Joe Arpaio Sicks AG's Office On Opponent Mike Stauffer; Candidate For Sheriff Says MCAO Won't Prosecute His Cases. Intimidation?

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Is Joe Arpaio trying to scare off Mike Stauffer, his opponent in this year's election?
The Arizona Attorney General's Office currently is investigating Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer at the directive of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office over last year's jailhouse death of Marty Atencio (the MCSO disputes it's an "investigation," but we got our hands on a recording of a voicemail a special agent from the AG's Office left for Stauffer, which you can hear below).

Stauffer, as you may know, is running against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in this year's election for sheriff -- and, as you also may know, Arpaio's got a bit of a history when it comes to trying to intimidate those who oppose him (the arrests of county supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox, not to mention the arrests of the owners of this publication, for example).

Additionally, Arpaio pal/Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's office recently told Stauffer that the County Attorney's Office would no longer prosecute cases he investigates as a member of the Scottsdale Police Department -- a claim the MCAO disputes.

Stauffer tells New Times that the County Attorney's Office told his superiors that something he posted on Facebook about the Fiesta Bowl scandal created a conflict of interest between him and Montgomery, and that cases he's involved with will have to be shipped out to other county attorneys.

Stauffer says that on December 29, he got a call from one of his supervisors saying that the County Attorney's Office would no longer prosecute cases he was involved with unless he removed the post about the Fiesta Bowl scandal -- a case that was handled by the MCAO, but resulted in no prosecutions of politicians involved in the scandal (get all the details here).

"I was questioning that there was no prosecution of the people in the Fiesta Bowl and I said 'could it be because Arpaio's name was on the top of the possible defendants list?'" Stauffer says. "They didn't like that."

Stauffer says he was told that if he removed the post, there wouldn't be a problem -- the County Attorney's Office would prosecute his cases.

Stauffer, however, didn't remove the post.

"I consider it an attempt to intimidate me to get me to no longer speak out," he says. "They're gonna put the people in Scottsdale at risk by not prosecuting cases because of [something I posted on Facebook]."

MCAO spokesman Jerry Cobb calls Stauffer's claim "absolutely false."

As for Attorney General Tom Horne's interest in Stauffer, the Sheriff's Office admits that it asked the AG's office to "contact" Stauffer about his "inside information" about the death of Marty Atencio at one of Arpaio's jails (get all the deatails about Atencio's death here).

Atencio's death was first made public on Stauffer's Facebook page. It turned into an embarrassing media circus for the MCSO, which came on the heels of a Department of Justice report that alleged -- among other things -- that Arpaio was guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history.

The MCSO says it wants to know where Stauffer got the information about Atencio.

"I'm not gonna give any information to a guy who has a reputation for retaliation and intimidation (Arpaio)," Stauffer says. "[The AG] can come and interview me if he likes. I have no information -- my campaign received information from an anonymous source inside the Sheriff's Office, and had we not gotten that [information], I'm not so sure that the Atencio incident ever would have gotten out."

Listen to a voicemail Stauffer received from the AG's office below.

AZ Attorney General's Office investigating Mike Stauffer on behalf of MCSO


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JOe NOrmal
JOe NOrmal

the "Differrent" was intentional, by the way.....rolling my 'Rs'

Joenormal2010
Joenormal2010

Nice article BUT: you seem to be "spelling challenged".  :"Joe Arpaio Sicks AG's Office"...."Sicks"??????  The word is "Sic"...not "sick"....English is a very precise language....different spellings, differrent MEANINGS.  

Steve_Mart1n
Steve_Mart1n

While I have no love lost for Arpaio and MCSO due to their track record and behavior, I don't see a problem here _at_this_time_.

MCSO should be doing an investigation into what happened in Artencio's death, no matter what other agencies are also doing. As a part of that investigation it is only correct that they interview anyone who may have any information regarding what happened, before, during and after the incident. Granted based on history of JOE/MCSO I expect whatever investigation they do to be very blind and one sided, but it still needs to be done and the blindness of it will just add to the nails in Joe's coffin.

The recording sounds very typical of a detective/investigator who is used to doing interviews in regards to an investigation and mis-speaking, but correcting himself when he said 'investigation' and corrected it to interview so that whatever information Stauffer may or may not have is on the record. Even if the contents to the interview are, "I have no additional information other than what I have already told you"

Seeing as how Stauffer is running against Arpaio in the upcoming election, it is correct for an independent person to interview Stauffer rather than anyone associated with MCSO.

Stauffer himself says that the MCAO will still be prosecuting his cases, it just won't be Montgomery doing it, which is probably a good thing since A) Montgomery sucks as an attorney and B) there clearly is a conflict or at least 'bad feelings' between the two

Montgomery should not have put himself in this position but I think Montgomery sees the writing on the wall as to his relationship with Arpaio and the soon to be loss of his legal credentials and is therefore going a bit overboard in erring on the side of caution. So be it, Stauffers cases will still get prosecuted by the MCAO, just not by Montgomery, we have more than just Montgomery in the MCAO's office.

Good for Stauffer for not removing the information on his facebook page. No reason he should have too.

Now, having said all that, if this goes any further as this type of thing has in the past when dealing with Arpaio/Montgomery, then we have a real problem and more fuel for the cases being built against both Arpaio and Montgomery.

I will be so glad when Arpaio and Montgomery are both gone as they are the biggest embarrassment to Arizona in more ways than can be counted.

david saint
david saint

complete their investigation, ha thats rich! lol does this investigator know what he's getting into with this? I sure hope so...And why is MCSO investigating this and not DPS or some other independent agency? MCSO has a proven track record of destroying evidence in investigations into their own, and thats if they even bother to actually investigate.  

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

While at a Dr. appt. on Monday, the medical asst. who took my vitals started talking about how she worked as a detention officer with the MCSO for 7 years. She left because she could no longer tolerate the abuse and brutality which is commonplace under Arpaio. She also told me that anyone who didn't go along with the status quo was treated like an outcast by the other DOs.

Like I keep saying, Joe's lack of respect for the law have permeated the ENTIRE MCSO. Other than placing the MCSO into receivership and systematically weeding out the sociopaths, I don't know if there is a viable solution. I don't know if any one man, no matter how good his intentions, can turn this organized crime family into a law enforcement organization.

Gray Race
Gray Race

This asshole wishes he can run this county as a third world dictatorship.

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

And so it begins........  Sheriff Arpaio is now in shark mode.  His goal is to attack anyone who threatens his throne.  

Mike Stauffer you ARE the better man and will be a better Sheriff.  Keep your head out of the muck your supporters are counting on you.

Ear Worm
Ear Worm

More intimidation from Arpaio. Montgomery is in Arpaio's pocket also. He's just not as foolish as Thomas.  Horne should know better but he's drunk from his success of taking away ethnic studies without ever having to present one fact against it. 
My guess is they will screw up with this also but not before they do everything in their power to destroy Stuaffer like they tried with Saban.

Rollem45
Rollem45

So with Hendershot laying around collecting his double-dipped money and no influence on MCSO. It is clear that Joe Arpiao is really the asshole behind the dirty politics. I am so glad the DOJ is watching and waiting in the wings. As soon as Candy Andy is disbarred and Ms Joel Fox is final removed from the County rolls, we should be viewing the earth shattering press conference announcing the indictment of Arpaio, Hendershot, Fox and many other...soon Joe, very soon!

sven
sven

Looks like Lipitor Joe really has a hard on for the person who leaked the death.....what? were they planning on keeping it a secret and making it look like an inmate suicide, God forbid the media find out in an election year? Looks like even fat ass joe's own employees hate the bastard!!!

Wanumba
Wanumba

When that bloated old racist fool finally dies, mark my words, the stuff that will come out of his closets by the people he has been blackmailing will be stunning.

Arpaio is the personification of a worthless fucking pig.

OurFather
OurFather

Humm, really sounds like nothing much here--If Stauffer has info. that is relative or knows of people who witnessed this death--makes sense to give it up so their version of events can be examined.  Seems kinda silly the MCSO didn't just send him a letter or call him and ask--I guess Stauffer answered the question in the article that he simply made his statements based on unvalidated sources.  Sure didn't hear anything threatening or intimidating from the AG man.  

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

It feels like they're going to come out with some bs investigation, of course, clearing their department. They're just covering their asses so when they come out with it, no one can dispute it.  They must be worried about what the anonymous source knows... 
Lieutenant Mike Stauffer - thanks for posting the information concerning Marty on your facebook.

Kpehjer94
Kpehjer94

looks like Montgomery is JUST ANOTHER ARPAIO LACKEY.......what else is new in Arizona politics.......

Joseywhales1998
Joseywhales1998

He has it made! only the old white people vote there! last election only 40 % of Mexican Americans voted, until they get off their ass, The old white people will rule!

Coz
Coz

Nice to hear Mike told the AG's office to piss off.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Better the "Whisle BLOWER" that brought the situation to light than the "Cock SUCKERS" that murdered a United States citizen.  Cheezy little pussies, like cat's covering up shit.. 

Coz
Coz

So Bozo Joe is already starting his usual corruption for the election...
What a sleazeball Arpaio truly is.

Dread96821
Dread96821

Asshole Arpaio doing what he does best. Don't look to Montgomery for any help with anything. Remember, that when He was running angainst Rick Romley for the county attorney job, Arpaio ran a campaign advertisement "Joe Arpaio for sheriff" Even though it was not an election year for him. Just so that he can SLAM Romley and help Monty. That was a "kinda sorta" Montgomery for county attorney ad. So Basically Joe Arpaio OWNS the MCAO. But you'll never get anyone downtown to admit that.

RG
RG

Mr.Stauffer,
I am a latino who will definately vote for you and If you need me to go around and speak(fluent in spanish) on your behalf to get the latino population to vote I will do so. I am an educated latino that has experienced first hand the profiling by Arpaio's men. I am sick of it and I want change..Stauffer you are the change that we need.Thank you!!

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

The Flaccid Failure needs to go. Now.

This is a blatant attempt at retaliation for Stauffer posting the Facebook comment. It should not preclude Monty (unless Monty told the MCSO shurf to intimidate Stauffer, which, coming from this spineless county attorney, is not surprising) from prosecuting cases handled by Stauffer.

Time to clean house in November! Vote Stauffer MCSO shurf 2012!!  

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I also feel really glad that whatever Stauffer does won't be followed up upon by the MCAO unless he unposts something about a scandal? WTF do republicans think this state is? some 4th world country where republicans can do what they want with no consequences? FUCK THEM ALL.
The Joke and all the merry band of republicans in AZ need to go now!

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Well well, it seems Chuck "CCA" Coughlin is making good on his threats, and the GOP State AND County Attorneys are falling in lockstep.

Stauffer needs to turn this stuff over to the FBI. 

Why would it matter to either the county or state's attorney who Stauffer heard about Marty Atencio's death from?  It happened, the man is dead.  Neither Scottsdale PD or Stauffer were involved in the arrest and/or subsequent murder of this man.

If Arpaio has a leak, he needs to conduct an internal investigation and take care of it according to MCSO policy.   However, Arpaio should keep in mind there are protections for whistleblowers. 

Seems to me the state attorney is looking to find out if Stauffer was told anything else.  SO WHAT DOES ARPAIO HAVE TO HIDE ABOUT MARTY ATENCIO'S MURDER?

And may I remind the both the county and state attorney, Scottsdale PD and Lt. Mike Stauffer ARE YOUR CLIENTS too.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Paragraph one, sentence one- "The Arizona Attorney General's Office currently is investigating Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer"

Are you aware of the article you are commenting on? Did you happen to read it? Did you mistakenly skip the first paragraph? Did you change your screen name from ptcgaz or are you a different mental midget?

Steve_Mart1n
Steve_Mart1n

She (the med. asst.) should volunteer to testify in the upcoming court cases against Arpaio/MCSO since she has first hand knowledge of the history of abuse and the overall 'mantra' that is so pervasive at MCSO

Testimony like that, since it is firsthand is gold in court as it cannot be tossed under hearsay rules.

david saint
david saint

theres a reason that all the people that fail the Police officers tests from various agencies run to MCSO to become DO's....and that sums up the quality of employees they have that are DO's..although some are ok, but others act like they got beat up in high school and are exacting revenge from all the years of abuse they took. I have a few friends that were also.  I also personally witnessed 2 MCSO detectives drinking WHILE driving one night..i didnt say anything because they came with my best friend and his buddy, but i remembered asking myself at the time while following him to the next bar "did he really just throw an empty beer can in the bed of his truck WHILE driving?"

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Ms. Joel Fox? That is a bit insensitive to confuse the gender of a certified rump ranger.

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

Rolle,45 I truly hope you are correct.  Hell no, no more Joe.  He needs to go----NOW.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Arpaio will be hard pressed to blame this on Hendershott if the DOJ actually has to drag his old bones into court in order to get him to comply with the law and install proper law enforcement policies, procedures and training at the MCSO.

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

What am I saying... there's a video!  The whole world can dispute any crap they come up with.  Just harassing again.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Monty was a DCA under mentally unstable Candy Andy and Rick Romley. So you can bet, rather quickly, that he learned not to cross the Flaccid Failure or he would face intimidation.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

As a current supbordinate employee of Scottsdale PD he should have complied. This is exactly why he has no business remaining with Scottsdale while running for office. It presents a conflict of interest.

RealTime2
RealTime2

Really, what about the Atencio family?  What if Stauffer is holding out some info. that could help get all the relative facts to investigators.  If Staffer is holding out info. to slam Joe later during his campaaigne then he is as bad as as the person he wants to replace.  Whatever happened to doing the right thing for the right reason.  

Tina
Tina

How right you are.  "SO WHAT DOES ARPAIO HAVE TO HIDE ABOUT MARTY ATNCIO'S MURDER?"

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

What were the results of the Medical Examiners investigation? I wonder why everyone involved is keeping those findings a secret?

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Further more, doesn't Arpaio already know who was present when Atencio was murdered in his jail?  And if he doesn't, WTH not?!!

david saint
david saint

you are nothing more than a pathetic moron,  or as john malkovich's character in Con Air put it "For me, you're somewhere between a cockroach and that white stuff that accumulates at the corner of your mouth when you're really thirsty."..but in your case, we WONT make an exception...

Guest23
Guest23

But releasing the info he recd will more than likely lead to more justice than if he did not release ithe info and the issue was swept under the rug like so many other issues.

So you feel it would be better for Mike to have kept his mouth shut? Let justice be trampled on?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

If Stauffer is holding out info, then let Mr. Manning, the Atencios' lawyer, resolve the issue.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Maybe because some people don't want the public to know the truth.

savatage
savatage

Recalling details and facts is not Joke's cup of tea. Now, if you need something covered up, or someone's rights violated... he's your go-to guy! His senility is his built-in plausible deniability. Isn't that handy?

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

you just bring out the worst in people sometimes. you confuse them and then they are not sure how to respond so they react instead. I for one am so glad you're back. I love your wit and what you bring to the table.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

What's the matter? You don't like it when people point out the flaws in your statements? I remember in 4th grade when name calling was an acceptable response during an argument.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Then he should do so as a candidate for sheriff, not a lieutenant representing the city of Scottsdale.

Stauffer relaying a conversation between himself and his command staff regarding his comments on Facebook have zero bearing on whether justice is meted out or not.
All it has done is created a scenario where he has eroded confidence in te MCAO without first checking his sources. We are all to familiar with that type of activity, but from arpaio. Now we see Stauffer is no different in creating derision and strife amongst government entities. A vote for Stauffer appears to be a vote of more of the same.

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