Maricopa County seeks legal defense for Sheriff and former Prosecutor

People who claimed they were wrongfully targeted by lawsuits and criminal investigations could be awarded up to fifty six million dollars in damages. Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBS) is reviewing the details of a ten million dollar contract to defend Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio and former County Prosecutor Andrew Thomas as well as several of their employees. Two of the claims filed against Andrew Thomas were by Chairman Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox; both are current members of the MCBS. Thomas and Sheriff Joe are both under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice on allegations of abuse-of-power.

Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson asked for two million dollars in damages or a written letter of apology from Sheriff Joe Arpaio. With the ten million dollar budget the MCBS is hoping to contract law firms and attorneys in Arizona to defend Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas. The MCBS is currently searching for Arizona criminal attorneys and law firms that have not represented the state and do not intend to represent the state in the future.