PHOENIX (AP) – Critics of the Arizona sheriff say a fax he received in 2013 proves he secretly investigated a judge who ruled against him in a racial profiling case.
An informant wrote the fax, a timeline of developments in the profiling case. He cited the judge’s assignment to the case, claimed federal authorities were wiretapping one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s aides, and suggested both happened shortly after the U.S. Justice Department allegedly called the judge.
Arpaio’s office went on to spend $250,000 investigating, despite questions about the informant’s credibility.
Arpaio has been accused in the past of investigating judges at odds with him. But recent court hearings that examined the fax mark the boldest public attempt to confront him about it.
An investigator in the case is set to testify Tuesday as contempt-of-court hearings resume over Arpaio’s defiance of U.S. District Judge Murray Snow’s orders.
No immunity for Arizona sheriff’s posse leader
A lawyer says Arizona’s federal prosecutors won’t grant criminal immunity to an investigator in exchange for his testimony in a contempt-of-court case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Richard Walker, an attorney representing Maricopa County, says Tuesday that he spoke with federal prosecutors about granting Mike Zullo immunity from prosecution.
Zullo is the leader of a volunteer sheriff’s posse. He took part in an investigation that Arpaio critics say centered on a judge presiding over the sheriff’s racial-profiling case.
Arpaio denies he was investigating the judge.
Zullo declined to answer many questions in a deposition in the case. An Arpaio lawyer suggested granting immunity to Zullo in exchange for his testimony.
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