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

"No, Dennis Montgomery," I replied. "The computer guy in Seattle who is helping you investigate Judge Snow and the DOJ. You are investigating Snow and the DOJ, aren't you?"

As he hit the cheese platter again, Arpaio looked over his shoulder at me with a grin. But he said nothing.

I kept after him, asking why deputies Mackiewicz and Anglin had spent so much time in Seattle.

"I dunno, maybe they like the weather up there," he said over his shoulder, "or the snow crab."

True to form, the sheriff was cagey, but there was no denial.

The ex-Special Investigations source I know tells me that the joke around Arpaio's office is that Montgomery's referred to as "Snowden," after Edward Snowden, the American computer geek responsible for a massive 2013 leak of classified documents from the National Security Agency that exposed Orwellian surveillance programs run by the U.S. government.

"[Montgomery] says he worked for the CIA on a project called Hammer [and] collected data similar to Snowden's," the source says. "[Montgomery] claims he can prove there was a conspiracy between [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder and Judge Snow . . .  a conspiracy against Arpaio."

Montgomery, who is middle-aged and stocky with a shock of white hair, is no Snowden. Whatever you think of Snowden, at least the information he released generally has been confirmed as legitimate.

As with the gibberish Montgomery reportedly gave the CIA in the early 2000s, he has, according to my sources, produced many printouts for the MCSO that seem off point, with dates going back to 1999 and earlier.

Obviously, that's long before Arpaio took up the cause of illegal immigration, long before he was investigated or sued by the DOJ, and long before he became the subject of the ACLU's big racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio.

One source informs me that at least one underling told Arpaio recently that what Montgomery provided the MCSO is worthless, that Joe is getting played -- which caused the sheriff to erupt into a fit of anger.

When Montgomery was approached by a freelance reporter on behalf of New Times in April, he was nonplussed.

Montgomery came to the door of his Yarrow Point home, a cell phone at his ear, talking to someone about computer equipment.

The reporter identified himself, and Montgomery asked for a card, which the reporter presented.

"I really don't wanna talk to you," Montgomery said, ending his call.

"Okay, about Phoenix . . .," the reporter began.

"No comment," Montgomery shot back.

"Arizona . . .," the reporter started again.

"No comment," Montgomery repeated. "Who sent you up here?"

"Phoenix New Times," the reporter explained.

"Yeah," growled Montgomery.

"Have you done any work for Joe Arpaio?" the reporter asked.

"I, I, I have no comment," Montgomery said, moving away. "I'll call you later. I'll think about it."

Montgomery went back into his house and shut the door, ending the conversation on a mysterious note.
As with Arpaio, there was no denial.

Is Dennis Montgomery Joe Arpaio's Snowden? I cannot say absolutely.

But it's not far-fetched to think that Arpaio would investigate any powerful public official. He continues to investigate the president. He and now-disbarred former County Attorney Andrew Thomas investigated Superior Court judges perceived to be thwarting their anti-undocumented-immigrant policies.

That is, it fits a pattern cultivated over his reign of more than 20 years.

Among Arpaio's bogus investigations have been:

• One targeting former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard for alleged bribery. The probe began in 2007 and didn't seem to end until Goddard left office.

• One that brought the 2008 indictment of then-county Supervisor Don Stapley on 118 criminal counts related to his allegedly not properly disclosing sources of income. All counts were dismissed ultimately.

An infamous December 2009 RICO suit brought by Arpaio and Thomas against the entire Board of Supervisors, various county employees and certain Superior Court judges. Supposedly, they all were part of a conspiracy involving the county's new court tower. The suit was a disaster that finally got dismissed by Thomas himself.

• A probe resulting in the filing of false bribery charges in 2009 against former Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe. Arpaio and Thomas ginned up these charges as retaliation against Donahoe for adverse rulings and to make Donahoe vacate a hearing that Arpaio and Thomas didn't want to take place.

And now Judge Snow, who in 2013 found the MCSO guilty of racial profiling and assigned a monitor to make certain that Arpaio was obeying court orders on reforming and re-educating deputies so that the agency does not profile Latinos or any other minority again?

As for Holder, the DOJ remains engaged in a lawsuit accusing Arpaio of abuse of power and prejudiced policing.

At age 82, the sheriff faces the ignominy of ending his law enforcement career as a disgraced political colossus.

All -- in his mind -- because of Snow and the DOJ.

Why not attempt an investigation aimed at discrediting his perceived nemeses?

Though there never will be any pink handcuffs in Snow's or Holder's future, Arpaio's racist, wing-nut supporters would consider it an act of bravery that their hero is investigating federal officials getting in the way of keeping despised Latinos in their place.

Meaning more money in the sheriff's perpetual re-election kitty and proving that bogus investigations continue to pay off.

My dream, of course, is that Snow blows a gasket and perp-walks the aged autocrat. We'll see.

Rick Anderson in Seattle 
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FRONTERA
FRONTERA

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

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Arpaio and his prosecutors, joined at the hip, have failed the state of Arizona, its people and justice system - which impacts ALL. This is the peoples' problem.

If the judges, many who are former prosecutors, fail to correct this manifest injustice, then they are complicit. 

FOR A RESPECTED PROSECUTOR, AN UNPARDONABLE FAILURE

Evidence of a convicted murderer’s possible innocence sat buried in a case file for more than two decades.
See: http://www.propublica.org/article/for-a-respected-prosecutor-an-unpardonable-failure

 

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.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Buried in the blog. Wake up, folks. Other states, shining the harsh spotlight on Maricopa County, Arizona. 

Take notice, tourist bureau, chamber of commerce, real estate groups., builders and developers. Misrepresenting Arizona to the public should be a crime. Full disclosure and warnings are needed on your PR and marketing materials. 

Misrepresenting Arizona and the risk people face visiting or passing through this state should be a crime in itself. (think Betsy Gotbaum, New York, who died at the Phoenix airport while chained in a police holding cell)

Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentences, where 10 years sentences are dispensed like a one week jail sentence. 

Where your PR, is bait for the the profiteers in Arizona's broken criminal justice system that make the lawyers obscenely rich along with those along the "injustice" trail leading to defacto-life sentences for the non-violent, naive and vulnerable, first offenders. 

A "prison state" driven by private prison corporations, whose lobbyists, or former executives drive public policy from the top should send a chill down everyone's spin. Not only is this unethical and immoral, it is shameful.

All people are at risk. All are facing three felonies a day in Arizona. The fancy resorts, spas, restaurants and major events fill the states' coffers and enrich the lawyers and profiteers. 


WHEN WILL MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ RESIDENT WISE UP? 
http://wobblywarrior.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/when-will-maricopa-county-az-residents-wise-up/#comments

Joe Arpaio investigates DOJ and the judge who found him guilty of racial profiling

To date, Arpaio has cost citizens of Maricopa County more than $44 million because of illegal, vindictive, unethical and unnecessary lawsuits and other actions that he and crony Andrew Thomas leveled against their enemies, or people they believed were enemies because they did not sanction the sheriff’s police state tactics.

That’s been a common Arpaio ploy: target politicians, journalists, activists and other people with whom you disagree, harass them, file charges against them, and even arrest them. Some of these victims are now fighting back, often resulting in large settlements that the county’s citizens must absorb—rather than hire teachers and police, open libraries, maintain parks or staff hospitals.

via Joe Arpaio investigates DOJ and the judge who found him guilty of racial profiling. 

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?

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.

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.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The Maricopa County Sheriff and his joined-at-the-hip politicians, the Maricopa County Attorney''s office, have turned Arizona into a "prison state" for his profiteering cronies in the broken criminal justice system, jails, detention centers, prisons with thousands of new prison 'beds" in the pipeline, along with a new $50,000,000 Super Max prison, Arizona does NOT need. The almost 7,000 un-investigated CPS cases / families - as the future "customers" for the MCSO / ADC / CCA/ GEO / MTA private prison gravy train?

Time for TERM LIMITS for the County Attorneys, County Sheriffs and County Assessors: they've been on the government teat for far too long, with entrenched power that = tyranny. Using the taxpayers to line their pockets, laughing all the was to the bank is shameful.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Message to Arizona's big business and tourist industry: Convention and tourist bureau, chamber of commerce, Major events planners, Sports teams, real estate groups., builders and developers:

Misrepresenting Arizona to the public should be a crime. Full disclosure and warnings are needed on your PR and marketing materials. 

Misrepresenting Arizona and the risk people face visiting or passing through this state should be a crime in itself. (think Betsy Gotbaum, New York, who died at the Phoenix airport while chained in a police holding cell)

Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentences, where 10 years sentences are dispensed like a one week jail sentence. 

Where your PR, is bait for the the profiteers in Arizona's broken criminal justice system that make the lawyers obscenely rich along with those along the "injustice" trail leading to defacto-life sentences for the non-violent, naive and vulnerable, first offenders. 

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.

goodguess
goodguess

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

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

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

@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

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

More people and agencies than he is willing to admit!

wherewasi
wherewasi

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

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

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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