Wilcox awarded $975K in lawsuit vs Arpaio, Thomas
Published: May 14, 2012 at 7:42 am
A federal judge has awarded Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox $975,000 to settle her claims against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
The claim stems from allegations of abuse of power and prosecutions and lawsuits motivated more by politics than criminal behavior.
The Arizona Republic says Wilcox was awarded the money on Friday.
Former County Manager David Smith reached an agreement on the settlement amount last month based on legal and cost analysis by retired Judge Christopher Skelly.
Skelly acted as a mediator for the county and determined that Wilcox’s settlement would be cheaper than litigating it in court.
A 2010 resolution approved by the supervisors gave Smith authority to negotiate settlements relating to legal claims in longstanding disputes between county officials and Arpaio and Thomas.
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