While it’s not a pure Obama conspiracy story, still the “political war” (the court’s words) in Maricopa County involving Sheriff Arpaio shows that he and others intentionally brought false charges against a number of officials for political purposes. To date a county prosecutor and assistant county prosecutor have been disbarred, and about $1,000,000 in damages have been awarded to victims of a bogus RICO lawsuit against them brought by the prosecutors and Arpaio. I reported about the award previously in my article “Suspicious lunch box at MSCO construction site; $1 million settlement over trumped-up charge lawsuit.” The specific amount of the judgment awarded in one of the suits, Gary Donahoe et al v. Joseph Arpaio et al, has not been published yet.
I just wanted to bring a brief update. The two prosecutor defendants in the above-named case appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals the district court’s ruling against their motion to dismiss (the had pled prosecutorial immunity.) Last month that court affirmed the lower court ruling, stating that a prosecutor filing a Civil RICO lawsuit essentially does so as a private citizen because the RICO does not recognize local prosecutors as special under the statute.
The parallels between Arpaio’s methods in the Donahoe affair to my mind closely parallel him going after Barack Obama with equally trumped-up allegations.