Not that this is new to anyone in the know but Joe has publicly declared he and his posse are above the law they are hired and voted upon to enforce. How nice! What a perk!!
After the media blasted the footage of a MCSO deputy STEALING priveledged documents from a defense table and making copies the judge held the hearing that was currently in progress and the deputy was held in contempt. Charges still seem up in the air on what the final infraction will be as far as tampering with evidence, etc. but the judge did make one demand.
The officer was ordered by a judge to hold a press conference to apologize for his actions. Judge Donahoe determined Stoddard should hold a news conference outside the Central Court Building by Nov. 30 and offer Cuccia (the defense attorney) "a sincere verbal and written apology for invading her defense file and for the damage that his conduct may have caused to her professional reputation." I personally think he owes the defendent an apology as well for trampeling his rights and rights of others he wasn't caught for but that's just me.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio immediately said this order would be defied.
“My officer was doing his job and I will not stand by and allow him to be thrown to the wolves by the courts because they feel pressure from the media on this situation,” Arpaio said in a press release. "I decide who holds press conferences and when they are held regarding this Sheriff’s Office.” 'Cause you the man, JOE!!
I know personally how the system sucks and the MCSO is a joke - they run over a lot of rights, abuse their power, and are incredibly arrogant and feel, as shown here, above the rest. Just because someone wears a badge it doesn't make them above lying - they're still just as human as everyone else despite their own god-complexes.
If Stoddard refuses, or Cuccia is not satisfied with the apology, Donahoe ordered Stoddard to report to jail on Dec. 1 - where I'm sure he'll be given real food, a mattressed cot, security from the other inmates, blah blah blah...whatever.
Joe, it's not the media that's fed up with your bullshit - it's the public that voted and mostly DIDN'T vote you into office that's tired of it. There's not a single viable reason in the universe for that officer to steal and copy those pages. Did you think they were laced with something??? Really, contraband issues???? C'mon - you got caught - just like some of the guys that you've cuffed. Sherrif Joe and his department lack serious ethics...ya think?!
For the video and full details go here.