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A panel of Arizona Appeals Court judges this week heard arguments over a sheriff's detention officer who was held in contempt of court last November for taking a confidential letter from a defense attorney's files in open court during a sentencing.
At issue is whether Maricopa County Presiding Criminal Judge Gary Donahoe erred when he ordered Detention Officer Adam Stoddard to apologize publicly to the defense attorney or go to jail. Stoddard refused to apologize and was jailed.
What this deputy did was grossly improper and undermines confidence in our court system. He deserves punishment. He does not deserve the support he has received from Mericopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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