In court documents made public yesterday by the Phoenix New Times, we learn that Mike Zullo is consulting a so far unnamed Atlanta attorney to represent him in Phoenix. Meanwhile a possibility remains that the Arpaio defense team will be involved in the representation—Judge Snow wrote:
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that [Arpaio Attorney] Mr. Popolizio must inform the Court within a day if he intends to take the position that he represents Mr. Zullo.
Zullo is claiming protection from disclosure for certain documents and emails that he is under subpoena to produce. Unless Zullo or his attorney files a brief with the Court by October 30, the Court will order them produced. Zullo had claimed to Arpaio’s counsel protection under the 4th and 5th Amendments. Reportedly Melendres defendant Brian Mackiewicz has pled the 5th.
Two names have been put forward by Zullo watchers as possible identities for the Atlanta attorney. One is former Georgia legislator and birther lawyer Mark Hatfield. Hatfield represented Kevin Powell and Carl Swensson before Judge Malihi in the action taken in Georgia to prevent Obama from being on the Ballot (Farrar v. Obama). I heard Hatfield speak at that hearing, but it was rather brief. Hatfield argued the 2-citizen-parent eligibility theory; however, Hatfield is also on the record in 2010 saying that he did not have enough information to decide whether or not Barack Obama was born in the United States. His office, however, isn’t in Atlanta.
The second name is Robert Laurence “Bob” Barr, Jr., a former federal prosecutor and member of the US House of Representatives. Barr previously received the endorsement of Sheriff Arpaio in his bid to regain his House seat. Barr was involved with the effort to impeach president Bill Clinton, and Larry Klayman (who also represents Zullo) represented Barr in a lawsuit against Bill Clinton and James Carville (h/t to gorefan). He was a Libertarian Party candidate for president in 2008, and is a board member of the National Rifle Association.
Commenter gorefan reminds us, too, of a comment by ★FALCON★at Birther Report, around February 21, 2014 linking Zullo and Barr directly:
I got some interesting news today. I have a friend that is an investigator and he had dinner with Zullo, Arapio (sic), and Barr last Thursday night. According to him they did share some of the information they have gathered.
This story is getting continued media attention, even outside Phoenix where it has been almost daily fare. Today a new article from the Associated Press was published at U. S. News and World Report: “Hearings mark public attempt to confront Arizona sheriff with recurring retaliation claims” with a prominent photo of both Arpaio and Zullo together. The AP story states, “Zullo declined to answer many questions during a deposition and refused to turn over some documents. Snow said he was unlikely to grant immunity.” Other reliable sources believe that the deposition did not take place.