From the AZ Republic -
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley has been indicted on 118 counts of failure to disclose to the public his involvement in a wide variety of land deals, business associations and business assets. The felonies and misdemeanors span more than a decade and involve at least one convicted felon.
The indictment was returned Nov. 20.
A Maricopa County grand jury accused Stapley of perjury, forgery, false swearing and filing an incomplete or false financial disclosure statement for offenses between 1994 and 2008.
As is the norm in such things, Stapley has proclaimed that he is innocent of all charges and that he is "shocked and disappointed" about the indictment.
So...should I post a poll on how many readers think that Republican County Attorney Andrew Thomas delayed the investigation's culmination until after the election so that if Stapley has to leave office, the other supes get to appoint another Republican in his place? Or that he will tank the case now that it has been brought forward?
Or should the poll just be on whether I have too much cynicism, not enough cynicism, or just the right amount?
Oh, and the really disappointing part of all this? I was scooped by the Republican blog Sonoran Alliance on this one.
That's what I get for not being leashed to my computer. :))
AZFamily.com has a press release about the indictment from the Maricopa County Attorney's office here.
More updates as they become available...