Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio, Bill Montgomery and the Five Undocumented Workers Who Got Away

About twice a month, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery holds a press conference at his office. I didn't make it to the one this past week, but the MCAO has a YouTube account, where it posts videos of these events from start to finish.

During the presser, Montgomery opened by addressing Sheriff Joe Arpaio's recent immigration raid on the local restaurant chain Uncle Sam's and the question of why some undocumented workers were hit with felony ID theft and forgery charges, but not others.

He insisted it all came down to not having the evidence needed on all those taken into custody.

"Prosecutors aren't rubber stamps for any law enforcement agency," he said. "We have an independent duty to objectively review evidence to determine whether or not we have the evidence necessary to proceed with the case."

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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