Taxpayers dole out more than $7 million in Arpaio settlements - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Taxpayers dole out more than $7 million in Arpaio settlements

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:26:03 GMT
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair
    More >>
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair since 2010 when the fair restarted, and it originated in 1980 to raise money to refurbish the old courthouse after it began to deteriorate.More >>
  • Columbus man dies after struck by car at Chase Homes

    Columbus man dies after struck by car at Chase Homes

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:15:09 GMT
    A crash in Columbus claimed the life of a 29-year-old man over the weekend.  Authorities say Anthony Williams passed away from a motor vehicle accident Saturday, Aug. 30. Williams was not in a vehicle wheMore >>
    A crash in Columbus claimed the life of a 29-year-old man over the weekend.  Authorities say Anthony Williams passed away from a motor vehicle accident Saturday, Aug. 30. Williams was not in a vehicle when the incident occurred. More >>
  • Boy, 1, drowns in West Point Lake

    Boy, 1, drowns in West Point Lake

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:07:07 GMT
    A baby is dead after drowning in a west Georgia lake this weekend. Troup County Sheriff's Officials say deputies were called to West Point Lake after a 911 call Sunday afternoon.More >>
    A baby is dead after drowning in a west Georgia lake this weekend. Troup County Sheriff's Officials say deputies were called to West Point Lake after a 911 call Sunday afternoon.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

On Wednesday, Maricopa County agreed to pay out $1,525,000 to settle two abuse of power lawsuits against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

That number is just a fraction of what Maricopa County taxpayers have already paid to keep those cases out of court.

The board agreed to pay former Judge Gary Donahoe $1,275,000. A few moments later Sandra and Dennis Dowling were awarded $250,000.

Today's votes stemmed from allegations that the sheriff's office abused its power going after judges, county leaders and political enemies. Some of those people were investigated and some were indicted with little or no probable cause. Every case was thrown out of court except for Dowling's, who pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge.

Wednesday's settlements are just the tip of the iceberg. According to Maricopa County Communications Director Cari Gerchick, there were 12 cases in all. She told CBS 5 News that nine have been settled to the tune of more than $3 million.

Two cases are still pending, including the one involving supervisor Don Stapley.

Mary Rose Wilcox settled for nearly $1 million but hasn't seen the money because the case is stuck in appeals. So far, just the attorneys' fees on those three cases total more than $2.3 million.

All total, well over $7 million of your money has been used to settle those lawsuits aimed at Arpaio.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.