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Maricopa County supervisors laugh at Open Meeting Law

County supervisors laugh after a secret vote on how to proceed with the contempt of court proceedings against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Wednesday morning, the Maricopa County Board of
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Government transparency is apparently a laughing matter after all.

On Wednesday morning, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors held an executive session to determine what action the county would take regarding recent developments in the federal court’s contempt of court hearings against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. District Judge G. Murray Snow because of questions he asked regarding investigations of Snow and Snow’s wife by the Sheriff’s Office.

Snow presided over the trial in which Arpaio and his office were found to have practiced racial profiling, and Arpaio and his top deputies have admitted they were in civil contempt of the judge’s orders.

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That was ostensibly what was discussed
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Executive sessions are conducted away from the press and the public because they pertain to legal discussion and attorney client privilege. But when
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An attorney from the County Attorney’s Office was present, as well as the attorney representing the county in the federal lawsuit. After they left the conference room, two media reporters were allowed in for the open vote.

Supervisor Clint Hickman then moved to file a court motion "consistent with what was discussed in e session." It was quickly seconded and passed unanimously, and when the reporters looked up quizzically, the supervisors, to a man, laughed long and hard. One quipped, "You have
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Supervisor Steve Gallardo said, "You can pretty much read between the lines."

There was no
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as seen in 1993. Justice Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have ended because the Sheriff’s Office refused to consider appointing an independent
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Page Gonzales, chief of staff for board chairman Steve Chucri, later explained, "Whatever they file (in the court), they have to do it, and the judge has to know
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Later in the day, the supervisors filed a notice with Snow’s court saying they were not going to take a position on Arpaio’s motion for Snow’s recusal. In essence, they were not supporting the sheriff’s argument.

But First Amendment attorney Dan Barr said the board should have made explicitly clear what the issue was.

"If you are voting on something, you have to say what you’re voting on," Barr said.

The state’s Open Meeting Law says meetings
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