Pinal County Attorney Jim Walsh Referring Abuse-of-Power Allegations Against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to Public Integrity Task Force

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Pinal County Attorney Jim Walsh

It looks like Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu -- along with allegations that he abused his power -- is headed for the PITs, a state Public Integrity Task Force, that is.

Read all about those allegations in New Times' feature story.

New Times has learned that Pinal County Attorney Jim Walsh is referring abuse-of-power allegations that Babeu, the county's embattled sheriff is facing, to the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council's Southern Arizona public-integrity task force.

Kim MacEachern, a staff attorney for the APAAC, confirmed Walsh's request.


She said that the public-integrity task force was created in 1992 to handle agency requests to look at "whether an elected official has maintained the integrity that is required of a public servant." It also handles issues involving breaches of public trust and conflicts of interest.

The task force is made up of prosecuting attorneys from Southern Arizona counties, including Cochise, Gila, and Pima counties.

MacEachern said is wasn't clear how long the inquiry would take since the organization hasn't done many of them.

Sources told New Times that Walsh said that it would be a conflict of interest for him to handle the case, so after careful consideration, he's turning everything over to APAAC, whose membership includes the Tucson City Prosecutor.

This news comes the same day at Babeu announced that he was asking the Gila County Sheriff's Office and Gila County Attorney's Office to conduct a joint investigation into the allegations leveled against him, and the "possible crimes" he claims that his ex-boyfriend may have committed against him.

It also comes after Babeu spent several days telling local and national reporters that he would not call for a probe into allegations leveled by his former boyfriend, Jose Orozco, involving threats of deportation of the Mexican migrant.

And, whoops!

In yet another twist in this ongoing and sordid saga -- moments after announcing he was reaching out to Gila County officials to investigate, another press release is issued from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office stating that Gila County officials don't have the "resources" to investigate.

Babeu's office says that instead the investigation is going to be conducted by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. And it's worth noting that Babeu endorsed Horne's 2010 bid for Attorney General.

A PCSO spokesman says that Babeu had spoken Gila County officials earlier today regarding the investigation, and they agreed to do it.

"But after further review, they both told our office they don't have the resources to conduct it at this time," says Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. "Sheriff Babeu has now spoken with Attorney General Tom Horne who has agreed to take on the independent investigation."

And, of course, it wouldn't be true "county craziness" unless Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn't weigh into the fray.

He remarked to New Times, after learning that Gila County, er, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, was going to handle the Babeu investigation -- "I wish they had sent that investigation to my office."

Perhaps he was eager to offer Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu the same "whitewash" treatment that he got when the PCSO wrapped up last year an "investigation" into allegations of improprieties by the MCSO.


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DNichols
DNichols

Todays paper read "attorney General Tom Horne was to Investigate Sheriff Babeu, at Babeu's request."??

What the Hell?

If Tom Horne is already Kissing Babeu's Ass, what is the point of the investigation?

Todays Headlines already told us the Outcome!

Horne save the Tax Payers the Wasted Expense.

You are just another of Arizona's Ring of Anti-Immigrant Politicians that let each other get away with any thing!

I.E. Russell Pearce's Ringer Candidate Felony!

Where was this Investigation Horny?

To: Real Justice?

Naughty Lisa
Naughty Lisa

I have to say this no matter how inappropriate it is........

Maybe Babeu texted Arpaio something about sucking him as long he would want.

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Rob
Rob

Sheriff Paul/studboi1 is a good salesman and public speaker.  I could see him as a very successful promoter of Gay Pride type events....if he can win over the Gay community and show that he's more gay than perv.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Tom "Conflict of Interest" Horne needs to recuse his office off this issue because of none other than conflict of interest (Horne is the Bald Bunion's good buddy politically)

The DOJ is the one law-enforcement agency with the resources to complete a thorough investigation into this sordid tale of abuse of power in Pinal County.

I have heard rumors that the DOJ was indeed taking over the investigation, but nothing yet as to whether that will actually happen.

Bobby
Bobby

Take a look at Babeu's website and his recent posts.

http://www.sheriffpaul.com/on-...

This guy is really a dillusional joke. 

Sheriff Paul/Studboi1, 
 When you post your sexual particulars on a gay hook up site, then send explicit pics and offer blowjobs to unkown men you chat with there, you have pretty much compromised the security and dignity of your office. Any teacher or public official doing that is TOAST!
  It's time for you to do yourself, your deputies, and the citizens of Pinal County and all of Arizona a favor and stop with the ridiculous charade.  Your career here is unsalvagable. Save yourself further exposure and humiliation. Go away now.

Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson

One big old shoe waiting to drop....
former boyfriend, Jose Orozco...where the danged immigration documentation ?
tick, tick tick....

we need a new sheriff
we need a new sheriff

As a conservative pinal county resident,I think Babeu is nothing of the sort. He can label himself as he wishes ,But he went 3.1 million dollars over his budget. He has spent his whole time as sherriff going after dems that are actually more conservative than him.This man is confussed on several levels.And by the way, if you call 911 and it won"t  put him on t.v. no one will ever show up!    ego ego ego!

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I wonder if the APAAC is also looking into the Flaccid Failure of MCSO?

The DOJ should consider expanding their already ongoing criminal abuse of power investigation into the Old Fool, Henderbulk, Candy Andy and Aubuchon to include the Bald Bunion of Pinal County.

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

CONGRATULATIONS!  Eleven comments, so far, and not a teabagger in sight!

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

Another lame move on Babeu's part.  He "requests" an investigation into himself just so he could say "HE" initiated it....instead of saying he's the "FOCUS" of a probe.  The probe was coming either way, Babeu...and you insisting you initiated it will not take the heat off.  Now, did you get around to ordering a probe of your AZPOST certification yet?  If not, don't bother.  I'm sure that's in the works, too.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

If Babeu lasts 2 weeks before he resigns it will be amazing, if he avoids a federal prison cell another miracle will occur, where there is smoke there is fire!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Sounds like business as usual in Arizona. Pass the blame to someone else and then have your friends investigate you so that you can't get in trouble. IS the APAAC a republican entity too?

Marcy
Marcy

Joe doesn't have time to handle an investigation of Paul, he's still busy working on the investigation of whether or not Obama was born in Hawaii.  

Horney will give Paul a pass but not before carefully verifying that Paul really is packing 7", it's a truth in advertising issue.  

Alfredo Moncayo
Alfredo Moncayo

MCSO JOE AND PCSO PAUL.....The SODOM and GAMORRAH of Arizona Counties....want to switch investigations....WTF...

Church lady
Church lady

The Arizona Attorney General's Office is incapable of conduct an impartial investigation.  Horne and Babeu are politico allies.  Horne states he will assign the matter to someone in his office and have nothing to do with it.  Feds need to be brought in. 

Rob
Rob

Tom Horne?

Why even bother to waste what money he will spend.

Might as well go ahead and say there's nothing to investigate, deport Jose and call it a day.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I really think that reality in Arizona is being scripted by The Onion. Except that even they couldn't make shit like this up.

Thank you, Methlab of Democracy, for keeping the nation entertained in these dark days.

The Pale
The Pale

Despite their alliance against the brown menace, Arpaio & Babeu privately despise each other.  In 2007, Babeu went around telling friends that he intended to use "that fat fuck" for fundraising purposes (which he did, although you wouldn't know it from his 2008 campaign reports), but he never liked or respected him.  And Arpaio resents Babeu as an upstart impostor with no real law-enforcement credentials.  Although Babeu whitewashed the MCSO scandals (for purely self-interested reasons), he made sure everyone -- above all, Arpaio -- knew that he was at his mercy.  I imagine Arpaio would've taken pleasure in returning the favor.  As it is, he'll have to console himself with the knowledge that he'll outlast the little creep.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 An astute observation. Two colossal egos such as Babeu and Arpaio could never co-exist for long. The need to be the principal object of attention is too compelling.
 

Marcy
Marcy

Joe really is an unattractive fat fuck compared with Paul.  I can see why Joe would be jealous.

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