Bummer: Pima County Attorney muzzles Supercop

posted at 8:48 am on January 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I fully expect the “Free Clarence Dupnik” movement to start in 3 … 2 … 1 …

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has suddenly turned off the flow of information in the January 8th mass shootings in Tucson.  Shortly after noon Tuesday Sheriff’s PIO Jason Ogan released this terse, one-line statement:

“Until further notice, due to a controversy between the Sheriff’s Department and the County Attorney’s office, no further information reference the January 8, 2011 shooting will be released.”

The statement put an end to an interview that Sheriff’s Bureau Chief Richard Kastigar had been scheduled to give just 45 minutes later, at 1:00 PM.  Kastigar had agreed to come to KGUN9′s newsroom to discuss security videos recorded in the Safeway parking lot the morning a deranged gunman opened fire, killing 6 people and wounding or injuring 14 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  CNN had booked a satellite interview with Kastigar, to be conducted by journalist Wolf Blitzer.

Awwwww.  Obviously, the Pima County Attorney Office has its priorities all wrong.  Don’t they know that they’re wasting an opportunity to get Pima County and its sheriff in the national news?  Isn’t that their highest priority?  It certainly seems to be a higher priority for Sheriff Dupnik than, say, running a professional and objective investigation.

Actually, the county attorney appears to have another priority in mind:

As KGUN9 News has reported, some critics have suggested that some statements from the Sheriff’s Department — particularly those from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik — could serve to work against prosecutors.

Gee, you mean having the man who’s ostensibly in charge of the investigation going on national TV to blame Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin might complicate the case for the people who have to prosecute it?  No kidding!  (via the Boss Emeritus)


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This shut put a bit of gas in the tank of the “Recall Dipstick” movement.

KingGold on January 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Beer summit!!

csdeven on January 20, 2011 at 8:52 AM

He’s been sheriff a long time. He knows to be tight lipped about ongoing investigations/prosecutions. Lochner at least has the defense of being insane, the sheriff doesn’t. Six people dead and the sheriff wants to politicize it.

rbj on January 20, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Kastigar had agreed to come to KGUN9′s newsroom to discuss security videos recorded in the Safeway parking lot the morning a deranged gunman opened fire

According to the linked story, this guy also appeared front and center at Christiane Amanpour’s “Town Hall”. The entire sheriff’s department sound very dangerous if you get between them and a TV camera.

Marcus on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

It took them long enough.

AnninCA on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

This shut put a bit of gas in the tank of the “Recall Dipstick” movement.

KingGold on January 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Sadly, it won’t have much chance. We’ve been trying for years to get rid of the old fool, but he’s too well connected and knows where all the bodies are buried.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Nice tag line Ed….

:)

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Finally found a sock big enough…

Gohawgs on January 20, 2011 at 8:57 AM

This shut put a bit of gas in the tank of the “Recall Dipstick” movement.

KingGold on January 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

X-D Love it!

And I’m with you Ann…it’s about bloody time.

Dark-Star on January 20, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Sadly, it won’t have much chance. We’ve been trying for years to get rid of the old fool, but he’s too well connected and knows where all the bodies are buried.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

You say that, but has his profile ever been this high and this caustic before? If he’s held responsible for Loughner getting a lesser sentence, or worse, that it comes to light that he dropped the ball, you could clock completion of recall petitions on an egg-timer.

KingGold on January 20, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Rush was right.

And that statement is pretty revealing. Why wouldn’t they just cancel the presser and leave it at that. Why actually announce that there is a fight between the Sheriff and the prosecutors. Somebody must have been pissed off when they fired that one out.

forest on January 20, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Six people dead and the sheriff wants to politicize it.

rbj on January 20, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Anything for the president.

the_nile on January 20, 2011 at 8:59 AM

From the beginning, Dupnik wore his politics on his sleeve and also used his position of law authority as a megaphone to taint the investigation. He was unprofessional from the start and throughout.

Dupnik wanted the discussion to center around the AZ law re illegals, a law that he vigorously protests. He was the surrogate that set the stage for ObaMao, Holder, and Napolitano to swoop onto the stage for the memorial.

Dupnik should have been muzzled at the outset.

Ann Coulter has a good column about the mudslinging that has skewed accurate reporting and prevented objective investigation.
http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/printer_friendly.cgi?article=406

onlineanalyst on January 20, 2011 at 8:59 AM

It took them long enough.

AnninCA on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Exactly.

This counties law enforcement entities are apparently so devoid of professionalism and common sense that it takes weeks to shut a Sheriff up that is making unsubstantiated accusations and politicizing a major crime.

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The Pima County Attorney’s office acted stupidly.

av8tr on January 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Wait a tic,they want a Lefty muzzled,
now that,is a fresh breath of air!!

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

I was wondering when this was going to happen, what I can’t believe is that it didn’t happen right after his very first idiotic statement.

After 35 years in the business, I could not believe that I was hearing from this sheriff. If he runs his department like he runs his mouth, it has to be a very sad sheriff’s department.

kam582 on January 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

AnninCA has the thread winner this time out.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2011 at 9:08 AM

CNN had booked a satellite interview with Kastigar, to be conducted by journalist lapdog Wolf Blitzer.

FIFY

Tim Zank on January 20, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Obviously, the selfish county attorney’s office doesn’t understand that the most important thing this investigation can do is keep Sarah Palin out of the White House, and shut down talk radio and Fox News. Why in the world would they think successfully prosecuting Loughner is a high priority here? (unless of course, the prosecutor’s office is secretly a hive of Palinistas and Dittoheads trying to bring the dark night of fascism across the land. These Nazi’s probably went against the brave sheriff last year too, and actually said they would uphold their oath of office by enforcing the Arizona 1070 law, unlike Dupnik, who pledged to ignore his legal duty to the state…)

jon1979 on January 20, 2011 at 9:11 AM

I finally agree with one comment AnninCA has made.

It took her long enough;-)

mossberg500 on January 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Dipstick claims 52 years in law enforcement. How many other crimes have been committed when he looked the other way cuz someone was connected? How many other cases has he put in jeopardy with his mouth? This whole show would run like a B western if it weren’t for the fact that 6 people were killed. Not much press for the judge, who was a republican and a hero.

Kissmygrits on January 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Does this pathetic tool really think that his new friends in the MSM and Washington are gonna come riding to his rescue next year when the civil litigation regarding professional malfeasance in the sheriff’s office starts?

He’ll be tossed so far under the bus there will be tire tracks on his badge.

Bruno Strozek on January 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I bet Rush had something to do with this. Probably the DA is a ditto head.How many more people is Rush going to thrill before they stop him Just because he’s right 99.80% of the time is no reason to let him get away with this. I guess the only way we can shut Rush up is to elect him President.
/sar.

BruceB on January 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I fully expect the “Free Clarence Dupnik” movement to start in 3 … 2 … 1 …

Is Dupnik Pima County’s Liu Xiaobo?

ted c on January 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

A perfect storm!

The police have a tremendous amount of discretionary power.

The media in this nation is largely out of control.

All kinds of politicians want Governor Palin stopped.

IlikedAUH2O on January 20, 2011 at 9:20 AM

It’s about time somebody shut down that left wing, loudmouth jackass.

rplat on January 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Dipstick is going to be the defense team’s star witness when they go to trial.

“See? See? Our client, although clearly insane, was driven to the horrible acts by the violent rhetoric he heard on talk radio.

Your honor, we’d like to call Sheriff Dupnik.”

BowHuntingTexas on January 20, 2011 at 9:22 AM

“Heck of a job, Brownie.”—–George W. Bush

Enters the Bush-hating lexicon for deranged leftists and media elite. Quote still referenced today as punchline.

“I just wanted to call and thank you for the outstanding job you have done, Sheriff Dupnik.”—–Barack Obama

{{{{{{{[ CRICKETS }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

David2.0 on January 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM

As KGUN9 News has reported, some critics have suggested that some statements from the Sheriff’s Department — particularly those from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik — could serve to work against prosecutors.

g’head Dupnik, march on over to the DA’s office and harp about how your statements were based upon your 52 years in law enforcement again, and see where it gets you.

I really don’t have a problem with Dupnik talking. There’s something about being entertained by such a fool.

ted c on January 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM

It’s about time someone decided to muzzle that rodeo clown cop!

pilamaye on January 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Sounds like the DA threatened to get a gag order against Dipshite from the court.

Blake on January 20, 2011 at 9:27 AM

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canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Wait, isn’t a muzzle part of a gun? Oh, WHEN will this violent rhetoric end!

apostic on January 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM

I really don’t have a problem with Dupnik talking. There’s something about being entertained by such a fool.

ted c on January 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Obviously you aren’t a family member of any of the victims (or one of the victims yourself). Otherwise you might not find it so entertaining.

Tommy_G on January 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Dupnick= Cindy Sheehan II.

The media will let Dipstick flap his gums and muddy the waters until it is no longer adventageous. Then throw him to the wolves by ignoring him.

Can’t say I feel sorry for him, either.

Jack Deth on January 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Time to meet at the Boar’s Nest for a beer summit?

forest on January 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

We guess that since this is a Federal case right now and bummas speech gave him a poll bounce the word was from on high.His holiness is doin’ better so they told dipstick to stow it.plus then needed the airtime in DC to cover the LAVISH dinner.
Please do not pick on Ann it is unseemly.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I finally agree with one comment AnninCA has made.
It took her long enough;-)
mossberg500 on January 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Oh, snap! (But I concur with AnninCA on this one, too.)

ya2daup on January 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Obviously you aren’t a family member of any of the victims (or one of the victims yourself). Otherwise you might not find it so entertaining.

Tommy_G on January 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

i guess you’re right. No harm intended.

ted c on January 20, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Barbara LaWall probably has a dart board with Dupnik’s face attached by now.

andy85719 on January 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I await the old, sun dried, retired gunfighter to strap on the worn, but cared-for, leather rig and ride into Old Tucson at high noon to challenge the despotic sheriff. Can’t remember the name of that movie.

Yoop on January 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Hey, wait till the defense attorney’s put Rush and Sarah on their witness list…

I R A Darth Aggie on January 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM

I await the old, sun dried, retired gunfighter to strap on the worn, but cared-for, leather rig and ride into Old Tucson at high noon to challenge the despotic sheriff. Can’t remember the name of that movie.

Yoop on January 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

I think that was a Clint Eastwood movie… yeah… Bridges of Madison County….

apostic on January 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Supercop Needs to helping these guys

Border Patrol Reduced to Picking Up Trash
This is what Obama and the looney left have our boarder security doing…

the video is so fitting.

Nearly Nobody on January 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

It’s about d@mn time they did. Sheeeeeeeeeesh!

capejasmine on January 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Sheriff’s PIO Jason Ogan released this terse, one-line statement:

The Pima County Attorney’s statement was probably much shorter…STFU.

scrubjay on January 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Gosh, what will the left do without their nightly ‘Dumpnik’ on the right.

Still, he’s got a future. Anti immigration, dumps on the right; If he was a Republican, you could stick a ‘Mavericky Maverick’ in front of the Dumpnik and run him for President. Just trying to be helpful to all you McCain fellows desperate to lose another election in 2012.

austinnelly on January 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Is there any wonder why Arizona is soon to become a latino state when you have law enforcement of th caliber of Dipstick? When you elect obviously intellectually bankrupt liberals to positions of law enforcement, you cannot complain.

volsense on January 20, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Hold the press!

Sarah Palin is responsible for the shooting because she had cross hairs on a map, but the local ABC affiliate in Tucson gets away with their call letters being K GUN 9? Not only were they giving Loughner a subliminal message to buy a gun, they even told him what caliber to buy.

thuljunior on January 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Is there any wonder why Arizona is soon to become a latino state when you have law enforcement of th caliber of Dipstick? When you elect obviously intellectually bankrupt liberals to positions of law enforcement, you cannot complain.

volsense on January 20, 2011 at 10:33 AM

We have Sheriff Joe to balance out the stupidity from the neighboring county.

jennifernaz on January 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I dread the day that the old fart Dupnik writes a book. He is not through with this, and he loves being a celebrity.

mobydutch on January 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

@ Nearly Nobody on January 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Thanks for posting that info about the Border Patrol. What an outrageous use of resources to send the Border Patrol out to pick up trash!

GrannySunni on January 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM

County Attorney tells Dupnik to shut up while Obama calls him to thank him.

Barrack on January 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM

MSM to Supercop: Hey, thanks for the soundbites. Enjoy the end of your career. We’re out of here.

RadClown on January 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM

County Attorney tells Dupnik to shut up while Obama calls him to thank him.

Barrack on January 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM
That phone call has always bugged me because within 24 hours Obama gave his civility speech , and then, the next day the Obama lovefest began by the left and the right.

mobydutch on January 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Pima County has one of the most corrupt legal systems in the country—I know cuz I have the scars.

Becauase I dared to challenge ‘one of their pwn’… 3 law firms and a judge made sure I paid.

Pima Co’s corruption was highlighted in the New Yorker a few years back…

And its a VERY blue county

deedtrader on January 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

There’s much more than Dupenik’s politics going on here.

Dupenik’s earlier statements about pushing back against complaints from citizens about multiple previous death threats made by Loughner needs to be investigated. Did he fail to investigate and lay charges because Loughner’s mother is an employee of the same county as Dupenik? Why didn’t he enforce the law to the extent of his ability?

At best Dupenik is incompetent, but more likely he will be sued in a civil proceeding by survivors for his negligence in performance of his duties.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

As KGUN9 News has reported, some critics have suggested that some statements from the Sheriff’s Department — particularly those from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik — could serve to work against prosecutors.

Ya think???? Add to that all this media crap that repeats over and over how “crazy” this guy was.

katablog.com on January 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Most likely Dupnik has envied Sheriff Joe for all his national popularity and air time on TV all these years. I’m pretty sure it galled him that Sheriff Joe got all this recognition for getting to express his views, which were totally opposite of Dupnik’s. He saw his chance to also become a media darling, and he played it for all he could.

silvernana on January 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Actually, I’m surprised there wasn’t a gag order hearing.

ButterflyDragon on January 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

On another note, Channel 9 needs to get new call letters, their KGUN is sending the wrong message to Pima County Loughnerites.

And – the autoplay ads on HotAir are definitely a POS.

PJ Emeritus on January 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM

We’ve been trying for years to get rid of the old fool, but he’s too well connected and knows where all the bodies are buried.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

I would be willing to bet that whoever Dupnik’s opponent turns out to be, would be able to raise gobs and gobs of campaign cash from all over America. So there is some hope of dumping him.

Edouard on January 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Obama and Dupnik are one.

“Together we Thrive” — new Obama slogan

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM

This is what Obama and the looney left have our boarder security doing…

Nearly Nobody on January 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I didn’t know we owned a bed and breakfast.

RadClown on January 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I hope his future opponent for re-election capitalizes on the “Sheriff Dipstick” pseudonym. (sp?).

Love this tag name they put on this putz.

karenhasfreedom on January 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I see one of those long novelty canes reaching towards Sheriff Dipsticks’ neck.

Coronagold on January 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I really can’t imagine why someone wouldn’t want to seek some kind of civil damages against this sheriff’s mouth. He has inflamed and incited. He is abusing his authority and very possibly was negligent in his duties to protect the community. Now, his mouth may have negatively effected the case being brought against the shooter. Heck, liberals never need a legitimate reason to bring a lawsuit. Obama will sue an entire state for upholding the law. Conservatives need to use the courts to protect the righteous.

JellyToast on January 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

I was thinking the county DA is another socialist democrat who would rather Supercop Dupnik quit embarrassing the party. Now that these people are up on the law I was hoping that Dupnik would be involuntarily taken to a mental ward for observation and evaluation. Maybe he could spend the rest of his life in a ward making baskets……….

kens on January 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Dupnik. Liar, democrat,evil. oops, I am being redundant.

proconstitution on January 20, 2011 at 7:58 PM