She writes: "There were plenty of other examples of people signing the petition with Latin names who could barely print, let alone sign, claiming a birthplace of Mexico, Guatemala, or 'not provided.'

"Many stated their occupations as 'laborer' or, in some instances, as 'laborers.'"

To be fair, Bentley does mention one — count him, one — signer of the petition with an Anglo last name. This guy's sin? According to Bentley, he misspelled his last name.

Will Linda Bentley's bogus allegations save this guy? Not a chance.
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Will Linda Bentley's bogus allegations save this guy? Not a chance.

To this point, Bentley offered the following clueless passage:

"One man signed and printed his last name 'Peterson' quite legibly. Due to Peterson being somewhat of a common name, it made more sense to look him up by address.

"However, the address revealed the registration of a man whose last name was spelled 'Pederson.'"

Wow, that's some real Sherlock Holmes-style sleuthing there, Linda. If they start prosecuting people for spelling errors, about 99 percent of the population will wind up behind bars. All but preteen winners of spelling bees.

The claim's so lame that I was almost embarrassed to ask Osborne about this one. But due diligence gave me no choice, so I e-mailed Osborne with the query.

"[I] do not have enough info to answer the question," she replied. "Do not have a Peterson/Pederson combination that I could locate. I looked at the article and found no first name. At any rate, we would match the signature and the printing style on his current and past registrations before making the determination."

Bentley smeared this fella, too. But curiously, she did not list his address, as she did with Lantigua.

I don't know enough about libel law to know whether Bentley and those who reprinted her trash are on the hook legally for it.

But Lantigua may not be the only one considering legal action. Sean McCaffrey's made some outrageous stand-alone accusations in BAN e-mail screeds about the recall's organizers. And these have prompted a response from Citizens for a Better Arizona.

Chad Snow, attorney and CBA chairman, fired off a letter last week to Pearce, McCaffrey, and Lisa Hauser, the legal attack schnauzer working on behalf of the pro-Pearce forces.

Snow wrote: "It is one thing to call us 'open borders extremists', 'socialists,' 'anarchists,' the 'open borders cartel,' 'mafia members,' 'thugs' and the like — petty name-calling, while unbecoming of a Senate president, is what we have come to expect from you.

"But when you start disseminating information accusing us of 'supporting massive voter fraud' and 'illegal' activities, you have crossed a line into defamation, which is recognized as a tort in the State of Arizona."

Because we enjoy freedom of speech in this country, as enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, there's a lot of leeway allowed when it comes to political discourse. And this is as it should be.

But Bentley has gone way too far. She even suggested in her article that Lantigua may have committed bigamy.

As this column went to press, I learned that this situation is even uglier than I first thought.

Based on Bentley's sorry reporting, Bentley's boss, Don Sorchych, editor and publisher of Sonoran News, wrote a June 22 editorial saying Lantigua was "likely an illegal."

He wrote: "Bentley found a Mexican woman who has voting rights under three different last names at the same home address. She is likely an illegal also, in which case she has no right to vote. If she is legal, she has a right to vote once, not three times."

Keep in mind that Osborne stated that Lantigua did nothing wrong. She did not double-vote, nor did she double-sign.

I called Lantigua back with Sorchych's claims. She was aghast.

"I've lived in Arizona for like the last 22, 23 years," she told me. "I went through the legal process. I became a permanent resident alien. I waited . . . [and] I became an American citizen."

Lantigua said she has a U.S. passport and works in a local bank. She confirmed that she is considering legal action against Sorchych's paper.

To which, I wish her Godspeed. Because there should be consequences for penning the bunk Bentley and Sorchych do on a regular basis.

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arek
arek

The Minnow Bentley (a/k/a "the Acid Queen of Hollywood" according to her former husband) was sued in Federal District Court, 4:12-CV-00876-FRZ. A copy of the lawsuit can be found on my blog under In-justice. I'm told that Bentley recently bought a gun from a MCSO Posse member in a bar in Cave Creek. Linda grew up in LA. and apparently had an appetite for LSD back in the day but it sure you wonder how an acid queen turned into a right wing wacko. I guess she burned out her brain from chronic drug use?

Deany_41
Deany_41

No one should be in this country but it's citizens and those in line to become one. NO ONE. Visitors with proper passports are welcome.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I would be willing to volunteer my time in any pursuit of legal action against these life-destructive hacks. I am a paralegal and have experience in working on the Arpaio legal defense time in a couple of cases (fly on the wall so to speak) so I know what evil is afoot here - nothing less than facism - I've seen the internal memos and emails PRIOR TO THEM BEING SHREDDED.

The attorneys who represent Arpaio (and probabaly these hacks too) will do and say ANYTHING to help their clients lessen their financial liability - even if it is illegal to do or say - even if it violates our constitution - even if they don't get paid . . . well not that last one, they're only doing that for their money they get from the County taxpayers for their legal bills.

Dawn Suzuki
Dawn Suzuki

Ha! Ha! Ha! - I signed the petition and we are as redneck as they come straight from Arkansas 8 years ago. Money knows no color, all you race hating people need to try working your own business and you will change your attitude overnight.

GREGORY N
GREGORY N

hey russell you "anchor baby" son of illegal aliens!! happy 4th of july!!! LOLYOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF YOU OLD LOOKING "DRUNK"

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Fuck you Gook I will say or write anything I want on here. ever hear of FREE SPEECH?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

my ramblings are nothing of substance either but I like to think of myself as an intellectual NEW TIMES writer and think I have all the answers to life's problems.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Notice how slick I am in how I put the SS in RuSSell,s name? im a Nazi SS guy myself. WHITE POWER IN THE GAY WORLD IS ALIVE AND WELL IN BISBEE ARIZONA!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

no those are 1%er bikers that are like that and gays.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I am a proud gay hippie male from Bisbee and yes I do have a crush on chad or chadly as I call him.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I take it in my ass and it has fucked up my brain.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

thats weird my middle name is chad and I am gay.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Im hooked on pain pills myself. percodan and didilidid. I love that hillbilly heroin.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I am that gay hippie coffee selling guy in Bisbee from back east. you are correct.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I think Psychbob498th is really {THE TROLL} posing as Psychbob498th. he fooled me once again. DAMN YOUR GOOD! you get me every time dude. you should be an actor.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I also find it funny that if you want to comment on anything you read on the Sonoran News site, you have to email the editor and they will decide whether or not to print your comments. Of course, the only published comments are about how much people love their articles. For such a "patriotic" publication, they sure don't like the idea that citizens have freedom of speech. What a bunch of uptight twats!

wherewasi
wherewasi

Mr. Lemons - I have been keeping an eye on Sonoran News for a retraction of this misinformation and haven't seen anything. Just wondering if you've heard from Ms. Bently on the topic of the lies she told, and if you've heard from Ms. Lantigua with any confirmation as to whether or not she plans to sue Bently and her editors.

LIFE IS
LIFE IS

LIFE = Eat Sleep Work Fuck = LIFE. Nothing Ever Changes, Then Comes Death.

Jason
Jason

You sure about that? I didn't know abuse of power and suing your employer into the poor house was part of the sheriff's position's job description.

Arek Fressadi
Arek Fressadi

If you are serious about taking down Sorchych and Bentley, send me an email at arek@fressadi.com. Read my blog at fressadi.com and see if your talent can be put to use.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Fake mikefrombisbee: Do your friends know that you are a drug informant?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Fake mikefrombisbee: do your "bros" know about your thing for nine-year-olds?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Fake mikefrombisbee: did you and troll share a cell together in PC? That would explain it. Which one of you was the punk? Or did you take turns?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

You are a very sad, lonely troll imposter who would probably find happiness perusing the kinky personals that involve dogs and whips.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Mental confusion is indeed a way of life for someone who has to steal someone else's name to get attention.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The troll does indeed repeat himself with nothing of interest to say. It is important for Goobers to TRY to silence or discredit those who challenge their shit-talking. If this is your best card,Goober, you have a very small hand.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Good try, Goober. but unsuccessful. Not clever. Just boring.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

You have way to much time on your hands and no talent except stealing someone else's name. Go play with yourself.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Troll imposter, did you have trouble making friends. Did you wet the bed, start fires and torture animals? That would explain your behavior here.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The troll is very confused. And in need of friends.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The troll imposter strikes again. Do you notice that no one is responding to you? It's not going to work. But waste your time being a13-year-old.

wherewasi
wherewasi

The real ironic thing is that if you email them (sonnews@aol.com) they want you to include your full name, address and telephone number so that they can "verify" you. LOL. Pretty crazy stuff since they don't require their writers to verify anything.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

he will get my vote and most of the gay vote also. he is awesome!

Mistalee
Mistalee

Come election day, Russell will get it straight up the ass with an erection that bears him no affection.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

in other words you will be the stud that fucks Russells tight smelly ass on election day?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I bet you also like it straight up your tight Chink Asian Ass to. You sound like you might be the hard erection volunteer that wants to jam your hard cock straight up Russels tight redneck cracker ass.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

No, it was a wannabe. I think his brain got scrambled when he used product instead of selling it to 13-year-olds. I am flattered that I have a groupie but I wish it wasn't a drug informant.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Fake mikefrombisbee: is your mother still working Van Buren for her sweet man from South Phoenix?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The Goobers have taken the only road they know. They can't compete with ideas so they pull this silly shit.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Fake mikefrombisbee: did you and troll get passed around in the joint? Variety IS the spice of life. And how was PC?

 
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