Joe Arpaio Costs Us Another $7.3 Million and Counting in Melendres (Update: Losing Lawyer Tim Casey Responds)

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Please see update below with Tim Casey's whiny objection to the legal fees caused by the bad behavior of his client.

Who better to help me inaugurate a new category in this blog, entitled "Bigotry Is Expensive," than the man known for sucking all of the air out of the room and mammoth amounts of cash out of taxpayers' wallets, Sheriff Joe Arpaio?

In case you missed it, Arpaio just cost us another $7.3 million-plus in lawyer fees and legal expenses in the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio.

See, according to federal law, the prevailing party in a federal civil rights lawsuit can ask for reasonable reimbursements for the necessary lawyers, experts and so on. And the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in Melendres recently did just that.

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In an October 16 court filing, the plaintiffs' lead attorney Stanley Young of the firm Covington & Burling writes that:

Plaintiffs' initial fair estimate of the amount of attorneys' fees and related nontaxable expenses is $7,324,424.20. These fees and non-taxable expenses reflect nearly six years of litigation, which included two years of discovery, motions to dismiss and for judgment on the pleadings, class certification, cross-motions for summary judgment, an interlocutory appeal, a seven-day trial with numerous witnesses (lay, party and expert), post-trial briefing, and, after a favorable result for Plaintiffs on liability, the development of proposed remedies. In arriving at this estimate, Plaintiffs have deducted fees and nontaxable costs previously awarded.

Of course, if the MCSO had prevailed, the ACLU and the other attorneys involved would have had to eat the costs of six years of litigation, including the cost of their time, the experts involved, court fees, and other expenses.

This notice to the court is only an estimate and had to be filed within 14 days of federal Judge G. Murray Snow's final order. A more detailed itemization of costs will come later. The MCSO can challenge the fees or agree to pay and enter into negotiations on the final sum.

This is hardly the only legal bill associated with Melendres. Nor will it be the last.

For instance, the above figure does not include fees and expenses already awarded by the court.

In 2009 it was revealed that the MCSO had shredded mounds of documents repeatedly sought by the plaintiffs, had failed to retain certain records, and had not revealed the existence of others.

As a result, the plaintiffs were forced to redo many of the depositions of key players.

So Snow awarded the plaintiffs the cost of the do-overs, which totaled $94,707.

The plaintiffs can, and likely will, submit future compensation requests during the life of Snow's order, which will last at least three years, but in reality, probably closer to five.

Moreover, if Maricopa County decides to back an appeal of Snow's ruling, despite long ago being severed from the case, the county will be on the hook for its own attorney's fees. Should the plaintiffs win, the county will pick up that tab as well.

Back in June when I checked on billings by the MCSO's lawyer Tim Casey, they were close to $1 million. Added to the previous billings in the case by the firm Ogletree Deakins, the total billings by defense lawyers was well over one million.

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WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Let's not forget this case went on for YEARS, and had delays CAUSED by Arpaio and his team of Clown Lawyers!  For example, the THE DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE by MCSO!


Also, As Casey is a PRIVATE atty, and not part of MCAO, I hope he is willing to go WITHOUT PAY himself, as there is no reason that MCSO had to hire this clown!

Lori Mailler Smith
Lori Mailler Smith

Oh give me a break...he's a bigot , a crook and he's too old to be in office! Since when did only Mexicans deal drugs? That's laughable!

Justin Kuffel
Justin Kuffel

mexican drug gang-land? OMG what a hillbilly idiot! hahahah

johnnygoldwater
johnnygoldwater

Stephen why don't you grow up and admit this guy is just a crook like most other politicians and he needs to be relieved of his duties for that reason and that reason alone.

Worrying about what's in a man's heart is idiotic because you can't change that, nor can you prove it.

You can easily prove he's a crook however.

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

The people after Arpaio.... only want him out because he gets the Criminals...He is trying the best he can to lower crime & illegal activities.....Every state should have a Sheriff like him..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

just an observation, but.............if Casey has racked up over a miilion dollars in Joe's defense costs, and the opposition had more attorneys and had to do twice the work (you know......destroyed records and such by MCSO) wouldnt that also make Casey's bill of over a million bucks be bullshit too???? and when you factor in court costs and the fact that that money is going to pay for a winning legal team instead of a losing one, wouldnt you expect a higher bill anyhow? granted, i think they shouldnt be asking for money, but legally, they are entitled to it

Brenda German
Brenda German

Liveable unless you are a victim of a sex crime....

tomsimpson790
tomsimpson790

Arpaio has got to feed a lot of green bologna to his inmates to make up for this latest fiasco!

Luis Antonio Salazar
Luis Antonio Salazar

Drug Cartels: keep the U.S side safe and normal to keep crossing people and drugs. In essence the Cartels make sure Phoenix is livable so they can operate. In Mexico, well Mexico is only the supplier not the customer, so in essence they don't give a sh!t what happens in Mexico. Since the Mexican government is against them well they kill like crazy. But the U.S is the customer my friend and they must provide good customer service to America by keeping Phoenix like La La land. AND Arpaio is sh!t, if the cartels wanted they have the power to kill every single mother f**** in the Maricopa Sheriffs department. but now that would not be good customer service now would it

robert_graham
robert_graham

Just because they want it doesn't mean they will get it.

Don Collins
Don Collins

This so-called guy is the best thing that ever happened to Maricopa County and that's a damn fact, I don't care what you cum-sucken Liberals think !!!!!

DNichols
DNichols

7.3 Million is nothing for the "King of Arizona", he probably embezzles more than that each year from RICOH funds?

I hope someday the M.C.S.O. Real Records are exposed, not the books the King cooked for six months prior to turning them over to the Federal Supeona?!!

To: Corruption in Arizona.

robert_graham
robert_graham

How about putting the blame where it belongs!  It was the stupid libtard lawyers who cost the taxpayers money, not Arpaio.  How about getting your facts correct you idiot! 

Patrick N. Smith
Patrick N. Smith

Regardless anything else I think we can agree that his agency has a record of cases adjudicated sufficiently unprofessional to have cost Maricopa County millions of dollars.

A.J. Flick
A.J. Flick

He probably doesn't understand why people keep saying he's worthless, like it's a bad thing ... :-/

Robin Scott Andress
Robin Scott Andress

Joe is feared by maids, gardeners, restaurant workers and construction workers. The drug lord's think he is a joke.

billgreen85042
billgreen85042

@johnnygoldwater Stephen is a child, not a serious journalist. He resorts to namecalling and shading the stories by using labels like "whiny".
 If his story has credence he wouldn't have to color it to attempt to make his point seem stronger. Doing so only serves to show that he needs these crutches to prop up a weak point.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham 

hey Robert, why are you avoiding me man?? You no longer write to me.. I'm sad...

We had such a good thing going.... I mean you met my MOM man and now you never type to me anymore... I'm just wanting to find out when to be home so I can receive the notice of you suing me. 

I'm sorry you are ticked about the whole pedophile web sites thing, that you own, but you do own them and in my opinion that makes you a pedophile so... where is my subpoena??? You said you would have one for me, along with a bat, or tire iron or whatever to 'FUCK ME UP" so... Just waiting Jaffy

I can't wait to see you serve me a subpoena written out in crayon

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, by FEDERAL LAW the lawyers must be paid because your hero once again wiped his ass with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

I'm not happy about that narcissistic douchebag Arpaio costing me yet ANOTHER $7.5M in wasted taxpayer money. But that's what we get for electing the ringleader of a three ring circus to head a law-enforcement agency.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@DNichols How about rewording your comment and replace Arpaio with Obama and there is your answer.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham 

Oh yeah, the stupid libtard lawyers MADE Joe break the law just so they could then sue him and get this money....

Not even you are that stupid.... well, maybe...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, Arpaio lost.

That means that the winning side is LEGALLY entitled to legal fees and other expenses related to yet another Arpaio fuck-up.

NWEng
NWEng

@robert_graham  

"How about putting the blame where it belongs!"

We do, and it's all on the asshole named in the suit: ARPAIO. Let's all remind ourselves the Melendres was a LEGAL visitor to the U.S. when MCSO decided, YET AGAIN, to violate a person's constitutional rights and now they're whining about the cost as if they've done nothing wrong.  MCSO has a well documented history of not only violating the rights of those in Maricopa county; but, having the county (any by proxy all county taxpayers,) pay out the ass for yet another one of their fuck-ups.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham if you want to look at it as the lawyers fault, then it would still be on Arpaio's team that we have to pay..................they are the ones that lost. and if they do an appeal, they will lose again and the cost will be much higher. thats just throwing more money away

johnnygoldwater
johnnygoldwater

@billgreen85042 This article makes me imagine going back in time to warn a young Stephen of his path towards partisanship and relegating himself to the doldrums of being access-based and controlled opposition. Unfortunately, you're right - he never grew up and now I find myself making the mistake of reading another piece by him that amounts to "I know you are but what am I?" 

This is why we can't have nice things.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Flyer, little Robert has no subpoena power. Don't expect a subpoena.

Robert owns pedophile websites? Perhaps that explains his fascination with Arpaio.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham @DNichols 

wah wah wah... the big 'ol black man took my life... wah wah wah... the big 'ol black man is so mean... wah wah wah... it rained today, it's the big 'ol black mans fault... wah wah wah... I peed my diaper, it's the big 'ol black mans fault... wah wah wah .. my party can't win an election on their own, it's the mean 'ol black mans fault... wah wah wah..

I'm Robert Graham and I have no life because of the big 'ol mean black man

WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, Obama is as big a douchebag as Arpaio.

So, how about INCLUDING Obama in that comment?

DNichols
DNichols

@robert-graham;

Where in my comment did I place the word Arpaio?

You simply assume Arpaio is "King"

Uncover your eyes, and wake up your veiw is distorted?!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@NWEng @robert_graham No, Arpaio enforces the law just like other police police departments do. Take the recent sweep for example.  Are you trying to say that other departments do not do them? They do and for your info their sweeps are more intense.  Be happy your homies do not live in Los Angeles, Chicago or New York.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy @robert_graham Seems to me the suit was announced at first as not being about money.  What a big lie but it's not surprising.  Was money discussed all along or suddenly brought up?  7.3 million is excessive. I'd give them no more than about $100 for their work.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO you may still have a chance Flyer....

Maybe once I'm done suing little Robert for referring to me as an illegal alien you can have your fun bitch-slapping the fool.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

aww... but I was so looking forward to answering his subpoena myself, up close and personal...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, once Judge Snow reads what the insidious old man did (I know the judge watches the news and reads the paper. Plus he still has to read what Tim Casey filed under seal on Thursday) I bet that the judge will order Arpaio into his court for what will be one of the biggest bitch-slappings in American history.

Plus, it should be noted that Judge Snow put an end to the delusional RICO lawsuit (the one Arpaio was a plaintiff on and he signed off on) and as a result helped disbar Candy Andy and Aubuchon and suspend Rachel Alexander.

NWEng
NWEng

@robert_graham @NWEng  

Nice try; but, I wasn't educated here and see your bullshit deflection for what it is.  No, Arpaio DOES NOT enforce the law like other LEOs.  Here's a new concept for you: many law enforcement organizations do their job without violating the constitutional rights of their citizens.  Arpaio has repeatedly shown that these rights guaranteed by the Constitution mean nothing to him, from James Saville and up through and even continuing on since Melendres.  And, by your response you don't appear to give a shit either.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham do you know how they caught up to Osama Bin Laden?  by not announcing their plans. try to apply that logic to criminals, how do you catch them when you just held a press conference telling them where and when you will be looking for them? just exactly how does that make sense to you? how do you figure that to be effective law enforcement? forewarned is forearmed

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  yes they do do them, they just dont tell everyone when and where beforehand. only an idiot tells criminals where they will be trying to apprehend them at and when

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham @danzigsdaddy lol sadly for you bobbi, Federal law doesnt favor MCSO with this lawsuit. The money WILL be paid, and its because of negligent deputies who were told to do a job they werent trained for. You arpaio apologists are always ranting about how he "upholds the law", but time and time again the courts rule he himself violates civil rights laws and you dolts make excuses for him! So obviously you dont support him because he upholds the law, because he doesnt. You support him because youre a pea brained racist who hates illegals, and lives an otherwise pathetic, sad, and angry life. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, the lawyers get paid NO MATTER WHAT (unless it's a personal injury claim. Then the lawyer gets paid only if you win.)

The lawyers spent 6 years of their lives dealing with that corrupt asshole Arpaio and all his bullshit and they still came out on top. They have earned the money Judge Snow will very likely award them.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Jaffy,

Apparently, comprehension of what you read, or probably have read to you, is not your strong suit.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham if we paid for results............Casey would have recieved less than that (or he would have had to pay more than that.............after all he did lose)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham where i dont think it should be about money either, Joe lost and since he did, he is on the hook for legal fees just as the winning team in this case would have been on the hook if they lost

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