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Is Maricopa County responsible when the sheriff's office or county attorney's office fail to release documents to lawyers or the public?
A federal judge believes so, but County Attorney Bill Montgomery has a different opinion.
That esoteric, yet important, question was hashed out yesterday in federal court by Montgomery and U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake as part of a lawsuit against the county by megarich, ex-con developer Conley Wolfswinkel. The landowner, who received probation after a 1993 conviction for check kiting, is suing along with county officials like former judge Gary Donahoe because of unethical investigations launched by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former county attorney Andrew Thomas.
Wolfwinkel's attorney, Lawrence Wright, has been trying for months to get the county to turn over documents from the sheriff's and county attorney's offices.More »