What a pretty kettle of fish this is.
Larry Klayman appeared briefly before Judge G. Murray Snow in the Melendres case on July 20 to argue that certain material supplied by Dennis Montgomery to Sheriff Arpaio should not be shown to the Department of Justice. Klayman has applied for admission pro hac vice to represent Montgomery’s interests in the case, although he is not a party to the litigation.
Speaking to the Court, Klayman said that he did not have a conflict with Sheriff Arpaio but in an Email from Arpaio to Klayman (the email was handled by Amy Lake since Sheriff Joe himself doesn’t do email) Arpaio does, saying (in a document disclosed today):
Your e-mail indicates that you represent Mike Zullo and Denis Montgomery. That would, and does, create a conflict here in Arizona.
Klayman represents Arpaio in a lawsuit against Barack Obama, a frivolous matter IMO, but Arpaio wants noting to do with him in the Melendres case. Further interest is generated by the mention of Mike Zullo who in prior emails expressed displeasure with the work product produced by Montgomery (as did the Sheriff’s Office).
Arpaio paid Montgomery at least $120,000 for “junk” and Zullo paid him $10,000 or more for software that didn’t work, but Klayman wants to participate in a case representing Montgomery (and I guess Zullo) where Arpaio is a party, and where Klayman might well be a witness!
This is all hopelessly tangled in conflicts of interest, and I cannot see any way that Judge Snow is going to let Klayman anywhere near the Melendres case.