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MCAO (Maricopa County Attorney's Office) The head of MCAO is the Maricopa County Attorney, an elected official. MCAO has two functions: 1) it prosecutes crimes on behalf of Maricopa County, and 2) serves as legal counsel for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and all County departments. The Civil Division of MCAO handles all legal matters for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and all County departments, including defending them in lawsuits. Law enforcement agency in Maricopa County. Joint task force between MCAO and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to investigate public corruption in the County. M.A.C.E. was created at the end of 2006. A statute establishing a time limit for prosecuting a crime, based on the date the alleged offense was known or should have been known by the prosecutors. In Arizona, the statute of limitations is one year for misdemeanors. In State v. Irvine, Thomas initiated a quo warranto action challenging whether Irvine usurped MCAO's authority to represent the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. In 2006, Dr. Philip Keen and Dr. Sandra Dowling separately sued Maricopa County. Dr. Keen was a medical examiner and Dr. Dowling was the superintendent of schools. State v. Stapley from 2008. In November of 2008, Supervisor Donald Stapley was indicted on 118 counts related to his financial disclosures as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. State v. Stapley from 2009. In December of2009, Supervisor Donald Stapley was indicted a second time and arrested on 27 counts related to financial issues in his candidacy for the National Association of Counties. State v. Wilcox from 2009. In December of2009, Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox was indicted on 36 counts. In January of2010, it was replaced by a second indictment on 42 counts.

MCAO Civil Division

MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) M.A.C.E. Unit (Maricopa Anti Corruption Effort)

Statute of Limitations

Quo Warranto

Keen and Dowling cases

Stapley I

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Wilcox

Court Tower Investigation

A new courthouse to be built in downtown Phoenix with a total cost of around $340 million. It is the largest project in Maricopa County. Legal action brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. State v. Donahoe from 2009. In December of 2009, Judge Donahoe was charged with 3 counts: hindering prosecution, obstructing criminal investigation, and bribery of a public servant.

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