Sheriff Arpaio Cleared of Wrongdoing

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Phoenix that President Obama's birth certificate, as presented by the White House in April 2011, is a forgery based on an investigation by the Sheriff's office.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

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    Officials in Phoenix closed an investigation on Friday of Sheriff Joe Arpaio along with some of his former and current employees and the former Maricopa County attorney, concluding that none had done anything wrong. The parties being investigated were accused of abusing their power by using county credit cards and federal money to pay for salaries, meals, and trips, among other things—allegations that investigators say did not rise to the level of crime. Investigators found "insufficient evidence of criminal intent" and "no evidence of false statements" by the sheriff and his deputy.

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