AZ political heavyweights indicted on multiple charges in Federal Court

Serious charges leveled against high-powered lobbyist, utility company owner, former chairman of AZ Corporation Commission and his wife

Gary Pierce, former chairman of the Corporation Commissioner along with his wife Sherry Pierce, utility company owner George Harry Johnson and prominent lobbyist Jim Norton were each indicted earlier this week on eight separate federal charges of bribery and fraud.

The 17-page indictment can be read here.

11 Responses to AZ political heavyweights indicted on multiple charges in Federal Court

  1. Realist says:

    Gary Pierce was formerly a member of the Arizona House of Representatives where he was Majority Whip and served on the Rules and Judiciary committees .It’s not a leap to expect that he should know better than to get involved in these dishonest schemes. Too often there’s a haughtiness that leads to a feeling of entitlement that runs amok. That’s my take on all of these “players.”

    • Villanova says:

      It’s called arrogance.

      That’s one hell of an Indictment! i just finished reading it.

  2. Kent says:

    Com’on in, the water’s fine. There’s plenty a pickin’$ for us all.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Speaking of the Federal justice system:
    Remember the D.C. Sniper case (Beltway sniper) in 2002?

    Last week, a federal judge ordered the release of Lee Boyd Malvo from prison. Seems that in 2012, the US Supremes ruled that a minor cannot be given a life sentence. And they made their ruling retroactive. John Roberts and his merry band of Constitution crushers taking care of Obama’s sons, it would seem.
    And their ruling flew under the radar until now.

    The 17 year old, Lee Boyd Malvo, who initially entered the U.S. from Antigua, using false documents, was part of the crime duo who confessed to 27 shootings and innumerable robberies and assaults across the United States.

    His mentor, John Allen Muhammed (birth name John Allen Williams) was born in the US and became a marksman in the military. He joined the Nation of Islam in 1987. He sold stolen passports and other stolen documents to people in the Caribbean who used them to come to the U.S.
    Muhammed was executed for his confessed crimes in 2009.

    Malvo has given several interviews over the years.
    He stated that they were on a “military mission” which always included meticulous planning and after-action briefings. Before the shooting spree began, Malvo went to a gun range everyday, sometimes for 12 hours or more, and learned to use multiple guns. He stated that he would go to crime scenes and watch the aftermath; sometimes even talking to police. Everything was meticulously planned, including leaving tarot cards with messages at each crime scene.

    He admitted to over 200 shootings–27 confirmed–, including Tucson, AZ resident Jerry Ray Taylor. Their reign of terror started with the first victim in Tacoma, Washington and extended to CA; AZ; TX; AL; LA; MD, and D.C.
    On one day alone, they shot 5 people at random locations in Montgomery County, Md.

    Here was their plan, according to Malvo :
    1. Commit shootings
    2. Go to Baltimore, kill a police officer, then place explosive devices at the funeral to cause mass casualties
    3. Extort money from the Federal government
    4. Flee to Canada.
    5. Take in homeless Black kids; teach them to shoot, return to US to kill

    Sounds like terrorism to me. And on the heels of 9-11.

    Malvo was 17 when he joined with Muhammed. Malvo’s mother lived in Florida (also having come to the U.S. using false documents). At no time did Malvo ever attempt to leave Muhammed’s side during their rampage.

    Let’s see if prosecutors will do their job and get this guy back in jail.

    • Casper says:

      This situation has nothing to do with prosecutors. Lee Boyd Malvo was already prosecuted on the evidence presented and convicted. They can’t unilaterally decide to retry him. He is not being released.

      US District Court Judge (Eastern Dist. Of Virginia) Raymond Jackson, a Bill Clinton appointee, overturned Malvo’s two life sentences without parole, sending the case back to state courts in Chesapeake and Spotslvania County in Virginia for resentencing, according to more recent guidelines pertaining to underage felons emanating from the case Miller v. Alabama.

      • Saguaro Sam says:

        The swamp extends into Virginia.
        He’ll walk.
        Came to this country on a fake passport from the Caribbean; born to a unwed mother; taken in by a terrorist named Muhammed. A victim, they’ll claim.

        Maybe the Dems will find a State where he could run for office.

        He should move in with John Roberts.

  4. Peg Lynch says:

    This is Comey’s FBI, alive and well, going after the easy shared enemy in the populated STV to grease the wheels on the real targets: our own Governor and Koch level lobbyist Sean Noble. Seriously, $30,000 allegedly paid to Sherry Pierce is chump change and might cover the costs of 2 Federal Atty for 2 weeks. It’s “look over here” getting the public to believe the big guys got mean Mr. Johnson at last and will feel vindicated and be placated instantly. Silly Plebeians, it’s the Republicans and Arizona’s Governor they are really after. The current indictment is not the end game. You watch.

    • D.B. Cooper says:

      I had the same thoughts when I read about the risk that Sherry Pierce supposedly took for a relatively insignificant amount of money, when you factor in the B.I.G. picture.

      Sean Noble is not Mr. Clean and hasn’t been since after he moved on from working for John Shadegg. He gives his companies names such as D.C. London, calculated to impress. Then there are other operators such as Gordon James and Nathan Sproul — all tied to McCain as is Ducey. It will be interesting to see which names actually sink into the mire and long it takes. My Dad used to say, “You lie down with dogs, you pick up fleas.”

  5. Joseph Bickley, Sr. says:

    Bout time this turkey got caught.