That evidence helped Gonzalez win acquittal.

Miguel Angel Morales waited more than six months for trial on similar charges. His attorney discovered that the tipster who led the MCSO to raid the construction company where Morales worked had alleged that others at the workplace were recruiting the undocumented as employees.

MCSO deputies admitted under oath that they'd never investigated this possibility. That was enough to establish reasonable doubt as to who did the actual "forgery," and the jury acquitted Morales.

Not all such cases involve the MCSO. Sol Zenir, 24, was held for six months non-bondable after an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer investigated her on forgery and ID theft following a routine traffic stop.

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.

Did Monty's office "look very carefully" at Zenil's case? Or did it hold a young girl — who has now applied for and received deferred action as a DREAMer — without bail, hoping she would plead guilty to a felony and be deported?

The MCAO will not respond to my inquiries concerning Zenil.

Recently, a judge agreed to suppress evidence improperly obtained from the Arizona Department of Economic Security in the case of Octavio Castaneda Flores, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals-eligible 28-year-old held for eight months without bond on the usual bogus charges.

Monty's office was forced to move for dismissal, and by the time you read this, Flores will be reunited with his common-law wife and their four U.S.-citizen children.

Bottom line: The county attorney is shirking his responsibilities as a public servant and an officer of the court, choosing to play politics instead of doing his duty.

No wonder he'd rather bloviate about Arias.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
69 comments
MGM5
MGM5

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. 

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 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.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Why is Debra Milke, an INNOCENT woman STILL sitting in prison on death row when the 9th Circuit overturned her conviction and sentence on March 14, 2013?  

Is the MCAO using the same SOP they used on Ray Krone and kept him languishing in prison once his conviction was overturned? Krone was exonerated 11 years ago. What no wrongful convictions since? Like the MCAO is perfect and pristine? We don't think so. They have a proven track record that confirms it. 

What? The Maricopa County Attorney's office makes no mistakes? Hasn't had years of established abuse of power, prosecutorial misconduct, and malicious prosecution? 

The prosecutors, as ministers of justice, have the responsibility to "right the wrongs". They demand zero tolerance policies of the people. If the people do not act responsibly, or lie, or commit perjury, or exercise bad behavior, they end up in Arpaio's jails and Arizona's mass industrial prison complex -- their big business model for $$$ -- grabbing from the Federal government and taxpayers.

In a civil society, what man should be allowed to play God with these women's lives? 

The power of grandstanding at the podium playing God over these women, appears to be orgasmic for him. Why would he ever want THAT to end? 

The Arias case promises Montgomery and the media endless coverage for political and financial gain in a sick society caught up in the theatrics of the justice-system-gone-wild. Game plan: Judge moving on to the Arizona Supreme Court next? 

Sentence Arias to life in prison without parole. That is the worst punishment. We all know it would also save hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars to end the failed death penalty boondoggle.

Job one should be handling the innocent person, Debra Milke. The folks can see how the "system" handles the innocent -- poorly. If you think it can't happen to you, think again.

Time to end the sick political games and release Debra Milke NOW! 

Freddie
Freddie

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.

Cozz
Cozz

Montgomery is nothing more than a lying POS

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Lost in the blog... looking for answers.

DNichols1 day ago

@ dkessler4;

Well said!

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?!

Cozz
Cozz

Montgomery....what a POS.

goodguess
goodguess

hey dredge, doesnt the word BLOVIATE mean anything to you?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

MCAO Montgomery should be talking about the Debra MIlke case, who was wrongfully convicted by many of his fellow cronies over 22 years ago. Is he carrying on the fine tradition of those who also wrongfully convicted Ray Krone? 

Now we see how the "system" works. 

"Sex, Rent and the Constable?" by Wendy Halloran  (Detective Saldate responsible for convicting Debra Milke and now this?

http://www.azcentral.com/video/2437338514001

The MCAO has NO credibility!  Time to release Debra Milke from prison.  The world is watching Arizona's broken justice system play out..... 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Fraud probe vs. Phoenix officer may hurt DUI cases


http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20130607phoenix-fraud-probe-vs-officer-may-hurt-dui-cases.html
"The defense attorneys who want the allegations against Schuiteboer to be disclosed as part of their clients’ cases take a different view, citing U.S. Supreme Court decisions. They argue that information that could be favorable to the defense or cast doubt on a verdict is information that prosecutors are obligated to disclose. The need is particularly acute in DUI cases where officers like Schuiteboer, who is certified to draw blood, can act as the arresting officer or serve as the expert on how physical evidence was handled, Koplow said.

“There’s a distinction between disclosure to attorneys and admissibility at trial. We’ll fight the admissibility part later. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to make the disclosure,” he said. “What if their case is based on whether the guy followed procedure and his word is everything? Most of the time, you have the officer’s testimony as to what they saw, and then the blood-test results, his testimony can affect both.”

The frustration among defense attorneys increased Friday as they learned of the search warrant, whichThe Arizona Republic printed from a court computer open to the public.

Girard said he delivered a letter to Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia and the Phoenix prosecutor’s office on Friday reminding both agencies of their obligations to disclose information such as the allegations against Schuiteboer to defense attorneys.

The public disclosure of the allegations against Schuiteboer may change how prosecutors handle active cases he was involved with in the future, Girard said, but the information could also impact prior DUI prosecutions that already went through the system" more.. 

DREDGE
DREDGE

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.

DREDGE
DREDGE

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. "

DREDGE
DREDGE

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.

dkessler4
dkessler4

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.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Arias instead of Debra Milke where MCAO is sitting on his hands? Someone asked this, 

"Why is she  (Debra Milke) still in prison? A mandate for her release should have been sent from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by now. She is being held illegally. AG Horne should think twice about trying her again because if he does all of the corruption that has remained hidden will come out and it will not look good."  Just wondering... maybe you can find out.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

MCAO Montgomery should be talking about the Debra MIlke case, who was wrongfully convicted by many of his fellow cronies over 22 years ago. Is he carrying on the fine tradition of those who also wrongfully convicted Ray Krone? 

Now we see how the "system" works. 

"Sex, Rent and the Constable?" by Wendy Halloran  (Detective Saldate responsible for convicting Debra Milke and now this?

http://www.azcentral.com/video/2437338514001

The MCAO has NO credibility!  Time to release Debra Milke from prison.  The world is watching Arizona's broken justice system play out..... 

loneeagle1938
loneeagle1938

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!

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

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!!!!!!

lindabrownaz
lindabrownaz

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].


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

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?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Great investigative journalism. The MCAO needs the harsh spotlight to shine on the cockroaches that have been there for decades and the "clones" they keep in office. Time for Term Limits for County Attorneys and County Sheriffs. Time to end absolute immunity for prosecutors, then all this would evaporate along with ALL the money making lawyers obscenely rich in Arizona.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The Arias case was a foregone conclusion. Took zero skills from the MCSO to convict her. MCSO likes "easy" convictions for political and financial gain. This is not what a "minister of justice" is supposed to be doing -- politicizing justice.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@MGM5  MCAO and AG have politicized the justice system of Arizona by ignoring the court, the Ninth Circuit Court Opinion: Debra Milke's conviction and sentence were overturned March 14, 2013. 

They are using Milke as a political pawn, once again abusing her for political gain. They have shown over and over and over again, how they operate. They have no credibility, so deserve no respect. Arizona's justice system is broken and we all know it. Confirmed by the 9th Circuit Chief Judge Kozinski's scathing opinion of Arizona's justice system.

RELEASE DEBRA MILKE IMMEDIATELY. 

THE STATE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR FAILURES AND TO RIGHT THE WRONGS.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Mikey1969  Judge Snow's ruling on arpaio's shameful conduct included his supporters. Those are the people who are responsible for the allowing the racism, bigotry, intolerance, cruelty and inhumanity to men, women and children. All, while not holding him accountable to the hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary lawsuits wasting taxpayers dollars. THEY are the ones who should pay for all this.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Cozz  Unfortunately true. That's what politicians do, only he, is a minister of justice, and should be seeking fair justice for all, not just his cronies who get a slap on the wrist or bungled cases.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

https://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2013/05/17/michael-morton-act-to-become-texas-law-on-september-1/


Needed in Arizona:   The  MICHAEL MORTON ACT to Become Texas Law on September 1  Posted on May 17, 2013 by Nancy Petro | 
"Texas Senate Bill 1611, known as the Michael Morton Act, has been passed by the Texas legislature, signed by the governor, and will become law on September 1. It requires that prosecutors give defense attorneys any evidence that is relevant to the defense’s case.

This advance is a fitting legacy for Michael Morton, wrongfully convicted of killing his wife, and wrongfully incarcerated for 25 years before DNA exoneratedhim and linked to a seasoned felon, who has since been convicted of the crime. Since his release, Morton has become a strong advocate of prosecutorial accountability and criminal justice reform.

Texas is among the highest of U.S. states in exonerations, with 125, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.

As mentioned earlier on this blog (here), this is one of several initiatives aimed at reducing conviction errors in the state.

Read the bill (here).

The bill and other related initiatives are supported by Texas newspapers as indicated in editorials (here) and (here).

MGM5
MGM5

@DREDGE 

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.

DNichols
DNichols

@ dkessler4;

Well said!

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?!

MGM5
MGM5

@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.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

As a minister of justice, MCAO Montgomery has the responsibility to seek the truth and to right the wrongs. It's not necessary to wait it out until late July.  Debra Milke's life has been destroyed by those in power who play God with peoples' lives daily.  It's time THEY pay. 

The illegal immigrants, also vulnerable are "easy" prey for prosecutors and out of control law enforcement. Judge Snow's ruling should stand. 

Time to end absolute immunity for County Attorneys. Time for "Term Limits" for County Attorneys and County Sheriffs. 

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@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!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@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.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"Bottom line: The county attorney is shirking his responsibilities as a public servant and an officer of the court, choosing to play politics instead of doing his duty.

No wonder he'd rather bloviate about Arias."

saltywench
saltywench

@Cozz    

Psssssttt... why is he yelling?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 https://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2013/05/17/michael-morton-act-to-become-texas-law-on-september-1/


Needed in Arizona:   The  MICHAEL MORTON ACT to Become Texas Law on September 1Posted on May 17, 2013 by Nancy Petro | 
Texas Senate Bill 1611, known as the Michael Morton Act, has been passed by the Texas legislature, signed by the governor, and will become law on September 1. It requires that prosecutors give defense attorneys any evidence that is relevant to the defense’s case.

This advance is a fitting legacy for Michael Morton, wrongfully convicted of killing his wife, and wrongfully incarcerated for 25 years before DNA exoneratedhim and linked to a seasoned felon, who has since been convicted of the crime. Since his release, Morton has become a strong advocate of prosecutorial accountability and criminal justice reform.

Texas is among the highest of U.S. states in exonerations, with 125, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.

As mentioned earlier on this blog (here), this is one of several initiatives aimed at reducing conviction errors in the state.

Read the bill (here).

The bill and other related initiatives are supported by Texas newspapers as indicated in editorials (here) and (here).

Cozz
Cozz

@truthseekeraz @JoeArpaioFan

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.

 
Loading...