Joe Arpaio and Crew Remain Unscathed As Feds Go After Nickel-Dime Pilfering Pol Arredondo

May be apples and oranges on some level, but yesterday's bust of State Representative Ben Arredondo after a fairly elaborate FBI sting, got us to thinking about Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his onetime henchman (i.e. chief deputy) Dave Hendershott.

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"TIcket Brokering" Ben Arredondo back in the day.
The federal indictment against the veteran Tempe pol claims that he demanded tickets to myriad sporting events and other favors from a fake company invented by the FBI that supposedly sought to do development deals in Tempe.

The sting was reminiscent of the early 1990s AzScam scandal, in which Phoenix police working closely with then-County Attorney Rick Romley ensnared (but did not "entrap") seven legislators, five lobbyists and others in major, money-related felony wrongdoing.

So, what does Ben Arredondo have to do with the two-headed monster AKA Joe Arpaio and Dave Hendershott?

Nothing directly, at least that we know of at present.

But here's our angle:

Several people wound up doing prison time. 

AzScam was the biggest political corruption scandal in Arizona history, and it made the more recent Fiesta Bowl brouhaha--Arredondo also was involved in that one, natch--seem small potatoes by comparison.

According to published reports, the G-men (and women, of course) spent more than a year and unknown tens of thousands of dollars luring Arredondo into their web. In so doing, they apparently got their guy to bite like a large-mouth bass, and won some nice headlines.

Whoopee! Another dirty slime-ball legislator bites the dust.

But what about those big kahunas, Arpaio and his longtime-joined-at-the-hip bud Hendershott? 
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David Hendershott

The feds seemingly have been investigating them and disbarred former County Attorney Andrew Peyton Thomas and others for, well, forever.

We're not just talking about the racial profiling and civil rights stuff that garnered headlines recently after the Justice Department announced a sweeping lawsuit against the MCSO.

We're talking criminal charges, real live felonies.

Alas, the concept of put-up-or-shut-up seems moot at this point. 
  
Collaring low-hanging fruit like Arredondo is fine by us. But going after the MCSO and MCAO big boys for wrongdoing that has been publicized by us and others for going on two decades seems to have been too much for the "vaunted" FBI to execute.

Just sayin'.

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Sheriff_joe_arpaio
Sheriff_joe_arpaio

Fed Court Issues order in USA v. Arpaio

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9405...

This regards the controversial motion filed by an Intervenor-Plaintiff which, under oath, swears to evidence of First Amendment retaliation by MCSO/Sheriff Arpaio.

Mitchell Gore
Mitchell Gore

Beware with this.  Huminski wrote a book very unfavorable to Howard Dean.  You can read one of my blog posts about huminski if you google him.   Deaniac83 - Mitchell Gore

scott huminski
scott huminski

My bi-partisan criticism speaks to my lack of bias.  If there is corruption, official crime and constitutional violations, I act regardless of the party affiliation of the perpetrators.

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, you might, but this isn't how politics is done. The only reason they are doing after sheriff Joe, is because he is making life difficult for people that have never been given permission to be here by the representatives of the citizens. That would be Congress. Now, just because the Democrats in Congress, ignore the vast majority of Americans on this, doesn't make it right.

Bob_johnson
Bob_johnson

Looks like Huminski is moving faster than the Justice Department.  Another major First Amendment ruling seems to be on the way even more public than Huminski v. Corsones.

scott huminski
scott huminski

2nd Plaintiff files in USA v. ARPAIO, et al.
See Complaint-In-Intervention filed hours after the DOJ complaint on 5/10/2012....
http://www.scribd.com/jarpaio_... 
Notable that the Complaint-In-Intervention is a sworn court filing equivalent to an affidavit.
From my information, there is likely to be federal criminal charges against 10 or more MCSO personnel.

DNichols
DNichols

The D.O.J. must be waiting for Arpaio to Petrify?

Bobby
Bobby

Wow, Arredondo, sounds like anti-American Mayor Antonio Villargaigosa of Lost Angeles. A cheap crook in other words.

 In the meantime, the reason the traitorous Arizona types can't do anything with the GREATEST SHERIFF EVER TO COME DOWN FROM THE SHERIFF HEAVENS,

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO, IS BECAUSE HE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING BUT HIS JOB---EJECTING AND ARRESTING FOREIGN NATIONALS THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS IN THE U.S. The Obama and past several other administrations don't like that. They want OPEN BORDERS. The problem is AMERICANS DON'T. WHICH ONE ARE YOU??

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

THE JOKE ARPAYASOS'S JOB IS TO INVESTIGATE *****CRIMES*****LIKE THE 432 CHILD RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE HE IGNORED TO GO PLAY ICE AGENT, I REPEAT, HIS JOB IS TO INVENTIGATE *****CRIMES***** AND ARREST FELONY CRIMINALS, *****NOT***** TO RUN AROUND PRETENDING TO BE AN ICE AGENT AND WASTE HIS BUDGET ON ******CIVIL MISDEAMEANOR***** TRESSPASSERS, GET IT THROUGH YOUR THINK NEANDERTHAL CRANIUM. HIS JOB IS ALSO *****NOT***** TO VIOLATE THE LAW HIMSELF LIKE THE $100 MILLION HE MISSAPPROPIATED, AND HIS JOB IS TO UPHOLD THE US CONSTITUTION *****NOT***** VIOLATE IT BY HARRASING *****LEGAL***** LATINOS.  NO ONE WANTS OPEN BORDERS SHIT HEAD, BUT WE SURE AS FUCK DONT WANT CRIMINAL POLITICIANS LIKE arPayaso, pearce, AND thomas.
 
FYI. names not capitalized to show extreme disrespect to the mentioned assholes. like you bobby.
 

Bobby
Bobby

P.S. and please stop being disingenuous. Your'e a smart guy. You know that it isn't true that "no one wants open borders". There are so many groups that want open borders.  I realize writing this is futile to most of the people on this forum but here it goes:

LA RAZA, MECHA, LULAC, MALDEF, literally all of the Mexican/Hispanic POWER GROUPS want open borders. It increases their power.

Democrat leftists want open borders, because the vast majority of hispanics will vote democrat.

RINO Republicans basically want open borders. They are in the pockets of Wall Street and the Chambers of Commerce.

And most Mexicans/Hispanics want open borders, because changing the United States into a Spanish speaking, Mexican type nation ,suits them fine. I have never met people more fanatical about their home nation than Mexicans, in general.

I don't like the idea of a Spanish speaking U.S. I don't think most Americans do.  I doubt most Americans want to even have a relationship, politically speaking, with a country as utterly corrupt as Mexico has become. Is this honest enough for you? You won't find all the chicken shit bloggers on this forum being as open and honest as this. Many of them, being anti-white themselves, just pretend to be "tolerant" and call others that express their honest views racist.

I've gone into this long explanation, U.S. War Veteran, because for some reason I feel I owe it to you. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's something I sense about your basic objectivity and fairness. Who knows.

Bobby
Bobby

Sorry to shake your tree again U.S, War Veteran, but the sheriff is one of the few law officials in the whole U.S. to do his sworn duty. The others are just playing sheriff. That is why the OPEN BORDERS ADMINISTRATION, doesn't bother with them. It should be so clear to most Americans who even care about open borders treason.

Stoney-Browning
Stoney-Browning

 No, terrorists are the Right Wing Fascists that blow up abortion clinics, Atlanta public parks, and Federal Buildings!

Or are you of the Sarah Palin opinion that terrorists that you agree with are not really terrorists!

Bobby
Bobby

Terrorize people, is a value judgement.  Some people feel terrorized, when their neighbors sprinkler deposits a few drops of water on their driveway. Please, you cannot do police work without some degree of so-called racial profiling. The true terrorists, are those democrat leftists, that take advantage and screw up our laws by constantly making up excuses for people that have no permission to be in this State, or country. GET SOME RESPECT FOR YOUR NATION FOR A CHANGE..Do you think Mexico, puts up with this kind of crap??

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Bobby, read Arizona Revised Statute 11-441 at azleg.gov and tell me where it says that the MCSO shurf can terrorize people.

That statute specifically describes the role of the county sheriff, in case you did not know.  

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

They have to move on to some more fake terrorism where they convince some poor shmuck to carry around some fake bombs and then turn him in to themselves, saving the country once again.    I feel safe with them protecting us from nothing.    Money well spent.

Jason Rahall
Jason Rahall

Spot on, mate. These groups of FBI-grown 'terrorists' couldn't plan a backyard BBQ on their own.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I keep telling you, Arpaio's old school DEA Federal Agent.  You don't just go after someone like that without evidence that SMOTHERS them.  He's got high up agency officials in his camp and they are there with their contacts and secret files ready to do battle for Arpaio.  I wouldn't doubt he attended his federal agent training camp with some of the highest level officials in the Justice Department.  You just can't get justice in a system of good ole boys which control this countries' federal law enforcement system.  It won't happen. The young bulls out there are too chicken shit of their careers which DEPEND on the old boy network still.  

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

You would think that Hendershots butt would have smothered Arpaio?

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Russell Pearce took four times as many football tickets as Arredondo - he was just a little less obvious on the quid pro quo - so we'll let him slide? 

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Pearce is part of the "Arizona Mormon Mafia."

Right Jan?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

The FBI is a real investigative agency. The DoJ has proved time and again they are not. That is the glaring difference. FBI agents are tight lipped investigators who indict. DoJ attorneys file suits and publically posture based on political maneuvering.

Bobby
Bobby

BAM!!! Did you nail that one. the DOJ is an absolute farce. All it ever focuses on is arresting innocent Americans, it seems. You know, that racist hiding behind every bush. Whereas, Black Panthers threatening voters during Obama's election--NO PROBLEMO.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

I agree with what you are saying.

One is a professional LE organization and the other is professional politicians.

Let me tell you, I couldn't be prouder of Tempe leadership past and present than I am right now.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

DoJ's civil rights division is my reference when speaking of DoJ.

DNichols
DNichols

Let the Indictments Rain Down on Arizona's Political "Cesspool".

Arizona Deserves Far Better than its current Corrupt bunch of Bribe Taking, Racial Profiling, Power Abusing, Election Rigging/Manipulating, Social Security De-Frauding, False Financial Statement Filing Tax Evading Leaders.

Arizona's band of Crooks in Politic's shows the Desperate Need for Term Limits on All Elected Positions!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mr. Rubin, your comments are interesting.

In a story from another print media source I think Mr. Montgomery had this to say:

[On Wednesday, Montgomery said the FBI had a better case against Arredondo.

"I was aware of the federal investigation when we were doing our
Fiesta Bowl investigation. They obviously had better evidence looking
into the case than we did," Montgomery said.]
My point, of course, is if one doesn't investigate or ask the right questions no better evidence will ever be discovered. It's easier to simply say, "In Maricopa County we don't investigate or charge Republicans, or even some Democrats who we can use in future matters". So, this story has piqued my interest and makes me wonder if others, perhaps name Pearce, are about to experience the same fate. We need to remember that the MCSO shurf and Hendershott are not the only criminal and corrupt lackeys in Arizona.

SantiagoJJJr
SantiagoJJJr

But it is so frustrating waiting for the Feds to do something....

TruConserv
TruConserv

Montgomery's only advantage over Thomas is that he (BM) learned not to go on political vendetta's. Otherwise, he's a Thomas clone who lacks either the intellect or the ability to go after corrupt politicos. Don't expect the feckless BM to do a damn thing..  

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Montgomery may owe his political existence to Joe Arpaio, but he's light years ahead of Andrew Thomas when it comes to professionalism, ethics, and running an efficient County Attorney's office.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Right.

That's why he gave his Republican buddies a free pass on the Fiesta Bowl scandal. Remember the press conference he held announcing he couldn't hold any lawmakers like Pearce accountable because the statutes apparently don't apply to them?

The MontyPug's silver-haired head is next on the chopping block. He will not be returned to the CA's Office. 

david saint
david saint

hes almost worse than Thomas.  While he wont do the personal vendetta crap, he sure likes to sit on his ass when it comes to his buddies breaking the law. 

slippery mike
slippery mike

Az scam got rid (but not prison)for a real douchbag,jim hartegen.
He helped pass a forfeiture law designed to take property from citizens for simple possesion of marijuana.
GREAT,until he got caught taking money(AZSCAM),and they tried to take his precious farm..............he copped a plea deal!
the year earlier 1989,when i was caught with a joint,they tried to take my piece of junk van(1967 dodge),good ol'e jim said i deserved to loose everything!(I worked for his campaign previously to get him elected)

some political payback.
I will never vote republican again!
there is no such thing as freedom with the thinking of the GOP!
this guy still got elected to the water board of directors(maybe he needs the waterboarding!)

Gail Mokry Shoultes
Gail Mokry Shoultes

I keep wondering where the criminal charges are for Andrew Thomas, Arpaio et al!  For everyday the DOJ drags it's feet, the people in Maricopa County suffer.

Tempe
Tempe

Mike Crusa the AZSCAM bagman who snitched to stay of the joint is and has been Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman's chief of staff for the last eight years.  Crusa's cash reward was $10,000.

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