Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

October 13, 2014

Ten days ago, the Arizona Republic’s tabloid style insert ran an ironic cover report titled, “No VIP treatment” detailing the handling of arrested “celebrities” in Phoenix. It continues to a jump page which boldly declares, “No one is a celebrity in handcuffs.”

The list details the arrests of actors, a fitness guru, athletes and musicians. 

Missing is any mention of relatives of politicians.

Also MIA is the usually loquacious Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery.

After a lengthy and intense investigation —- even consulting with out-of-state experts, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recommended criminal prosecution on 23 felony animal neglect charges against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes and their daughter and son-n-law Logan and Austin Flake. The Hughes’ were on vacation leaving the incompetent Flake’s as caretakers at the Green Acre kennel where nearly two dozen dogs died agonizing deaths, suffocating in the small, steamy utility room in which they were crammed together without food, water or cool air in the scorching heat of June 21.

Frustrated pet owners and the Valley community are weary of the stalling tactics, as County Attorney Bill Montgomery tries his damnedest to obfuscate, deflect and, yes,  figure out a method to ditch this political albatross altogether.

Bringing charges against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son, daughter-in-law and her parents, does not fit into Montgomery’s long-range career goals.

Meanwhile, the preventable deaths which the family initially lied about, occurred months ago and not a word has been heard on the subject from Montgomery since his insulting press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all.

On Sept. 10, Montgomery said it would take a “couple of weeks” for him to come to a decision regarding whether there was sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. Since he’s made numerous endorsements this election cycle, the fallout of his decision could have negative blowback on the hapless candidates he’s thrown his support behind. It would not be surprising if that consideration looms large as the motive for his inertia.

Montgomery has sent the investigative report back to the sheriff’s office. In the meantime, he’s hoping we’ve all developed cases of amnesia.

Few political observers will forget how the self-promoting Montgomery displayed his vile penchant for derision as he turned his back on his former benefactor Joe Arpaio, insulting the man who helped him fundraise during his campaign for Maricopa County Attorney. County Supervisor Don Stapley, hardly a paragon of virtue himself, had the presence of mind to tape record Montgomery as he was more than willing to insult the sheriff* while pimping himself for an interim appointment to the county attorney post that was never in the cards.  

It’s time for Bill Montgomery to proceed with this case. As much as he might wish otherwise, an amnesia epidemic has not overtaken the Valley.

* H/T Phoenix New Times


Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

September 29, 2014

A contortionist is described as a performer who peculiarly twists his body for the entertainment of others.

Minus the amusement factor, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is beginning to resemble such a nimble acrobat as he attempts to maneuver an end to the case of animal abuse resulting in the gruesome heat related deaths of nearly two dozen dogs. They died while supposedly in the care of Austin and Logan Flake at a Gilbert kennel on June 20.

Such a move would not serve him well. Twenty-one pet owners have joined together in filing a civil suit against four defendants. Besides the Flakes, Todd and MaLesia Hughes, Logan Flake’s mother and stepfather, are named in the suit.

On June 23, Sheriff Joe Arpaio promised a full investigation of the deaths. After an extensive three-month examination of facts, which included veterinarian performed necropsies on some of the dogs, the sheriff’’s office recommended 21 felony charges of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with mistreatment of the pets resulting in death by suffocation. The dogs were crammed in a laundry room without air-conditioning, food or water. When the dead and dying dogs were discovered, the Flakes did not call for veterinary assistance, opting to hose down the dogs and then callously pile their carcasses in a shed.

Arpaio, a champion of animals, has had an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit as part of his office for over a decade. “I’m very confident we have the proper evidence for a conviction,” the sheriff said.

At a Sept. 10 press conference Montgomery exhibited raw insensitivity to the grieving pet owners as he provided insight as to his bent. “This isn’t to cheapen or minimize the loss of the pets to the families,” Montgomery said. “But we’re not talking about the deaths of 23 children.” 

The kennel owners Todd and MaLesia Hughes were on vacation and left the animals in the care of their daughter Logan and her husband Austin.  Austin is the son of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake —- a man the politically ambitious Montgomery does not want as an enemy. 

Numerous lies were initially told by the Hughes and Flakes, including that a dog chewed through the air conditioner’s power cord after the Flakes left the facility for the night. Owners were also told their pets had run away. No evidence supported the claims.

We are now just two days away from the beginning of October, months away from the blazingly hot June day. Montgomery remains mute. 

Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place,” providing insight into the political aspects of his silence, was dated ten days ago.


BP under the federal gun to investigate agents

September 28, 2014

Criminal investigations center on law enforcement agents not illegals

The daily reports that Customs and Border Protection has issued a press release on the alleged assault on a teenage illegal detainee by an agent —- at the specific direction of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Jan. 30 incident, captured on a security camera video reputedly shows Border Agent Aldo Francisco Arteaga, a nine-year veteran, entering a holding area, confiscating the teen’s disallowed cell phone, and punching him in the stomach. Arteaga is stationed in Nogales, Arizona.  The area is a major portal for illegals and criminal gangs of drug traffickers. 

The article is rife with comments from the expected pro-illegal brigade including ACLU attorneys, a “skeptical” policy analyst at the American Immigration Council and representatives of “human rights” and “immigration rights” groups, expressing doubts regarding prosecution.

Border Patrol Agents are charged as “vigilant protectors of our Nation’s borders,” according to the Mission statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. It neglects to mention that agents are supposed to do their job with one hand tied behind their backs, while being viewed with suspicion by the same federal government that employs them.

The US/Mexican border is a dangerous place. But the Border Agents protecting the U.S. from murderous drug cartels, jihadists intending harm to our homeland and defiant illegal invaders, are vilified by the leftist Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper —- as we noted in this post last year.

In 2010, the Sierra Vista Herald reported* there had been a marked increase in violence against U. S. Border Patrol agents —- up a stunning 300 percent in the first two months of the fiscal year. The report indicated 108 attacks on agents in the Tucson sector alone. The previous year there were 27 such reports.

This list of U.S. Border Patrol Agents who have died in the line of duty since Dec. 2003 gives an indication of where the actual focus of prosecution needs to be.

*Sierra Vista Herald report no longer accessible


AZ Republic: Single pronoun reveals homosexual agenda

September 16, 2014

The trickery engaged in by the propaganda pushers at the state’s agenda-driven, radically left-leaning newspaper has morphed into a full-fledged art form.  We’ve often pointed out the dual issues focused on by the increasingly diminished crew at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Ever more intensified arguments on behalf of same-sex and amnesty issues leap to the forefront as actual reporting is infused with editorializing.

A case in point? The sly efforts to normalize homosexuality have reached epic proportions in the news coverage of David Trujillo, 27, a former Ahwatukee Foothills high school dance instructor.  For his egregious acts of sexual abuse of a minor in his charge, Trujillo was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and lifetime probation in connection with a “sexual relationship” he had with a student.

The report written by Tyler Fingert, a student at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Republic “Breaking News Reporter,” uses the term “sexual relationship,” which implies consent — something minors legally cannot give.

Trujillo pleaded guilty in July to two counts of sexual conduct with the student and received what amounted to a judicial slap on the wrist. Contrast the double standard sentence meted out in 1985 to ‘Teacher of the Year’ Ken Lamberton —- then a Mesa science teacher. 

The eight paragraph news report of this betrayal of trust as a sexual pervert in a position of authority preys on a youthful student, takes the reader to the second to last sentence to divulge the underage victim’s gender by use of the pronoun “he.”

Tyler Fingert’s obviously a quick learner. What a shame the newspaper is unlikely to exist by the time he needs a paycheck to facilitate his life as an adult.


AZ AG Horne: Setting the record straight

August 14, 2014

The following message, sent out in an email to supporters by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is titled, “Stand With Us.” What makes it particularly compelling is that it cogently lays out the stark differences between incumbent Horne and his establishment recruited opponent. It’s definitely worth your time:

As your Attorney General, I’m proud of our accomplishments over the past four years. We’ve fought federal overreach, and won. We’ve dismantled drug cartels, protected women and children from the horrors of human trafficking, and helped homeowners during the mortgage crisis.

Quite frankly I’m fed up. I’m fed up at my primary opponent and his establishment allies at the distortions and outright lies they have leveled against me and the great people that work at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. I think it’s very telling that my opponent has shown that he is willing to say and do anything to win an election. He’s sold out to the establishment more than once. While I continue to be an independent and impartial Attorney General, he’ll be the lapdog of the open borders, special interest crowd that is funding his campaign.

Let’s look at the facts, while I have fought to secure the border and have beaten the Obama Administration in court on SB 1070, Mark Brnovich has been a senior fellow at a think tank that has advocated amnesty and open borders. He’s also donated to the campaign of Pete Rios who is one of the premier open border advocates in the state. While I have spent the last fourteen years serving the public, Mark has found a way to double dip. While he was supposedly serving the public as a prosecutor, he was also a lobbyist for private prisons. I’m still unclear on why this wasn’t a conflict of interest. While it may not have been illegal, it surely is very unethical.

This primary election couldn’t be more important. I’m the clear conservative in the race. That’s why Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Senator Gail Griffin, Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Gowan, and former Senate President Russell Pearce have all endorsed my campaign. I’m endorsed by two major law enforcement organizations (Highway Patrol Association and Correctional Peace Officers Association), where my opponent is endorsed by none. I’m also the only Arizona statewide candidate endorsed by the National Rifle Association. By contrast, my opponent is endorsed by the liberal Arizona Republic.

It’s time to make a choice and spread the word. You can choose an independent Attorney General who has a proven track record of fighting to protect all Arizonans or you can choose the candidate that has sold out to liberal, special interest. With only two weeks left before the August 26th Primary, you can stand with me by clicking the link and making a generous contribution to my re-election. No amount is too small and every dollar goes a long way to ensuring that we have a tough and thoughtful Attorney General.

Sincerely,
Tom Horne
Attorney General

If you approve of the job Attorney General Tom Horne is doing, help him get reelected.  It matters.


Law enforcement agencies support AZ AG Tom Horne

August 7, 2014

Correctional Peace Officers and AZ Highway Patrol note AG’s accomplishments

Both the Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association have given their full support and endorsement to Attorney General Tom Horne in the upcoming Primary Election.

Horne has done a tremendous job restoring the Attorney General’s office to a frontline crime fighting agency. Whether it’s dismantling drug cartels, fighting human and underage sex trafficking, prosecuting identity thieves, or protecting women, children, and seniors, the office is far more effective and responsive now than when took it back for Republicans nearly four years ago.

In 2010, the Correctional Peace Officers Association endorsed Horne’s Democrat opponent. Although she’s running again, they have now given their unequivocal endorsement to Tom Horne’s re-election.

In the  organization’s letter of support, Kevin McClellan, Executive President, stated, “Among the solutions that Tom Horne has demonstrated as Attorney General, are partnering with other law enforcement agencies to take down drug cartels, increasing consumer protection, bringing in $2 billion to help Arizonans affected by the mortgage crisis, and serving as co-chair of the Coalition to Protect Arizona Children from Trafficking and pushing legislation for those who sell underage girls.”

In its endorsement, the Arizona Highway Patrol association’s President, Jimmy Chavez, stated “The Arizona Highway Patrol Association has had a long and positive working relationship with Tom Horne. Throughout his tenure as the Attorney General for the state of Arizona, as well as his service in the Arizona Legislature, Tom Horne has continually demonstrated his staunch support for public safety. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association has chosen to endorse Tom Horne in the Republican Primary for Arizona Attorney General.”

To see the both letters, click here. To contribute to AG Horne’s reelection, click here.


AZ AG Horne blasts ACLU for defending I.D. theft for illegals

July 15, 2014

Arizona Attorney General is working on behalf of the citizens of the state of AZ

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne recently issued a statement criticizing the American Civil Liberties Union for filing a lawsuit —- Puente Arizona —- against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others, which would seek to render unconstitutional Arizona’s law creating the crime of aggravated identity theft for stealing another person’s identity for the purpose of obtaining employment.

Shockingly the radically leftwing ACLU wants to make an exception to the statute for those in the United States illegally.

Horne stated: “We have been working hard to fight identity theft, a serious problem in Arizona, and the idea that laws to fight this problem are unconstitutional is absurd.”

The Attorney General said, “My office works hand in hand with the Arizona Identity Theft Coalition, which is dedicated to creating public awareness about identity theft and training law enforcement officers on how best to respond to identity theft victims.”

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office’s role in the coalition is to promote cooperation among members, create and maintain training materials, outreach tools, and victim assistance services to better serve identity theft victims.

Help Tom Horne continue the crucial fight to protect Arizona’s citizens.

 


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