WorldNetDaily reports that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has appointed a posse consisting of two retired law enforcement persons and two attorneys to investigate allegations from the local Tea Party at the instigation of Jerome Corsi. The posse is headed by Michael Zullo, a retired police detective from New Jersey. WND claims that the posse will have subpoena power.
While the WND article is very long, the preceding paragraph is really all the news in it. WND wrote:
Arpaio’s move is unprecedented in that WND research can find no other instance in United States history in which a county sheriff’s office has undertaken an investigation of a document pertaining to a sitting United States president.
“WND research” is the oxymoron referenced in the article’s title.
So far, no other news organization is reporting this story. That’s a shame because one really cannot rely on WorldNetDaily to report any story fairly or completely, and of course their own gonzo journalist Jerome Corsi is in the middle of this business, making it even less objective. I wasn’t able to find any pertinent information about Mr. Zullo myself.
Sheriff Arpaio is reported to have currently 52 posses, according to the Sonoran News, a local conservative web site.
Finally another news source is covering the story, the Tucson Citizen. Their editorial position is made clear by the headline: Birther Madness: Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio wasting taxpayer money investigating Obama’s birth certificate.
When Arpaio was asked whether he thinks there is anything to the birther claims, he replied:
I don’t know because I haven’t looked at it. I’m not going to spend hours and hours looking at volumes of information. Give it to them, they’re not being paid, they’re doing it for nothing.