Corruption in Maricopa County

When we think of political persecution, places such as Tiananmen Square may come to mind.  Increasingly, however, this tool of tyranny is coming to our shores -- and it is not made in China.  It is, in the case I'll discuss today, made in Maricopa County. Every avid news reader knows about the battles between Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the federal government; Leviathan has targeted him because of his principled stand against illegal immigration.  What is not quite as well-known, however, is that the sheriff and his supporters -- most notably former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas -- have long been battling a corrupt local political machine bent on thwarting the rule of law and benefiting itself.  Not surprisingly, as in the film Walking Tall, Arpaio's and Thomas's attempt to end local corruption has come at a price: the State Bar of Arizona (SBA) has begun prosecuting Thomas and two of his deputies in a move that reeks of political...(Read Full Article)

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