Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attorneys have filed another lawsuit against county officials, claiming administrators have conflicts of interest that prevent them from choosing lawyers for Arpaio.
Thursday's legal action came a day after the county Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to ostensibly control legal costs. The board approved a measure to hire a third-party mediator to weigh the legal claims county officials have filed alleging that they were harassed and wrongfully targeted in the course of the sheriff's various investigations.
So far, nine legal claims totaling $46 million have been filed. The latest suit marks the 13th time since 2008 that Arpaio or former County Attorney Andrew Thomas have taken legal action against administrators, judges or elected officials.