Taxpayers dole out more than $7 million in Arpaio settlements - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Taxpayers dole out more than $7 million in Arpaio settlements

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • ASU board chairman resigns, vice chairman refuses

    ASU board chairman resigns, vice chairman refuses

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:15:01 GMT
    At the request of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, ASU Board of Trustees Chairman Elton Dean announced Thursday in an emotional radio interview that he is resigning. Trustee Marvin Wiggins says he's not leaving.More >>
    At the request of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, ASU Board of Trustees Chairman Elton Dean announced Thursday in an emotional radio interview that he is resigning. Trustee Marvin Wiggins says he's not leaving.
    More >>
  • Columbus man credits his life to HIV/AIDS researchers killed aboard flight MH17

    Columbus man credits his life to HIV/AIDS researchers killed aboard flight MH17

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:48:10 GMT
    Prominent HIV/AIDS researchers were among the 298 victims identified aboard flight MH17. To honor their legacy, the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation is hosting a candlelight vigil. We spokeMore >>
    The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation to host candlelight vigil to honor top HIV/AIDS researchers killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 18th, 2014. More >>
  • Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:23:33 GMT
    Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.More >>
    Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...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