A judge has ruled that the remaining lawsuits against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and ex-county Attorney Andrew Thomas and their deputies will go to trial between May and December of 2013.
The suits arose out of Thomas and Arpaio’s so-called government corruption investigations between 2008 and 2009 when they filed criminal cases and a federal racketeering lawsuit against judges and county officials.
Five of the targeted judges and officials have settled their lawsuits for amounts ranging from $75,000 to $500,000. A sixth settlement — $975,000 to County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox — remains under dispute.
The Arizona Republic says the lawsuits were joined for the purpose of working out pre-trial issues and gathering evidence and depositions. If they aren’t settled out of court, they will be tried separately.