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Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 7:55 pm | Updated: 12:46 am, Thu Jul 8, 2010.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has retained former Georgia congressman Bob Barr in an attempt to derail the dispute resolution process with county administrators.

Barr will analyze information about the county disputes and write opinions for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attorneys.

Mediation lawyer Ken Feinberg will hear county administrators' legal claims against Arpaio and could potentially offer to settle them for a fraction of the price of going to court and paying jury verdicts.

The Sheriff's Office claims the county has set up a process to skirt the legal system, allowing them to pay supervisors and other county employees hundreds of thousands of dollars at taxpayer expense.

Feinberg settled victims claims stemming from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Barr is a former federal prosecutor who built a national following in the 1990s for aggressively pursuing then-President Bill Clinton's impeachment.

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