Larry Klayman to Joe Arpaio’s ‘Rescue’ in Contempt Case

Larry Klayman to Joe Arpaio’s ‘Rescue’ in Contempt Case May 12, 2015

Okay, this is hilarious. Larry Klayman, the worst lawyer in America not named Mat Staver, already represents Joe Arpaio in his absurd lawsuit against Obama’s immigration orders, but now he’s trying to intervene in his contempt case in Arizona too. And get a load of this chutzpah:

Now Klayman has filed documents in the separate Arpaio case asking to be allowed to intervene – and to have Snow disqualified.

Klayman said in a statement about the issue that the motion cites “ethics violations and extra-judicial bias and prejudice.”

“As set forth in the pleadings, Judge Snow has unethically turned the case into a personal vindictive ‘witch-hunt’ over his wife’s statements quoting the judge and intending to harm Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s chances for re-election in 2016 as sheriff of Maricopa County through the contempt proceedings which Judge Snow has been holding,” he wrote.

Klayman’s statement explained, “The pleadings explain the basis for the disqualification and are supported by the sworn declaration of renowned ethics professor and expert Ronald Rotunda. Caught in the judge’s ‘crossfire’ of his ‘contempt’ for Sheriff Joe Arpaio is whistleblower Dennis Montgomery, whose due process, attorney/client privileges, work product and intellectual property rights have been violated.”

Klayman’s filing explains at length:

“As explained by Professor [Ronald] Rotunda, Judge Snow now has – by his own admission – an incurable personal interest in the case, at least in this new phase of this case as it has metastasized into something entirely new. At this stage, Judge Snow is the sole decision-maker in the case. By his own official inquiry, statements, and questions in open court, on the transcript, Judge Snow admits that the investigation now concerns – as least as the judge believes – the judge’s wife. As proclaimed by Judge Snow himself, Judge Snow is now unethically investigating issues about his own family.”

He continued, “This began when reports were published that Judge Snow’s wife stated to several witnesses at a restaurant that her husband, Judge Snow, wanted to do everything possible in his conduct of this case to make sure Arpaio is not re-elected as sheriff in the upcoming elections. Apparently neither Judge Snow nor his wife have denied nor sought to explain his wife’s public statement as far as intervenor or counsel are able to determine. Instead, Judge Snow is determined to investigate and threaten Dennis Montgomery and others have confirmed that Judge Snow’s wife did make the statement at issue.”

Perhaps some background is in order. Arpaio admitted under oath a couple weeks ago that he hired a private investigator to go after Judge Snow’s wife. So now Klayman is arguing that the fact that Arpaio did that means the judge must recuse himself because he’s got a personal involvement in the case. So now all you would have to do to get a judge recused is to try to investigate them while the court is investigating you. That’s some serious chutzpah. Only from the mind of Larry Klayman.


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