Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio, Bill Montgomery Lose Again: Undocumented Worker Found "Not Guilty"

Miguel Angel Morales was not supposed win Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Charged with ID theft and forgery after he was arrested in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's raid on Glendale's United Construction in September, Morales has spent more than six months in Arpaio's notorious jails, refusing to plead guilty while awaiting trial.

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Under the ruthless, racist system of charging undocumented workers maintained by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Morales was not eligible for bail.

He could have pleaded guilty and received three months, as almost all those caught in the Arpaio-Montgomery net choose to do.

But a class four felony conviction means deportation for the undocumented after they are turned over U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE lawyers have taught Montgomery's prosecutors what charges to hit the undocumented with, so as to ensure removal from the country.

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