Judicial Watch, Russell Pearce sue AZ AG for communications with ACLU

AZ AG Mark Brnovich pays $1.4 million of taxpayer money to ACLU

Seeing Red AZ rarely gives space to press releases, but this stunner is a worthy exception. We see no need to read and regurgitate this important information for you. An enlarged version of the 5-page lawsuit can be seen here.


November 14, 2016

Judicial Watch and Russell Pearce Sue Arizona Attorney General for Communications with ACLU

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Settlement of SB 1070 Case Undermining Rule of Law

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it and former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce filed a lawsuit to obtain records of communications between Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office, the ACLU and other groups challenging Arizona immigration enforcement law S.B. 1070. The lawsuit was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court (Judicial Watch and Russell Pearce v. Office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich (No. CV2016-016945).

Judicial Watch and Senator Pearce’s lawsuit was filed on November 9, 2016, after the Attorney General’s office failed to respond to a request for records under Arizona’s Public Records Law. The request sought records of communications between the Attorney General’s Office, the ACLU and other illegal alien advocacy groups that resulted in a settlement of a lawsuit challenging S.B. 1070. The settlement was formalized in an agreement called a “Joint Case Disposition.” The September 20, 2016, request sought records concerning:

Communications, correspondence, and contacts between the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and counsel for plaintiffs in Valle del Sol, et al. v. Whiting, et al., Case No. CV-10-1061-PHX-SRB (D. Ariz.) concerning or relating to the Joint Case Disposition submitted to the court on September 15, 2016. Such records include, but are not limited to, records of discussions resulting in the agreement to submit to the court the Joint Case Disposition.

Under Arizona law the Attorney General’s office was required to respond “promptly” to the records request. After nearly two months, the Attorney General has failed to comply.

The request seeks to shed light on the unusual settlement of the SB 1070 case, including an agreement that the Attorney General would issue an “informal opinion” setting forth his “interpretation” of the meaning of certain provision of SB 1070. The agreement also provided for payment of $1.4 million of taxpayer money to the ACLU and other groups. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the SB 1070 law in 2012, but other provisions were left untouched, including a provision to allow police officers individuals for proof of immigration status.

“The public has a right to know if the Arizona Attorney General outsourced his work to the ACLU and other illegal alien advocates,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “By stonewalling this request, the Attorney General is thumbing his nose at the rule of law. And we have little doubt that this is all about thwarting any illegal immigration enforcement by a Trump administration.”

“With this settlement, the Attorney General undermined the rule of law,” said Senator Pearce.

“Why is the Attorney General hiding his communications with illegal alien advocates? Why is the Attorney General negotiating the meaning of duly-enacted laws with the ACLU? When did the citizens of Arizona elect the ACLU as Attorney General?”

After filing the Valle del Sol v Whiting case in May 2013, the ACLU conducted a sweeping subpoena “witch hunt” against Judicial Watch and dozens of conservative organizations and individuals that had supported SB 1070. Among those targeted by the ACLU were more than twenty current and former members of the Arizona State Legislature, public interest groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, nine police associations, including the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, the Arizona State Republican Party, the Arizona African American Republican Club, the Arizona Republican Assembly, and three Arizona senior citizens who had no apparent connection to SB 1070.

Judicial Watch and Senator Pearce are represented by William T. Luzader of Luzader Law PLLC in Phoenix, Arizona.






18 Responses to Judicial Watch, Russell Pearce sue AZ AG for communications with ACLU

  1. azgary says:

    the vast majority of ranking gop’ers prefer lobbyist monies and illegal aliens to American Citizens.

  2. wise Sally Forth says:

    Attorney General Mark Brnovich and his wife are both lawyers. She’s a Superior Court Judge. It would seem reasonable that they would discuss these issues and quickly conclude this was not a wise path to take.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      I voted against Brnovich’s wife. She’s got a very questionable background. All the judges will return to the bench, unfortunately – when at least 4 of them are either incompetent or trouble. All of whom are female.

      Mark Brnovich is a Democrat in “Republican” clothing.

  3. azgary says:

    this needs to be spread far and wide.

    send to your contacts and post at any other message boards you may frequent, this is what we are up against, a gop that wants the opposite of what we want and elect them to do.

    hopefully drudge, breitbart etc…l will pick it up.

  4. azgary says:

    Sad… GOP Lawmakers UNANIMOUSLY Re-Elect Trump-Basher Paul Ryan as Speaker

    Paul Ryan spoke out against Republican nominee Donald Trump ALL YEAR.
    Ryan announced in October he was pulling his endorsement of Donald Trump.
    He held a separate press conference to tell reporters he would not campaign with Donald Trump.

    Paul Ryan cannot be trusted.
    He is loyal to the elites and not the people.

    Paul Ryan is pro-amnesty, big government, pro-TPP and anti-American worker.

    Donald Trump won an historic election on Tuesday winning 306 electoral votes.

    But Republican lawmakers do not respect their base.
    They voted today to reinstate Paul Ryan as speaker.

    Republican lawmakers today unanimously re-elected Paul Ryan as Speaker.
    NBC News reported:

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      This is a massive slap in the face not only to Prescient–elect Donald Trump, but to each and every American citizen who worked for his election and voted for him.

      Our congress deserves the sewer level ratings it gets. Aren’t they called “representatives”? Who do they claim to represent?

      • azgary says:

        the vast majority of gop’ers represent lobbyist period and have littyl other than disdain and scorn for us, the Citizenry.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      What Boehner and Ryan did with the House purse strings is unforgivable.

      Reason No. 1 Ryan must go!
      He enabled this skullduggery and allowed Obama a slush fund to prop up Obamacare and illegal alien invasion.
      Ryan is dishonest and NOT trustworthy and must be replaced with Trump Supporter


      • State Delegate says:

        Since Ryan received unanimous approval, I intend to let my voice/vote be counted when the so-called AZ Representatives are on the ballot. I will give a loud and clear NO vote. Unfortunately, that won’t be for another two years and they’re counting on the fact that we have short memories and zero attention spans.

        Conservative PCs need to call them out whenever they\ come to a district meeting and demand an answer. Many of them show up at the state and county meetings in January. I want to hear what they say when the question is raised from the floor.

      • azgary says:

        Republican Congressional leaders and members of the House Freedom Caucus are trying to distort Donald Trump’s “America First” mandate on trade and immigration to comply with the globalist agenda demanded by the party’s major donors, according to GOP staffers who are familiar with the discussions that occur in the closed-door meetings.

        “At a certain point, we’re going to have to change our group’s name from the ‘House Freedom Caucus’ to the ‘Paul Ryan Caucus,’” one senior aide to a member of the House Freedom Caucus told Breitbart.

        The aide continued:

        Many members of the Freedom Caucus never opposed Ryan’s positions on trade and immigration the way their constituents do. So they’re more than happy to ignore and cast aside the policies that got Trump elected in exchange for going along with the Ryan’s policies. They’d rather keep the status quo and march lockstep with Ryan than have to stir things up by electing someone who would fight for Trump’s mandate and fight to fulfill the wishes of the American people.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        FYI: The full junior chamber will vote on whether Ryan will serve as speaker for two more years on Jan. 3, 2017.


      • Kathy says:

        Freedom Caucus – LIARS ALL!!!!!!! They are the Ryan Caucus! Once again a slap in the face of We the People. Business as usual – hopefully President Trump with trump their plans.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    Thank God for those who are behind the scenes, fighting for US.
    Judicial Watch and James O’Keefe of Project Veritas deserve our gratitude.

    As for Paul Ryan being unanimously re-elected as Speaker: It was just days ago that some in the House who like to be called conservatives were saying that Ryan would be ousted.
    One giant case of what is known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
    Manifests in children around age 8 with outward signs of actively defying rules; refusing to follow instructions; blaming others for their mistakes, and no sense of guilt.
    Treatment: Consistent approach with discipline and reinforcement of desired behavior (in this case, term limits).

    Meanwhile, Obama gave a press conference in Greece where he continues to bash conservatives, patriots and Trump.
    Like a rattlesnake, he never runs out of venom.
    Let’s pray that Trump is the antidote.

    Here’s the link:

    Washington, D.C. is one massive cesspool of mental illness.

    • Doc says:

      So, sadly…
      The “danged wall” will probably be techno &/or fence in spots.
      “Some” parts of obasturdcare will be kept.
      Th’ clintons are “good” people/backpeddle on prosecution.
      R.I.N.O. reince is “chief of staph”

      …now this lyin’ hypocrite ryan remains “BOOLSHEETER” of th’ crib…

      o.k…just keep sayin’ over & over, “he’sbetterthanhillaryhe’sbetterthanhillaryhe’sbetterthanhillaryhe’bette………”

      I don’t know about you folks but…I believe I’m gonna’ have a WHISKY now…

  6. azgary says:

    Kris Kobach who helped author SB 1070 is rumored to be the next attorney general.

    Liberal heads are exploding.


    for those not familiar, this is Kobach….

    • Kendall Stephenson says:

      Can we get SB1070 up and running? We need to make it a point that Law abiding Citizens have no need to worry. Comply with the law and they have nothing to worry about. Break the law and you WILL suffer the consequences. No exceptions, no excuses, and no compromise.
      Monday I met an older lady that was worried about her parents, she said were born in Arizona. She was afraid of them being deported. She was crying because Trump won the election.
      As is typical of evil people, they lie to the weak minded masses to get them to vote and demonstrate in protest of the rule of law. I’ve heard that the dumb ass acRATs have been paying people to vote and demonstrate and destroy other peoples property.
      I’m all for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but it only works with a moral society. Lying journalist and politicians mess it up. How can we hold them accountable?

  7. jojo says:

    We have no one from AZ. in congress representing the taxpayers. The closest we have is the dentist from Prescott (forgot his name). We are turning BLUE. We’ve got to get these worms in the state and federal offices OUT. Graham spent ALL the GOP $$$ or reelecting McCain. DUCEY is a DOUBLE CROSSER. Dewitt is the ONE friend the taxpayer has. Too bad none of the people supposedly working “for the taxpayer” listen to him.