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Lester Pearce Submits Public Records Request About Ethics Complaint Against Him

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So just what was former Justice of the Peace and Republican supervisor candidate Lester Pearce up to sneaking around the County Administration Building today, as was Tweeted by CBS 5 journalist Gilbert Zermeno?

Well, as Zermeno noted in the Tweet, the ex-JP and elder brother of recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce was there demanding info on the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct's investigation into his alleged violations of the judicial cannon.

But as Paul Harvey used to say, here's the rest of the story...

I contacted Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick to ask if she had seen Lester slithering through the hallways, and indeed she had.

In fact, Lester sandbagged the poor woman so as to give her a public records request regarding a protective order the CJC has issued in the probe.

"He asked when I could comply with his public records request," Gerchick recalled the ex-judge saying after giving her his letter.

"I informed him that public records law requires that I must comply with such requests in a timely manner," she said, sounding a bit miffed.

See, Gerchick's read the law, so she knows stuff like that. But then, Gerchick is actually a lawyer, unlike Lester, who is as smart as a sack of rusty flatirons, despite having some sort of undergrad degree from BYU.

As the CJC has this protective order in place and as Lester wants to know all about it, I'm guessing Gerchick will have to let the county attorney's office decide what Lester will or won't get. (Gerchick couldn't go into detail and so was a bit obscure on this point.)

"I literally felt ambushed," Gerchick stated of Lester, who had been allowed into a secure area where her office is. "Everyone else has to wait in the lobby."

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