The US Attorney in Phoenix says that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in the clear, and of course they dumped it at 5 PM on the Friday of Labor Day weekend. I hadn’t been following the case closely, but that’s a good article from the Arizona Republic listing the different accusations against Arpaio. The whole thing stems from an apparently overreaching and harassing government corruption probe by Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
Ten federal lawsuits have been filed against Maricopa County by the targets of that probe, and the county has spent $3.2 million to litigate and settle those. Some cases are still outstanding, including one case that will probably settle for over $1 million. So, Arpaio and Thomas’ conduct wasn’t criminal, just extremely damaging to the county. That would usually be enough for the target of those lawsuits to lose an election. Joe’s running this Fall, but apparently he’s still the favorite, because his bullshit plays to the white Republican majority in that county.