Sheriff Arpaio's office under investigation
This is actually an old story. Or at least the accusations are old, I remember reading about the allegations of corruptions back when the worst Sheriff in America was conducting this witch hunt:
Top officials in the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio used its anti-corruption unit to conduct politically motivated investigations, misled the public about a campaign fund that helped Arpaio win reelection and surveilled the Arizona lawman's campaign rivals, according to an internal memo from a high-ranking officer. [...]Of course the down side is, looks like his number two man is going to be the sacrificial lamb and the evil Sheriff won't go down for it. One can be sure it didn't happen without his authorization. But good to see to see his department called out for it in some kind of official manner anyway.
The most significant part of the memo concerns a search warrant that Hendershott allegedly directed to be served on the Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, with whom Arpaio, also a Republican, has been embroiled in a lengthy feud. Arpaio and an ally, former County Atty. Andrew Thomas, filed conflict-of-interest charges against two supervisors that were quickly dismissed by judges as legally unsound.
Those charges, and investigations of the judges and other critics that followed, are believed to be at the heart of the federal grand jury probe.
Munnell wrote that, since the anti-corruption unit was formed in 2007, "it has been the pattern and practice of this unit to conduct politically motivated investigations at the implicit direction of Hendershott."