New Times publishers win $3.7 million abuse of power lawsuit

December 24, 2013

p new timesMaricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to pay Phoenix New Times publishers $3.7 million for politically motivated actions taken by county officials against the journalists. [azcentral.com]

Last week’s settlements bring to at least $17 million the final taxpayer cost of lawsuits relating to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ politically-motivated legal attacks.

All of the settlements are related to the sheriff and county attorney’s bungled government-corruption investigation into judges, county supervisors and administrators between 2008 and 2010. Four former judges, three county supervisors, three county employees and one business man also won lawsuits against the county.

In 2007, while ostensibly in the midst of secret grand jury proceedings, a special prosecutor appointed by Thomas filed a subpoena against the newspaper, asking the publishers to reveal the internet identities of anyone who read the paper online, including information about what other sites they had visited before and after reading the New Times.

Lacey and Larkin published a story about the subpoena on October 18, 2007. That evening, sheriff’s deputies came to their houses, handcuffed them, put them in dark SUV’s with tinted windows plates and drove them to jail.

Following public outrage, Thomas dropped the charges five days later.

 


11 Comments

  1. MaryMalone says:

    The Phoenix New Times were lucky they were just sued and bogusly “arrested” as the form of harassment dealt to them by politicians who didn’t like having the truth written about their own activities.

    They could have had their grandchildren kidnapped by the local CPS and held for months and months, all without legitimate reasons.

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  2. Jorge Estrada says:

    Reads like a very Merry Xmas for those who write the truth and are punished for it.

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  3. willieslo says:

    Its “TRUE”. Its “ABUSE” of power. Its ‘GREED”
    There has to be “MORE” that slipped under the public’s radar
    They will continue but more carefully, lay low, setup future scape goats to throw off the dogs ect., because it is already in their nature (Its not about to change)!
    The entire government, LE and the Courts should have been shut down long ago, people have no more power.
    Even Karen (I believe) was treated and handled differently than someone else.

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  4. shelworth says:

    When this happens it makes me crazy, what do elected officials learn when they can pay a lawsuit off with taxpayer funds? They need to pay with their own damn money!

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  5. BitchMoanComplain says:

    For the record…the New Times in this article is NOT the New Times in SLO..and I do not believe they are associated on any way.

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  6. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    This has an equal amount of relevance…….http://www.cnsnews.com

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    • MaryMalone says:

      ANYTHING from a Brent Bozell rag has no relevance to anything or anybody but the far-right nutballs.

      Bozell has learned to pay this contingency like cheap kazoos. He panders to their anger and fear, cranking up their paranoia in the process.

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