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DOJ drops abuse of power charges against AZ Sheriff who claimed Obama's birth cert. fake.

I find this a bit ironic. Looks kind of like Obama made a deal to drop the investigation into abuse of power allegations against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he would stop pubicly calling for Obama to come clean about his birth certificate. It will be interesting to see if Arpaio and his "possee" quietly decide to let the whole birther issue just die a slow death without creating anymore negitave media attention that Barry would have to deal with.

PHOENIX--- The US Department of Justice investigation into abuse of power allegations against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas is closed. US Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel released a brief statement, saying her office will not press criminal charges.

The statement arrived in a press release sent at 4:59pm Friday night. It contained no explanation of the charges, the evidence gathered, or the decision not to prosecute.

Calls to the US Attorney's office in Phoenix went directly to voicemail Friday. The message specifically said they would have no further comment regarding the Maricopa County matter.

The feds have been investigation the abuse of power charges since at least January 2009. A grand jury convened several times to review evidence and interview witnesses.

Many of them were county workers and officials who claim they were harassed, intimidated, and retaliated against for opposing Arpaio's policies.

"Joe Arpaio went after anyone who opposed him, particularly on his budget and on racial profiling allegations," said County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox Friday night, "He arrested [County Supervisor] Don Stapley twice. He charged me. We were all cleared. [County Supervisor] Andy Kunasek was due to be charged and terrorized."


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