an investigator and supervisors working under Goddard. An August 30 settlement conference has been set in the separate complaint Fox launched against Cox Communications for its role in the e-mail debacle, though no settlement terms have been finalized.

Wake noted in his order today that Goddard's case was being dismissed, with prejudice, on the same grounds that he dismissed the action against Goddard's underlings -- namely that the state had the right to serve a search warrant on Fox's e-mail account.

Fox, a key figure from one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's worst scandals, filed the complaints on the same day that New Times published excerpts from a state investigative report showing he and one of Arpaio's top aides, Larry Black, shared an unusually loving relationship.

As our April 14 feature article described, the emotional e-mails helped explain why it took months and the threat of a $315,000 fine to make Fox cough up the names of Black and the others involved in an alleged campaign-finance crime.

State investigators looking into the so-called SCA scandal uncovered tons of evidence that led them to believe Fox had committed campaign violations and fraud, while Arpaio's former chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, was believed to have run the criminal "enterprise" and obstructed justice to cover his tracks.

Tom Horne, the new AG, declined to continue investigating the case after Goddard left office and turned it over to the feds.

Fox is currently on administrative leave from the sheriff's office as he appeals disciplinary proceedings. His name came up prominently in the damning tell-all memo by Deputy Chief Frank Munnell, a document that spawned an even-more-damning internal investigation. The probe, conducted at Arpaio's request by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, uncovered evidence of policy violations and potential crimes by Fox, Black and Hendershott.

Still not released for public viewing is about one-third of a 1,022-page report released in May on the investigation's findings -- mainly the part about Fox's role in the SCA scandal.

We have no clue whether today's ruling would affect Fox's potential settlement with Cox, but if we were the communications company, we'd offer only this advice: When you're engaged in shady, potential criminal schemes, don't put things in e-mails you wouldn't want everyone to see.

But even if Cox denies Fox, the captain might still see his ship come in.

As we reported yesterday, Black and Hendershott -- who were fired by Arpaio after the report was made public -- last week launched a multimillion-dollar claim against Arpaio, Pinal Sheriff Babeu, Phoenix private investigator Keith Sobraske and a long list of other county players.


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Babeu
Babeu

As Paul Babeu sister Lucy, I would like to say, Paul has hired one of the former Attorney Generals Grant Woods as his Attorney to try to shut me up with reporters who I have not talked to. Paul has much to hide. Just like in this investigation. I will say, I did contact the  former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. I was assigned a agent. I thought it was to help me with the death threats from my family to keep all Paul's secrets quiet,such as the underage male lovers of Paul that had contact me, the drug smugglers who had contact me, that also threatened me because Paul would not do nothing about. they wanted to get info on him and I would not cooperate with the man. Paul should have never investigated this case because he himself goes with many men. You should look at Paul's emails. The only differene is paul likes them younger. He needs much help. Paul even has had my father threaten me and told both my sisters in AZ not to talk to me. We have many brothers in my family that have raped the girls in our family and outside the family.  One brother just came to AZ a couple a months ago, who also molested Paul and Shaun and beat my mother when they were growing up. He also has a warrant out for his arrest. Did Paul do anything about that? No, he hung out with him. My sister who lives there he also raped her and me. Nothing matters to Paul but his own dick. Shaun and him are closer than you think. Paul with take Sheriff Joe side all the time because when Paul was running for Sheriff he used Sheriff Joe's for a lot of fundraisers that he never reported. Paul is a corrupt person that is worse than anyone. He lies, just for his own political gain. He left North Adam MA for a reason. The former attorney General has a lot emails on Paul's corruption from me. He never contacted me back and just used me.  But just remember when he assigned the agent, things go both ways. I still have all the evidence and phone conversations. Don't think I am going away Grant Woods. You are a Joke. Paul has too many secrets back in North Adams to become anything but a corrupt immate in his own Florence Jail . Lucy Babeu

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Just when will these assholes go away ..... ALL OF THEM ....    START WITH THE SHERIFF AND INCLUDE ALL OF HIS COMMAND STAFF....... THEN START INVESTIGATING THE STREET DEPUTIES ........BET YOU WILL FIND SOME CORRUPTION THERE TOO

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

SOMEBODY better sit that old fool Arpaio down on a toilet seat somewhere and have him rehearse a little.  I mean he did/he did not know what was happening within the MCSO, he did/did not know that Joel Fox was collecting money for Arpaio, he did/did not know of all of the "outside employment and interests" going on at MCSO.It's all going to be SO CONFUSING to an already overloaded pea brain.  Garble mouth better get an injection of smarts here pretty soon...because once Depositions start, he's going to have to try to remember all his lies....and it ain't going to be pretty.WHAT A BUNCH OF HILLBILLY JACKOFFS at MCSO.  The ONLY thing that's going to happen here is that the Shurf might possibly have to "slip away quietly" when the heat is turned up.  After all, the county will be vigorously defending ANY of these claims...and the SHURF will have to pony up to the bar and assist the county in defending against the claims.  Now THIS is going to be a show WORTH seeing.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

HEY FOX:

Today marked a pretty good start to what you'll be seeing a lot of.....REJECTION and DISMISSAL.  You may want to get used to it...because the outrageously funny "Notice of Claim" filed on  your behalf (as well as for Hendershott and Black) was about as predictable as your impending termination.YOU have surrounded yourself with scum.  I guess that's par for the course, since that's what you are, too.You talked a pretty good game here on these boards, earlier in the SCA saga, and most of what you spewed here were lies.  I most CERTAINLY hope that the words YOU typed come back to haunt you.GET OUT OF THE TAXPAYER POCKET NOW.  You've been on leave for what...a year?Your "Claim" will end up in the garbage somewhere in the Court House....exactly where it should be.My take? You are going to get dragged through the mud.  Not bad for a packer.

Jason
Jason

Why am I not surprised that Fox lost his lawsuit? He knew full well it was frivolous.

Glad to see that embarrassment of a "case" tossed.

I can't wait to see his latest lawsuit against the county crash and burn, along with Blimpie and Black. They are real embarrassments to Maricopa County, the human race, and actual police officers.

Native Guns
Native Guns

It was a good idea for Mr. Tom Horns to hand the case over to the Feds. Otherwise, he would have fucked the case up with his clumsy and inept hands. Knowing that funny-face clown has not handled any major cases since he took office.

Rollem45
Rollem45

Joel Foxx still has not been fired! MCSO has yet to complete the internal affairs process. This is the same tactic used to hide information from the public. And Foxx has yet to exercise any of his merit rights to a speedy proceeding. Which means Fox and MCSO are involved in a coordinated effort to hide the SCA investigation. Fire the guy already!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

So Fox gets what he wants from Cox.  And his wife is left alone.

Marcy
Marcy

Is Joel still hiding in the closet?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"But even if Cox denies Fox, the captain might still see his ship come in."

This wouldn't be an issue if Fox had been able to deny Cox.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think Cox Communications should be forthright in their settlement. "See you in court, Mr. Fox".

That should put it to bed.

Meanwhile, Mr. Fox has filed the lawsuit against the county that he's been threatening for years. However, he is now including the shurf, his mentor, and pretty much the rest of the world for conspiring against him and them.

If it's a conspiracy to expect our law enforcement officers to act with dignity, practice good morals and ethics, and to uphold the Constitution of the United States, then YES, we are all part a conspiracy.

We have conspired to hold them accountable, and then the shurf, to save his own sorry old behind, threw them under the bus and/or they willingly fell on their own swords, so to speak.

Those Three Stooges of MCSO need only to look in the mirror to see the conspiracy that resulted in the loss of their positions at the Kingdom of Joe.

sandyking
sandyking

@Babeu no drug smuggler is going to contact you, another lie.

allaboutthetruth
allaboutthetruth

@Babeu Why would drug smugglers contact Lucy, nobody in Arizona needs her help, stay in your own state and pick on people there.

allaboutthetruth
allaboutthetruth

Do you really think all these people want to talk to you? Victoria Goodrich, Bill Richardson, Glen Millsaps, the people from search and rescue, Tom Bearup, Kevin Taylor, OPRAH,Kevin Taylor, Bill Richardson, Judge Lusk, Cynthia Eck, Roberto. Grow up or act like an adult, you must have a lot of spare time? put it to good use, and stop acting like a nut case.

inlite
inlite

now this is the kind of information that a supposedly "intelligent and informed voting public"should want to know about and act upon.  at least that's how the voting public in arizona characterizes themselves.  someone of such high stature and national prominence  as sheriff paul is not beyond scrutiny, same as the current president of the united states. 

however, truth be told, many voters will be content to just keep their blinders on and their biases intact. 

for many sheriff paull can do no wrong, regardless of what his trangressions may be or who may present these failing.

way to go lucy!!!!!!!

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Is this for real  ??????  if it is  WHY IS IT NOT ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPER  OR ON ALL THE LOCAL TV NEWS ?????

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["They are real embarrassments to Maricopa County, the human race, and actual police officers."]

Jason, thanks for adding this. I've been singing this song now for the past three years. It's really nice to hear someone else say that the Flaccid Fool and his gang of sluts has been/is a true embarrassment.

Many friends of mine who are involved in policing today (Mark Spencer is NOT one of them) are hesitant to tell anyone they work in Arizona as cops. It almost always turns into a conversation about, "that stupid old man who is pretending to be a cop".

From what I can see, the Bald Bunion of Pinal County is next.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Now , thats a good one !

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Tommy,

Do you really think it is fair for these law enforcement professionals, a.k.a. rump rangers, to be held to standards requiring legal, ethical, and honest behavior?  That seems a bit much to expect, don't you think?  Maybe in the subordinate cities that is the way it has to be.  But, those reporting to the Toughest Sheriff are reporting to the Top Law Enforcement Official in the County.  I thought he made the laws.

Babeu
Babeu

Thank you inlite. I am just trying to help the people in AZ to know the truth. I don't want people to be fooled by Paul. He can ruin your life. Paul is very self-centered and is only in it for himself. He will lie, cheat and steal to get his way. I have nothing to gain by telling you the truth about Paul. Thanks for listening. Lucy Babeu

Babeu
Babeu

This is all real and true.The  Emails I gave to the Former Attorney General on Paul Babeu needs to be released and you will find Paul should have never been the one to do the investigation. He has more to cover up then anyone. Paul gets our father to death threat me to be quiet about all the money Paul and Shaun stole from my Alzheimers mother. It is odd that her name is in the court as owing money on different credit cards when she does not even know what is going on. Look it up yourself. Paul has some many male lovers that he can't even keep track of them. Paul calls himself the protector of Pinal County when all he does is threaten people. But don't worry, he can't hide too long. His past will catch up to him. Reporters are catching on to Paul, his day will come. I will not be bullied by a sick pedophile and stand by and watching Paul ruin everyone lives. Paul can screw his brother Shaun all he wants. But whe it comes to screwing everyone else, that is when he is going to get his dick exposed. Watch it Paul, I am going to tell all the family secrets. You do not scare me. And leave my sisters alone. Pick on someone that can take it. You are just a little boy that wears make-up for tv.  Lucy Babeu

Bnbk
Bnbk

I'm sure Fox will get a hold of Black for shoulder to cry on & umm.....consolation.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry, there really is a bit of irony here. It's interesting how the Three Stooges are now trying to spin everything as if they were not doing anything wrong, and the shurf was aware of their misdeeds. Yet, it appears Babeu is convinced the shurf had the wool pulled over his head and these very same Three Stooges were the bad guys all along.

With the spin factor of the MCSO machine I think the name might be changed to Maytag County Sheriff Office. Maintain MCSO and get credit for the fast spin factor. NASA scientists will want to examine this for perpetual motion studies...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry, his laws waft in the breezes and smell somewhat like burning hemp. There is only one important law in his books, Contempt of MCSO. I wonder, with the Three Stooges gone who will have fire watch duty on ManLove Mountain?

allaboutthetruth
allaboutthetruth

@Googleu  She's talked to a bunch of reporters. Her main thing in life is trying to hang the whole family.Goggle her name and see the restraining order her daughter has against her, then tell me she's a good person. 

Googleu
Googleu

interesting!!   Lucy, why does he threaten you?  can you talk to reporter?  I heard you had and tv interview speaking out about Paul. where can i find it?

davetheman
davetheman

Lucy know a lot about her brother and Pul should watch his step. He knew about all the stuff going on at PCSO and tried to blame past administrations. He is a evil spiteful man and has brought nothing but shame to Pinal County, also a lot of very expensive law suites. The citizens of Pianl county will be paying off his debts for a long time. Paul PLEASE leave Pinal County and go to a deserted island and play with your little boys not at your own house where Shawn's kids can see.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I picked up on the irony too Tommy.  I am sort of thinking there is NO WAY the county will settle these claims.  This is such a good opportunity to further remove the old coot's armor.  His former top 3 are suing him for a wide range of issues.  This possibly puts Blimpie and the Rump Rangers on the stand along with the old man, Lisa, and a few others.  The claims are sufficiently wide enough in latitude that a variety of avenues will exist for depo and trial testimony.  Heck we might even see testimony on the Louisiana trip since the claims open that door.  This might get entertaining with the exception of the taxpayer costs that make me ill.

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