Gov. Brewer: No intervention in Maricopa County controversy

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PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer says the state's budget crisis precludes her from even considering any intervention in current clashes within the Maricopa County government.

Brewer told The Associated Press on Monday that she has not looked into whether she should or could intervene in the county's difficulties.

Those troubles include lawsuits and other proceedings involving Sheriff Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the Board of Supervisors and county administrators.

Points of contention include criminal prosecutions of two supervisors, a sheriff's investigation into a construction project, actions to rein in spending by the sheriff and lawsuits among county officials.

The dispute escalated last week when Thomas filed criminal charges against a judge in connection with the construction of a new court building.