Maricopa County Craziness

Bill Montgomery Wants Peter Spaw, a Disgraced, High-Ranking Deputy County Attorney Who Admits to Severe Violation of Legal Duties, to Get Off Easy

Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney, is showing his preference for Andrew Thomas-style ethics by pushing for a lenient punishment for Peter Spaw, one of his high-ranking deputy attorneys.

Spaw admitted yesterday in an agreement with the state Supreme Court that he committed "conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice," filing a case that had no merit, incompetent lawyering and neglecting his duties as a supervisor.

Montgomery, through his spokesman Jerry Cobb, refused comment to the Phoenix New Times on Friday about the admission of responsibility by Spaw, the head of Montgomery's Asset Recovery Bureau. Montgomery preferred instead to give a short statement to Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the Arizona Republic, saying he thought Spaw's desire to avoid suspension of his law license in the proposal was "appropriate."

Really, there's nothing "appropriate" about the proposal, which would put Spaw's law license on probation for two years.

If approved, it would mean essentially no discipline for Spaw for the unethical acts that last year brought severe legal punishment down on his subordinate, Rachel Alexander.

See also: Peter Spaw, High-Ranking Deputy County Attorney, Admits He Violated Legal Duties in Bogus Racketeering Suit; Bill Montgomery Isn't Saying a Word

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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