Dismissal of Don Stapley charges upheld

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PHOENIX - Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley has formally been cleared of misdemeanor charges against him.

On Wednesday the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of a lower court, which had disimissed the charges.

"This is a huge, huge win," Stapley said.

Stapley was first arrested and charged with filing a false or incomplete financial disclosure in 2008.

He argued that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors had never implemented the regulations requiring them to file financial disclosures.

"Stapley cannot be charged with violating disclosure requirements that did not exist," a judge wrote in Wednesday's ruling.

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his allies including Sheriff Joe Arpaio spearheaded the 118-count case against Stapley alleging the supervisor had committed theft and fraud.

Stapley has long maintained the allegations against him were part of a wider political attack against county employees.

"We were just trying to do our jobs and because they disagreed with us politically they used the power of their office to wreak havoc on the county," Stapley said.

Neither Thomas nor Arpaio responded to 3TV's requests for comment.

Stapley filed a claim against Maricopa County and Thomas last year seeking punitive and other damages.