Bill Montgomery sets Flakes loose on county taxpayers

Brassy Austin and Logan Flake each suing Maricopa County taxpayers for a cool $4 million dollars

Imagine you’re Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Com’on, you can do it.  You’re full of political vim and aspiration and like a good establishment soldier dutifully await a greater opportunity. The U.S. Senate sounds good. But dang! That old goat McCain is making noises about running again. He’ll be 80 by Election Day and a six-year term would place him at a gnarly 86. Not only will the youthful glow also be off Montgomery’s rose, but playing well with that Flake family is not bringing the hoped for returns.

Rather than repeat the gruesome facts of the case involving Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin and daughter-in-law Logan along with her parents Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, and its potential to derail Montgomery‘s ambition, read Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time.

Now that Montgomery has dropped all felony charges against Austin and Logan they’re suing Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations, claiming they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their characters were ruined by this investigation. 

“The Sheriff has a long history of bringing cases for publicity.  This case to him had everything.  It had publicity, it had a politician’s son, it had pets and the one thing it didn’t have was probable cause,” claimed lawyer Jack Wilenchik. His law partner father Dennis Wilenchik, previously represented Arpaio and cozily lists the “Maricopa County Attorney” as a client.

The Wilenchik’s, publicity seekers extraordinaire, were singing a different tune —- “Vamos Jose!” (Let’s Go, Joe!) —- with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in happier times, as they interviewed him about the “latest county news” on their podcast radio show.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a champion of animals, who has had an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit as part of his office for over a decade forwarded twenty-one charges of animal neglect and cruelty to Montgomery, recommending numerous felony charges of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with horrific abuse resulting in the deaths of nearly two dozen family pets.

On Oct. 15, a Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted both couples. At the time, Montgomery solemnly stated, “Today’s indictment is the result of a thorough review of the extensive investigation into this incident and a decision to seek charges based on objective facts. We now look forward to the next step in seeing that justice is served in this case,” he said. But God knows he wanted the hot potato to go away.

If these marginal Flakes are successful in their outrageous lawsuit, Maricopa County taxpayers will be the ones paying out millions, and that includes the families who lost their beloved pets to the Flake’s obscene neglect.

It was clear from the June 20 onset, when the dead and dying family pets were found, Bill Montgomery was loath to touch this case.  He finally dropped it Dec. 22, 2014.

Background on this case can be read in these links:

Dec. 24, 2014:  Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time

Dec. 13, 2014: Flake kin beg for cash to aid in dead dog defense

Nov. 14, 2014: Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

Oct. 16, 2014: Indicted! Austin & Logan Flake, Todd & MaLeisa Hughes

Oct. 13, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

Sept. 29, 2014: Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

Sept. 19, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place

July 17, 2014: 21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

June 27, 2014: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake & Update


19 Responses to Bill Montgomery sets Flakes loose on county taxpayers

  1. VINOAZ says:

    How low can you go? You would think someone who got off after what they did (or did not do, i.e. care of the dogs) would crawl back under their rock. Not this bunch. They smell taxpayer dollars. This political cabal is an embarrassment to Arizona and decent people everywhere. Flake and Montgomery should be recalled. McNut should retire. Wonder why animal rights advocates are not marching and protesting.

  2. AZConservative (@AZConservative1) says:

    That Flake family is something else. Dear old Dad is working mightily to kill American Middle Class jobs by allowing his corrupt business backers to hire unlimited foreigners at below market wages. <—ISquared bill

    Now son tries to suck tax payer dollars through a laughable lawsuit against the Sheriff for doing his job.

    100 years ago, the entire Flake clan would be high-tailing it out of the state, chased by angry citizens with pitchforks and long rifles!

  3. Frankly Speaking says:

    Jeff Flake is a freshman senator. They serve overly long six year terms. If we don’t rid ourselves of him when he comes up for re-election, he will be even more deeply entrenched and be there for decades as the lousy McCain has. How does that happen when both of them have extremely low poll ratings and were booed at the state GOP meeting ? Money! The lobbyists keep the cash rolling since the two do their bidding. Running no names or others unable to compete in the arena of getting their message out only ensures they win again. We need one top drawer candidate with the ability to take the establishment on. We’re already shooting ourselves in the foot with a no-name guy who has announced a challenge to McCain. If State Senator kelli Ward gets in, we need a strong grassroots effort to get her elected. It’s doable, but not if a bunch of egos get in the mix.

  4. Maggie says:

    The Flakes are aptly named. Bill Montgomery is their enabler.

  5. John Liberty says:

    Once again we see that those who can’t make it on their own can always rely on those with deep pockets, like the public cash sitting there for them to acquire at the “public trough”!!
    Ayn Rand said it perfectly … “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

    Would any of this had happened if THEY DID THEIR job of watching and caring for these animals? To most all caring animal owners these pets were THEIR CHILDREN …. so what makes any of us think that those of the “elite political class” really care about our HUMAN children as well?? A family name aside, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree due to parental guidance, … so these actions speak much louder than flowery rhetoric or semantic interpretations … they point to a rusted Moral Compass !!!!

  6. ZOO says:

    AG Mark Brnovich should step in, admonish Bill Montgomery, re-file all charges against the Hughes and Flakes and prosecute the case himself. The Arizona Bar Association should begin hearings immediately on Montgomery and charge him with misconduct, malfeasance, fraud, deceit, and implied improper influence of a government official. The voters and the victim dog owners should begin the process of recall against Montgomery and bring about a special election to oust him from office ASAP.

    • Villanova says:

      Are you serious, ZOO? Bill Montgomery, long at loggerheads with conservative Attorney General Tom Horne, was actually involved in recruiting Mark Brnovich to mount a challenge to Horne. It was an effort that included McCain insiders, including former Sen. Jon Kyl, lawyer-lobbyist Steve Twist and a host of others. They mounted a serious fundraising drive on Brnovich’s behalf when he was unable to raise the needed cash to underwrite his stagnant campaign. Kyl turned to McCain funder Tucson auto dealer Jim Click to bring in others in his business. Western Free Press had a copy of Kyl’s letter to Click. Do you actually think Brnovich would take on a case against his own mentor? Not a chance! Face it, we’re screwed.
      Here is kyl’s letter:

      • ZOO says:

        Actually I am serious. Montgomery’s inaction, indifference, and conflict have left the citizens of Maricopa County vulnerable and encouraged this frivolous and opportunistic legal action. Despite intertwined relationships, smoke-filled room trysts, and crisscrossing political ambitions, the county attorney and attorney general have oaths and duties to fulfill. With $8 million of county taxpayer money at stake duty to perform must take precedence over back door dealing. An exceedingly high-profile case such as this, IMO, cannot be good-ol-boyed under the carpet. It can take down one, or take down several. From that vantage point, the Flake’s lawsuit is just what the doctor ordered.

  7. GOP PC says:

    What a band of wolves and snakes have invaded the Republican party and conned trusting conservatives with their pre-election platitudes. After watching this charade being perpetrated on us, I, too, an Seeing Red. As a Joe Arpaio supporter, I appreciate this site for telling it like it is.

    Bill Montgomery will do whatever it takes to curry favor with those he needs to move forward. Like McCain, Flake and Kyl before him, they have each campaigned as border hawks and then immediately switched gears after they were elected. Their words are meaningless. Watch their actions.

    After this commercial helped reelect Kyl he and McCain partnered on one of the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” schemes that was nothing short of amnesty. McCain took a phony border stroll with Sheriff Babeu, claiming to want to build the dang fence. Ditto Jeff the Flake, who has been a career long amnesty supporter, partnering with none other than Chicago socialist Cong. Luis Gutierrez

  8. Fed Up says:

    What finished Montgomery for me was the tape recording made by Supervisor Don Stapley when Montgomery was trying to cozy up to him for an appointment to the County Attorney’s job after Andrew Thomas took a midterm powder. I’m no fan of Stapley’s but I applaud him for secretly taping the slippery Montgomery who shamefully slammed Joe Arpaio in the worst way possible ro gain Stapley’s confidence. The Phoenix New Times got a copy of the audio tape.
    Montgomery was happy enough to have Arpaio fundraise for him then he eagerly threw him under the bus when he thought it might benefit him. Montgomery told Stapely this conversation was “in confidence.” What a laugh! The two of them were trying to con each other.

  9. LEO IN TSN says:

    Whoa, it’s déjà vu all over again. Corrupt public figures indicted by lawful grand juries – indictments dismissed by conspiratorial prosecutors and judges – indictees mount claims and lawsuits against the law enforcers for doing their jobs, hoping for huge settlements from a conspiratorial Board of Supervisors – huge payoffs for political favors from insider politicians.

    This sure has a familiar ring to it, don’t ya say?? Have we heard this before in Maricopa County in recent years. It’s only fortunate that the AZ Bar Ass’n hasn’t figured a way yet to go after Sheriff Joe. But I’m sure they’ll have their pinheads together with MCA McMontgomery, trying to create something out of methane gas. At the very least, they’ll probably be second-chairing the Wilenchik squires, pro bono.

    If you don’t work for and $upport conservatives, this is what you get.

    God bless America.

    • Fed Up says:

      The problem is many of those who campaign as conservatives are practiced liars and we only find that out after they are in office. Then, the Chamber of Commerce money keeps them there.

  10. Braveheart says:

    Montgomery dropped the case because he could see his political future would be as dead as the dogs he so callously maligned. You can’t get to the senate by not playing well with the two who are supposedly representing Arizona. Personally, I hope his career is over.

  11. Barbara Espinosa says:

    They haven’t actually filed a lawsuit it’s a notice of one to come if they don’t get the money.Attorneys for the Flakes say they filed a notice of claim, or a precursor to a lawsuit, with Maricopa County on Thursday.My advice to the dog owners all get together and file a class action suit against the Flakes and Hughes.

  12. SmallGovt says:

    This is not going anywhere. You cant get Flake out except at voting booth. If McCain goes, Flake might become workable.

  13. AZConservative (@AZConservative1) says:

    I’ve been called a bigot for pointing out the obvious: Mormons vote for Mormons. And Mormon politicians are (please find one that breaks this mold, and I’ll happily put $1000 into their campaign fund) on the left side of “in the middle.”

    The reality is one’s religion plays into your politics the deeper you are into your religion. I have concerns with other Christian sects’ views around Amnesty, etc. but will stop here.

    Flake, Hatch, Chaffetz, et al are all pushing hard to kill American jobs supposedly because of their “global” perspective of wandering a few years outside of the USA. (Nothing to do with high tech companies’ huge donations to their campaign war chests….)

    I’ve worked in over 100 countries, lived in six. Yet every Mormon politician I’ve met has beat my ears off about their “global perspective” until I reveal my experience and why I am more conservative than they. Keep religion out of politics, lest we end up like the Middle East.

    • SmallGovt says:

      I am not a Mormon and also have worked in many, many countries. I believe in keeping religion out of it but every group should be as successful as Mormons. Like it or not, no Mormon is on welfare, almost none work for the government, and when they come out of school they are educated and go to work.

      • Kimball says:

        Almost none work for the government? That’s quite a sweeping statement! I know many LDS folks who are employed by Arizona cities, counties and the state. Many LDS firefighters, deputies and police get government checks for putting their lives on the line to save yours Those I know are conscientious employees. Working for government is not a crime.

        Be sure to check out all six pages:

        Many in the AZ legislature are members of the LDS faith, including our current conservative Senate President Andy Biggs and former Senate President Russell Pearce. You must have forgotten US Sen. Jeff Flake? Congressman Matt Salmon? Ken Bennett who was most recently AZ’s Secretary of State? Many judges are LDS, unfortunately including Murray Snow who has made a career out of beating up and hamstringing Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Many LDS serve as Mayors and council members.
        Posting comments in the middle of the night is less than wise.