In a debacle that has more twists and turns than a John Grishan novel, Maricopa County detention officer Adam Stoddard will spend the night in jail after all.

Even though his attorney advised against it.

“I told him to go home,” Liddy said. “But he said, no, he wanted to stay because that’s what the judge ordered.”

In fact, because of the clerical error that deputy county attorney Tom Liddy blamed on Judge Gary Donahoe, there was no way Stoddard could be officially booked.

No word yet on whether they handed him a set of pink underwear as is customary in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails. Or whether or not he will stay in the Madison Street Jail suite.

The news comes to us again from Heat City, the Phoenix blog that is operated by Nick R. Martin, a former East Valley Tribune reporter.

The Tribune, which has since gone out of business, used to be one of my main competitors when I worked as a cop reporter for the arizona republic a few years ago.

Speaking of which, the republic is still clinging to the story where Stoddard refused to apologize under its “Latest News Headlines” column.

You would hope the largest newspaper in Arizona, which happens to be within walking distance of the jail (a walk I’ve done plenty of times in 100 degree weather), would be more on top of things.

But those of us who know the republic are not surprised.