Mary Rose Wilcox's $1 Million County Jackpot Safe From Treasurer "Hos" Hoskins' Interference, Judge Rules -- But Payment Stayed Until Appeal

See also: Steven LaMar, Cave Creek Councilman, Dumped as Lawyer for Maricopa County Amid Criticism in Mary Rose Wilcox Claim

See also: Mary Rose Wilcox Granted $975,000 Judgment by Federal Judge; Sidesteps County Efforts to Check Payment

"Hos" Hoskins, Maricopa County Treasurer, has no standing in his attempt to block County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox's $1 million, taxpayer-funded settlement jackpot.

Maricopa County Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins has been thwarted in his attempt to block County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox from receiving a taxpayer-funded $1 million jackpot.

In an order dated today, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake denied Hoskins' motion to intervene on Wilcox's settlement award and threw more money to Wilcox for attorney's fees spent on defending against the motion.

Wilcox should hold off on buying the new Mercedes just yet, though, because Wake also ruled that the county doesn't have to pay her until the appeals process is exhausted. Last month, the Board of Supervisors (except Wilcox, naturally), voted to appeal Wilcox's mandated settlement to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court.

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County Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley sued the county because of now-discredited criminal investigations by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Wilcox was among several county officials, county employees and others targeted in now-discredited criminal investigations by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. In April, a three-member disciplinary panel convened by the Arizona Supreme Court disbarred Thomas and castigated Arpaio for the unethical, politically motivated investigations.

In May, Judge Wake ordered the county to pay Wilcox the $975,000 settlement approved by former County Manager David Smith.

But Hoskins and County Attorney Bill Montgomery wanted to keep the ball in the air.  Hoskins' county-funded lawyers argued that, according to an interpretation of state law by Montgomery, the county treasurer and a county supervisor had to agree to pay a claim to another supervisor.

Steven LaMar, a Cave Creek councilman and attorney representing the county, conceded just prior to Wake's May order that the law did not require a sign-off on the jackpot by the treasurer and a supervisor.

Wake drove the nail home in early June when he granted Wilcox's motion to enforce the settlement. But Hoskins filed a motion to intervene in the case, saying he was worried that by agreeing to pay Wilcox, he might violate state law.

Rubbish, Wake ruled today.

Hoskins should have no legitimate concern that paying Wilcox would break the law, says Wake -- after all, the judge has already ruled that the statute in question does not apply, a point that LaMar, on behalf of the county, had conceded.

Beyond that, Hoskins' motion is just weak, Wake suggests.

"It is not the court's duty to develop his arguments for him," Wake's order states. "Hoskins has provided no basis to think that any statute bars his ability to permit payment of the settlement."

Cari Gerchick, spokeswoman for the county, tells New Times that a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court could take four-to-six months.

The Ninth likely won't overturn Wake's decision, since it was based partly on the county's own concession that the "treasurer-must-agree" law didn't apply to Wilcox's settlement.

And that means it should be a nice Christmas at the Wilcoxes this year.

Hoskins, meanwhile, says he has no "inclination" to directly appeal Wake's order regarding his motion to intervene, and that he believes he'll just let the county appeal do its work.



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TruConserv
TruConserv

Thanks for reminding us that no one should ever take you seriously. Nazism may be to the left of you, but its to the right of virtually everyone else.

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

What about everyone else who received money? The MCBOS authorized Smith to resolve these claims, Wilcox and Stapley included. And if Smith can't resolve these claims, then who should? Speaking of, have you showered and washed your hair for our date yet Rachel?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Perhaps because it was nothing more than a going away present from her pal, David Smith. The whole thing reeks. Smith shouldn't have the authority to singlehanded ly pay off a friend as he exits. There is no reason Wilcox should receive that money.

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

What is your position on disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce, the recalled and then booted state Senate president?

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

Triple 6, It appears that TruConserv is in agreement with you. He despises the corrupt pieces of shit that are the MCSO shurf, Wikfors and Thomas. Personally, I do not believe that these three people truly represent the values of the Republican Party (President Lincoln, founder of the Republican Party, must be rolling over in his mausoleum).

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

Why is Wilcox's million dollar payment being delayed?   Judge Wake has already ruled she is entitled to the money because Maricopa County's inept lawyers conceded that ARS 11-626 did not apply.   Mr. Campbell must be preparing to buy that new Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic with all the money he's made off her case.   

TruConserv
TruConserv

We on the right have the Tea Party as our cross.  You on the left have this bat-shit-crazy doofus.

TruConserv
TruConserv

Fair enough. I don't consider the Tea Party to be a conservative movement. They are radical right wingers, seeking dramatic and drastic change - including the additional of big-government social legislation. Conservatives don't like radical change.  We move judiciously and deliberately, if we move at all. So, please, rail against the Tea Party all you want.  I'm with you!

TruConserv
TruConserv

" Jew do you what you do best-" Seriously?  

Sheriff_joe_arpaio
Sheriff_joe_arpaio

Catholics 4 Sheriff Joe Arpaio & Murder According to court papers filed in United States District Court (phoenix) an Arizona Catholic Hospital, Mercy Gilbert Hospital (Dignity Health, Inc.), has shown solidarity with Sheriff Joe Arpaio with an attempted murder of a plaintiff in United States of America v. Maricopa County (Arpaio), et al.. According to court papers, Mercy Gilbert Hospital attempted to murder a plaintiff in the civil rights lawsuit pending in federal court, United States of America v. Maricopa County (Arpaio), et al.. Catholic Health West (now Dignity Health) via Mercy Gilbert Hospital, according to court papers, kidnapped, tortured and attempted to murder Scott Huminski, a plaintiff in the Justice Department lawsuit against Arpaio. Arpaio's parents immigrated from Italy and the sheriff and his family are Catholics that have garnered support from the Catholic church and allegedly from Catholic hospitals. The federal lawsuit requests 30 Million in damages, an injunction and declaratory relief from Dignity Health and Gilbert Mercy Hospital. Huminski recounted that immediately before the murder attempt, staff at Mercy Gilbert Hospital called him a  spic-greaser-taco-bender-loving expletive in true Sheriff Arpaio style. Catholic hospital supports Arpaio with Attempted Murder, kidnapping and torture. http://latinonews.co/jon_garrido_condemns_catholic_church_for_its_silence_to_stop_civil_rights_abuse_of_latinos.htm Federal lawsuit at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/99111809/Catholics-4-Sheriff-Joe-Arpaio-and-Murder http://www.scribd.com/doc/9911...   http://atlanta.indymedia.org/global/catholics-4-sheriff-joe-arpaio-murder http://la.indymedia.org/news/2012/07/254132.php http://neworleans.indymedia.org/news/2012/07/16916.php http://chicago.indymedia.org/node/4488 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/04/1106185/-Catholics-4-Arpaio-and-Murder http://www.topix.com/city/gilbert-az/2012/07/catholics-4-arpaio-and-murder http://austin.indymedia.org/article/2012/07/04/catholics-4-sheriff-joe-arpaio-murder http://www.ucimc.org/content/catholics-4-sheriff-joe-arpaio-murder http://legalnews.findlaw.com/article/0cF19gB2Aa4Nx?q=Arizona    

Guest_35
Guest_35

As revealed in his comments below, "Triple 6" is just a mindless anti-semite troll. Like a dumbass he's going to oppose anything written by a Jew, even when the Jew agrees with him. How fucked up is Arizona, even the "Left" has its anti-semites.

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