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Maricopa County feuds costing taxpayers $28M

PHOENIX — Legal infighting among Maricopa County officials in recent years
has cost taxpayers at least $28 million, a figure that will likely grow.

An analysis conducted by The Arizona Republic showed the
county has utilized millions of dollars to defend itself and its employees
during politically charged investigations and legal cases since 2008.

The data was gathered from records of payments by the county trust fund and the
offices of sheriff and county attorney between 2008 through April of this year.

The rising tab also stems from Maricopa County needing outside counsel in cases
where there is a conflict of interest for the county attorney.

Meanwhile, the county still faces several lawsuits filed by individuals
claiming damages in incidents involving Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County
Attorney Andrew Thomas.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com