Today was interesting for what happened in the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit. First, hearings are back on schedule for the contempt proceedings against Sheriff Arpaio, and Deputy Sheridan:. That’s scheduled for September 22-25 and September 29-October 2. Larry Klayman showed up, but left with his pro hac vice parking stub not validated. Judge Snow, for his part, suggested that Larry Klayman himself could be a witness, and that is certainly a conflict of interest for Klayman to both represent Montgomery and be questioned about him.1
Meanwhile the US Department of Justice moved to intervene in the Melendres case and Judge Snow granted their request for copies of the material supplied to Arpaio’s office by Dennis Montgomery. The DOJ ought to be very interested in the possibility that Montgomery absquatulated with secret CIA material, including harvested telecommunications metadata.
Right in the middle of what the Sheriff’s Office called the “Seattle Operation” sits Mike Zullo who was one of the people in Seattle babysitting Montgomery for Sheriff Joe, and was involved in the chain of emails between Detective Mackiewicz, Larry Klayman and Dennis Montgomery that seems to contradict Arpaio’s claims under oath that he wasn’t targeting Judge Snow. This writer thinks that Zullo’s testimony is crucial in determining whether Arpaio was up to his old tricks of investigating his enemies, and whether he lied about it to Judge Snow.
As for the punishment phase of the contempt trial, I think Sheriff Arpaio should be sentenced to watch the 60 hard drives full of Al Jazeera broadcasts he paid Montgomery $120,000 in public funds to obtain.
- “Snow Allows DOJ to Review Montgomery Docs, Denies Stay Request, Sets Dates for Further Contempt Hearings” – Stephen Lemons, Phoenix New Times.
- “Dates set to resume Arpaio’s contempt-of-court hearings” – Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press