Takes another leave from job
This September 10, 2021 statement from Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel leaves unanswered more questions than it answers. Her career has been so iffy, it’s uncertain how long the statement will remain available.
A similar message was sent to the staff at the County Attorney’s office:
Dear MCAO Family,
The work we do at this office is hard and I am not immune to its effects. Below is a statement that will be released to the press today but I wanted to personally share the message about my recent struggles. Seeking professional help to deal with stress and anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. Those who are suffering in silence should be able to ask for help. As a society, we must talk about it.
As County Attorney, I have focused this office on implementing programs and policies to assist those in the criminal justice system suffering from substance abuse disorder. I have revised plea policies to reflect a treatment-first approach. I have championed a home detention program for individuals facing misdemeanor DUIs. We have created and implemented a robust diversion program grounded in evidence-based treatment and eliminated financial barriers previously associated with this opportunity.
Stress and anxiety do not discriminate based on age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. I am fortunate to have access to resources and a supportive network of friends and family to help me address my issues. I encourage those in this office who may be struggling with similar issues to reach out to supervisors or take advantage of the resources afforded to us as county employees. You are not alone.
Thank you for your patience as I navigate this path.
Maricopa County Attorney
In a much heralded election as the county’s first female county attorney, Adel was originally appointed to the position Oct. 3, 2019 by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors when then-current County Attorney Bill Montgomery was named to the newly expanded AZ Supreme Court by Gov. Doug Ducey in a head scratching, uncalled-for action. Ducey put two new justices in place, neither of whom have applicable trial court experience, since one came from a libertarian “think tank” and the other from an elected executive position.
Allister Adel, the mother of two young sons, generated sympathy on election night Nov. 3, 2020 when she was hospitalized for a “brain bleed” said to be caused by a fall. Initially she said she had a blood clotting disorder, which was false, although alcohol does thin the blood. Excessive amounts thin it even more. Her duplicity was perpetrated by the leftwing Arizona Republic which had disdain for what it referred to as, “Bill Montgomery’s hard-line administration.”
The prosecutor’s office ran without its newly elected administrator as she recovered. No reason for the fall was given. Now we have a more accurate idea of what caused her instability. Falling off a step stool doesn’t require residential treatment.
Adel, who campaigned as a conservative rightly caught flak for dismissing charges against violent anti-police rioters, who broke windows and looted Scottsdale Fashion Mall, threw cement blocks at officers, damaged police vehicles, set fires in the showroom of the adjacent Mercedes dealership and then attempted to destroy the Phoenix Police Department and downtown businesses. The thugs used the death of repeatedly incarcerated George Floyd 1700 miles away in Minneapolis, to assault Phoenix police, and faced numerous charges including aggravated assault on officers, criminal damage, unlawful assembly, rioting, resisting arrest and obstructing a roadway.
Protests against the police have not been isolated incidents and nationally efforts to defund the police have gained momentum, resulting in officers resigning and crime rates rising. Yet these are the people Maricopa County Attorney Adel regards as worthy of having their charges dropped. Violent rioters do not respond to weakness. It emboldens them. Allister Adel’s focus was not on prosecution of criminals, but on “diversity and inclusion.” SRAZ ended that post with these words: “She should not have been identified by her plumbing, but by her leftward bent.”