PHOENIX (AP) - Officials of Arizona's most populous county have agreed to pay more than $7 million to settle lawsuits by a former county official and two newspaper executives that accused Sheriff Joe Arpaio of abusing his powers.
Officials announced Friday that Maricopa County will pay $3.5 million to settle the lawsuit by former county Supervisor Don Stapley. He sued after Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas brought two unsuccessful criminal cases against him.
The county also will pay $3.75 million to resolve a lawsuit by two weekly newspaper executives who were arrested in 2007 for publishing information about a secret grand jury subpoena demanding information on its stories and online readers.
The county admitted no wrongdoing in its agreement to settle the cases.