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Attempting to expose corruption in the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the Maricopa County Superior Court, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas in conjunction with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has filed a slew of indictments and criminal charges.
On December 9th, Count Attorney Thomas filed an indictment against Judge Gary Donahoe of the Maricopa County Superior Court, alleging Donahoe committed bribery and purposely hampered the prosecution of Supervisor Don Stapley. He is also charged with covering up an investigation into funding of a $340 million court tower.
“Here you have a judge who shut down a court-tower investigation and the Superior Court is going to receive a $340 million court tower,” said Thomas.
In separate cases, County Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley were also indicted. Stapley is accused of using funds earmarked for a campaign for the Presidency of the National Association of Counties for personal use. Specifically that he used the funds for hair implants, furniture and decor for his home, tickets to a Broadway show, electronics, massages, groceries, a family vacation in Hawaii, a vacation in Orlando, and a ski trip for his son.
Wilcox is accused of not disclosing business loans from Chicanos Por La Causa, a disadvantaged advocacy group, before voting on grants and contracts that the organization benefited from. In a matter related to the Wilcox indictment, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office deputies, armed with search warrants, went to the Phoenix offices of Chicanos Por La Causa to gather evidence related to the Wilcox case.
The Maricopa Country Board of Supervisors has rescinded Thomas' authority to represent them in any civil cases and has rejected the hiring of special prosecutors to look into the Stapley or the court tower matter.
Thomas has been unsuccessful in his attempts to regain authority to represent the board, and Judge Donahoe has prohibited the county attorney's office from any participation in the court tower investigation. He also ordered the Sheriff's office to return any property seized during a search of developer Conley Wolfswinkel, who was under investigation regarding his relationship with Stapley.
In the federal racketeering lawsuit Thomas filed, he believes Donahoe’s rulings were meant to protect Stapley and the Board of Supervisors in exchange for their building the court tower.
Sheriff Arpaio and Attorney Thomas continue to work diligently on behalf of the citizens of Maricopa County. All criminals, whether they are illegal aliens or white collar, should be served notice that these two crime fighters will continue their relentless pursuit of justice and a crime free county.