Officials To Again Mull Lawsuits Against Arpaio

December 20, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — For the second straight day, Maricopa County officials will consider taking action in two lawsuits that accuse Sheriff Joe Arpaio of abusing his powers.

Officials held a 90-minute closed-door meeting Thursday to discuss the lawsuits and will pick up the issue again Friday.

The county will not reveal the action being considered in a lawsuit over unsuccessful criminal cases against ex-County Supervisor Don Stapley and another lawsuit over the 2007 arrest of two newspaper executives. Stapley and other officials alleged they were targeted for investigation because they were at odds with Arpaio and others in disputes.

Arpaio contended his office was trying to combat corruption. The newspaper executives' lawsuit alleged constitutional violations by Arpaio's office in arresting the two executives after the Phoenix New Times disclosed a secret grand jury subpoena.