Monday, April 06, 2009

Well, that didn't take long...

In yesterday's post on upcoming political activities, I wrote -

"...Maricopa County Board of Supervisors - no meetings scheduled at this point, though with the constant legal wrangling between the supes and Andrew Thomas/Joe Arpaio, something could pop up on short notice."

So, acting as if they *wanted* to prove my prescience, today the MCBOS posted a notice of a special meeting on Wednesday morning (10 a.m, Sullivan Conference Room, 10th Floor, 301 W. Jefferson in Phoenix).

No agenda for the special meeting as posted as yet, but it wouldn't shock me if the main topic will have something to do with today's development in the ongoing feud between the supes and County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

From -

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced early Monday that he is turning two controversial cases involving public corruption to an out-of-county prosecutor.

Thomas said that the criminal prosecution against Supervisor Don Stapley and the grand jury investigation into the planned court tower building in downtown Phoenix will be handled by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.

"I'm trying to bring about a global resolution of the issues between our office and the Board of Supervisors," Thomas said.

AZRep columnist Laurie Roberts has coverage here.

What remains to be seen is if Thomas' move is calculated to allow him to save face when his cases implode (bottom line - with the Stapley case he indicted, then investigated. Never a good sign for a prosecution...) or if he is just prepping for his resignation to run for AG (or Gov??) next year.

Of course, it could be both - it will look better, or at least less bad, if the cases are ultimately dropped by an out-of-county prosecutor instead of Thomas or his hand-picked* successor.

* - That "hand-picked" is just a bit of speculation, but it seems like something Thomas would negotiate in exchange for getting rid of the cases.

Edit on 4/7 to update -

The MCBOS has posted an agenda for the meeting; it lists no subject for the meeting other than to say that the meeting will be of the "executive session" variety, meaning "public not invited."

End edit...


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