2 Maricopa County supervisors plead not guilty

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PHOENIX -- Two indicted Maricopa County supervisors have entered not guilty pleas in a Tucson courtroom.

Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox faces 36 counts, including conflict of interest, perjury, forgery and false swearing. Supervisor Don Stapley was arraigned on 22 charges of fraud and misusing campaign funds.

Stapley told Pima County Superior Court Judge John S. Leonardo on Monday that he looked forward to proving that the charges were "baseless." Wilcox had no comment.

Both were released without bail.
The case was transferred to Pima County by the presiding judge in Phoenix.

The indictments intensified a nasty dispute pitting county officials against County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the county's top two law enforcement officials.

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