April 24, 2015 8:59 am -


Image: Ross D. Franklin

Image: Ross D. Franklin

The Maricopa County sheriff facing a contempt-of-court hearing admitted he had the judges wife investigated.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio acknowledged Thursday that his office was behind a secret investigation into the wife of the judge presiding over a racial-profiling lawsuit against the brash Arizona lawman known for his anti-immigration patrols.

A contempt-of-court hearing in the case took the strange turn after the sheriff finished his testimony and Judge Murray Snow began asking him questions, including whether Arpaio was investigating him and his family.

“Are you aware that I’ve been investigated by anyone?” the judge asked.

Arpaio said he believed his former lawyer, Tim Casey, had hired a private investigator to investigate Snow’s wife after she purportedly made a comment about the judge not wanting the sheriff to get re-elected in 2012.

“We weren’t investigating you,” Arpaio told the judge. “We were investigating some comments that came to our attention.”

The Maricopa County sheriff gave soft-spoken and terse answers in his second day on the witness stand in the hearing that could lead to fines, increased oversight of his agency and a possible criminal contempt hearing. His answer to several questions was, “I don’t recall.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to Arpaio Admits Investigating Judge’s Wife

  1. Larry Schmitt April 24th, 2015 at 9:30 am

    They never recall inconvenient stuff like the truth.

    • Roctuna April 24th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Hey, if it worked for St. Ronnie, it’ll work for him. Right?

      • Larry Schmitt April 24th, 2015 at 6:07 pm

        The Patron Saint of Murca went even one better. He recalled movie scenes as if they had actually happened. And not even movies he was in.

        • granpa.usthai April 24th, 2015 at 10:23 pm

          I liked the part where he was wearing the black face helment and breathing hard while talking into the fan…

          ‘oooooooh – I am your huckleberry.’

      • granpa.usthai April 24th, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        with so many C-130’s smuggling in tons of cocaine as so ordered by the people under the CIC, it’d be kinda hard to remember each and every 100th flight.

    • granpa.usthai April 24th, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      too time consuming and has very little to do with what they plan to illegally do next.

  2. allison1050 April 24th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    “I don’t recall” as the wingnuts continue to vote this geezer back into office. So who’s really crazy?

    • rg9rts April 24th, 2015 at 10:17 am

      PIQUE TA’

  3. rg9rts April 24th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    A page right out of Hoovers play book

  4. Carla Akins April 24th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I’ll just go out on a limb and assume this is the same judge that told him he couldn’t use taxpayer dollars to pay the fine he had negotiated in his plea deal, and then told him he had to make up his mind then and there. But that’s just a guess. I hope they fry his racist ass.

  5. granpa.usthai April 24th, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    just because he don’t recall all the criminal activities he’s been involved in don’t make him not guilty. If anything, they should order him to be sent to a psychiatric center for habitual criminals outside Hermosillo with nothing but a pair of white boxer shorts to see if he could convince anyone that he’s really a gringo and not a native of the Sonora.

  6. Budda April 25th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Retire already Joe…your 15 minutes was up a long time ago.