Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County, To Answer Wilkins Claims

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/23/2009

Coincidentally or otherwise, one day after I was almost killed in a freak car accident which my driver-side wheel detached from the rotor and bearing while I was driving, a federal judge ordered Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio to answer several claims in my pro-se federal lawsuit.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence O. Anderson denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss the case on Tuesday, while also dismissing some of the Plaintiff’s (my) claims. READ THE ENTIRE ORDER INJuly 22, 2008 – September 17, 2008….58 days.

Maricopa County must file an answer to claims that the Plaintiff was “forced several times to stand in small holding cells with upwards of 60 coughing, bleeding inmates who could not move because of crowding”; that the Plaintiff was forced to eat rotten, moldy food and drink dirty water that comes from a toilet; that Plaintiff was denied his blood pressure medication and a splint for his broken hand; and that Plaintiff was forced to strip naked several times and has his genitals fondled by a male detention officer during a strip search. The Court also granted discovery so the Plaintiff may find out the true identity of the detention officer, who is referred to as a “Doe” defendant in the amended complaint.

The lawsuit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, and an unspecified amount of nominal and punitive damages.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court are reviewing separate petitions for review of the criminal charges levied against me. The federal lawsuit against the Tempe Police and City of Tempe are still pending and there’s been no activity in said case since September.

2 thoughts on “Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County, To Answer Wilkins Claims

  1. GA

    Brian, read your post about the Maricopa County Sheriff’s and police departments and happen to be aware of some of your complaints through direct experience of their notorious reckless conduct which have on various occasions placed my life in danger and almost had me killed. Would like you to contact me at the email address posted as soon as possible.

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