It took a Pima County Superior Court jury only an hour of deliberation before convicting David Soto Cecena, 41.
His child victim was 4-years-old when Cecena began sexual abusing her. By the time she was 14, nine years later, this vicious child rapist was sexually exploiting the terrified girl on a daily basis.
The cold-blooded pedophile is described as having “absconded” when his bail, which was originally set at the ridiculously low amount of $10,000, was further lowered to a mere $5,000 by sympathetic judge, Deborah Bernini, when she learned the pedophile’s 11-year-old son was terminally ill. Bernini might have shown similar compassion for the victim of Cecena’s continuous brutality, and for the future victims of this pedophile, by denying his hardship request.
As might reasonably be expected, Cecena made the lowered bail and fled. He was not present for either the trial or verdict. In the unlikely possibility he is ever caught, a sentence, which ranges from 13 to 27 years, will be imposed.
Unfortunately, Judge Bernini is not up for retention on the November 2 General Election ballot. On the Pima County court’s welcome video Presiding Judge Jan Kearney says their mission is to provide timely, fair and efficient justice which instills public confidence in the system.
In this case the mission has fallen far short of its goal.
Recently Deborah O’Malley, formerly with The Heritage Foundation Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and now a Fellow at the John Jay Institute wrote this cogent review titled A Defense of the Elected Judiciary.
We urge you to read it. There are forty-eight judges up for retention in Maricopa County (greater Phoenix area), eight judges in Pima County (greater Tucson), and seven judges standing for retention on Division One of the Court of Appeals. Of the five Arizona Supreme Court Justices, only the name of the chief justice will appear on the November ballot.
Not a single Arizona judge has ever been removed through the farcical retention process.
Congressional hawks — watching out for themselves — have ensured an obscure perk benefiting their own families that is the gift that keeps on giving — even after death. Politico reports that the must-pass spending bill pending in the Senate includes a provision that will pay the family of the late Sen. Robert Byrd the salary he would have received had he lived to serve during the next fiscal year.
Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate receive $174,000. The Majority and Minority Party Leaders are paid $193,400 and the Speaker of the House takes home a cool $223,500. Cost-of-living-adjustments (COLA) automatically kick in annually, the same as at your job — if you still have one. Are you laughing yet?
The Congressional handbook states that upon the death of a senator who had been serving in office, “in the next appropriations bill, an item will be inserted for a gratuity to be paid to the widow(er) or other next- of-kin, in the amount of one-year’s compensation.” Benefits include pay, retirement, life insurance, and health insurance. There are even provisions for taxpayers to pony up for the burial expenses.
The pending bill calls for “equal shares” of the late West Virginia senator’s $193,400 salary to be split between Byrd’s seven children and grandchildren. America’s longest serving senator, Byrd died June 28, 2010 at age 92. He served an unprecedented nine terms beginning in 1958.
As Mel Brooks so famously said, “It’s good to be King.”
The AFL-CIO Unionistas, faith-based open-border proponents and a variety of other left-leaning groups are petitioning the Obama regime to end programs which allow local police to check the immigration status of those arrested for other crimes — claiming such actions encourage racial profiling. The groups allege such action is a “dangerous merger of the federal immigration enforcement system with state criminal justice systems.”
During this time of unparalleled unemployment and home foreclosures devastating American families, it would seem reasonable to assume that American jobs should be going to American workers. The question to ask is who benefits from encouraging more illegals to enter the nation’s workforce.
The answer is simple: The Democrat party.
For substantiation, read this Texas Insider report which shows the extent of the deception and its obsessive reach to the ballot box. A single Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member has been caught registering 23,207 fake voters in Harris County alone.
Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and America’s Voice have launched Spanish-language radio ads across the country, including Phoenix and Tucson, to begin a national voter mobilization drive blaming Republican politicians for blocking a vote on the nightmarish DREAM Act, and withholding amnesty. The aim of the massive effort is encouraging Latino voters to support the candidates who ”support our families, and make our dreams come true.”
Those “dreams” of achieving a reward for their illegal entry carry a massive price tag which American citizens will be expected to pay — to undermine their own economy, future and heritage.
Those familiar with Seeing Red AZ are well aware of our unequivocal support of pro-life issues and candidates. Last May when Arizona Right to Life sold out to the green waved under its nose by John McCain we called the organization out for its deceptive endorsement. Others, with deep involvement in the organization‘s PAC and Executive Board, left with heavy hearts. We print an open letter of explanation here.
Now AZRTL PAC has issued its endorsement list for the November 2, General Election. And once again, it brings shame upon itself — this time for its glaring omission in the Arizona Attorney General‘s race.
PAChyderm Coalition, the reliably conservative organization, has a blog site called Growing Our Party. We urge you to click on this link to read their assessment of the latest irrational decision made by the John Jakubczyk-led group.
By failing to endorse the well qualified Tom Horne in the crucial race, AZRTL has effectively given the nod to liberal Democrat Felecia Rotellini, whose endorsements included abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, Arizona List and others who stand in direct opposition to sanctity of life issues. Rotellini proudly displays the support of Sam Coppersmith who was the longtime President of Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona.
In stark comparison, as a legislator Tom Horne voted to restrict abortions. As AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction he was successful in bringing Horne v. Flores, the English Language Learner case, to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was decided in favor of Arizona citizens who were being fined millions of dollars a day by a federal judge. Horne also has won strong statewide law enforcement support.
Arizona Right to Life should hang its head over this lack of backbone and John Jakubczyk should resign.
“The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials,” she said in a recent speech. “When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”
The New York Post reports that scientists who work with her say her job is essentially to be the mouthpiece for mankind. Her office will also be in charge of deciding what to do if a deadly asteroid is found to be on a collision course with Earth.
Heritage Foundation reports that the U.S. has fought for years to lower its U.N. assessment, even exacting a promise from the U.N. to lower the U.S. regular budget assessment to 22 percent and its peacekeeping assessment to 25 percent in return for paying a massive [nearly] $1 billion in U.S. arrears to the U.N. as part of the 1999 Helms–Biden legislation.
Now you know with absolute certainty that your taxpayer-funded share of the upkeep of the UN was neither inconsequential nor irrelevant.
Although DNC Chairman Timothy Kaine attempts to spin the conspicuous absence of Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold skipping a Democrat campaign rally tonight where President Barack Obama is appearing on his behalf, the slight is huge. Independent voters are breaking 2 to 1 in favor of Republicans a fact not lost on Democrat candidates.
Kaine appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show” today trying to put the best face on the fact that Feingold is actually running in the opposite direction from Obama. Kaine said that candidates “make their own decisions about these things.”
Obama’s standing in public opinion polls has been in free fall in recent months and worried Democrat candidates have been reluctant to appear with him. Today’s daily presidential tracking poll shows only 29% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president.
Obama is keenly aware of his pariah status. In the latest Rolling Stone interview, Obama laments to the left-leaning publication, “People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up. If people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”
Adding to Obama’s misery factor, among those deserting his sinking ship is his own White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is expected to announce on Friday — as Congress adjourns for recess — that he is leaving his post to run for mayor of Chicago.
John McCain, the former maverick, who is currently campaigning for his fifth six-year senate term, was confronted by a protester at the conclusion of the only scheduled televised debate with three challengers in the upcoming election. Democrat Rodney Glassman, Green Party candidate Jerry Joslyn and Libertarian candidate David Nolan all participated.
The protester, an unidentified woman exercising her First Amendment rights, held up a sign and chanted “John McCain has got to go!” as she approached McCain, who was leaving the KTVK-3 TV studios in Phoenix. McCain’s security team tackled her, knocking her to the ground. (Watch CNN video clip on link). The woman was wearing a t-shirt that read “Do I look undocumented?” and continued to chant.
In a astonishing move, which it calls “extremely rare,” the liberal San Francisco Chronicle has declined to endorse incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer for re-election, saying she’s shown too much partisanship, too little leadership and has “failed to distinguish herself during her 18-year career as a U.S. senator.”
Although the left-wing newspaper dug in its heels at endorsing Boxer’s Republican opponent Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, it clearly has had its fill of Boxer. About her the newspaper opines: “Boxer, first elected in 1992, would not rate on anyone’s list of most influential senators. Her most famous moments on Capitol Hill have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots.”
Surely, the editorial board had this one in mind.
Still, the Chronicle can’t help itself as it commends “Boxer’s reliably liberal voting record.” Today, the Arizona Republic showed itself as even more liberal as it editorially recommended Nancy Pelosi’s protégée Gabrielle Giffords over conservative Jesse Kelly – referring to either Giffords or the endorsement as a “no-brainer.” We just couldn’t figure it out.
Polls show Fiorina remains within striking distance. The two women are slated to hold a second Senate debate on Wednesday night.
Who would ever have imagined the liberal Arizona newspaper would write such a “no brainer” endorsement?
Check them out and let your voices be heard on Election Day.