"(Reuters) - The federal government has closed a criminal probe of alleged financial misconduct by Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as "America's toughest sheriff," saying no charges would be filed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Friday. The announcement on Friday marked the end of an investigation that began in November 2010 at the behest of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to examine alleged financial improprieties by the county sheriff and his deputies."
You can almost hear the sigh of disappointment. But wait! Gaynor continues:
"A separate federal investigation relating to allegations of civil rights abuses by Arpaio's office is continuing."
Whew! Uh oh, but there's more dropped investigations:
- A federal criminal inquiry was concluded last summer with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona declining to initiate criminal charges.
- Also on Friday: federal prosecutors decline to bring charges in connection with allegations that the sheriff's office had misused county credit cards or misspent money from jail facilities.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel said in a statement that her office "is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct by current and former members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office."
"Arpaio, 80, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term as sheriff in November, has been under a separate federal inquiry since 2008 over allegations that he and his deputies engaged in an extensive pattern of civil rights abuses."
How long does a federal inquiry take??? Since 2008? When Obama took office? Isn't this harassment?
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