Joe Arpaio's Investigating Federal Judge G. Murray Snow, DOJ, Sources Say, and Using a Seattle Scammer To Do It

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio, during a 2012 press conference about his ludicrous birther investigation
The most revealing part of Phoenix filmmaker Randy Murray's recent documentary The Joe Show was a strategy meeting during Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 2012 re-election campaign that included Arpaio, his top flack, Lisa Allen, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, and campaign manager Chad Willems.

The group huddled in the back of a Fountain Hills restaurant to discuss how to spin Joe's negatives -- the misspending of more than $100 million, the deaths in the jails, the scores of millions in lawsuit payouts -- for the public.

At some point, Arpaio's "birther" investigation came up. You know, the one in which President Barack Obama's birth certificate gets investigated by both the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's Cold Case Posse, a nonprofit organization, and MCSO Deputy Brian Mackiewicz, whom Arpaio flew to Hawaii as part of this snipe hunt, at a cost of nearly $10,000 to taxpayers.

Arpaio's March 2012 press conference -- in which the sheriff and the Cold Case Posse's "lead investigator," ex-used-car salesman Mike Zullo, declared Obama's birth certificate to be a forgery -- was in the planning stage when the scene was filmed.

At the mere mention of the birther investigation and the future press event, Allen and Willems practically rolled their eyes.

Willems called the birther probe "nuts."

Allen said the sheriff might as well go the press conference "in big ol' clown shoes."
Arpaio shrugged, literally.

"There ain't gonna be no damage control," Arpaio promised Willems. "You'll get more money [in campaign contributions] than you'll know what to do with."

Wilier than the cartoon coyote, Arpaio had tapped into a nationwide right-wing anti-government, anti-Obama feeding frenzy with his birther probe and with his tirades against the U.S. Department of Justice, which was investigating him for abuse of power and other issues and is now suing him in federal court.

"The DOJ is a hot item everywhere," Joe told his flunkies.

See, whenever Arpaio's never-ending political campaign sends out an e-mail blast begging for loot from Obama-haters, it reels in contributions from retired, far-right ofays all over the country.

Willems essentially admitted as much in another scene from the film.

"Now, with Arpaio going to battle with Barack Obama," Willems said, "it's meant literally millions of dollars for his campaign."

As everybody knows, Arpaio was re-elected in 2012, but the investigation into Obama's birth certificate continues apace, according to both Arpaio and Cold Case Posse "commander" Zullo.

At the beginning of May, Arpaio mentioned the birther probe during a speech before a group of Silicon Valley conservatives.

Around the same time, he appeared on The Right Side, a conservative cable-access show in Mountain View, California. He told host Chris Pareja that the inquiry into Obama's birth certificate was going strong.

"I'm not done with that yet," Arpaio insisted. "People think I surrendered. No . . . I'm trying to find out who's behind it now. That's the key. You can always have a crime to investigate, but I think you would like to know who did it."

The sheriff said he was after whoever created this "forged, fraudulent document," meaning a computer scan of the president's long-form birth certificate, released by the White House in April 2011.

Arpaio's statements have paralleled assurances from Zullo during periodic interviews with Florida pastor/radio host Carl Gallups that new revelations concerning the Obama birth certificate are on the way.

Critics of birthers regularly mock Zullo's vague pronouncements on Gallups' show as never resulting in any "new" finds.

Why, even the information disclosed during Arpaio's two birther-themed press conferences in 2012 were a rehash of debunked conspiracy theories.

But during a February interview with Gallups, Zullo caused an Internet kerfuffle when he told Gallups' audience that there were now two investigations: the original birther one and an offshoot of the birther probe, this one a criminal investigation.

Moreover, the second investigation was using two MCSO detectives and, presumably, county money.

"I don't know how this is all going to play out," Zullo said. "I know that [in] the criminal investigation that we're working on now, Sheriff Arpaio has dedicated resources and two full-time Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives."

He added, "These are seasoned pros [who] are working this. These are the guys that go hunt down the really bad guys."

Zullo promised to release "universe-shattering" results of these investigations in March, a deadline Zullo since has extended indefinitely.

Blogger Mitch Martinson of arizonaspolitics.com was the first to query the MCSO on Zullo's claim, and the first to report that Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Jones kinda-sorta had confirmed it.

"We have two sheriff's detectives assigned to look into other issues surrounding the birth certificate," Jones told Martinson, in a blog item posted February 10. "However, they are not investigating the birth certificate issue itself."

Later, Jones walked back his comments to Martinson, sending the blogger an e-mail, which Martinson used in a screen shot to a follow-up post.

"Mitch, I was misinformed," Jones stated. "The detectives are not working on anything regarding the birth certificate. Not even surrounding. Mr. Zullo was incorrect: They are working on other serious cases not even related."

Who were these two detectives, what were they up to, and why is Zullo, a mere posse member, privy to it?

Based on information given to me by longtime sources, the two detectives mentioned are Brian Mackiewicz, the same deputy who made a taxpayer-funded run to Hawaii in May 2012, and Sergeant Travis Anglin, once a lieutenant with the notorious Maricopa Anti-Corruption Effort who was demoted after an MCSO investigation into his private security company and its use of MCSO detectives.


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mollidew
mollidew

What's funny is Obama doesn't need to be born in Hawaii anyway. There was never any question as to his Mother's citizenship and only one parent must be an American citizen regardless of where he was born for him to be a citizen of the US.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

GOP trolling for LATINOS, "Surprise ,Surprise , Surprise " - starting to feel sorry for   GOP, almost like Roscoe Arbuckle ...

realitycheck1776
realitycheck1776

I know that Mike Zullo (or is it Joe Mannix?) reads here. I hope that blogger NBC's and my work showing that you clowns at the CCP had identified a Xerox WorkCentre as a forger led you to get hoodwinked by a con man like Montgomery. That would be such sweet irony.

Leilah Publications
Leilah Publications

Jeff Guymon - don't wish him dead - just out of office. I'm a small business owner who travels frequently and he brings negative image to AZ and Phoenix.

Sladjan Kovacevic
Sladjan Kovacevic

Joe love you your Herzegovians...give us 100 semis more of cocaine per week in Arizona...we appreciate it sir.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Now that the US Attorney is involved in the racial profiling rulings, maybe, just maybe, he can reopen the federal grand jury looking at the old man for criminal abuse of power.

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

Yeah you're So fucking brilliant and mature! Go back to your hole!

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

Sane minded voters like us our outnumbered by old racist snowbirds.

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

Man all you people are so twisted it's not even funny! Wishing an old man dead? Really? One day you too will be old and it won't be so funny for you then. The man is just doing the job with what little freedoms he has. Nowadays it's so unpopular to be a respectful, law abiding, citizen that he gets the hammer thrown at him by the likes of people like you (for self pride and glory), all the illegal immigrants (for a free ride), the organized crime families (for ease of crime), the media (for stories), all the street gangs (for status and notoriety), and the list goes on! We live in dire times in this country because of liberals and others who think and act like you and the above mentioned anti-Joe types! This country's days are numbered! The mass mentality of a country is the glue that keeps it's fundamentals together. The same thing that solidifies it's values and culture, and we have none of those left because of people like you! Mark my words "very soon the divides will soon get to a climactic threshold where no one can tolerate their neighbors any longer, and their will be another civil war! I guarantee it! I served 16 years in the military and have seen the way certain ethnicities, countries, and cultures just before they exploded into chaos, and we are at that same threshold!"

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

why isn't he trying to get publicity about doing something with the illegals being dumped off at bus stops here?

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

Does Phoenix New Times know they are being investigated?

Jim Naumann
Jim Naumann

A Really "MUST READ" article....WOW !!

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

Jeff - we already are. There's a reason why people outside of Arizona look at us and laugh.

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

Never ... I've come to the realization that he will be in office for the rest of his life and there's nothing you or I can do about it unless one of us has big fat bank account and can bankroll a viable candidate to replace him. It will take tens of millions of dollars and an aggressive nasty TV campaign to unseat him. That's the only way to beat him in the next election.

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

Arpaio will never go after the real criminals because there is no money and media attention there. As a businessman, I respect his savvy business skills.

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

I don't think the karma police will ever get to him. The man will die in office. As much as I despise him for not doing his job, he's very smart and he has developed a very strong and loyal base of blind followers.

Christina Williams
Christina Williams

New times..... Please stop giving this piece of crap a spot lite! Do you luv him or hate him?

Chuck Graf
Chuck Graf

Can't wait for folks to wake up and stop voting for this clown. Time to go, Joe.

Kari Brooks
Kari Brooks

Oh....so this is where all of Arizonas money is going. We can't pay our teachers, have grossly cut education funding, our wages are one of the lowest in the country, yet there always seems to be enuf cash to fund Joes retarded, paranoid, idiotic "investigations" The man is old, suffering from dementia. I predict his days are numbered. Watch out Joe, people are waking up... There will be a reckoning!

La Messa Qvo
La Messa Qvo

Its much better than investigating his crooked force. "LoneWolf" that no one noticed for years ..

Kenn Kanniff
Kenn Kanniff

Remember to thank the most stupid gullible naive generation of imbeciles who have ever inhabited this country for Arpaio; The Silent Generation and Baby Boomers.

Jim Grant
Jim Grant

People who are fooled by this old bigots swagger and lies are fools and probably racist as he is.

Jim Grant
Jim Grant

When is Phoenix and Maricopa County gonna WTFU and get rid of this PIG?

Jonathan Gionson
Jonathan Gionson

Um Arpaio is the face of corruption in AZ, jeff. Tries to" investigate" anyone who opposes him? Tell him to stop calling camera crews everytime he busts 70 year old women working at a factory. Let us know when he goes after all the gang bangers and people actually dangerous to society...

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ 

The first thing that needs to change is allowing prosecutors to become judges. That in itself is a conflict for real justice to take place. To much bias.

Point3r
Point3r

You know, Jeff, if you want people to know who the hell you're talking to there's that little blue word "reply" you can click on so that your comment actually is a reply to them. Otherwise, you're just an old man talking out loud to himself in the mall, scaring the little children.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hey Jeff, liberals have been the ones thwarting terrorists.

Woodrow Wilson helped crush Germany once.

FDR helped defeat Adolf and Nazism.

JFK helped prevent nuclear war in 1961.

Obama helped crush Osama bin Laden and the Taliban (though he's an idiot for releasing 5 terrorists)

Gee, where's a Republican when you need one?

It should be noted that there have been more Republican presidents than Democratic Presidents.

arizonafavorite
arizonafavorite

Look jeff, he is so old he no longer drives the mighty sheriffs car, he prob too weak to even think about holding a steady pistol, and he is a corrupt thief, a violator a many many civil rights, and he makes huey long look like jesus....and besides all that the poor old fuck IS  too old. gimme a break what are you jaffy's afterbirth? dry up and blow away already.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Jeff - Joe is not targeted because he is old. Try doing a little research. 

Point3r
Point3r

Jeff.

Take a breath. Have a beer. Go watch a sunset. The sky is not falling.


The times we live in are no more dire than a dozen others I can point to across our history. We did okay then, too.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Because there's nothing he can do about it...?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hey Robert, I heard the postal inspection service is investigating you. For sending the pipe bomb and the powder to your hero.

Yes Robert, the post office can arrest your sorry ass. Sending bombs and toxic powder through the mail are federal crimes.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com ROTFLMFAO!  Oh, yeah. And I'm sure all of the PNT staff and everyone who reads/posts here are running scared!  Have you got Wilencheck and his phoney grand jury bullshit in hand, or is Tom Horne running another diversion? You're funny. Keep laying it out here. We all enjoy laughing at your stupidity.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I pray every night that he does not die - just has a massive stroke that leaves him in more of a vegetative state than he is already in...

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

More people and agencies than he is willing to admit!

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I personally appreciate knowing what kind of bullshit the old codger is up to so that when I encounter a Joe-fan, I have the ammo to set them straight.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I am a "Boomer" as are most of my friends. We are not fans of this decrepit old fool!!

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Not going to happen. Joe is scared of real criminals. And sidewalks. And stupid kids in Canada...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Arizona, the only state containing the word Nazi Cozz.

Adolf and Nazism weren't crushed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin in 1945. It's alive and well, living in Maricopa County, Arizona.

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