Supervisors Spend $375,442 and Counting to Stop Mary Rose Wilcox From Getting $975,000

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Earl and Mary Rose Wilcox, with their lawyer, Colin Campbell.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has spent $375,442 to stop Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox from receiving a $975,000 settlement and is preparing to spend more.

A lawyer hired by Maricopa County will fly to and stay in San Francisco at county expense for a March 11 hearing on the settlement matter before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The lawyer, Jeffrey Leonard, also will bill the county for his continued work on the case -- even though it's no longer in doubt that Wilcox deserves the settlement money because of the reckless and improper actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The biggest joke of this case, though, is that the county almost certainly would have to pay more than $975,000 (plus legal fees) to Wilcox should it prevail in this appeal. Maybe a lot more.

See also:
-Don Stapley Payout for Sheriff Arpaio's Antics: $3.5 Million
-Andy Kunasek to be Paid $123,000 by County Because of Arpaio and Thomas

Following last month's payouts of $3.75 million to New Times' co-founders and $3.5 million to former Supervisor Don Stapley because of Arpaio and Thomas nastiness, Wilcox's settlement appears to be relatively cheap.

Her settlement was authorized by retired County Manager David Smith, but the county withheld it on a technicality based on advice from current County Attorney Bill Montgomery. U.S. District Judge Neil Wake later ruled that the county has no legal standing to withhold the agreed-upon settlement and that Wilcox can have her money.

But Supervisors Max Wilson, Andy Kunasek, and Fulton Brock voted in June 2012 to appeal Wake's ruling. Wake allowed the county to wait on cutting a check to Wilcox until the county's appeal process had been exhausted, but he added $28,000 in legal fees to the total.

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Supervisor Andy Kunasek received a $123,000 settlement because of the bad ethics of Joe Arpaio and Andy Thomas.
Because the Supervisors authorized the appeal, only the supervisors can stop it. The board's makeup is different now: Brock, following the scandal of his child-molesting ex-wife, decided not to run for re-election in 2012 and was replaced by Denny Barney. Stapley didn't run in 2012 and was replaced by Steve Chucri. Wilson, after being re-elected to another full term, stepped down from his post in March, citing health concerns, and was replaced by Clint Hickman. Kunasek and Wilcox are the remaining board veterans.

The precedent to pay for the antics of Arpaio and Thomas is well-established. Kunasek knows this better than any of the five board members -- he's already taken $123,000 from the county because of what the sheriff and ex-prosecutor did to him.

Kunasek fought trumped-up allegations by Arpaio's office alleging he misspent county money by looking for listening devices in county offices. Kunasek's later testimony suggested that at one point in the feud, Arpaio may have tried to change the balance of power with the indictment of a third Supervisor, leaving the board without enough members to vote on anything.

The county agreed last January to pay Kunasek the six-figure settlement, which he and his lawyer said covered only the money Kunasek had paid for legal fees and investigative costs. He's to be commended for that, because he could have received something more for what his attorney, David Derickson, called the physical and financial pain inflicted on Kunasek and his family "because Arpaio, Thomas, and their agents believed they could 'decapitate' county government . . ."

Yet it's clear that Wilcox suffered more than Kunasek at the hands of Arpaio and Thomas.

Wilcox was charged with dozens of bogus criminal counts based on her failure to disclose loans from the lending division of Chicanos por la Causa on financial-disclosure forms. Former Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores, who received the Wilcox case after Thomas conceded he no longer could pursue it because of a conflict of interest, later would state that a detailed examination of the case revealed an "utter lack of motive or evidence" of crimes.

"The undertone [of the counts] is that Wilcox obtained the loans as a quid pro quo for voting funds to CPLC. There is no evidence to even suggest such a thing occurred," Flores wrote. The sheriff's and county attorney's offices also made a serious error when presenting the case to the grand jury: They claimed falsely that the loans were personal and not business ones. Since business loans don't need to be disclosed, the idea that Wilcox should have disclosed them was invalid.

A few months after Flores' January 2011 announcement about Wilcox, Flores dropped Thomas and Arpaio's case against Stapley, too.


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52 comments
MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

This is the Arizona Republican way. Spend more money than what it'll cost to settle a case.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

The Republican party once again costing the tax payers dearly. When will AZ voters wake the "F" up?

Jerry Barr
Jerry Barr

Mary Rose, and her husband, are known lawbreakers, themselves.

Don Blank
Don Blank

triple the taxes in Sun City

Edwin Coronel
Edwin Coronel

Who are the idiots that keep voting arpaio back into office!?

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

wilcox is just as crooked as joe, shes just getting away with it.

Alan M. Kafton
Alan M. Kafton

And let us not forget all the tax dollars paying for Sheriff Joe's hefty legal fees....

Tony Sclafani
Tony Sclafani

People gotta learn keep giving government more of your tax dollars and they will find ways to spend it. The most efficient thing about government is it's inefficiency. Who else would spend dollar to save a nickel?

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Supervisors playing politics at the expense of us taxpayers.

Isa Canepa
Isa Canepa

Such a waste of money! It`s a shame!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

By the time it's done,  they will have spent 1.5 million and then tell us they saved us 975,000.00.


Arizona's way of political thinking.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Voters of Maricopa county DESERVE this financial ass-fucking and the associated public obloquy from civilized society for continually re-electing that lowlife scumbag racist piece of shit Joe Arpaio to public office.


Reap what ye sow, you Desert Racist Wasteland fucktards.



Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

The Sleazy politicians of Arizona should be a soap opera, wait, it already is.

abuseofpower
abuseofpower

I hope she gets it all and then some. She deserves it.

A woman is Arizona is discriminated against just being female.

Mary Lou has put up with alot.

I applaud her for standing up for herself, and going against these bullies.

She should get ten tiems this amount, Who authoriazed these thugs to use our taxpayer money to fight this , justice? It should be ordered that they pay their own legal fees, and that would stop the BS!!!

SHUTUP
SHUTUP

Republicans costing us 375k, a democrat costing us 1million, both are guilty of raping the taxpayer.  Fuq reps and dems, really, when will voters wake the F up and say HELL NO to both slave master parties.....

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Do you have any evidence that Wilcox is corupt? Bring it or shuit the fuck up Marco. Talk is cheap. She went through hell as a result of a crooked republican sheriff and republican county attorney. You can hate her all you want but you should at least supply some info as to her wrong doing. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

And the Joker of the County ISN'T getting away with it?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Agree! This is adding insult to injury!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham Seems the Snoring Alliance is now almost as dead as a rabbit that tried to cross the freeway at rush hour.  They get, what, maybe two comments posted a week?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham ps you wanted joe, you got him..now face the consequences of his actions. He and Thomas clearly violated her civil rights..so bobbi, its time to put meaning to your words and support Mary on this, or finally admit the Constitution and the law are NOT the real reasons you support arpaio. 

ray.stern
ray.stern moderator

@robert_graham  You're being silly, Robert. This wretch of a story you linked to by an anonymous, ball-less coward is the worst kind of hatchet job. Here's what the "author" had to say about Flores' participation:


"Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores thought Thomas’s prosecution of Wilcox had enough merit to initiate a review. Although she eventually dismissed the charges, no doubt due to political pressure, she did not initially express any problem taking over the prosecutions from Thomas, and spent 10 months going over 10,000 documents in the case. Flores concluded that Wilcox had indeed failed to properly report financial information." 

(Emphasis in bold from original.)


Notice that the author doesn't mention that Flores said there was no evidence of a crime on the part of Wilcox.


The first sentence quoted here is ca-ca. Flores agreed to take the case from Thomas only after he was ordered by a judge to give it to an outside county attorney. That was after Thomas tried to give the case to extremely expensive lawyers from Washington D.C. The corruption was all Thomas'.


http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2009-12-03/news/andrew-thomas-battle-against-spanish-language-dui-probation-has-cost-us-a-half-million-dollars-and-counting/


http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2010/01/joe_arpaios_lawyer_on_records.php


http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2009/10/stapley_case_to_be_handled_by.php


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz and most of the time the story line is just as unbelievable as in a soap opera too

robert_graham
robert_graham

@abuseofpowerMary Rose Wilcox doesn't deserve even one penny. She's a buffoon and she should have been booted from office a long time ago. She is the abuse of power.  The feds are watching her. Mark my words!

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 You claim to be a cop with MCSO so why don't you arrest her? You wont because she isn't a criminal. It's MCSO that broke the law-not her.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 not disagreeing, but isnt this just throwing away more money? odds are she will get her money (whether we agree with that decision to pay or not), but how much more are we going to burn through before they do hand her a check? this is a serious question, not trying to pose a debate

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@SHUTUPActually the Democrat you're referring to isn't costing us a cent. You may recall the payment is a result of the actions of the Republican shurf and the Republican county attorney.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker 

Good one :-)

That could easily be Bozo Joe Arpaio's as well.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ray.stern

Jaffy never lets the truth or facts get in the way of spouting his bullshit Ray, you should know that now.

logicman
logicman

@danzigsdaddy in the private sector the decision to spend this kind of cash to defend a lawsuit is taken very seriously.  Is it worth x to not pay xx?  When its not your "x" to begin with its much easier to spend the money.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddyMary Rose Wilcox thinks she is above the law and that she deserves special treatment because she is Hispanic. She's a buffon that has no place in politics here or anywhere.

SHUTUP
SHUTUP

@TommyCollins Actually she is costing us $975,000.  The bitch has enough money, she is sticking it to the taxpayers, not Arpaio.  Her actions are no better than theirs.  Shame on them all.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@logicman @david_saint01 @robert_graham Facts are facts dumb-ass. Sonoran Alliance got theirs wrong. 


You can skip the New Times and read the court documents for yourself or believe a ratty tea-bagger blog who clearly got the facts wrong. My guess is you will choice to stay a fool.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@logicman @david_saint01 @robert_graham her rights were violated, period THE END..but thanks to you and the rest of the arpaio apologists for proving that you dont support the Constitution, while claiming you do. Otherwise, this, the Stapley case, and the faux RICO case against the judges would have drawn the same ire. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@logicman @david_saint01 @robert_graham lol first, i never did. Second, at least NT provides those things called "Facts", which snorin alliance never has. Its just the OPINIONS of biased zealots, making stuff up as they go just like Russell Pearce does. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@logicman thank you for the input. like i said, not trying to argue or assign blame, just tired of money on top of money being thrown out, while its coming out of our pockets


TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Mary Rose is Irish. Her parents immigrated from Ireland. She learned Spanish while attending school in New York as her parents received their papers before moving west.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter


@robert_graham it has nothing to do with her being hispanic. everybody in any form of government  (your hero's included) seem to feel they are above the law. and this case isnt about her feeling she is above the law twit, thats what started this, someone saying she broke the law when she wasnt. think about it, every single person caught up in that and every other little Arpaio deal was accused of breaking the law but was never proven to be doing so. they all got settlements, that would mean someone (your hero) doesnt fully comprehend the laws they are claiming to enforce

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