I’m not a lawyer, so this is just my personal opinion.
What Joe Arpaio admitted to in court, that two investigations, one by the Sheriff’s office, and one by a private investigator, looked at Judge Snow and his wife really doesn’t offend my sense of propriety. This is in contrast to editorials in the newspapers.
In the case of the judge’s wife, someone told the Sheriff that Judge Snow’s wife had made a comment that would lead a reasonable person to suspect bias against Arpaio, and this veracity of this report was checked. In the case of the judge himself, Arpaio said the judge was not targeted, but that the investigation was broad and that Judge Snow was only incidentally included in it.
One would be hard-pressed to make a claim of intimidation, when the victim was not made aware of what was supposed to be intimidating them.
While I’m not bothered by what Arpaio admitted, I am suspicious that there may be more to the story than what Arpaio admitted. I certainly hope Joe Arpaio didn’t commit perjury. I say that because I’m not happy when anyone, even someone I dislike, does wrong. I also don’t think Sheriff Arpaio is that stupid.
Nevertheless, certainly more investigation will occur, and we may get some confirmation as to whether Arpaio acted reasonably, or not. We’ll just have to wait and see.
- Arpaio Hearing Raises Ethical Questions – KJZZ