Judge wants to permanently block detectives from searching home, office

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PHOENIX -- The State Court of Appeals granted a stay that forbids Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives from serving search warrants on the home and office of the presiding judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Barbara Rodriguez Mundell.

A 2 p.m. telephonic hearing has been scheduled to hear a motion filed on behalf of Mundell seeking to permanently block detectives from searching either her home or office.

Mundell is part of a "triad" of corruption Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas claims exists between the court, the Board of Supervisors and their attorneys.

Mundell was one of four judges named in a federal racketeering suit that accuses them of hindering a criminal investigation.

The county attorney and sheriff's detectives have been looking into allegations of corruption with respect to the construction of a $340 million Superior Court tower in downtown Phoenix.