John Leonardo, New AZ US Attorney, Recuses Himself From Sheriff Joe Arpaio Abuse-of-Power Investigation; As Judge, Ruled That Arpaio Did Abuse Power

See also: John Leonardo, Arizona's New U.S. Attorney, is No Fan of Sheriff Arpaio

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John Leonardo, the new Arizona U.S. Attorney, ruled in 2010 that Sheriff Joe Arpaio abused his power. Now, Leonardo's recusing himself from any abuse-of-power investigation of Arpaio.

John Leonardo, the new Arizona U.S. Attorney, believes that Joe Arpaio abused his power as Maricopa County Sheriff.

Leonardo said so in a ruling back in 2010, when he was a Pima County Superior Court judge.

However, because of that ruling, Leonardo doesn't want to handle any aspect of the abuse-of-power investigation believed to still be underway at the federal prosecutor's office.


Leonardo, an Obama appointee who took office this month, commented on the situation this morning on KJZZ-FM radio:

I have personally recused myself from participating in any decision or even the information stream within the office that may relate to any such investigation because of my ruling as a judge that touched on the Sheriff's Department earlier. So, just to avoid any possible appearance of being biased or prejudiced, I'm just not going to be involved.


Notice how Leonardo cagily doesn't admit there actually is such an investigation going on. The abuse-of-power investigation was certainly going on in 2010, when witnesses were called to talk about the issues before a federal grand jury. But the feds have ignored opportunities in the more recent past to confirm whether the probe was still hot.

We used to get excited rumor calls at least once a month by tipsters who believed the feds were going to take imminent action against Arpaio. Those phone calls stopped a few months ago.

In his 2010 ruling, Leonardo smacked down Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas in their unethical attack on County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, which was conducted as part of an overall campaign against certain county leaders, judges and lawyers.

Thomas had created a "political alliance with the Maricopa County Sheriff who misused the power of his office to target members of the (Board of Supervisors) for criminal investigation," Leonardo's ruling states.

The state Supreme Court disciplinary panel that disbarred Thomas made similar comments about Arpaio's nefarious involvement, calling their collaboration "unholy."

As the panel noted, Arpaio isn't subject to the attorney discipline process. But panelists made it clear Arpaio would have been disbarred, too, if he was a lawyer.

Instead of being held accountable for running roughshod over the law while trying to nail his political enemies, Arpaio appears to be sailing toward re-election. Only voters or the U.S. Attorney's Office can hold him back. And the new federal prosecutor in town, Leonardo, will let others handled the sheriff problem.



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LatterDaySaint
LatterDaySaint

Throw the Book at Arpaio, he has worked very hard to wear his own Pink Panties in Jail.

 

C.T.R?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Hopefully, the U.S. Attorney's Office, under Leonardo's direction, removes the Flaccid Fucknut from MCSO and puts him in federal prison for the rest of his life. That's what's sorely needed here.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I have sent several e-mails to the US Attorney's office telling the to, as far as Arpaio and the MCSO is concerned.

 

SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT!!!!!

scott.huminski
scott.huminski

Arpaio's expert witness, Bennie Click, is a lifetime police state thug.  Why is the ACLU silent with regard to this guy's felony conduct?  

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

actually i thought that was a good decision, though I would have loved to see Leonardo in action against the old bag. But, it would just give joe more ammo to say this was all some conspiracy like he always does...Id rather see him go down, and not be able to use that ruling to claim bias. 

coyote_slim
coyote_slim

The Sheriff of Maricopastan is a problem, needs handling.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @david_saint01 he is just making it all legal so that there are no challenges of BIAS. 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @david_saint01Keep in mind that Mr. Leonardo recused himself from any active investigation. He DID not recuse himself from action resulting from the conclusion of any said investigation. As director of the Arizona District office he normally would not have much of a 'hands on' with the investigation, so this move is fairly moot for the most part. The investigators will make conclusions on actual evidence and testimony and they don't need feedback from their direction to sway their conclusion anyway. Just as Judge Leonardo did when he rendered his finding in the case before him.

 

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