Bill Hunt’s Fundraiser Features Guest Speaker Now Under FBI Investigation

Conservatives and those with anti-Latino/anti-illegal immigrant leanings love Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his aggresisve treatment of illegal immigrants.  And Sheriff Joe is coming to Orange County next Thursday for a fundraiser for candidate Bill Hunt.

There’s only one small problem. Arpaio is under FBI investigation for using the power of his office to go after and arrest his political enemies. Arpaio has gone after the Mayor of Phoenix and the Police Chief of Mesa, Arizona.  From the KPHO-TV report:

The list of people subjected to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigations reads like a Who’s Who of the Valley, and it includes people who have authority over the sheriff and people who challenged his authority:

  • Dan Saban, who ran against the sheriff in 2004 and 2008
  • Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
  • Maricopa County Manager David Smith
  • The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
  • Superior Court Presiding Judge Barbara Mundell
  • ACLU attorney Daniel Pochoda

None of the investigations resulted in convictions; however, they cost the targets hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and tarnished reputations.

 Many of the targets were never charged with a crime.

 “He knows he never has to prove anything,” said Gordon. “He just raises the issue, and then he hides behind the badge — and the damage is done.”

Arpaio also had the publisher and editor of the local alternative weekly newspaper arrested for investigating a story on the Sheriff’s hidden land deals (Moxley would kick some butt here). But there’s a clear pattern of abuse of power by this Sheriff and Hunt has placed his need to raise funds for the coming Sheriff’s election over the principles of good and ethical law enforcement.  What does this invitation say about the sort of Sheriff that Hunt might be if elected?  Would Hunt employ some of these tactics against his political enemies and would pro-Hunt Republicans in OC carry water for him?

More from the KPHO story:

The FBI has a policy of not commenting on open investigations; however, 5 Investigates took its research to an unbiased source: former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico David Iglesias.


Iglesias, who is the real-life military lawyer portrayed by Tom Cruise in the movie A Few Good Men, has a national reputation for putting principle above politics. He has no connection to the current FBI investigation into Arpaio, who he has never met.


“I’ve been in and around law enforcement for about 20 years — state, local and federal level (and) even some military prosecution work. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Iglesias said after he looked through 5 Investigates’ research and did some on his own.


If he were handling the case, Iglesias said, “I would work very closely with the civil rights division in Washington, D.C., and based on the information I have, I would seek an indictment.”


An Arpaio defense consisting of, “I had a reason to investigate that person,” wouldn’t work, Iglesias said.


“It’s a defense, but the question is, ‘Is it a winning defense?’ And I think the answer to that is, ‘No,'” he said.


It’s unknown whether the FBI investigation will result in criminal charges. 5 Investigates‘ sources said investigators may be trying to turn a trusted deputy against the sheriff.


Nevertheless, if they can’t, Iglesias indicated the pattern of cases might be enough to take the sheriff to court.


“(Arpaio’s actions are) absolutely unacceptable,” Iglesias said. “We don’t do think kind of thing in America — in this country — without some kind of consequences.

  4 comments for “Bill Hunt’s Fundraiser Features Guest Speaker Now Under FBI Investigation

  1. October 31, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Don’t forget, Dan, that the alt-weekly Arpayaso targeted is our sister paper, the Phoenix New Times, and that I admonished Hunt for this weeks ago.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    November 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Speaks volumes about the sort of Sheriff Hunt will become if elected. Wonder if Hunt plans to have Moxley arrested if Mox ever sniffs around his administration the way Mox did for Carona.

  3. Luis
    November 2, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Bill Hunt is nothing like Arpaio but will probably use some of his innovation to change the department. Hunt is a respected 22 year veteran of the deparment who stood up to the now convicted Mike Carona and lost his job over it.

    A true Oath Keeper to the Constitution. GO HUNT!

  4. Fact Check
    November 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I never believe political reporting anymore from the mainstream media or Fox for that matter. Here’s Arpaio response which leads me to believe there is bias on both sides of the fence:

    The Truth…

    There were a number of blatantly false and incorrect assertions in Thursday night’s incredibly long and laborious TV story on Channel 5 in which the reporter insinuated that Sheriff Arpaio and his office are breaking the law by “investigating anyone who criticizes the Sheriff.”

    Rather than dignify the reporter and his piece with a lengthy response to assertions made, we will simply respond with a few ‘facts’ of our own.

    Their expert interview who insisted that an indictment be sought against Sheriff Arpaio also said that no where in America should Arpaio’s tactics ever be tolerated. His name is David Iglesias. This is the same attorney who was fired in 2006 by the US Attorney General for several different reasons.

    Iglesias was criticized for looking the other way in an investigation involving ACORN, an organization that embraces illegal immigration and is currently under intense scrutiny and investigation by the US government for fraudulent schemes.

    Paul Charleton, a colleague of Iglesias and was often quoted in the Channel 5 piece, was also a U.S. Attorney fired in that same 2006 house cleaning by the U.S. Attorney General. Now he is the attorney of record for Don Stapley in his fraud investigation which obviously leaves Charleton as an impartial and bias observer of the facts.

    Channel 5 has a few reporters and photographers working there who have an axe to grind against this Office. That’s fine. But when it shows up as obviously as it did in last night’s report, it underscores why many today feel that fair and impartial journalism has gone the way of the dinosaur.

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