By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
The first cracks in the Berlin Wall have begun, but Comrade Montgomery's unwilling to concede the inevitable.
When it comes to those gaps in the concrete, he'd rather not discuss them at all. Surely that will make them go away.
Forgive the Cold War metaphor, but like an apparatchik under an ailing premier in the old USSR, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery plods along, blinders firmly on, fearful of the change nipping at his loafers.
Considering Montgomery's self-serving stance on comprehensive immigration reform (he's for it, allegedly), you'd think that in the wake of federal Judge G. Murray Snow's recent order in the civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, a little political courage would be forthcoming from our county attorney.
Snow found that the Sheriff's Office engaged in biased policing against Latinos and ordered the MCSO to cut it out. He set a hearing for June 14 (Arpaio's 81st birthday) to discuss what will happen next.
Arpaio's attorney, Tim Casey, whose firm has billed close to $1 million on the case, has promised an appeal, which is sure to make him an even richer man at taxpayer expense.
It'll make the county poorer still, as it now must pay the plaintiffs' legal fees, which already are more than $1 million. And if the MCSO loses an appeal, it could cost us maybe another $1 million.
But since Casey knows that Snow's order is unlikely to be overturned and as he and the sheriff hope to avoid the independent monitor the plaintiffs want to oversee the decision, the MCSO already has begun to comply.
The sheriff's illegal-immigrant hotline has been unplugged, and the ads on MCSO vehicles advertising it are being removed.
Reportedly, freeway patrols for illegal immigrants will be suspended. And there will be no more work-site raids hunting for undocumented workers, at least for the time being. Casey's even been able to keep Arpaio on a leash, for the moment.
Yet, Montgomery continues to prosecute undocumented workers caught in Arpaio's previous employer raids, holding them non-bondable on jacked-up forgery charges, to coerce guilty pleas that'll make them deportable.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division put Montgomery on notice in a letter to his office, suggesting that such cases were tainted because the MCSO engages in "a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing."
Among other findings in the 22-page letter, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez concluded that the MCSO's Criminal Employment Squad "targets work sites where most, if not all, of the employees are Latino."
Also, CES detectives "typically detain and investigate the immigration status of all employees at a raided work site whether or not the employees are listed in the warrant authorizing the raid."
This, under the guise of "enforcing state forgery and identity theft statutes."
Notoriously, Montgomery denounced the DOJ letter, claiming that there was no evidence offered by the Justice Department to back up its allegations, though the department offered examples of its findings and provided an outline of them in "sufficient detail" to alert Monty of "the violations committed" by the MCSO.
Nevertheless, Montgomery copped a cowboy attitude and told the Justice Department to "put up or shut up." Not long after Monty's Clint Eastwood moment, the department sued the MCSO and the county in federal court on civil rights' grounds, a legal action that remains in play.
(As an aside, the law firms involved in battling the DOJ have billed $837,744, according to the county. Which you can add to the more than $2 million the Melendres case has cost taxpayers already, when defendants' and plaintiffs' bills are combined.)
Monty's parroted this line whenever anyone's brought up the DOJ letter in the context of his apartheid-like policies toward the undocumented.
So now that Judge Snow has issued a 142-page decision offering "findings of fact" drawn from evidence, statistics, and testimony provided in large part by the MCSO, what does Monty have to say for himself?
Bupkis. A recent press conference at his offices mostly was dedicated to the Jodi Arias trial.
Much of the press played along, but this may have been by design, as New Times reporters simply were left off an e-mail list notifying other local journos of the presser.
Thankfully, KJZZ reporter Jude Joffe-Block was present and asked Monty the question that made him squirm: How would his office be affected by Snow's ruling?
"We have been looking very carefully at submittals involving human smuggling and employment-related fraud cases to ensure that they pass constitutional muster," Montgomery told her. "For all those cases we have been handling, not a single one has been dismissed by a court because there was no probable cause for the arrest."
That is a highly disingenuous response, considering that in several cases I have followed involving undocumented workers accused of ID theft and forgery, there have been serious problems with the evidence against the accused.
Seventy-year-old Rafael Lavallande Gonzalez, a diabetic, was nabbed in Arpaio's raid of a GNC warehouse last August. The prosecution wouldn't allow defense lawyers to see the original paperwork in Gonzalez's employment file until trial began about five months later.
When his attorneys reviewed the evidence, they found that one of the documents purported to have been forged by Gonzalez had Wite-Out on it, with a false Social Security number written in another person's handwriting.
Free Debra Milke, boys. Your credibility, what's left of it, is on the line. You have nothing on this woman and you know it.
On the day Zenil's case was going to trial, Montgomery's prosecutor revealed that the Social Security number she supposedly had "forged" was her own, obtained legally when she was a child.
Zenil pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a deal with the MCAO and went free.
Why? Seriously, if all of you Pro-Joe types out there only want to see illegals prosecuted, then why are you putting up with this kind of bullshit, whether it's MCSO or DPS? After bing held for SIX MONTHS, they admit that her SSN wasn't forged, but was in fact legit, and instead of someone apologizing, they STILL get her to plead to a deal? What the FUCK is wrong with people in Arizona? Any normal place, and they would have had her out in 6 hours, not 6 fucking MONTHS.
And people wonder why everyone bites at the "Arizonans are racist" lure... It doesn't take very much convincing. But hey, at least you pull the focus away from some of the dumb shit the politicians do here in Utah occasionally.
Sheriff Joe doesn't have to do freeway patrols for illegal immigrants, he knows where they work, loaf, hide and smuggle. He will sniff them out. His nose isn't big for nothing. Go Sheriff Joe.
We think they country would be best served to put Military and take action at the border aginst all illegals, but they haven't really done that have they, after all these Americans asked and begged. then they just looked the other way and let all these illegals in, not folliowing our laws, not listening to Americans, not serving the USA citizens, not protecting our country, but choosing to commit cri mes against the USA. That is waht the feds are doing. Aiding and abetting the enemy invaders, which would be treason under any other name. Not Immigrants.
You only have to look at what the feds are saying to see they are lieing about what they are doing.
And you only have to look at AMricopa's Sheriff'swebsite to see they aren't profiling. One day I met an attorney for an illegal who said he was stopped and profiled for not having a drivers license. He said he was a young man but here illegally...well, I said, "Yeah, it seeems like profiling when these young people get stopped to see if theya re old enough to drive. I guess it does seem like profiling. My son has been stopped about 5- 10 times. I never thought it was profiling though, because we don't call it that, we call it the right of the police officer to decide who to stop. Only Mexicans who are illegal call it profiling. "
tHIS jUDGE IS USING THE SAME OL' CRUD TO SAY aRPAIO DID WRONG WHEN IN FACT HE IS SERVING THE PEOPLE OF maRICOPA AND aRIZONA WITH THE SERVICES THEY APOPINTED HIM FOR---TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS FROM PEOPLE WHO AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. tHE COUNTY NEEDS TO COUNTER SUE SAYING aRPAIO HAD THE RIGHT TO PURSUE AND DETAIN AS NEEDED THE PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF COVERT, AIDING , ABETTING AND BREAKING OF NOT ONLY fEDERAL LAW BUT OF LOCAL LAWS SINCE HE IS OVER A LARGE PART OF aRIZONA. THE FEDS CANNOT CONTINUE TO QUOTE ONE LAW WHEN THEY ARE IGNORING ALL THE OTHERS. tHIS jUDGE NEEDS TO BE REPRIMANDED. wHY NOT HAVE A jUDGE THAT CAN ACTUALLY QUOTE THE REST OF THE LAW. if THE FEDS WERE" CONTROLLING" IMMIGRATIOIN aRPAIO WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE DOING WHAT HE AHS BEEN DOING, AND SO THE fEDS CASE SHOULD BE THROWN OUT THE WINDOW FOR COMPRMMISING THE INTEGRITY OF arizona's ability to defend Arizona for the ARIZONANS...THE MERE KNOWLEDGE AND FACT OF THE FEDS USING THIS STUPID QUOTE TO SAY THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTROL IMMIGRATION WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE IGNORING THE IMMIGRATION LAWS HAS GOT TO STOP. WE CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTROL AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM THE FOREIGN INVASION THE FEDS ARE IGNORING BY MERE INCORPORATION OF THE STATES BY STATE CONSTITUTIONS. THE FACT T HAT THE FEDS HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL IMMIGRATION MEANS THEY HAVE THE RIGHT AND DUTY TO FOLLOW OUR FEDERAL LAWS WHICH IN FACT STATES THE ILLEGALS ARE ILLEGALS. SINCE THE SHERIFF AND THE STATTE CONTROL WHO AND WHAT ARE LAW BREAKERS AND SINCE THERE IS NO RIGHT FOR THE FEDS TO CONTROL OUR STATES LAWS, THEN WE SHOULD ALL CALL OUT THESE FED LIARS AND INSIST THAT THEY NOT ONLY FOLLOW THE LAW BUT THEY HAVE A RIGHT AND DUTY TO STEP BACK AND LET US ENFORCE THE LAWS IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND STATES ESPEICALLY IF THE FEDS ARE GOING SO FAR, AS THEY DO, TO SAY THAT THEY ARE ALLOWING ILLEGALS TO INVADE OUR CONTRY, NO PROBLEM,. WHEN IN FACT THEY A RE OUR SERVANTS AND THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR GIVING AN EDGE TO THE ILLEGALS AND FOR GIVING OUR COUNTRY AWAY. STOP IT NOW ARIZONA, THIS ISN'T ABOUT A RACIAL PROFILING, IT IS ABOUT THE FEDERAL GIOVERNMENT TRYING TO TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE TO ALLOW THIS FOREIGN INVASION WHEN THEY ARE ACTUALLY BREAKING THE LAWS THEMSELVES. THINK TWICE, AND PROTECT YOUR OWN AND OUR COUNTRY.
DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK THE FEDS ARE GOING TO PROTECT YOU FROM INCREASING NUMBERS OF ILLEGALS? YOU BETTER GET BEHIND YOUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS UNLESS YOU WANT TO BECOME PART OF MEXICO AND HAVE THE DOLLAR DROP DOWN TO THE .10 PESO VALUE. CALL mCCAIN AND DEMAND THE FEDS BACK OFF. hE IS OVER THE COMMITTEE FOR HOME LAND SECUIRTY AS WELL AS THE GIVEAWY "iMMIGRATION rEFORM" WHICH IS REALLY NOT IMMIGRATION REFORM BUT REFORMING OUR AMERICAN LAWS TO FIUT THE LIFESTYLE AND ILLEGAL CHOICES OF THE ILLEGALS AND MEXICO. MY FAMILY HAS BEEN IN AMERICA FOR 1000'S OF YEARS NOT A FEW HUNDRED...BUT WE ARE NOT MEXIANS. NEVER. WE ARE AMERICANS AND THIS IS OUR LAND AND THE FEDS BETTER START PROTECTING US FROM INVASION.
This jerk is not much of an attorney. We don't fund schools anymore in Maricopa County, we pay for lawsuits against politicians who believe that the law is something for everyone else to obey and that does not apply to them. While some think that the racist statements that these creatons make are cute and that it makes them feel better regarding the failed federal immigration policy the actions of these idiots is costly to our state and to our county. I wish they would go back to Utah or Mississippi where their radical beliefs would be welcomed. They can take along our current attorney general Horne(y), Andrew Thomas, the spirit of JT Ready and Russel Pearce with them. These people should be considered outlaws here, not leaders.
Why is it that Maricopa County keeps electing Lemons like our current do nothing pretty boy empty suit Bill Montgomery as County Attorney anyhow? Oh well after all Arizona also have the most total incompetent do nothing Arizona State Attorney General ever Tom Horne! Bill Montgomery and Tom Horne the worst pair of totally corrupt Lemons and Total Incompetents to ever embarass the people of Arizona along with Governor Drunk Jan Brewer! Montgomery,Horne all need to be Recalled!
Have you seen the latest news? The GOP has rejected the Dream Act. Yes the change coming is something you're not gonna like. Didn't I tell you to watch what's coming? It is being suggested that all Dreamers get deported. Amen!!!!!!
Monty reminds me of Andrei Vyshinsky, Stalin's chief prosecutor. "Suppression and the use of force by the state are still essential during the transition period [from capitalism to communism] - force, however, exerted by the exploited majority upon the exploiting minority, different in type and new in principle. The indispensability of this force necessitates a special apparatus, the special machinery, to crush enemies and all elements hostile to (my career goals) [socialism].
Now the DOJ can get the judge hearing their lawsuit to force a monitor up the Old Fool's ass due to the Melendres ruling.
I also think a monitor should be required at MCAO to insure that all the cases tainted by the Flaccid Failure are dismissed with no ability to refile.
What do you say to that MontyPug? You still think the DOJ should put up or shut up?
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
All those examples you provided about these people being in jail for MONTHS waiting to be released or deported....yet that Maldonado lady that was detained for a week in Mexico got all the press and the country out crying for her release including our very own Mr. Hendley!
Thanks FB good article, we all know Monty is nothing but Arpaio's lap dog.
I had been estimating, on these pages, that the two civil rights cases were costing the County around $2 million to date. Let's see $1 million to Casey, $1 million to the ACLU (at least it's a good cause), another $837,744 to Casey. Plus expert witness, court reporter and other fees; plus a mountain of County employee times over the last five years; plus who what all else.
We are well about $3 million. With much more to come? For what? To lose again? To attempt to deport a few hundred dish washers - at additional immense expense? In a few months it may all be moot with what Congress does. Appealing this case is just crazy.
There will be no change to see, at least not the way you want to see it. Reform will be stopped at the last minute. It will never pass. If it does, the American people will fight back. We'll recall or have fired every politician supporting it. Besides, Eric Holder is on his way out which is a big plus to defeating immigration reform.
Montgomery is nothing but Arpaio's Lap Dog, and he is "fearful of Arpaio nipping at the Butt Cheeks above his Loafers."
Poor little Comrade Montgomery is bought and paid for by the Convicted Racist Furor?!
According to the N.Y. Times yesterday, the Arizona border has been effectively sealed and most of the traffic is now been rerouted through Texas.
^^ Idiot alert....
I would like to know who gave J.T. Ready the six High Tech Military Rocket Proppelled Grenade Weapons of Mass Destruction that the news showed found at his Gilbert Home!
Shortly after the Massacre the Military suspended Gear to Law Enforcement stating another of J.T. Ready's Pals Sheriff Babeu?!
@truthseekeraz Exactly right. The Milke case is an embarrassment to the entire state. Saldate, Levy and the rest should be held responsible for this unbelievable miscarriage of justice. Serious crimes have been committed against this woman, who has already served more time than most people who have actually pulled the trigger.
@JoeArpaioFan You act like you had something to do with it .cause you said I told you ....here's something I'm going to tell you ......don.t you have some toilets to clean at BK? Did they fire you for wacking off in the bathroom AGAIN ...you ought stay home and play with your Barbies chomo arpaio butt monkey , Have a nice day!
@JAFFYDUCK.N-WAY UR hero is going down and that's the main thing, taken out of office because He is CONVICTED RACIST, and that's comming very soon, hopefully death comes sooner though to take Him out of His misery.
I wonder what happened with the "raids" that U predicted. I know what happened, Judge Snow ORDERED the RACIST 1 to STOP!!, and the PUSSY SHURF HAD TO COMPLY. Now probably He is STAGING all those rescues and drug busts to try to CON His way out, but anybody who knows the OLD FOOL can see that what He is doing is nothing but His usual stunts, what a predictable POS. TALKING ABOUT A ONE TRICK OLD PONNY.
@truthseekeraz MCSO wasn't the investigating agency of the Arias case. Mesa PD was. Perhaps you meant MCAO?
Not only will CIR pass, Republicans are scrambling to embrace it. Especially if they ever want to hold public office again.
You know federal employees aren't subject to the recall law in Arizona.
Holder is, to my knowledge, remaining as attorney general. He's not leaving.
@JoeArpaioFan LMAO holder isnt going anywhere...but Horne is! lol and believe me, Rotellini will be a much bigger pain in his ass than this ruling.
@DNichols Go ahead keep talking shit because if you do it will come back to nip you in the bud.
To much credit given to Jaffy, nobody is stupid enough to pay Jaffy the clown unless it's at a child molesting birthday party.
Oh wait, I guess that could be the GOP after all.
@truthseekeraz @bobunf I think term limits are a terrible idea whose time is long, long past due for Maricopa County. If ever any political entity demonstrated the dire necessity for term limits, it is Maricopa.
At least the racist crazies will have to find new loons and xenophobes every once in a while.
@JoeArpaioFan @DNichols That's amusing - YOU accusing others of talking shit!. Coming from a keyboard commando such as yourself, who talks shit about plant minefields along the board, that is brave talk indeed. You are just a pud-knocker who is very brave in anonymity but who has never done anything except pull his pud, squeeze zits and flip burgers.
@Arpaio's Paid Fan:
What the Hell are you talking about?!
If I do what?!
I fear you and Arpaio like I fear a pimple on my Arse.
Nip me Punk.