Dave Hendershott, Joe Arpaio's Fired Chief Deputy, Struggles to Explain Bad Conspiracy Theory During Andrew Thomas Disbarment Hearings; Sheriff May Take Stand Wednesday

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Dave Hendershott, Sheriff Arpaio's disgraced former chief deputy, struggled to explain his grand conspiracy theories in the Andrew Thomas disciplinary proceedings today.

​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's ousted chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, wearing a bold red tie and suit jacket, testified today for five to six hours in the Andrew Thomas disciplinary proceedings. Catch it here.

Mumbling at times after he was asked to wear a headset (he forgot to bring his hearing aids to the hearing -- seriously), Hendershott covers the waterfront -- from the "bug sweep" case to the supposed grand conspiracy of county officials and lawyers.

He confirms that Arpaio ordered the 2009 arrest of County Supervisor Don Stapley. Mostly, he tries to explain why he thought targeted county officials had committed a criminal conspiracy, which was the subject an over-arching racketeering lawsuit launched by Arpaio and Thomas.

Tries -- and fails

This assemblage of loose facts -- some even mildly interesting as what Hendershott calls "clues" -- simply don't hold together as descriptions of actual crimes. Much of this boils down to Hendershott's misguided boat of hunches -- and how Arpaio, Thomas, and Aubuchon jumped aboard.

Especially telling was when independent Bar Counsel James Sudler went through the probable-cause statement attached to the now-discredited criminal complaint against retired Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe. Sudler emphasizes that a large part of the statement was lifted from a formal complaint with the Judicial Conduct Commission that Hendershott  previously had filed against Donahoe -- in which Hendershott never accused Donahoe of any crime.

Asked to point out where in the probable-cause statement he thinks that crimes occurred, Hendershott wades into the muck, muttering that it was the "totality" of actions by the judge that led him to think a crime occurred.

"When you add everything up and total everything up, it could be" a crime, he said.

Asked about the charge of bribery against Donahoe, Hendershott explained it no better today than Andrew Thomas did two years ago. Like Thomas at a news conference in 2009, Hendershott mutters how the definition of bribery is very broad.

Hendershott's testimony makes it clear that the evidence on which the judge was charged was less than paper-thin, and mainly revolved around supposed conflicts of interest and rulings he made.

Before Donahoe was charged, Hendershott, Arpaio, and Thomas discussed the fact that Donahoe had an important hearing scheduled. The hearing was on whether Thomas could hire special prosecutors to look into allegations against county officials -- including Donahoe -- or whether he had a conflict of interest. Believing that it was Donahoe who had the conflict of interest, the decision was made to charge Donahoe.

None of this should help Thomas -- who seems to have used the criminal charge to "influence" a judge's decision.

Hendershott's description of conversations about Stapley with retired Superior Court Judge Barbara Mundell's just don't ring true in light of Mundell's October 3 testimony.

Hendershott also said he couldn't recall telling anyone that he had a plan to destroy the Board of Supervisors. Andy Kunasek testified September 26 that Deputy County Attorney Tom Liddy tipped him that Hendershott had told him as much.

It was another bad day for Thomas and his former deputy, Lisa Aubuchon.

Oh, and many of you have been waiting for this:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled to testify on Wednesday in the disciplinary hearing.

Well, Jennifer Liewer, spokeswoman for the state Supreme Court, can't be certain Arpaio will testify because of the unpredictable length of other witnesses' testimony, but she said it "looks like" that'll be the case.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may testify on Wednesday -- more must-see TV.


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Judge Mundell testified this morning that she NEVER discussed anything with Hendershott at the coffee meeting except to let him down easy that the Madison Street Jail would not work as a replacement for the Court Towers.  She also stated it was obvioulsy "cleaned" up.  Wonder how much overtime was put in to clean up the Madsion Street Jail?  Mundell also had a witness with her at the meeting.  Wonder if there will be a perjury charge added to Hendershotts resume.

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Jason
Jason

If the FF of MCSO is scheduled to testify Wednesday, I will be there. I am off from work on Wednesday and will absolutely LOVE to watch the Stupid Old Man testify.

Let the memory lapse begin...

Wazik
Wazik

someone at NT should put up comparison photos of Hendershott wearing the hearing aid yesterday next to a photo of Hermann Goering with the headphones on during Nuremburg trial.

howitis
howitis

He does bear a striking resemblance to Jabba The Hutt...and is just about as evil.

Victoryridinfg73
Victoryridinfg73

And they will still collect HEFTY pensions, retirement pay...that's the JOKE here!!!Dis-barred should = no benefitsHenderblimp makes 6 figures alone after cleverly manipulating the system

Wondering
Wondering

Hear not Here it's way early

Wondering
Wondering

Here are a couple of lines that I predict we will here from Arpaio. "You want me on that wall, you NEED me on that wall" or the ever popular " YOUR GODDAMN RIGHT I ORDERED THE CODE RED"

Coz
Coz

Bozo Joes questioning on the stand will go like this.

Prosecutor: Sheriff Arpaio, is it true you ordered the arrest of Stapley ?

Bozo Joe: We'll get to that in a minute, did you know I had daily shoot outM in Turkey when I busted the French Connection ?

Prosecutor: Thats nice Sheriff Arpaio, now, did you in fact order the arrest of Stapley ?

Bozo Joe: I said we'll get to that in a minute, did you know I busted Elvis Presley ?

Prosecutor: That's nice Sheriff Arpaio, now once again, did you order the arrest of Stapley ?

Bozo Joe: Maybe you don't hear so good, I said we'd get to that in a minute, Did you know I've busted more of them Mexicans and anyone else in the world ?

Prosecutor, Thats nice Sheriff Arpaio, one more time, did you order the arrest of Stapley ?

Bozo Joe: Who's Stapley ?...has anyone seen my Deputy Chief Sheridan around ?...I think I need my depends changed. Oh Eva, where are you Eva ?....Have I told you that I'm America's toughest Sheriff ?

TIRED OF THIS ASSHOLES
TIRED OF THIS ASSHOLES

Serioulsy AZ needs to wake all this corrupt politicians lie to our faces and in front of the cameras but they know they can get away with it so they keep on doing because they know they will get re-elected!!!

WAKE UP AZ!! TAKE A STAND ON THE MCSO AND THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS FROM THIS STATE..THEY ARE LAUGHING AT ALL OF US THE TAXPAYERS AND GETTING MORE AND MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

There was an interesting contrast today in the testimony of Hendershott and that of the two detectives who followed him during the afternoon. The detectives presented themselves well. They had good recall of actual events and they obviously had studied their notes and were prepared to answer honestly and completely. Hendershott, not so much. In fact Hendershott had a number of prepared answers, "I don't recall...", "I don't know" "The Board of Supervisors did it", "someone else did it", ad nauseum....

It appears the only honest answer he had was when he shocked us and actually said, "The sheriff ordered the arrest of Stapley". Well, there was another slip, "I am having to think about my answers so I won't get in trouble"...

Suffice to say, none of those in attendance gave one iota of credence to his testimony. In fact, it was evident Hendershott couldn't remember anything that Thomas or Aubuchon might have had to do with anything... I'm surprised he admitted to even knowing either of them.

Is it just me, or does this guy remind anyone else of a RECALLED state senator from Mesa?

Like two peas in a VERY large pod, they are.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Henderhog kinda throwing JoKKKe to the wolves ! Can't wait to hear AARPie hole's lies.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Anyone know where the courtroom is?

Let me suggest this.  No signs, no banners, no comments outside of of court decorum.

But as many people as possible attend the hearing, wearing the same color shirt,  Arpaio won't know whats happening, but with enough people, he'll get more paranoid than usual!

And if arrests happen, there will be a t-shirt available "MCSO Arrested me for wearings a (fill in the color) shirt!"

Not surprised
Not surprised

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may testify on Wednesday -- more must-see TV."

Bet that's one camera Joe wishes he could avoid!

Conservative American
Conservative American

Henderblimp, sleazy as ever.  Can't we just take all these corrupt politicians and put them on exhibit at the zoo?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

The Joker is scheduled for next Wednesday!

Big Dave looked better with the listening device strapped to his head!  Lied even MORE when he could hear the questions!

Coz
Coz

I watched Hendershotts testimony today. It was a total joke.

There is no doubt Hendershott has some very serious issues and is seriously corrupt.

Coz
Coz

....and screwing the tax payers

Jason
Jason

Fits the MCSO shurf perfectly.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Nice script.  Maybe you should make sure this isn't what Arpaio is reading off of next week. 

Eleanor
Eleanor

Let's hope people are paying attention.  Only the up coming elections will tell who is paying attention.

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

That metaphor is an insult to peas.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Looks like Hermann Goring in the dock at Nuremburg. But the Reichsmarschal had shed a few pounds by then. It would be interesting to see what America's toughest chief deputy would look like after a few months of prison chow. What a sleaze. What a liar. What a pudknocker.

Anon
Anon

How could such a large man with such a position of power have such a soft voice? We could barely hear him. Meanwhile the AZ Bar attorneys spoke strongly and clearly. It's strange how the truth rings out loud and clear.

The detectives were impressive. They stood up to power -- very rare -- in Arizona.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Sorry Tommy, they don't make pods that large.

Coz
Coz

I'm sure they will be as BIG as Hendershott.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The MCSO shurf is about to suffer severe memory lapse. It's his age, you know. An elderly thing. Yesterday he remembered that he is supposed to be meeting a presidential aspirant on Monday. Next Wednesday he won't be able to remember his name or that of the obese guy who he was forced to fire recently.

Just recently he was heard to say, "Ava, go tell my wife I want some of those beans and weenies"....

Seriously, it will be impossible to tell truth from lies. He will just employ 'spin factor five' like his good buddy from Mesa...

Gizzard
Gizzard

Where ever the courtroom is it should be roped off with crime scene tape. Dave looks like he's lost some weight though, hard to live on $4200 a month!

Anon
Anon

The AZ Supreme Court / Arizona Court of Appeals is a block East of Bollen Park by the Arizona Department of Corrections and the Attorney General's office.

Jason
Jason

I've got $20 for that bet...

Wake up Arizona!
Wake up Arizona!

They like to "convict" in the media with mug shots, its time to line up ALL their mug shots, not just one here and one there. At the very least the Thomas "troika" should always be shown together. That's what they do with everyone else -- for "embarrassment, intimidation and retaliation".  The real criminals are on the outside and need to be thrown in prison.

teknik1200
teknik1200

while the local "fiscal constitutional conservatives" cheer them on from the sidelines.

the hypocrisy is never ending with these folks.

teknik1200
teknik1200

all "the people" need is something that "pisses off liberals".

the more he lies, the more his supporters will like him.

they know he's dirty, but they want a dirty job done.   

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

Neither he nor Mary Rose Wilcox normally sound the way they sounded when testifying in front of the bar panel. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Anon, the soft voice was just an act for the tribunal. Imagine, if you possibly can, being in a closed room with that slob and having him in control. "My way or the highway", indeed.

A number of people have said Hendy used the threat to 'machine gun' them. Hendy doesn't recall having said that. However, Sheila Polk, the Yavapai County Attorney declined to press charges on the case sent by MCAO to her and afterward said she never wanted to have to meet with Hendershott again, due to his bully personality and unprofessional conduct (my paraphrasing).

During the tribunal it was obvious that Hendy was NOT in control, therefore he was using his most submissive tone to try to ward off any assertiveness by the inquiring officials. Regardless of his tone it's obvious the guy is an accomplished liar and not used to telling any semblance of the truth. My opinion and observation, of course.

Let's remember that the MCSO shurf was forced to fire Hendershott after conclusion of the Munnell Memo administrative investigation, most of which has not yet been released for public review. Much of what was sustained against him was for his intimidation and treatment of employees.

Bnbk
Bnbk

You got that right,I'll bet most of his responses will consist of - I don't know-I can't remember- I can't recall. If this turns out to be the case,then he himself will be providing proof positive that he is unfit for the office he holds.

Anon
Anon

They are like bobble-heads.

Jason
Jason

Blimpie gets $7000/month.

Jason
Jason

They ARE bobbleheads, Anon. They ARE bobbleheads...

Jason
Jason

LOL. I nearly gagged on my beanie-weenies...

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