Buckeye Police Chief and former Mesa officer Dan Saban claims he will continue his legal battle against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that dates back to their 2004 election contest.
But Saban should drop the case if he wants to be seen as a credible candidate against Arpaio in 2008.
Saban is convinced his campaign was smeared by Arpaio and the sheriff’s office three years ago when investigators checked into a report made by Saban’s adoptive mother related to sexual activities that occurred when Saban was a teenager in 1973. A deputy quietly told a television reporter about the allegation against Saban, before the sheriff’s office turned the entire investigation over to another agency because of the conflict of interest. No charges were ever filed.
A jury decided against Saban Thursday, ruling Arpaio’s actions didn’t meet the legal definition of defamation. Saban pledged an appeal. But that would seem petty when he should focus on persuading voters he would be a better sheriff.