Those were the words of Stephen Lemons, describing a sudden turn in the Melendres court proceedings that happened around 2:30 PM local time in Phoenix.
Zullo stopped taking the 5th Amendment and started answering questions. Zullo said that they were not after Judge Snow, rather than Snow was a victim of the conspiracy they were investigating. Zullo claimed under examination by (I think) Mr. Young that they were looking into 4 federal judges who might have been surveilled by the CIA. After authentication by Zullo some new exhibits were admitted.
Judge Snow interrupted the proceedings to study the law to determine if Zullo can invoke the 5th Amendment again after answering questions. Court resumed at 3 PM.
While the recordings and emails now in evidence thanks to Zullo seem damning against Arpaio, Zullo seemed to help him with his denials.
We may never know the whole story, or the true story. Arpaio didn’t leave much of a paper trail (he doesn’t use a computer), so we only have Arpaio’s word and Zullo’s word as to whether either one of them having Judge Snow investigated. The only other person with first-hand knowledge is Dennis Montgomery, and Montgomery is outside the jurisdiction of the Court in Arizona and cannot be subpoenaed.
We have an email from Montgomery saying ““MCSO pursued sensitive information against Judge Snow and we both know it. In fact you produced some of it to the DC judge in August,” but Montgomery was a con man and hardly a reliable witness, and not under oath.
- Posse leader erupts under oath – NBC News 12
- RC Radio Special – Tonight at 9 PM Eastern Time.
- Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer Mike Zullo angrily defends investigation – ABC 15
- Joe Arpaio’s posse investigator does a 180, sings about Seattle investigation – Phoenix New Times