By David Cuillier | February 26th, 2009
The Tucson Citizen is likely to go out of business next month, but at least it’s going out swinging. The small afternoon daily (the little guy in the city’s JOA with the Arizona Daily Star), is expected to close next month unless Gannett can find a buyer, but at least the attorneys will get some money.
This week a judge ordered the Maricopa County Sheriff to pay an additional $29,403 in attorney fees, bringing the total payout to $54,644. The paper sued when the sheriff tried to keep records secret, a common occurence by Sheriff Joseph Arpaio (another common occurence: Arpaio losing to newspapers in public records battles). Arpaio’s obstinance is putting several media lawyers’ kids through college, at the expense of taxpayers. Kudos to Arizona newspapers for continuing to force Arpaio to follow the law.