Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time

December 24, 2014

 All felony and misdemeanor charges dropped against Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law. Single fraud charge remains against her parents

In what is being characterized as a “surprise move,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has dropped charges of animal cruelty against all four defendants in the deaths of nearly two dozen dogs at the Green Acre boarding kennel. His equivocal press release is filled with legal double talk in an effort to explain away the unexplainable.

It was clear from the June 20 onset, when the dead and dying dogs were found, Bill Montgomery was loath to touch this case. He dillied and dallied, even after Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s extensive three-month examination of facts which included veterinarian performed necropsies. The sheriff’s office recommended numerous felony charges of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with horrific abuse of the pets. The dogs died agonizing heat-related suffocation deaths after being crammed in a small laundry room overnight without air-conditioning, food or water.

When found in the morning they were hosed down in a crude attempt to cool them, then callously dumped in a shed and stacked like cordwood by the caretakers. No veterinarian was ever summoned.

But these were not just run-of-the-mill folks. Defendants Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, were each charged with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, Logan Flake‘s parents were also charged.

The politically ambitious Bill Montgomery is cunning but still exhibited raw insensitivity to the grieving pet owners as he provided insight as to his bent during a Sept. 10 press conference. “This isn’t to cheapen or minimize the loss of the pets to the families,” Montgomery said. “But we’re not talking about the deaths of 23 children.” 

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.

Then POOF! In a cloud of smoke capable of concealing  dead rabbits in a magician’s top hat (yes, there were also a couple of dead rabbits) the charges magically disappeared. A single count of fraud remains against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes. When the deaths occurred, they were vacationing in Florida, leaving the aptly named Flakes in charge of the pets.

The newspaper, referring to the deaths as a “tragic accident, not a case of intentional cruelty,” prefers to lay blame on their longtime foe, Sheriff Arpaio for having the temerity to recommend charges. Bill Montgomery, who would rather chew on rancid chops than refile this case says, “Our motion to dismiss the charges without prejudice reflects our ethical and professional duty as prosecutors to review information presented to us by the defense and to assess what impact, if any, it has on our case.”

What a load of horse pucky. After reviewing the facts, a Grand Jury found sufficient evidence to indict on multiple charges. But none on the panel have the same political aspirations as Montgomery.

Back in September we prophetically posted “Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place.”

We got it right.


A Christmas gift from Sheriff Joe Arpaio

December 22, 2014

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Inmates in Maricopa County jail facilities are getting a thoughtful holiday treat from Sheriff Joe Arpaio. By signing up here 24 hours in advance —- beginning Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at midnight —- their friends and family members can visit free online, from the comfort of their own home, on Christmas Day.

Visit the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website to learn more about the office.

 


NYC officers murdered, Maupin crawls out of Phx rat hole

December 21, 2014

Open season on police as WH and race baiters stoke racial fires

Racial unrest exacerbated by Barack Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder reached another explosive level Saturday when a cowardly killer named Ismaaiyl Abdulah Brinsley, 28, shot and killed two New York City police officers. Brinsley then committed suicide.

Prior to his spineless execution of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, the killer posted on Instagram “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post.”  The image of a silver handgun accompanied the macabre message.

Officers Liu, married just two months, and Ramos, a married father of a 13-year-old son, were taking part in an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were each shot point-blank in the head as Brinsley approached their patrol car.Brinsley was a fugitive who shot his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier Saturday, according to this report in the Baltimore Sun.

This video shows NYPD officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill deBlasio, whom they hold culpable, as he walked into the police press conference Saturday evening. The New York Post has the report.

The shooting comes at a time of heightened tensions amid grand jury decisions in the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York. Both men were black and the officers white.

The Obama White House sent a message that escalation of protests are acceptable when it sent three officials to attend Brown’s funeral —- three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, which it snubbed last year. 

At the time, AG Eric Holder personally visited Ferguson and assigned dozens of investigators to conduct a federal civil rights probe. Riots and looting, followed by burning of businesses came in the wake of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the police officer. Few will forget Obama’s declaration in another case, “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon (Martin).  This Bill Whittle video fills in the facts Obama omits.

The double standards,  reported by the Washington Times, became ever more apparent as unarmed white 20-year-old Dillon Taylor was killed by a black police officer in Utah, with no White House representatives at his funeral and no federal probe underway.

To further stoke the fires, Phoenix has it’s own Al Sharpton protégé, a race baiter named Jarrett Maupin, who like his mentor Sharpton, is congregation-less yet still calls himself Reverend —-  though their contemptible actions belie that title.  Saturday afternoon Maupin rallied a few dozen demonstrators into downtown Phoenix to lie down in the street and on the light rail tracks halting traffic while calling for “justice” and protesting “police violence.”

Maupin ought to be calling for bringing fathers back to black families, instilling values and making education a priority. Seventy-three percent out-of-wedlock births insure poverty, gang involvement and accompanying crime.


Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia ousted

December 18, 2014

It  has now been confirmed that Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has been relieved of his duties for insubordination after holding a press conference despite being ordered not to do so by Phoenix City manager Ed Zuercher.  According to Vice Mayor Jim Waring, Garcia  will be replaced by Phoenix Police Assistant Chief Joe Yahner as a search for a replacement chief is conducted.

Garcia has come under fire recently, and was the subject of a vote of ‘no confidence’ by the police union for his handling of a case involving a Phoenix Officer said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who later committed suicide.

KTVK News 3TV provides coverage of the story here.


AZ Republic calls violent criminality “rally…vandalism”

November 26, 2014

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Under the mild headline “Ferguson protesters rally across U.S. for 2nd day,” the increasingly erratic and radically leftist Arizona Republic newspaper boldly puts its bias on display, with this opening sentence: “People protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand-jury decision took to the streets in some U.S. cities for a second day Tuesday, even as others were still cleaning up vandalism from the night before.”

In the small community of Ferguson alone, wild gangs first looted and then torched businesses, set fire to police cars, intimidated law-abiding citizens and stormed city hall, breaking out windows. In addition to perpetrating such crimes, thuggish mobs blocked roadways in major cities imperiling safety.

How do such savage acts of feral criminality morph into rallies?  The Republic employs the same understatement technique as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, America’s chief law enforcement officer, who blandly said he was “disappointed” by the violence.

What the Republic tamely calls “vandalism“ is blatant criminality that began in Ferguson and has run rampant through American cities with large black populations. The looters and arsonists are criminals who conveniently used the grand jury decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of black Michael Brown as an excuse for violent acts against innocent business owners —- devastating their years of sacrifice to create a livelihood for themselves and their families.

The small-statured convenience store owner who 6’4” and nearly 300 lb. Brown shoved aside during his strong-arm robbery (video) just prior to the shooting, had his business and inventory destroyed during the riots.

Michael Brown’s crude ex-con stepfatherLouis Head, incited arson in the town of Ferguson yelling,”Burn this bitch down.”

Through its choice of descriptive words, the Arizona Republic gives its explicit approval to the acts of brutality perpetrated by gangs of thugs. The decision makers at the daily fish wrapper should be ashamed.

*H/T The Smoking Gun


Awaiting GJ decision: Will mob rule reign in Ferguson? UPDATE

November 23, 2014

Taught by Obama, Ferguson vigilantes employ lawless tactics, pump up divisiveness

The aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri has ignited a firestorm of protestors. Many are imported from outside the state to incite riots, including emboldened members of the Revolutionary Communist Party and New Black Panthers as spotted by the Blaze.

In anticipation of the worst, barricades have been erected around the building where a grand jury has been deliberating.

This surveillance video showing 6’4” and nearly 300 lb. Michael Brown engaged in a strong-armed robbery of a convenience store, just before the shooting, exposes him as less than an innocent “gentle giant” as he has been portrayed.

Last week in anticipation of the grand jury decision —- likely to come Monday —- Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency, even activating National Guard troops, as he cited the “possibility of expanded unrest.”

Businesses in both Ferguson and neighboring Clayton have boarded their windows in anticipation of violence and rioting if the decision is not to the mob’s liking.

Ryan Lovelace writing for National Review reports on the coarse disregard for police requests that the agitators outside the police department disband.

The Obama White House sent a message that escalation of protests was acceptable when it sent three officials to attend Brown’s funeral —- three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, which it snubbed last year. 

The administration has devoted considerable resources as it highlighted the case. At the time, Attorney General Eric Holder personally visited Ferguson and assigned dozens of investigators to conduct a federal civil rights probe.

The double standard, reported by the Washington Times, became ever more apparent as unarmed white 20-year-old Dillon Taylor was killed by a black police officer in Utah, with no White House representatives at his funeral and no federal probe underway.
Update-tag

November 24, 2014 8:25 PM

Ferguson Grand Jury: No indictment

Looting, fires and pandemonium in cities across U.S. follow decision

 After hearing all of the evidence based on a full investigation, a 12-person grand jury returned no indictment in the highly publicized and racially charged case involving white police officer Darren Wilson, 28, in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown, a suspect in a strong armed robbery.

The fact that the mixed race grand jurors did not shrink from their duty out of fear of violence  renews faith in our legal system, that functions on presentation of facts rather than intimidation. The jurors were not sequestered, and knew full well the political ramifications of their decision.

Grand jurors do not decide guilt or innocence.  After weighing a full presentation of evidence, it is the duty of the 12 citizens to determine probable cause as to whether or not sufficient evidence exists to bring charges that will then be presented in a criminal trial.

Officer Wilson’s safety has been an issue since the Aug. 9 shooting, but a recent bounty on his head has put authorities on heightened alert. He is expected to resign his post with the Ferguson Police Department.

As predicted, absolute chaos has taken over, but not just in Ferguson. Mob mentality rioters in cities across the country are setting fires to businesses, looting stores, shooting weapons and overturning police cars. With tensions further inflamed by fiery speeches by Al Sharpton and his ilk, mobs rioted in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, Oakland and Washington D.C.


Montgomery asks 9th Circuit to keep law denying bond to criminal illegals

October 25, 2014

Next step: Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is asking a federal appeals court to delay the implementation of a recent ruling that allows illegal aliens who are charged with a serious felony to be released on bail. In an emergency motion filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Montgomery requested that the matter be returned to the district court to consider the possible dangers of releasing suspected criminals who pose a flight risk. He also argues that the appeals court ruling in Lopez-Valenzuela v. Arpaio will force Arizona courts to reconsider bail determinations for hundreds of pending criminal trials and overturn a law Arizona voters passed by an overwhelming margin in 2006. Proposition 100 passed 1,170,961 – 332,461 as a Constitutional Amendment.

“In requesting the case to be remanded to the Arizona District Court, we are seeking a fair opportunity to present objective evidence in support of upholding the no bail provision implemented by Proposition 100,” Montgomery said. “Rather than jettison an Arizona Constitutional provision in effect for eight years, the next step should be to resolve the issue of whether Arizona’s interest in detaining without bail serious offenders who are unlawfully present is based on objective data. Respect for federalism, the Tenth Amendment, and the realities of the environment in which Arizona must address public safety concerns call for a full and fair opportunity to present the facts,” he added.

If a stay of the appeals court ruling is not granted, Montgomery will prepare a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the opinion.


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