Pinal County Released Mountain of Un-Redacted Public Records to PCSO Detective Suing the County, and Now Pinal Officials Want it All Back

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PCSO Detective Andrew Goode
It appears that Pinal County released a mountain of public records to Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Goode -- about a years' worth of e-mails between Paul Babeu and several members of his command staff on a CD -- without typical redaction.

 

And now, an attorney representing the county wants to know what Goode has done with the CD.

The attorney, Jim Jellison -- who hasn't returned New Times' calls -- is demanding that Goode give it back.

It apparently contains about five gigabytes of data -- more than a years' worth of e-mails from several members of Babeu's administration, including Babeu, Lieutenant Blake King, Chief Deputy Steve Henry, Deputy Chief Harry Grizzle, and Human Resources Director Brandi Clark.

In a April 12 letter to Goode's attorney, Jellison says he wants to know how many gigabytes of information are on the disk, the location of disk, whether copies have been made, and whom they've been shared with.

Jellison, who has a copy of the same information Goode received, wrote in his letter that it contains Social Security numbers, attorney-client privileged communication, and employees' personal information.

But Goode maintains that he received the information after making a legitimate request for public records -- and doesn't plan to give it back.

Instead, Goode has given a copy of the CD to the FBI as part of a public-corruption complaint he filed against the PCSO, the Pinal County Attorney's Office, and the Tucson Police Department.

Goode is one of the two cops injured at Country Thunder in April 2011 while arresting two individuals at "Camp Titties and Beer," a campground occupied primarily by off-duty Tucson police officers.

Camp Titties and Beer, a Country Thunder campground occupied by off-duty cops from the Tucson Police Department.
The other cop involved was Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Hugh Grant, who was allegedly attacked by Ronald Keys, the husband of the young woman Grant had arrested. Keys' wife, Julie, reportedly had stood on a scaffolding and flashed her breasts to passersby at the music festival, according to police reports and other legal documents.

 

Grant suffered injuries to his head and neck after Keys -- the son of retired Tucson cops -- jumped him from behind and started to choke him. Grant, at that time, was hauling Keys' wife out of the campground in handcuffs. During Grant's scuffle with Keys, Grant pulled out his gun, and Keys ran. When Goode went after him and tried to arrest him, he severely injured his leg in the struggle -- fracturing a bone and damaging ligaments.

The investigation of the case was poorly executed. For example, some reports weren't filed until months after the incident. And PCSO Lieutenant King -- within hours of the Keys' getting arrested and booked into the local jail -- decided that Goode had made a "bad arrest."

Not only did the Sheriff's Office arrange for a deputy to pick up a judge at home, on a Saturday evening, to release Keys from jail, but Keys also was driven back to County Thunder by someone from the Sheriff's Office.

The same night of the incident, King also wrote an e-mail to Deputy County Attorney Paul Ahler stating that "unfortunately the subject booked for agg assault had been finger printed before I could have a change to get him released."

Then, he asked Ahler to "please attempt to have [Keys'] DPS record of this cleared."

The events of that day at Country Thunder have prompted both Goode and Grant to file lawsuits against Pinal County.

In preparation for his lawsuit, Goode has requested e-mails and other public records from the PCSO.

He got the first batch without any problem (aside from Jellison's saying the file is un-redacted, and he wants it back) but has been waiting more than two months for other public records requests he has filed.

Goode has asked for all e-mails from other employees in the PCSO, most of them dating back to April 9, 2011 -- the day of the Country Thunder incident.


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justme
justme

Babeu involved in unethical behavior?? Shocking! Why did PCSO allowed an operation involved in violating public indecency laws to remain active at Country Thunder? They should have been shut down. Why did the three police agencies involved allow their officers to participate in such a display? That is conduct unbecoming a police officer. A leadership failure (again) all the way around. 

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Another example that "Karma" works for the good as well as the bad.. You can't always pick sides and karma does it for ya most of the time.

Pinal Citizen
Pinal Citizen

So what happened to Keys and his wife? Obstructing justice, Resisting arrest, Assauting/injuring a LEO, indecent exposure for the wife. How did they come out on these charges? Were they even charged? If not then why not?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

That information the PCSO detective requested is subject to Arizona Revised Statute 39-121 and the Bald Bunion knows it.

"Not only did the sheriff's office arrange for a deputy to pick up a judge at home"

Hmm. Sounds like the Bald Bunion violated 18 USC 241 and 18 USC 242, the same federal codes the MCSO shurf is under criminal abuse of power investigation for when he and Candy Andy muzzled Judge Donahoe and barred the judge from doing his job.

"Then, he asked Ahler to "please attempt to have [Keys'] DPS record of this cleared."

Hmm. Sounds like the destruction of evidence and destroying public-records, both, to my knowledge, felonies under Arizona law. 

I think the Bald Bunion has quite a bit of explaining to do. Then he can join Bundgaard and Pearce in the unemployment line.

Kevin_4949
Kevin_4949

Corruption, corruption......I dont blame him for doing that get paid. Buddy.......

Pinal Citizen
Pinal Citizen

So let me get this straight... If I go to a family oriented local music event, attack from behind and try to choke out and injure the cop arresting my handcuffed, drunk wife for flashing her tits to the crowd, and a second officer also gets hurt detaining me... Can I count on the PCSO command staff to
spring me from jail and drive me and my tittie- flashing wife back to the event, and then do everything they can to
make it all go away like it never happened? What a great Sheriff Dept. We have!

flashing wife back to the event? While TWO leo' a
re in the emergency room at the hospital because of me?

Ross
Ross

The majority of Arizonans are law-abiding citizens.  Don't judge us by the actions of the few who work in law enforcement.

Goodbyestudboi
Goodbyestudboi

Great job Detective Goode. It must suck to work for a Sheriff who tosses his men under the bus when shit like this happens. I don't think most of us would get the same VIP treatment that Keys got from the PCSO after attacking an officer making an arrest. Keys is lucky DPS Officer Grant didn't shoot him. Just more proof of the corruption at the top of the PCSO and why Sheriff Studboi and his gang have to go...Maybe all of those emails being looked at by the FBI will speed up his departure.

Loami
Loami

The ladies in records had nothing to do with this. The County Manager had IT/MIS gather the information and he directed the release of the records.

A pinal county voter
A pinal county voter

Another nail in the coffin for our Sheriff Studboi and his minions. They just keep coming... almost every day a new revelation of corruption and abuse of power at the top of PCSO. Sheriff Studboi is getting hammered; With any luck he'll be forced to step down before the November elections.

ltc444
ltc444

This incident demonstrates the incompetence of Babeu and Henry.  They release information without censoring it.  They admit they messed up and then they beg for it back.  At the same time they violate the FOI statutes, a standard practice in PINAL County. when covering up dirty deeds.

This incident illustrates why we need a Professional Cop to clean up the entire county government.   We need an individual who has stood solidly for the citizens of his jurisdiction against the corrupt practices of people like Paul Babeu, Chief Deputy and head poacher Henry and their buddy Bryan Martyn.

Jack McClaren is the only elected official who worked to protect ordinary residents from the rampant abuse of power by Babeu.

JG
JG

These people, Steve Henry, Tim Gaffney, Brandi Clark, are disgusting.  They're unfit to work for a law-enforcement agency.  I'm beginning to understand why Babeu is so compulsive about his daily announcements about how virtuous, heroic, clean and pure he & his cronies are.  When you're as corrupt as they are, you have to make a lot of distracting noise to keep self-awareness at bay.  Because if there's one thing that's intolerable to these people, it's being reminded how contemptible they really are.  But the decent, hardworking majority of deputies know the truth.  We know what these people are, we see through their corruption & their bullshit, and we can't wait for them to be gone.

tired in florence
tired in florence

Detective Goode should be able to more than adequately uncover the entire corruption withing the PCSO, he is a part of it, at least in the past.  Officer Goode how does it feel to be the victim of the exact same type of activity you have been a part of in the past?

PCSO covers up officers lying in legal documents, covers up illegal searches, covers up illegal siezures, a quite frankly this is done with the blesing of the Pinal County Attorneys Office and Janes Walsh.

Lets not leave out the Pinal County Superior Court where most of the judges came from the County Attorneys Office.  Judges who, if you are not in their favor have no problem making improper rulings, backdating orders, and circumventing citizens due process.

Not every person is corrupt though, just enough to make the system itself corrupt.  We the citizens of Pinal County have no one to blame but ourselves through the apethy of our voting and lack of support of the honest Police Officers, Attorneys and Judges.

Coz
Coz

Oops, LOL....
The truth shall set you free, can't wait  to hear about some of these e-mails.

NorthAdamsRemembers
NorthAdamsRemembers

Two officers are injured, one seriously.  The host agency turns against them.

Management and staff at PCSO start and continue a coverup. Why? Ask them, they are the ones that did it and are continuing it.  "I was sheriff of the year. I wouldn't allow a coverup!"  Babeu's whole life is a coverup.

Tucson PD: Our guys are clean; didn't do 'nuttin' wrong.  Tucson PD management will soon learn that covering the many-year tradition where their little boys and girls play wasn't the right move to make.

And PCSO? Hey, let's just make sure Babeu and Henry don't take any heat on this. That is Jellison's main task now.

Who did they have in charge at Country Thunder? Fake Bling, the over-rated, under-qualified lieutenent that is sitting now in the FBI National Academy on a plush training assignment, sitting next to Tami Villar, the famed PCSO on-duty serial criminal speeder.  One of the stars in the legal epic will be King and the fact his good buddy Paul hired him as a lieutenant (was an officer at CPS) knowing he was not qualified. Babeu continued his mismanagement by failing to supervise his inexperienced pet lieutenant.

Accounability. Transparency. Corruption and cornyism. Some of the good words Babeu used in his 2008 campaign. Same words Henry that were used when he was campaigning as the heir apparent for sheriff (until he got punked by Babeu).  Same words Babeu is using again to scratch through his shell of disgust and mismanagement as he now runs for a second term.

Good luck to Goode and Grant.  Best wishes for PCSO upper command in finding jobs after the end of the year. It sucks when Paul promoted you to an at-will position.

Liberty and justice for all.

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

Are you sure this isn't a story about Mexican Police? I feel bad for Goode, betrayed by his brother officers.  Camp Titties & Beer wow

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

That's easy. No charges were filed. PCAO is as deep into this as PCSO is. Mommy and Daddy Keys are both retired from Tucson PD.

Blake King must not have enough to do while he is sitting in the FBI National Academy he is unqualified to be attending. In his spare time, he went fishing over Memorial Day and has just filed a lawsuit against Ms. Alonzo and PNT.

tired in florence
tired in florence

Got to tell you though people, Andrew Goode is not without his own problems and has participated in the same cover up activities he is now screaming foul about.  Look at the following documents posted in Scribd

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9504...

Just what will the PCSO do with this, use it to shut Goode up or pay Goode off, just got to wonder?

Pinal Citizen
Pinal Citizen

Whoops, bad editing at the end of my previous post.

It looks like the PCSO brass will do about anything to exonerate you for attacking their deputies if your daddy is a cop friend of theirs.

tired in florence
tired in florence

Does this represent the incompetence of Babeu and Henry or the integrity of the ladies in the records division.  Is it possible if not probable that these records were released according to the FOI statutes by the records division.  Give these Ladies a atta boy for what they did release. 

Remember this though, the whistle blower act is a joke and by releasing what they did severely put their jobs in jepoapardy,  The retaliation they may recieve for doing their job may just cost them their jobs.

This to me anyway represents the many good, competent, and honest officers withing the PCSO who have stuck their neck out on the chopping block.  We can only hope that the records division is protected for the honest deeds.

tired in florence
tired in florence

On a side note Paul Babeu in his attempt to build his political empire in Pinal County unfairly attempted to alter the election in at least one Justice of the Peace race.  Remember Brandi Bain-Clark running for the Justice of the Peace in Casa Grande, trying to get elected to her fathers position of Justice of the Peace.  Well here are a few facts not set forth. 

Brandi Bain-Clark resigned her position at the PCSO to run for Justice of the Peace, she was promptly hired by the Pinal County Federal Credit Union while running, where her mother Gwenda Bain has sat on the Board of Directors for years.  When Brandi Clark-Bain did not win our sheriff Paul Babeu promptly created a civilian position for Ms. Brandi Clark-Bain as a safety net.

Thank God Roger Valdez ran.

Does not this smell of public monies being used to alter and control an elected position? 

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

If you check Dennis Wagner's Sunday article, in the first of it he quotes several emails from PCSO. They were the most indicting part of the article. Their own words. Here PCSO hacks  know exactly what the released CD has on it. That is why they are worried. Damned that public records law, anyway.

I don't think Goode has no use for any home addresses or social security numbers. The endless emails he got that include senseless and incriminating chatter by PCSO brass have got to be funny.  The fact he didn't give it back but gave it to the FBI is funnier.

tired in florence
tired in florence

Something most people do not realize.  Jim Jellison, the attorney representing Pinal County does not in fact work for Pinal County, he is paid and works for the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool.  This is a quazi corporation which is not subject to public information requests etc. yet is fully funded and paid for with tax dollars out of our county budgets.

The Arizona Counties Insurance Pool has several objective's.
  1)  To defend the actions of all county officials at all costs.
  2)  Regardless of Black Letter Law (a term Babeu and others like to quote) to sure that
       no case law is created which will allow individuals protection and recourse against
       Counties and County Officials.
  3)  In the event that the common defenses used for elected officials of qualified immunity,
       judicial immunity, absolute immunity, and prosecutorial immunity does not work in
       litigation by Mr. Jellison which is paid for by the unlimited deep pockets of the
       Arizona   Counties Insurance Pool then the individuals wronged are just paid off, of
       course this is after signing a non-disclosure agreement with the Arizona Counties
       Insurance Pool.

Whether or not Andrew Goode was wronged or not makes no difference.  The Arizona Counties Insurance Pool will defend the actions of the Pinal County Sheriffs office at all costs.  Lets not forget this is done with the blessing of James Walsh, the Pinal County Attorney.

In the end what happens, the individuals (county officials and employees) who committed any wrong or illegal acts walk free with no reprocussions to them and the Counties, thru their premiums, pay the entire legal bill and any pay off which will ensue.  This is our tax dollars at work.  It would be interesting to know just how much has been spent to cover up the activities within Pinal County and how far this would go towards a balanced budget, or god forbid a surpluss.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Apparently the beer is OK but the titties will get you "Busted"

I know this is a serious story but how many calls for actual JUSTICE, ETHICS, and HONESTY does it take for the people of Arizona to wake the fuck up and stop electing criminals to positions of authority?

A little sidebar---Police have a higher rate of alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce and suicide than the general population. When you add overall dishonesty to the mix which is evident in both the PCSO and especially the MCSO, you've got a recipe for disaster.

Pinal Citizen
Pinal Citizen

If this is true, I'm sure Sheriff Studboi gave the nod to Blake King to sue the New Times. Dumb move Studboi; Your lame attempt at revenge vs. Ms. Alonzo and the New Times will only serve to bury you deeper in the grave you've dug for yourself.

ltc444
ltc444

Excellent point about the records persons.  They deserve more than an attaboy.  if they soldiers I would get them a "soldiers medal".  I know that much of the information I have obtained against Babeu, Martyn and to a lesser extent Walsh have come from these underpaid highly competent clerks who put their jobs in jeopardy by doing their sworn duty. 

The incompetence of Babeu, Henry and their merry band of thugs comes from their arrogance.  They do not believe that anyone would dare face the consequences of questioning them, much less openly opposing them.

The County Administrator, who serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors, and his IT manager should also receive recognition for their efforts to preserve the electronic evidence which Babeu and company have been actively attempting to erase. 

ltc444
ltc444

Maybe now the FBI will investigates the Illgeal SWAT "exercise" conducted against one of Babeu's and Martyn's critics in the White Mountains.

In that incident, two years ago, a SWAT team armed with one of the missing evidence weapons, a Cal 50 BMG Barret sniper rifle, to "observe" a Babeu critic in a remote cabin.  They inserted by helicopter and set for three days.  It was only after the owner of the cabin was over heard threatening to shoot whom ever was targeting him and his wife that they fled the scene.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Jim Walsh sounds like he is as bad as Maricopa County's MCSO shurf lapdog, MontyPug. 

Then again, I don't live in Pinal County (thank God). I unfortunately live in Nazicopa County with the MCSO shurf and the MontyPug.

tired in florence
tired in florence

Got to tell you though people, Andrew Goode is not without his own problems and has participated in the same cover up activities he is now screaming foul about. Look at the following documents posted in Scribd
http://www.scribd.com/doc/9504...
Just what will the PCSO do with this, use it to shut Goode up or pay Goode off, just got to wonder?

Fake Bling
Fake Bling

Yes, in this case ACIP will protect Babeu and Henry - at any cost - and ignore or minimize damages to Goode and Grant - with little or no cost.  On the side, Babeu makes sure that PCSO and PCAO work nicely with Tucson PD kids, on and off duty. Something they call ethics.

Girlfriends and wives of police officers were up on a scaffold FLASHING their breasts at passing concert patrons, younbg and old. Again, what did the Tucson PD, USBP campsite offer the CT event? "Titties and Beer."  Love the ethics, year after year, from these defects in law enforcement.

Be proud of Tucson PD, be proud of their brothers at Pinal County (upper command in covering for them) and to hell with the working officers like Goode and Grant.

And dream on about getting your CD back. Goode made a public records request, it was honored and information was provided, it was paid for. End of story.

At least, until the FBI starts stirring around in the file contents.

the end
the end

ABC News 15 also ran this story back on April 12. I wonder if Sheriff Babeu's pet Blake King will be suing them too?

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