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Document-Swiping Deputy Drama Continues

• The Agitator
When last we left the standoff in Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe had given Dep. Adam Stoddard a deadline by which  to apologize for  swiping documents from a defense attorney’s file in open court last month. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed that Stoddard would not apologize. Stoddard then called a press conference Monday night in which he essentially thumbed his nose at Donahoe and continued to defend his breech of attorney-client privilege.

And since then? Yes, it’s gotten even crazier.

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Comment by Tj Wiggins
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Regardless of what YOU may think, the attorney involved might wish to make the argument that those papers were indeed...

"fitted, or intended to be used or presented to procure the payment of money from or by the United States or any officer, employee, or agent thereof, or the allowance or payment of the whole or any part of any claim, account, or demand against the United States,..."

Comment by Monroe Maxhimer
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Although I believe Stoddard stole something not belonging to him,  I see no relation of the incident to USC Title 18, Part I, Chapter 25, Section 285.  One situation is exclusive of the other.

 

 

Comment by Tj Wiggins
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TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 15 > § 285

§ 285. Taking or using papers relating to claims Whoever, without authority, takes and carries away from the place where it was filed, deposited, or kept by authority of the United States, any certificate, affidavit, deposition, statement of facts, power of attorney, receipt, voucher, assignment, or other document, record, file, or paper prepared, fitted, or intended to be used or presented to procure the payment of money from or by the United States or any officer, employee, or agent thereof, or the allowance or payment of the whole or any part of any claim, account, or demand against the United States, whether the same has or has not already been so used or presented, and whether such claim, account, or demand, or any part thereof has or has not already been allowed or paid; or
Whoever presents, uses, or attempts to use any such document, record, file, or paper so taken and carried away, to procure the payment of any money from or by the United States, or any officer, employee, or agent thereof, or the allowance or payment of the whole or any part of any claim, account, or demand against the United States—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.


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