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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 7:00 am | Updated: 5:54 pm, Sun May 13, 2012.

This is an excerpt from an open letter to Maricopa County Attorney General Bill Montgomery:

I was surprised and most disappointed by your May 7, 2012 response to the request by Citizens for a Better Arizona of May 3, 2012.

You must know that the reason you gave mis-states reality. It is simply untrue that the “forum” conducted by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 31 provided “unfiltered information with the opportunity to ask as many questions of County leadership as” wished. The “forum” was a total sham. No one who opposes the sheriff, no one with even a neutral approach, was permitted to make any substantial presentation.

In contrast, Wilson and Chief Deputy Sheriff Sheridan spent about an hour describing the intimate details of auditing procedures.

No criticism of the sheriff’s office was offered by any of the three presenters, including yourself. Instead, there was a wall-to-wall defense. There was no counter presentation, no presentation of any kind, by anyone. There were, and are, many issues begging for public airing, in a forum for the community and concerning problems in the sheriff’s office.

Among those extremely significant issues unique to Maricopa County, there was nothing by:

an elected official, current or former; any independent attorney experienced in such matters; any other independent entity concerning the Department of Justice civil proceedings; an elected official, current or former; an organization such as the ACLU; or any other independent entity about the class action Melendres case and the injunction against the sheriff’s office.

Bob Unferth

Phoenix

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