Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Flake’s son, ex-wife

Flaky Austin Flake and Logan Brown try and fail in another attempt to get rich on the backs of Maricopa County taxpayers

Federal Judge Neil Wake has dismissed the lawsuit brought by Austin Flake and his now ex-wife Logan, who has reclaimed her maiden name of Brown.

The case stemmed from dismissed animal cruelty charges the duo faced in the June 2014 heat related suffocation deaths of nearly two dozen dogs they supposedly were caring for at Green Acre Kennel in Gilbert. The facility was owned by Logan’s mother and step-father, MaLeisa and Jesse “Todd” Hughes, who were vacationing in Florida when the gruesome deaths occurred.

When the Flakes’ checked the kennel on the hot June 20th morning and witnessed the horrific scene, they did not call for veterinary assistance, opting to hose down the dying dogs, then callously piled their dead carcasses in a shed.

The pets sweltered to death, packed together in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning. They had neither food nor water in their stomachs, according to the veterinarian who performed necropsies on the dogs.

On October 14, 2014, a Grand Jury indicted both couples with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Ultimately Logan’s parents served short sentences on fraud charges involving lying to the owners of the pets, telling them their dogs ran away. The Hughes’ took plea deals in lieu of going to trial. As defendants, each pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation to commit fraudulent schemes and artifices, and one count of cruelty to animals, both Class 6 felonies. Their sentences included 23 days in jail without the possibility of work release, work furlough, home detention or compliance monitoring.  The days they served equaled one day per dead dog.

After Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery dropped the 21 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals against Austin and Logan Flake, the actual responsible parties, they filed a lawsuit against the taxpayers of Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations. They claim they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their characters were ruined by the investigation. A few $million each could go a long way to soothe their hurt feelings. Fortunately that effort went nowhere.

With their eyes still on the money prize, they angled for another civil trial, this time against the sheriff’s investigative detective.

But Judge Wake has now dismissed that lawsuit, ruling their attorney Stephen Montoya hadn’t provided evidence the detective intended to deprive the Flakes’ of their rights. Read the judge’s order.

SRAZ has written extensively about this tragic set of circumstances and the appalling flakes. Let’s hope this is the last we hear of these grifters. 

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10 Responses to Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Flake’s son, ex-wife

  1. PC and State Committeeman says:

    We need to get Judge Wake’s full name out to the public to ensure he remains in place to continue to serve on the bench meting out justice according to the law and not a liberal lackey like some. The process to retain judges has always been a farce that most of us have no clue about. The good ones like this judge need to be on a good record list of the judges we should retain and for those judges that are corrupt we need to have a list of the establishment cronies to not vote for retention. Our AZ Bar association is too corrupt to even consider such a thing but surely the conservative Republican attorneys and some elected officials should be able to put a committee together to monitor their decisions and create such a list so we as voters can be informed voters rather than leaving the ballot blank and allowing the swampy bottom feeders judges to remain. Just sayin’..

    • Villanova says:

      Judge Wake is a Federal Court judge. They are presidential appointees and do not stand for retention as Maricopa, Pima
      and Pinal County trial court judges and state Appellate level judges do. Those include the AZ Supreme Court and both Divisions of the Arizona Courts of Appeals.

      • PC and State Committeeman says:

        I don’t shive a git where he is a judge we still need to identify the judges we do vote for and that was my point altho I didn’t know it was a fed. As it was said all politics is local and we have to find a way to oust the looney tunes we have here in AZ who preside in cases favoring the libs

    • Villanova says:

      There have been lists of “good judges” floating around for years. The people compiling them have little clue other than party affiliation, which is no clue at all. Governors appoint the judges and often make cross party appointments. Even Republicans do this. Also, judicial applicants frequently switch political parties to that of the sitting governor, for a better chance at being appointed.

      The circumstances of each case are different. Not agreeing with a verdict is no indicator. Unless you’ve sat in a courtroom throughout the trial and heard all of the evidence, you really have no idea of what went on. Not agreeing with a verdict means nothing. There are rules that govern the proceedings and laws that have to have been violated. You might not like abortion, but they’re legal, so abortionists are not violating the law.

      Most verdicts are delivered by juries. Few are simply handed down by judges. The retention ballot is just busy work. Few judges have ever been removed via that process. The idea that trial court judges are “corrupt” is a foolish theme played by the ill-informed. They mainly act as referees. All lawyers are members of the State Bar. In what specific manner is the Bar “corrupt”? The Bar is the AZ lawyers regulatory body and provides the Continuing Legal Education that lawyers must take to continue to practice. Doctors and CPA’s have similar guidelines and educational requirements for members of those professions. Are they also “corrupt”?

      Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, just obscenely overreached by stacking the AZ Supreme Court, adding two new justices, who were not needed and incurring massive costs in terms of staffing alone. Did you approve of that action? Does that reach your definition of”corrupt”? Remember corruption is a description of dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery. Who has engaged in those practices from the bench in AZ? Name them (if you can) and enlighten us all.

  2. Kimball says:

    With their dream of an $8 Million money train gone, Austin Flake and Logan Brown might have to get jobs like the rest of us. The hope of shaking us down for mega bucks was the catalyst to bring these two creeps momentarily back together.
    What happened to their LDS Temple marriage vows bonding them for all time and eternity? Obviously that wasn’t as potent as the lure of money.
    Good job, Judge Wake.

    • Capt. Marvel says:

      Except for a brief stint at the libertarian Goldwater Institute and his time in Africa lobbying as a registered foreign agent on behalf of a uranium mining company with ties in Iran, Jeff Flake has spent the majority of his adult life slopping at the public trough. That must be where his son, Austin, learned his work ethic of trying to suck the juice out of taxpayers.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Daddy Flake will have to resort to getting sonny boy a cushy “lobbyist” job in D.C.

    Meanwhile, this is interesting:
    Two weeks ago, someone discovered the Twitter account of a guy named James Gunn. He is a young hot shot who works for Disney movies as producer/director of movies you might know.

    As he reveals in his Prolific tweets (and now photos have been discovered), he is into pedophilia and dark ritualistic crap.
    (Warning: it is very graphic, explicit stuff if you decide to find it)
    Last week, the Hollywood types and Libs in general came to this guy’s defense. Bad move.

    And now, TV late night “talk show host” Bill Maher is being called upon to answer for his many, many comments made on TV about deviant sexual matters.

    It is stated that he once owned a company called “Kid Love Productions”, which on paper appears to have closed up shop right before Maher became an early mouthpiece for Candidate Obama, almost a decade ago.

    SO:
    Yesterday, NBC News (motto: “The leading source of global news and info for more than 75 years”) puts out a story and posts it on Twitter.
    “How to delete old tweets before they come back to haunt you”
    posted on @NBC News at 3:32 pm August 11, 2018

    Today,
    NBC News has hired Media Matters (which is funded by George Soros) to somehow to damage control.

    This is what they are hiding. This is what they are protecting.
    They have to. They are dependent on it.

    And it goes all the way to the Clintons.

    When the good people of the world—-not just US—find out about what really happened in Haiti and in many countries in Africa and Asia, it will be a very bad day for anyone associated with the Clintons. Any country that does not have a reliable system for legally recording birth records has been fair game for these deviants.
    No birth record? No way to prove that a person has gone missing.
    Get it?

  4. VINOAZ says:

    They should be prosecuted, fined and jailed along with the sleaze ball lawyer who filed the suit.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    On Deck Monday:
    President Trump will travel to Fort Drum, in upstate New York, for the signing ceremony for H.R. 5515 (the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019).

    President Trump will deliver remarks. He was invited by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.

    Interesting on so many levels. . . .