Flake’s son barked up the wrong tree, jury rules

Dogs at Gilbert boarding site. /Sheriff’s photo

Arpaio finally wins one

By Megan Cassidy | The Republic

A panel of eight jurors decided Thursday evening that plaintiffs in a civil trial against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio had not met their burden to prove the lawman maliciously prosecuted Arizona U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s son and his then-wife.

However, the U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake will not issue a final verdict until the defense explains its failure to turn over documents that may have benefited the plaintiffs, according to a plaintiffs’ attorney.

Jurors began deliberating at 5 p.m. and reached a verdict later in the evening, when the courthouse was closed.

Arpaio and plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Montoya confirmed the outcome to The Arizona Republic.

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