The exposure of the Cold Case Posse’s so-called deep, dark turn, provides some sense of Sheriff Joe’s misdeeds coming around to bite him. For me, the Dennis Montgomery sideshow was nothing more than one con man conning another; however, media reports coming out of Thursday’s status conference in Melendres v. Arpaio put it in a more troubling light for Sheriff Joe.
The Houston Chronicle has one of those reports, titled “Judge: Sheriff’s investigation was intended to discredit him.” This report is based on comments from Judge G. Murray Snow in court last Thursday, and those comments came after reading seized MSCO documents passed on to him by the court-appointed monitor who is pouring over the material. Judge Snow called the investigations focus, that he was in collusion with the Department of Justice against Arpaio, a “bogus conspiracy theory.”
In testimony last April, Arpaio put a very different spin on things, saying that the Montgomery investigation was triggered by reports of the CIA hacking bank accounts and tapping phones; any involvement the investigation had with Judge G. Murray Snow was incidental—just part of emails involving several judges. The Chronicle writes:
The judge said the documents show that Dennis Montgomery, a computer consultant who has done work for the U.S. military and worked as a confidential informant in Arpaio’s secret investigation, told the sheriff’s office he could help them figure out what Snow and the Justice Department had been talking about.
Public radio station KJZZ said:
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said documents he reviewed suggest the sheriff’s office hired a paid confidential informant to expose an alleged conspiracy between the judge and the U.S. Department of Justice to collude against Arpaio.
This is more in the steady drip of articles that spell bad news for the embattled Arizona Sheriff and indicates a very negative turn for Sheriff Joe.
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation was intended to discredit, judge says – ABC 15 Arizona
- Snow blasts Arpaio’s “Bogus Conspiracy Theory” – Phoenix New Times