Brnovich: The name Laurie Roberts is unable to write

MIA AZ AG Mark Brnovich, issues statement, hides behind assistant

Although the topic is far from humorous, alert readers had ample reason to smirk while reading Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts’ most recent biased-laced offering.

For those who no longer subscribe to the agendized newspaper with a decidedly leftward bent, Roberts is the one who describes conservative Republicans as Kooks,and used her allotted space to continually lambaste Arizona’s former Attorney General Tom Horne on the basis of innuendo and contrivances.

Her most recent column on the handling of the serious case of rape perpetrated by a convicted sex offender on a teacher is a stellar example of Roberts’ keyboard contortionism.

In her opening sentence Roberts notes that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is asking for dismissal of the lawsuit filed by the teacher who was brutally assaulted and raped after being left in an unguarded prison classroom with a convicted sex offender. “The AG’s reasoning,” she writes, “is essentially this: the woman knew she was in a prison, so what did she expect?”

We take no exception with Roberts’ righteous sarcasm.

But what is more than a bit odd is that she names Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Weisbard, but neglects to even mention his elected boss, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich —- the man at whose desk the buck is supposed to stop.

In its coverage of this brutal crime, even the left-of-center Huffington Post tops its report, “Arizona Attorney General’s Office Wants Lawsuit Of Teacher Raped By Prison Inmate Dismissed” with an expansive photo of Attorney General Brnovich.

The victim, who has filed a $4 million lawsuit, cites a lack of basic security measures to ensure her safety as she gave a GED exam to inmates Jan. 20, 2014.  Jacob Harvey, the 20-year-old rapist, who lingered behind, was serving a sentence incarcerating him until 2041 after being convicted of sexual assault, kidnapping and dangerous crimes against children. He raped and beat a woman in front of her young child during a home invasion. Find out more about this character using the DOC inmate search. His inmate number is 279133.

“Plaintiff is an ADOC (Arizona Department of Corrections) employee who routinely worked at the prison complex,” lawyer Weisbard wrote in his motion to dismiss. “By being placed in a classroom at the complex, the officers were not placing Plaintiff in any type of situation that she would not normally face. The risk of harm, including assault, always existed at a prison like Eyman.”

Huffington notes, Brnovich wasn’t available to comment Wednesday, but the Attorney General’s Office issued this statement: “As a former prosecutor, no one is more sympathetic to victims of violent crimes than Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Our office was disappointed to see a misleading opinion piece that was recently published regarding the brutal assault of a Department of Corrections employee that occurred in January 2014. The Attorney General’s Office is taking affirmative steps to make sure that justice is served for the victim of this heinous crime. We would ask all parties to respect the integrity of the legal process.”  (Editorial Brnovich referenced as “misleading.”)

Since the office Brnovich leads is seeking dismissal of the victim’s lawsuit, it raises the question of exactly what “affirmative steps” —- other than his sympathy —- he is taking to “ensure justice is served for the victim of this heinous crime?” 


The case goes forward. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has rejected the motion to dismiss the victim’s lawsuit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office.


9 Responses to Brnovich: The name Laurie Roberts is unable to write

  1. American Dad says:

    What affirmative steps will Brnovich take? As the father of two daughters, he will ensure they don’t become teachers.

  2. Maggie says:

    What more does this victim need after being repeatedly stabbed in the head with a pen and then raped by this sex-starved native American while the state Dept. Of Corrections left her unarmed, unprotected, unable to reach anyone when she cried out for help? The sympathy of the attorney general should be sufficient.

  3. Villanova says:

    Brnovich likes to refers to himself as a “former prosecutor.” He spent more time as Jan Brewer’s appointed Gaming Director, overseeing the reservation casinos and other state gambling operations than he did in a courtroom. He also worked at the libertarian Goldwater Institute. They have no prosecutors on their staff.

  4. Blackbeard says:

    The chances that an assistant attorney general (Jonathan Weisbard) made the unilateral decision to dismiss this case are nil. At the very least there were supervisors involved, but I’d bet due to the high profile nature of the case that Brnovich ultimately authorized it. Later he can point to the fact that he’s saving the state money, without specifically pointing to this appalling case.

  5. East Valley PC says:

    Brnovich is what you get when you vote for the recruited Team McCain candidate. Boo hoo.

  6. ZOO says:

    The victim here was clearly in the scope of employment when this attack occurred. The AG’s office use of ‘assumption of risk’ as a defense is not only idiocy, it is an antiquated doctrine negated over a hundred years ago as it pertains to employer’s liability.

    Insurance compliance by an employer does not relieve them from a degree of care to provide a safe workplace nor prevent litigation from acts of gross negligence. In this case, the degree of care would have been a prison guard(s) present in the class room until such time all prisoners had exited and were under supervision of other security personnel.

    The victim was not employed in a security role and physical confrontation with prison inmates – even with incarceration of violent criminals being the nature and scope of the employer’s business – cannot be dismissed as an expectation.

    It looks as though Brnovich’s first high profile case as AG has demonstrated his true ability. Maybe he needs to return to the responsibility of monitoring payouts and functionality of slot machines; the reaction of his office in this case has come up ‘three lemons.’

  7. Orion says:

    There could be a simple answer to the omission of the Attorney General’s name. Has it dawned on you folks that Laurie Roberts might not write his name because she might not be able to spell it?

    • LD 23 PC says:

      I think a more accurate reading of the omission is Laurie Roberts is just following orders. The newspaper she works for did its level best to oust the conservative Tom Horne and replace him with this grateful and thus more pliable version. There is no benefit in using his name. The underling deputy gets to take the heat for this attempt to dismiss the victim’s lawsuit, so his name is used since no one has any idea who he is.

  8. Villanova says:

    Watch for Brnovich to throw his assistant AG Jonathan Weisbard under the bus on this legal miscalculation. The ultimate decision to move forward on the dismissal was Brnovich’s, but he won’t be able to stand the heat and needs to find someone to blame. Weisbard will be the fall guy.