GOP Lawmakers Taking Sides in Feud Between Cochise County and Pesky Publisher

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One of several police pictures taken from the Larry Dever crash site in 2012.
The Cochise County Record website and its crotchety publisher have been buzzing around southern Arizona officials for a couple of years now like flies on an old burro.

One of those ticked-off officials, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, has managed to convince several Republican state lawmakers to take sides in the feud by making it more difficult for everyone in the state to obtain certain public records.

See also:
- Sheriff Larry Dever's Lifeless Body in Pictures Published by Web Site

Publisher David Morgan, who just may enjoy public records even more than we do, launched his website in 2011 and promptly engaged in a pissing match with Cochise County officials over all sorts of government information he wants to see and/or publish.

But the officials, including the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, often don't want to turn over the goods.

As a way of retaliating against the information blockade and making waves in general, Morgan published photos of the dead body of former Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, who died in a one-car crash on September 18 near Ash Fork.

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Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels
The sheriff who replaced Dever, Mark Dannels, took the time to bend the ears of lawmakers about Arizona's shockingly permissive public records law while the legislators were on a tour to get information about problems at the international border. That's right -- the long list of border issues was put on hold for at least a little while as Dannels pushed his records-hiding agenda.

Most unfortunately, as far as we're concerned, Dannels seems to have found some willing proxies in the form of GOP lawmakers Carl Seel, Gail Griffin and Bob Thorpe, according to pay-walled November article in the Arizona Capitol Times. We left messages for Griffin, whose from Sierra Vista, and Bob Thorpe, and we'll let you know if they call back.


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marcy
marcy

Asking Carl "Potato Head" Seel to consider something other than the best way to stiff his lenders is asking too much.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Cochise County, outside Bisbee and Douglas, is neanderthal reactionary.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Dannels as sheriff is the unfortunate creature of real estate ogre and tea-bagger commissar Gail Griffith, who rigged the voting when the Republicans met to select a candidate after Deaver''s inadvertent alcoholic suicide. Dannels is as much of a right-wing nut job as Deaver. Onne of his first acts was to announce publicly that he wouldn't enforce any "Unconstitutional" federal gun control regulations. I called his media flack for an answer and she never got back to me. New Times, to it's ever-lasting shame, bought Deaver's bullshit hook line and sinker. I trust you won't make the same mistake twice.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Dannels as sheriff is the unfortunate creature of real estate ogre and tea-bagger commissar Gail Griffith, who rigged the voting when the Republicans met to select a candidate after Deaver''s inadvertent alcoholic suicide. Dannels is as much of a right-wing nut job as Deaver. Onne of his first acts was to announce publicly that he wouldn't enforce any "Unconstitutional" federal gun control regulations. I called his media flack for an answer and she never got back to me. New Times, to it's ever-lasting shame, bought Deaver's bullshit hook line and sinker. I turst you w

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

The accident was near Williams, not Ash Fork. They just could not believe that the honorable sheriff would drink like considering his belief system. I was in Sierra Vista among county officials that day. People asked me many questions about the gravel road where the crash occurred like they were angling toward blaming the dangerous road. I said the road was fine if you drink 35 or less on it, unimpaired. Of course when you mention Seel, Griffin and Thorpe, those are among the worst of the worst of the legislature. You should always use the "shoe on the other foot" analysis. If the dead man was drunken Democratic official and their fellow Democrats were trying to hush it up, Seel and Griffin would scream bloody murder about a coverup.

djorkasnatch
djorkasnatch

Polititians like these guys literally make me sick to my stomach.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

"that picture told the awful truth about what happened in the fatal wreck long before police officials did."

That's what this is about, they are pissed that after that photo was published they could not cover up and whitewash what happened. If not for that photo I am sure this would have been ruled an accident with no mention of the alcohol and BAC

Arizona, where corruption and the 'good 'ol boy' network reign over the rights of the citizenry.

Thanks Republitards.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

True. Griffin was a disastrous shill for the real estate industry in her first stunt In the legislature. Then she came back again, like Dracula, leading the lies for protecting, "property rights", meaning the speculator guarantee acts, ifs its value declined it must the governments fault. Although there would be little in Sierra Vista without the base, meaning guvment spending. How a good " Utah oriented" sheriff could die drinking was a blow to their mentality.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753  is this the same public records that allows for booking photos to be put up for public consumption? if so................whats good  for the goose is good for the gander

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