Saturday, May 29, 2010
From La Frontera Times:
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband filed a notice of claim against county officials Thursday, saying she was illegally targeted in an investigation by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
The claim alleges Arpaio and Thomas launched the high-profile investigation to retaliate for her vocal criticism of their efforts to combat undocumented immigration. The Wilcoxes will settle for $4.75 million.
The claim, filed by an attorney representing the Wilcoxes, names Arpaio, Thomas and others in their offices. Notice of claim is the first step toward filing a lawsuit against a government entity.
Wilcox joins Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, Supervisor Don Stapley and his business associate Conley Wolfswinkel in filing notices of claims against the county because of investigations by Arpaio and Thomas. An attorney for Stapley's executive assistant, Susan Schuerman,is expected to file her notice of claim later Thursday or Friday.
The Sheriff's Office declined comment.
"I felt just so preyed upon," Wilcox said. "I stood up on an issue that, as an elected official, I have a right to speak out on. I was crucified for it. This was the worst time in my life."
Criminal charges against Wilcox and Stapley were dismissed after a judge ruled Thomas had a conflict of interest in investigating her.
Repeat after me: Sheriff Joe has got to go!