U.S. marshals raided the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on Friday in search of evidence after a court-appointed special monitor said the agency had withheld hundreds of documents a federal judge had ordered to be turned over months ago.
Nearly 1,500 identification cards seized by sheriff’s deputies had been marked for destruction in direct violation of U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow’s February order that the cards be turned over, the monitor said in a hearing Friday.
Further, the monitor said, sheriff’s officials had been instructed not to volunteer information to the monitors that the evidence existed.
The information comes weeks after e-mails between sheriff’s detectives revealed the existence of 50 hard drives related to a confidential informant hired to provide information to Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Snow, all of which Snow had also ordered to be turned over.
To date, court-appointed monitors had received only one hard drive. In an emergency hearing Friday, Snow ordered U.S. marshals to seize the rest. It was unclear what evidence, if any, was seized… The order is the latest development in a convoluted 7-year-old racial-profiling lawsuit against Arpaio, in which Snow ruled that deputies had singled out Latinos during traffic operations. Months later, he ordered a sweeping overhaul of the agency…
The first video below contains brief comments about Mike Zullo’s 2012 press conference, which exposed Obama’s fake birth certificate and fake selective service card. The second video is the press conference itself. Zullo was (and is) Arpaio’s lead investigator on the matter.