Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas and the Hunt for Judge Gary Donahoe

Phoenix New Times:  “It wasn’t enough . . . to file three felony charges against [Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary] Donahoe, despite a complete lack of evidence. . . . Last year, drunk on the conspiracy theory that all county officials were corrupt and that county judges were shielding them, Arpaio and Thomas went nuts. They charged Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox with cases so weak that a wiser prosecutor is on the record saying that she saw no evidence of a crime.”

Same Arizona Justice of the Peace Signed 11 Stapley & Wilcox Search Warrants

Arizona Republic:  “East Valley Justice of the Peace John Ore signed the 11 search warrants that furthered criminal investigations of county Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley. Those cases crumbled Feb. 24 after a judge ruled Thomas had conflicts of interest in the Wilcox case and that he brought the case in retaliation.”

Andrew Thomas’ Bid for Special D.C. Prosecutors Rejected by Judge

Arizona Republic:  “In a ruling issued Wednesday morning, former Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor denied Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ request to appoint a pair of celebrity Washington, D.C., attorneys as special prosecutors in the criminal cases against County Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox.  McGregor, the “special master” chosen by the current Supreme Court chief justice to coordinate the myriad criminal and civil cases roiling Maricopa County government, wrote in her ruling that she did not have jurisdiction to make such an appointment.”

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