Repaid heisted money called into question as campaign contribution
Indictments are serious business. When prominent people are involved, they usually make the news. Here we read that a grand jury issued a true bill against Melinda “Mindy” Jeannette Shields — daughter of powerful former union boss of the Phoenix Firefighters, Billy Shields — May 17, but the state’s newspaper of record appeared reluctant to cover it. The New Times has, but the Arizona Republic has been MIA on the grand jury’s actions.
After her lobbyist and Democrat operative daddy repaid the $77,134 in sticky-fingered funds, former city councilman Greg Stanton — then an assistant attorney general working for former AG Terry Goddard — told the daily in February “I’m not desiring to pursue further prosecution.”
Today’s edition, which questions whether the repaid money constitutes an illegal campaign contribution to candidate Stanton, finally mentions the grand jury indictment toward the bottom of a lengthy article.
“Mindy” Shields, hardly indigent, and facing serious time, is nonetheless opting to use the services of a public defender, courtesy of Arizona taxpayers.
Seeing Red AZ initially covered the intrigue in a post titled: Is this a good idea? Dems in charge of other Dems money in December 2010. In February we reported that lawyer Stanton wanted the case against the attractive daughter of his close friend dropped. We reminded him then that as a criminal case, it was out of his hands.
Stay tuned. There’s sure to be more to follow.