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Judge's Take on Thomas/Arpaio Affair

Judge's Take on Thomas/Arpaio Affair

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In a December ruling, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake reviewed the causes and events behind the years-long dispute among Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas and county leaders, judges and lawyers.
In a December ruling, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake reviewed the causes and events behind the years-long dispute among Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas and county leaders, judges and lawyers.

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WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
Gary Donahoe and Cherie Donahoe, husband and wife, Plaintiffs, v. Sheriff Joseph Arpaio and Ava Arpaio, husband and wife; Andrew Thomas and Anne Thomas, husband and wife; Lisa Aubuchon and Peter R. Pestalozzi, wife and husband; Deputy Chief David Hendershott and Anna Hendershott, husband and wife; Peter Spaw and Jane Doe Spaw, husband and wife; Maricopa County, a municipal entity; Jon Does I-X; Jane Does I-X; Black Corporations I-V; and White Partnerships I-V, Defendants. No. CV-10-02756-PHX-NVW 
CONSOLIDATED WITH:
Donald T. Stapley, Jr. and Kathleen Stapley, husband and wife, Plaintiffs, v. Sheriff Joseph Arpaio and Ava Arpaio, husband and wife; et al., Defendants. No. CV-11-0902-PHX-NVW 
ORDER
Case 2:10-cv-02756-NVW Document 1168 Filed 12/05/13 Page 1 of 69
 
 - ii - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TABLE OF CONTENTS I.
 
SUMMARY OF RULINGS ........................................................................................ 1
 
II.
 
LEGAL STANDARD ................................................................................................. 3
 
III.
 
STAPLEY I 
 ................................................................................................................... 4
 
A.
 
Legal standard ......................................................................................................... 4
 
B.
 
Probable cause ......................................................................................................... 5
 
1.
 
The 1994 Board of Supervisors resolution ........................................................... 6
 
2.
 
Statute of limitations ........................................................................................... 9
 
C.
 
Malice .................................................................................................................... 10
 
D.
 
Favorable termination ............................................................................................ 11
 
E.
 
Accrual of action ................................................................................................... 12
 
IV.
 
THE SEARCH....................................................................................................... 12
 
A.
 
Legal standard ....................................................................................................... 13
 
B.
 
Evidence supporting the search warrant ................................................................ 14
 
1.
 
Evidence regarding fraud ................................................................................. 15
 
2.
 
Evidence regarding bribery .............................................................................. 16
 
3.
 
Evidence regarding misuse of public funds ..................................................... 17
 
C.
 
Misrepresentations and omissions in the supporting affidavit .............................. 19
 
1.
 
Misrepresentation and omissions of evidence of bribery ................................. 19
 
i.
 
Review of bank records ................................................................................. 19
 
ii.
 
Partnership documents .................................................................................. 20
 
iii.
 
Public records of partnership ........................................................................ 20
 
iv.
 
Disclosure ...................................................................................................... 21
 
Case 2:10-cv-02756-NVW Document 1168 Filed 12/05/13 Page 2 of 69
 
 - iii - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 v.
 
Voting record ................................................................................................ 21
 
2.
 
Misrepresentation and omissions of evidence of misused public funds .............. 23
 
D.
 
Materiality of misrepresentations and omissions .................................................. 24
 
E.
 
Deliberate or reckless disregard for the truth ........................................................ 26
 
1.
 
Aubuchon ......................................................................................................... 27
 
i.
 
Involvement................................................................................................... 27
 
ii.
 
Evidence ........................................................................................................ 28
 
2.
 
Thomas ............................................................................................................. 31
 
3.
 
Hendershott ....................................................................................................... 32
 
4.
 
Arpaio ............................................................................................................... 34
 
F.
 
Qualified immunity ............................................................................................... 35
 
1.
 
Legal standard .................................................................................................. 35
 
2.
 
Application to the search .................................................................................. 36
 
V.
 
THE ARREST AND
STAPLEY II 
 INDICTMENT ................................................... 36
 
A.
 
Legal standard ....................................................................................................... 38
 
B.
 
Probable cause ....................................................................................................... 39
 
1.
 
Fraudulent schemes and artifices (arrest) ......................................................... 40
 
2.
 
Perjury (arrest and indictment) ......................................................................... 42
 
3.
 
False swearing (indictment) ............................................................................. 43
 
C.
 
Defendants’ roles in the arrest ............................................................................... 44
 
D.
 
Malice or improper purpose in prosecuting
Stapley II 
 .......................................... 45
 
E.
 
Favorable termination ............................................................................................ 46
 
F.
 
Qualified immunity for the arrest .......................................................................... 47
 
Case 2:10-cv-02756-NVW Document 1168 Filed 12/05/13 Page 3 of 69

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