Media Advisory

Legal challenge to attempted illegal and taxpayer costly 'recall' of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by newly formed 'Citizens to Protect Fair Election Results'
    Press Conference

    Date: February 20, 2013
    Place: W Hotel, 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Time: 2:00 PM – Mountain Time
(February 20, 2013). This morning a newly formed group of concerned Arizona citizens, named the "Citizens to Protect Fair Election Results" (CPFER), stated that it will hold a press conference later today, Feb. 20th, to announce its legal demand that an entity called "Respect Arizona" immediately cease and desist from initiating a recall of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, or legal actions will be pursued against Respect Arizona and its officers personally. CPFER is concerned that Recalls of fairly elected officials are being improperly instituted outside of the law, are being initiated solely to overturn election results which recall proponents simply do not like, and have the real potential of voiding and thereby disenfranchising the votes of the majority,

CPFER has hired Larry Klayman, ESQ., the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch but Klayman will be appearing in his private capacity in this case. According to CPFER and Klayman, Arpaio is being subjected to an illegal and unconstitutional recall effort in a politically if not criminally motivated attempt to harass and prevent Arpaio from carrying out his duties as the chief law enforcement officer of Maricopa County. Since Arpaio was only recently reelected to a sixth term on November 6, 2012, Respect Arizona's petition is not only untimely but fails to set forth any valid grounds for a recall so soon after this election.

"If Respect Arizona's illegal recall effort were to become the norm, then all public officials in the state could be recalled without cause, thus severely harming the electoral system. Even judges could be subject to this sort of harassment. And, at a time of severe fiscal crisis, this illegal recall effort wastes the scarce resources of the taxpayers, the county and the state," Klayman says.

To learn more about the legal basis of this planned legal action against Respect Arizona and its officers on behalf of the citizens of Maricopa County and the state, media are invited to attend the Press Conference tomorrow. A copy of CPFER's legal demand will be made available to the media at the conference. For more information, contact 623-224-9365 or
Cease and Desist Demand Concerning Illegal Planned Recall of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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