May 26, 2012

Dupnik Denies Lawless Access to Public Records

Since the end of March, I have tried to get access to ALL the public records pertaining to the Arivaca Massacre and the trials of Shawna Forde, Jason Bush, and Albert Gaxiola.  Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has directed that his Records Department Supervisor, Frank Gonzales, frustrate me in every possible way.  

The good news is that Arizona has a public records law which requires government agencies allow any resident of Arizona access to inspect the records and to read them during normal business hours.  The bad news is that if they choose to jerk you around, then your only recourse is to sue them in civil court.  I already asked the Attorney General's office to intervene, and they are empowered to do nothing to compel a county sheriff to stop breaking the law.

Two months ago, I filed a lawsuit against Dupnik.  Lisa Aubuchon, a former county prosecutor who was a crusader against government corruption, has handled this matter for me.  We are in the process of negotiating with Dupnik's legal representative, who appears to be cooperating after telling serial lies and using invalid arguments to deny me access.

What concerns me is whether or not I will waste a trip to Tucson and still be denied access.  

Most troubling is their continued denial of access to video/audio which might prove embarrassing to Sheriff Dupnik.  Regardless of where you stand on these cases, there is much more to them than has been reported in the mainstream media, and I am engaged in a search for the truth.