Watch Arpaio Squirm and Mix Up His Stories in Exclusive Video From 2012 Joel Fox Hearing

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If you're a close observer of the Maricopa County sheriff like we are, check out this hour-long video (in three parts) from his testimony in last year's Joel Fox termination appeal proceedings.

Arpaio squirms a little, appears to feign ignorance and mixes up his stories as he answers questions from a county official over the firing of Joel Fox, Arpaio's former captain who played patsy in what we affectionately call the "SCA scandal."

New Times obtained the video of Arpaio's testimony after a recent records request to the county.

See also: Arpaio, Learning Nothing From Hendershott Scandal, Delegates His Duties to Chief Deputy

Scroll down to see the videos.

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Regular readers know the SCA story well. In a nutshell, it involves Arpaio's top aides concocting a scheme to secretly raise money from themselves and rich donors in order to fund an R-rated smear ad against Arpaio's 2008 Democratic opponent, Dan Saban.

Arpaio's cover story has long been that he didn't know his former chief deputy, Dave Hendershott -- who was also his campaign manager that year -- had coordinated the stealth ad campaign. But we think you'll agree that when you parse through all of Arpaio's ramblings and convenient memory lapses in this video, it becomes clear he knew enough.

The suspicious fundraising activity by Captain Joel Fox in 2008 drew a complaint from the Democratic Party and sparked a criminal investigation by the state Attorney General's Office, followed by a raid on Fox's home. But the former Democratic AG at the time, Terry Goddard, couldn't manage to secure any criminal charges despite apparent evidence by his investigators that campaign-finance laws had been broken.

At the time, Arizona law prohibited corporate funds from being used for a political campaign, and another law criminalized the "earmarking" of independent expenditure funds for a specific candidate's campaign. The mysterious Sheriff's Command Association violated both laws, evidence showed.

Fox, the SCA's front man, at first refused to tell anyone the names of the other people in the group, even after donating $105,000 in SCA money to the Republican Party for the smear ad. Threatened with a $315,000 fine, Fox finally confessed that Hendershott, another top Arpaio aide named Larry Black, and big-wigs like Arizona developer Steve Ellman had made donations.

When the scandal first broke in 2008, Arpaio claimed that he had "no knowledge" of the fundraising scheme. His testimony last year shows that the "no knowledge" claim was a bald-faced lie.

In the testimony, Arpaio also answered a question we've long wondered about: Why, when Arpaio learned that Joel Fox had been accused of campaign crimes, and when he later learned Hendershott and Black were involved, did Arpaio not take action?

No internal investigation, no nothing.

Clarisse McCormick, who was representing the county in the sheriff's office's decision to terminate Fox's employment, asked Arpaio if he ever asked Hendershott about his involvement in the SCA.

Arpaio said no.

McCormick asked why he didn't follow up with Hendershott.

"I was letting nature take its course and see what would happen," Arpaio answered.

Let's run through that again: The top elected law officer in the county learns that his chief deputy and several of his top men are accused of crimes, and he's gonna let "nature take its course."

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Clarisse McCormick

Don't you wonder what other sorts of things Arpaio is letting nature handle these days?

As we've speculated in the past, one thing that could explain Arpaio's decision to do nothing about the allegations: He knew an investigation might lead back to him.

The media reported in October of 2008 that Fox was involved. New Times first broke the story in July of 2009 that Hendershott, Black, Ellman and the others were involved. It wasn't until September of 2010 that Arpaio put Hendershott, Black and Fox on leave, and only then it was because another of his top commanders, Frank Munnell, had handed him a 63-page manifesto detailing mismanagement and possible crimes -- including the SCA scandal -- alleged to have been committed by Hendershott and others.

In 2011, after Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu conducted an investigation into the allegations in the "Munnell Memo," alleging policy violations and mismanagement by Hendershott and other employees, Arpaio fired Hendershott and Black. He later allowed them to resign. Fox was fired after another internal investigation concluded he'd committed numerous violations. But he appealed his termination, leading to last year's hearings.

Perhaps we're overly obsessed with this SCA case and not thinking clearly, but we see the Arpaio testimony at the Fox hearing as a total farce.

Follow along with us here for a second: Assuming Arpaio knew what Fox was up to, and we believe he did, then it makes no sense for him to testify that it was right for Fox to be fired. After all, in our version of events, Fox had been doing something that Arpaio knew about, and which benefited Arpaio.

This is why we often refer to Fox as a patsy or fall guy.

McCormick, ostensibly representing Arpaio, seems to be grilling Arpaio. Yet if her probing questions about the SCA had caused Arpaio to confess that he'd put Hendershott, and thus, Fox, up to the SCA fundraising, McCormick would have blown her case. That is, it would be clear that Fox's firing was unfair. She seems to take a double-sided approach in her questioning -- probing, but always gently, and with almost no tough follow-up questions.

Ed Moriarity, Fox's attorney, occasionally objects to McCormick's probing questions -- even though you'd think his client would benefit from unveiling Arpaio as the ringleader of the SCA scandal that got Fox fired.

Moriarity, throughout the many county scandals of the last few years, represented and defended Dave Hendershott. It stands to reason that Moriarity wouldn't be interested in getting to the bottom of the SCA scandal, because that might bring out negative information about Hendershott.

One major piece of evidence that something strange is going on: Moriarity decides not to ask Arpaio a single question after being told he could begin his cross-examination. Yet Arpaio, theoretically, is one of the key witnesses who could prove that Fox's firing wasn't warranted. Moriarity's failure to ask Arpaio questions is just plain weird.

We'd love to hear your take on all this. Now, with the county release of these Fox hearing videos, we figure the door is all but closed on the SCA scandal. No criminal charges were ever filed by state or federal officials.

But since Arpaio was re-elected to a sixth term in November, his testimony last year is still relevant, and will help people understand the SCA zaniness that began five years ago.

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david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

I think Moriarity needs to be investigated first of all..does the term Conflict of Interest mean anything to these people? Second, its not surprising..arpaio always comes up with Alzheimer's every time hes called to testify..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the funniest part of it all is right at the very beginning..............he started to screw up when they asked his name

robert_graham
robert_graham

The only thing mixed up is this article. This trash rag will stop at nothing to distort the truth just to make themselves try to look good. It's time that slander lawsuits are filed by MCSO against the New Times.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

THE OLD FART is the more CORRUPT than all the MEXICAN CARTELS brought together; probably he invented "CORRUPTION". BTW after You get RECALLED is time to go to the CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL so Jaffy has to dust off his PINK NURSING UNIFORM since he is the only one that puts up with the FOOL.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

THE OLD FART Is more CORRUPT than all the MEXICAN CARTELS brought together, probably he is the one that invented "CORRUPTION". Time to go to the CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL. FOOL.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

THE OLD FART Is more CORRUPT than all the MEXICAN CARTELS brought together, probably he is the one that invented "CORRUPTION". Time to go to the CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL. FOOL, is time for Jaffy to dust off his NURSE UNIFORM .

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Joe is so crooked that he is charging Guadalupe $1.2 million to provide them police, and then supplies them with volunteer labor instead (labor that has to buy their own equipment). so the town of Guadalupe is paying $1.2 million to have Joe send out untrained, unexperienced, unfit people do the job? why doesnt Joe have the tent city inmates or chain gang do it? most of them have the same criminal background as some of the posse members. and Guadalupe shouldnt complain, El Mirage payed more and all they got for their money was a shit load of rape victims and traumatized kids. you cant blame Henderschott for everything Joe.......he isnt there anymore

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Has Jaffy the Graham put on his GI Joe Halloween costume so he's ready to be part of the Joker's "shadow army"?  As long as he hands out burger king coupons, people won't laugh at him too hard!

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

What is the difference between and director and a chief?

:"I don't know because I'm not a computer person? - But I use computers every single day. - Sheriff Joe Arpaio 

Answer:

Managing director: The managing director is the head of the whole management team and a member of the board of a company; in other words, the managing director is a CEO only, but also has his own shares in the company and is also present in the board meetings. In other words, a director of the board.

Chief Executive Director: The CEO is the biggest corporate officer or in other words, the head of the management team. he just controls the whole management and is the ultimate boss in the company after the board of directors and the chairman.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

So where is he getting his private expenditures from? $600.000 dollars for his private campaign?

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

JoeArpaio is a crimial cop and he knows it, if he's lying as the sheriff then why is he still in office?

"80 percent of all cops are criminals and they violate the laws while on duty and are being paid to do so and be so". He even lies under oath. They are a criminal organization and they are armed and dangerous.

 "It's just what I heard and I'll use it against you". What a scumbag. That is hearsay and is not allowed in a court hearing or a court of law. A clear violation of the laws.

 "He bought me off with a bribe".

robert_graham
robert_graham

It seems that all you sicko liberals are the ones squirming and stomping your feet like babies because you can't get drivers licenses for Dreamers in Arizona. You can keep crying but no matter how loud you yell you won't get your way.

robert_graham
robert_graham

By the way, if you still don't believe me when I say there will be no drivers licenses for Obama's Dreamer's, you better read the latest news that confirms HB 2032 has failed.  What this means is that Catherine Miranda's misguided attempt to sidestep Gov. Brewer has backfired in her dumb face.  A petition should be circulated to get her recalled.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Does anybody know if Ray Stern still lives in Gardena, California?  Being that he does not live in Arizona he should keep his nose out of our business.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01

Apparently Moriarity isn't bound by Arizona's conflict of interest law.

Yes we need to commit the Old Fool to a nursing home so he can get proper treatment for his Alzheimer's....

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan lol sure, and a GOP/arpaio campaign email calling the recall people domestic terrorists isnt slander?? It must really suck though to be that stupid and naive to believe that everyone but you is lying by the way...lol you know why MCSO cant file suit, and hasnt? BECAUSE ITS THE TRUTH AND THEY KNOW IT! lmao

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  how can it be slander if Joe cant recall anything? it isnt really slander if if he cant remember what happened, and hearing his testimony on anything he has ever been questioned on...........HE CANT RECALL. so since Joe doesnt know what happened, he cant claim slander

robert_graham
robert_graham

@IdontRecall We heard you you babbling idiot.  But speaking of the Mexican cartels, a shoot to kill order must be put on their heads.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Where are you getting your information?  Guadalupe's contract with MCSO is for two deputies at night and one deputy during the day.  They receive that, and more.  They don't pay for the liaison deputy who is there 40 hours a week and they don't pay for the detective that is assigned to Guadalupe exclusively. 

You are taking issue with a volunteer that is in the town for the purpose of circling Frank School.  The issues you are trying to combine are mutually exclusive of one another.  If it's that you are taking issue with a volunteer being in the town, there have been volunteers assisting MCSO in the town of Guadalupe for decades.  I dare you to point to one (just one) incident where a volunteer (posseman) did anything while in Guadalupe to prop up your disparaging comments regarding an entire group of people who DONATE their time and talents for the betterment of the community.  How much time and money have you donated to your community?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy

Even more reason to recall the Old Fool.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@tongue_twister_for_t  he managed to pull $600,000 exactly, but in the meantime the $600,000 that was to go to getting more cops for sex crimes investigations disappeared without a trace

robert_graham
robert_graham

@tongue_twister_for_t There is nothing criminal about what Sheriff Joe does and has done. But he would be criminal if he did things the way you want.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan can i have a side of fries with that rant?? hey, snack and a show ...bonus! lol yes fan boi, you are mere entertainment to us all...the sit and watch as he becomes so unspooled he shits himself kind of entertaining...

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

You are the only one that is worried  about that 'cause Yoy know that they are gonna get those Driver  Licenses. I hope that you get a HEART ATTACK when they get them, which is gonna be sooner then you think, BK WHORE

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan

Actually you little dumbshit, we WILL get our way. When President Obama signs the CIR bill winding its way through Congress.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan - actually, Idiot, you seem to be the only one talking about drivers licenses.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan lmao guess what, Obamas orders carry more weight than Brewers....and by the way, she only has what a year or so left? 

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

HEY FUCK FACE JAFFY, finally Seagal let you off?, I heard that he beated You and Your mom also, since He is a Hooker Beater; And I also heard that you had to be taken to the ER 'cause you had a bruised anus and was hanging out in between you cheeks and they needed to put it back in. Fng WHORE.

FuckJoeArpaioFan
FuckJoeArpaioFan

@JoeArpaioFan does anybody know if JoeArpaioFan has stopped dismembering babies in satanic rituals yet?

Ray Stern was cited, if not arrested, AT 11PM AT HIS HOME IN THE PHOENIX METRO AREA  IN ARIZONA by your fucking hero's goon squad, for his role in trying to bring your fucking hero's crimes to the public's attention.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@JoeArpaioFan Yes, he does. I was in Gardena recently on a trip to buy golf cart batteries, You know I'm the supervisor in charge of maintaining golf carts at the country club, right? A very important and strenuous job, making sure the charger is at the correct voltage. Anyway, I had afternoon tea with Mr. Stern, he's English and his family hails from British royalty, which you may not have known. So, I learned that Mr. Stern is indeed the President of the Gardena Gardenia Growers Club, which has followers from all over the world. In fact, at their annual "Flowering, Fauna, and Fantasy" event many of those who attend the Westminster Dog Show attend, hoping to say Hi to Mr. Stern. He has a vacation house here in Phoenix, high on the camel back. He writes his wit from wherever he might be, whether in a house, or perhaps in a tree, growing gardenias, you see.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan

Does anybody know if you still live in the mental institution in Phoenix?

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan - You're an idiot.  Stern has lived in Phoenix for a long, long time.  You're thinking of Bobby.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 he was fox's lawyer while still Hendershotts..AZ law has nothing to do with it, its the Ethics Board he would....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01 @JoeArpaioFan

We're domestic terrorists because we support the Constitution and the rule of law and Joe doesn't? Lmao.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan

Actually, a better question is why did the Flaccid Failure lie about arresting the King in Vegas in 1955?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @IdontRecall lol you first cupcake..try not to use the whole fist next time you do though, youve been a little looser than usual with your name calling and rants...

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @IdontRecall you're about as useful as a mouse fart...and yes, the recall will happen, and when it does joe goes bye bye..and hopefully we get to watch you weep in the streets during his walk of shame..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  okay, i saw your comment and then re-read my post. yes there are some inaccurate statements and i will admit it. where i said "MOST" it should have been "SOME" and when i made the referrence to volunteer labor, i meant at the schools, not as in implying that ALL the labor Joe provided was volunteer. (YPS, i hope you are reading this and taking it as a real apology and correction. you and I dont see eye to eye on many things, but i do respect that you do tend to dig and pull facts, whereas the statement i had made was more on a emotional basis.)  i also want to point out that even with my typo in there about the posse having criminal records....i did not say ALL or the ENTIRE group. i do respect some of them and there are also a large number of them that not only have their hearts in the right place, but are also doing an admirable job and a patriotic and honorable thing. i will not retract my feeling that there are still a number of them with criminal records (albeit a smaller number than i misquoted). i will not take back the comment on Joe being a criminal though, but i will concede that you are right about it not being the posse or MCSO being ALL the problem, but rather it is the person at the top who is running the whole show. you could have the greatest police force in the world and they would still fail if their leader is inept or crooked, so i cant honestly blame MCSO or the posse for ALL the problems with that agency. every single organization has its problems just like MCSO does, but they dont have a leader who is making them look as bad as a group as Joe does to MCSO

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

JoeAssFarts, JOE CAMEL is the biggest criminal . I hope I don't miss when he is PERP WALKED out of that PIGSTY that he has for Office. GAPING VAGINA.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan

The MCSO shurf IS a criminal. He just hasn't gotten caught yet. But he will.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01

I get that. What I'm getting at is applying the Arizona law to Moriarity by filing a Bar complaint and assert that he was representing Fox while representing Henderbulk. He'll be disbarred rather quickly.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 no, what im asserting is that he was representing Fox in presence only, and really didnt do much for him cause it would have exposed his other client henderblimp. doesnt matter the state, thats grounds for disbarment 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01

Oh yeah. Arizona law (ARS 38-502 to be exact) defines conflict of interest.

Moriarity may be disbarred for that.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01 @JoeArpaioFan

That last part about Jaffy weeping will be rather amusing to see....

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  oh hes been caught, he hasnt been convicted 

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