Russell Pearce's Son Joshua Arrested, in MCSO Custody

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Josh, son of Russell, back in stir

State Senate President Russell Pearce's son Joshua Trent Pearce was arrested February 9 by the Mesa Police Department on outstanding warrants issued by the Maricopa County Superior Court. Currently he's cooling his heels in Durango Jail.

The thirty year-old unemployed roofer had a revocation hearing scheduled for today, but it's been rescheduled to March 9 according to the court. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, where Russell Pearce's son Sean works as a sheriff's deputy, provided the new mug shot above.

Mesa Police Department spokesman Ed Wessing issued the following statement to me via e-mail:

"The Mesa PD Warrant Unit responded to the home at 10861 E. Diamond with Adult Probation on the morning of Feb. 9th. We were contacted by Adult Probation because Joshua Pearce had a warrant for a probation violation with a $2500 bond attached. Additionally, he was found to have a Failure to Appear Warrant (Maricopa County Superior Court) on 2 CTS of AGG DUI with a $5000 bond attached. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Maricopa County Jail."

A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the bench warrant issued for Josh's failure to appear. This, for a hearing in his aggravated DUI case, which dates to 2006. Back then, Pearce was nabbed by Mesa PD, driving high on pot and other drugs, with his girlfriend (now wife) Samantha and their five day-old son in the car.

Josh, who has had numerous run-ins with the Mesa cops as a juvenile and as an adult, admitted to one officer that he liked to "wake and bake." He informed Mesa PD that he took Xanax for panic attacks. He later tested positive for THC, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone.

The son of the (now) most powerful politician in the state pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in 2007 and received five years probation. The most recent probation report on file with the court alleges Josh has not complied with the terms of his probation.

As I've also reported, Josh was recently under investigation by the Mesa PD for allegations of child abuse in the case of his nine day-old baby girl, who suffered a skull fracture on December 10. Josh maintained to the cops that the infant fell out of a "bouncy chair," but doctors at Banner Desert Medical Center told police the injury couldn't have happened that way.

Mesa PD ultimately decided not to file charges on Josh, even though investigators did not believe he was being truthful in his account of the child's injury.

The Mesa police report on the investigation stated that Josh's children had been removed from the home and were in foster care.

Senate President Pearce has not responded to repeated requests for comment on his son Josh and Josh's ongoing problems with the law.

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Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine Addiction

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JT Ready
JT Ready

Some Arizona republican family facts:

Republican Senator Russell Pearce's son is a drug dealer, drug addict, and racist criminal.

Republican Governor Jan Brewer's niece is a meth addict and hatched an insane plot to have her assassinated to foment a lawless revolution in order to make meth more readily available.

Republican Senator Thayer Vershoor's daughter is a meth addict.

Republican activist and VBO treasurer Jan Hibbard's daughter is a meth addict and now receives federal funds for mental illness due to severe drug abuse. I personally know these people and can factually witness to these things. It is sad that "family values" is such a strong plank amongst republicans publicly when it comes to meddling in other people's family matters. Meanwhile, their own families are often the ones most lacking in parental attention and in dire need of proper family values to be applied at home. When a republican starts preaching family values at the public podium, there is a strong chance their family is the most fucked up in the whole village.

Anon
Anon

you can now add Senator Bungaard to the list of the "family values" group...

FACT
FACT

He is a punk like his dad

Anon
Anon

tyrant, bully and coward -- going after the vulnerable.

Anon
Anon

This comment is too good to be left behind...."Firmly in the Middle 4 days ago in reply to Kit CarsonKitty Kat,

I feel that Russell Pearce has placed himself in a very public, very elitist, Ivory Castle over in Mesa and by placing himself in that position he has opened himself up for citizen discourse. Mr Lemons chipping away at that facade exposes the true make up of that castle. It seems that each article unearths more drama, more lie's, and more corruption; so even if the authors main motivation is driven with malice, and malevolence which I clearly see that it is not, I say keep digging so we can finally see the truth.."

John
John

Just another backward country bunkin, the apple does not fallfar from the tree. This person needs to be deported back to hishome country ( Germany ).

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

I googled child abuse statistics and found that between 64 and 87 percent of child abusers were abused themselves as children. That, coupled with the fact that Russel's current wife has sworn via affidavit that he is "possessed of a violent temper" and has struck her on several occasions, certainly raises the question that our current Senate President is a child abuser. Makes the story worth following up on.

ZachHenry
ZachHenry

The extensive coverage of this story (which really isn't particularly newsworthy) seems vindictive. Russell Pearce is a bad enough guy on his own without bringing the minutia of his son's life out against him. Frankly, Joshua Pearce sounds like an all too typical resident of east Mesa and his individual case doesn't deserve this much concern.

wherewasi
wherewasi

And Russell, it is NOT a family matter. Your son endangers every single person in the county when he drinks or does drugs and gets behind the wheel. The County is paying for your grandchildren to be in foster care. Your own "domestic history" is pretty shady and you have raised a clan of law-breakers, and yet you are in a position of power where your ignorance and belligerance is costing us hundreds upon thousands of dollars.

Why is that NOT OUR BUSINESS?

Anon
Anon

wherewasi, well said.

Che
Che

An entire family of 'losers' for sure.

Anon
Anon

Follow the "rule of law" says Pearce. What about him? So much for conservative family values. The hypocrisy is beyond belief! Recall Pearce. We truly have had enough. It's a shame the state is so backwards and ignorant.

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

To "The Class West,"

Thanks for the promo. Big D (Jimmy Dorazio) hasn't gotten a call yet from "Mikey1969" and/or "Kit Carson." Don't hold your breathe! The desert cowpokes are obviously too chicken to go to the mat with us and you people.

"XSoldier" is the well-known Tommy C, or "Rocky Mountain High" Tommy Collins at tcniner.guy@gmail.com . He never answers our press releases and targeted E-mails. He knows were real and is smart enough not to mess with The Class West, The Class East, The Class Global, and our many alllies.

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CableGuy
CableGuy

The sad thing about this story is that he's under MCSO's custody, so you know bloated Joe is going to pardon him.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Maybe Josh's brother Sean can complain to the Flaccid Fool of MCSO either for release, because his dad is the most powerful as well as the most mentally unstable politician in all of Arizona, and Russell is in the MCSO shurf's pocket.

Or for special treatment, just because Josh is Russell's son and because Glen Campbell got special treatment from the Flaccid Fool.

Or maybe Josh can get in line behind the growing list of mentally unstable people waiting for their straitjackets in this narcissistic state......

I'm most looking forward to seeing how this impacts our most loony legislator, Senate Prez Pearce.....

Sordoarizona
Sordoarizona

hahaha, a friend of mine's son is in prison at durango, told us, why is senator's little boy jail in durango where all teenagers are, why cant he be in Madison street jail? Anyway, there was 6 teenagers jump upin him in shower and beat shits out of him, and they fuck in his asshole with a shampoo that is abt 2 and half inch thick around and 7 inch tall! They dont want to public it, bec senator will sue them... lol hahaha... good for pearce family, hope russel u are next!

helentroy4
helentroy4

Serious question: how many Pearce children (Sen. Pearce's grandchildren) are in foster care? Another serious question: Aren't responsible family members usually asked to 'foster' the children in these kinds of cases?

I have read that Sen. Pearce has a history of less than stellar behavior with wives and ex-wives. Could it be that he is barred from accepting the fostering of his grandchildren because of his own legal problems background?

Why esle would he allow his beloved grandchildren to go to stranger's homes and uprooted from everything familiar?

It's akin to deporting his own grandchildren.

Z-liberator
Z-liberator

This is definitely a case for deportation. Grab the anchor father too!

Phineas
Phineas

Ignorant white trash runs in the family. Nice Nazi tattoo by the way. Did his dad give it to him?

guest
guest

I'm just glad that we can all agree that these parasitical anchor babies need to go.

JesseRedd
JesseRedd

Nice white power tat. Not. Ever wonder where he learned to hate? That tat screams "Going Nowhere!"

The Class West
The Class West

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Here's part of Mr. Dorazio's E-mail,

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That other dildo brain "Mikey 1969" is Dennis Gilman I think..

Have them call World Without Wires/ CT Global at (203) 434-9329 or tap an E-mail to equityct@gmail.com ."

If you prefer to answer through the blog here, we'll copy and paste your responses.

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Ross
Ross

When thousands of traveling roofers from out of state are working long hours to repair Valley hail damage, it takes a real slacker to be an "unemployed roofer."

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Russell has already stated that he won't comment because it's a "family matter." How wrong you are, Russ. This guy is a public menace who seems to have been given special treatment throughout his life by daddy's buddies. Mr. Pearce sure does have an inconsistent definition of "Rule of Law" doesn't he?

Nice Nazi tattoo there, Josh. Is that common in the Pearce household?

Tina
Tina

Your comment reminds me of another instance that occurred not long before Russell Pearce was canned as Director of the state Motor Vehicle Division. Another of his sons was employed at the MVD and was caught doctoring or creating drivers licenses of his friends with false birth dates on them.

When Dad the Director (Russell Pearce) was asked for a comment, he said something to the effect that he forgave his son because the son apologized to his PARENTS!

That was about 13 years ago, and even then he saw his son's illegal actions as nothing more than a "family matter."

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Kit, just as Stephen prognosticated, AzCentral this afternoon posted a story about young Mr. Pearce. Are they yellow journalists as well?

I think this story is deserving of media scrutiny. Russell Pearce has a track record while Director of MVD of abusing his position to gain favor for family or friends. It cost him his job then. One of the points of Stephen's stories on the Pearce family is to point out the obvious hypocrisy of a man who claims to be all about "the rule of law".

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

No, because they know where to draw the line. Nowhere do you read all this crap about child-abuse, because responsible journalist know that when you aren't charged with a crime, and there is no evidence of undue influence in the no-charge, you don't have a story and you don't go about trying to convict the man in the press, especially when it is just to get to the father.

Here are a few definition of yellow journalism:

>Journalism that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers

>Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension "Yellow Journalism" is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.

With those definitions in mind, go back and take a look at Lemons' work on Pearce and his son. I think you'll agree he's gone too far - a opinion buttressed by the other news media refusing to continue rehashing the no-charge investigation.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Kit, my point is, are there no charges because there's no evidence? Or because he's the son of the de facto governor of Arizona? A man who has abused his office in similar fashion previously. I think the story merits further inquiry on that basis alone.

BTW, Kit. I don't always agree with your arguments, but you always present them in a very intelligent, convincing, and civil manner. I appreciate that on this site.

Rob
Rob

Considering that a police investigation and/or arrest is a matter of public record as are all reports that go along with it, I can't find fault with it.Were it lesser matters...grades at school, medical condition, dad catches him with weed...sure, those are personal and serve no relevance.Local newspapers print crime reports giving people's names and general address all the time. They make public peoples names for being pulled over for driving on a suspended license to those arrested for murder. All this is done prior to conviction and they are still under the pretense of innocent before proven guilty.

Pearce is a very public figure and without argument the most powerful politician in the State, he should be well aware that his life and events will become public. He's not unique in that matter from any other politician, actor or sports figure.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

Pearce the father is a public figure, the son is not. Period. The trend in American journalism is to recognize that children are off limits and that their acts are not ascribed to the parents.

The police investigation lead to a no-charge. No accusation, no arrest, no trial, no conviction - NOTHING. In keeping with the American tradition, and as a matter of law, the son is deemed innocent of these charges.

Lemons keeps repeating the very narrow facts of the no-charge investigation because he is desperate to find a way to do what all his hate-driven drivel had failed to do: defeat Pearce at the ballot box in a free and fair election.

Some people like democracy. Other, not so much.

Pearce is a tool, but these yellow journalism attacks do nothing to make him go away, they just make our side look petty, disreputable and decidedly un-American.

guest
guest

they are yellow journalists if they printed the story only to use it as a vehicle to malign the father.

TheClassWest
TheClassWest

Looks like Mr. Lemons already has a copy of the following release that is being sent worldwide by many of our Associates. This scathing release mentions Josh Pearce's "psycho" glare. These Associates are not letting up one bit. Let 'er rip:

"To STEPHEN LEMONS (Stephen.Lemons@newtimes.com) , www.PhoenixNewTimes.com , KYRSTEN SINEMA, JAN BREWER's wannabe "lawyer" JOE KANEFIELD (JKanefield@az.gov) and The World Press, These are opinions based on known facts. Unbelievable. STEPHEN LEMONS (Stephen.Lemons@newtimes.com) of www.PhoenixNewTimes.com is pulling off a HAT TRICK in the SONORAN DESERT, not usually known for its local hockey prowess. The SCORCHED SANDLANDERS barely have any WATER left, let alone the COLD HARD ICE needed to smash home TEETH-PULVERIZING winning goals. OUCH! We fully support the jaded and obnoxious loudmouth LEMONS as he brings ARIZONA's lowlife politiicos to long-overdue JUSTICE IN SAND LAND. We urge STEPHEN to keep working with our former opponent KYRSTEN SINEMA to impeach, remove, and prosecute these bums. Even our CHINESE BUSINESS ASSOCIATES want these losers locked up as we apprise our SHENZHEN friends of AMERICAN CORRUPTION and FINANCIAL TERRORISM that threatens the entire GLOBAL ECONOMY. STEPHEN, thanks for your current "triple threat" exposure of Arizona's THREE STOOGES - "Grizzly Joe" ARPAIO, the Hillbilly Hick from Springfield, Massachusetts; RUSSELL "1070" PEARCE; and the UGLY DRUNKEN SKANK GOVERNOR JAN "Ruts" BREWER, probably now a "wetbrain" from years of alcohol and drug abuse. As you know, these boneheads are all CRIMINALLY-COMPLICIT in the looting of the U.S. Treasury and the ongoing cover-up of the WANTAGATE THEFT OF TRILLIONS as described below and in the attached documents. See our website at http://Wantagate.BlogSpot.com for more details. The MUGSHOT of PEARCE's sicko child-abusing son JOSHUA in www.PhoenixNewTimes.com tells it all - that psychotic glare on JOSH is enough to justify the BANISHMENT OF THE ENTIRE PEARCE PSYCHO FAMILY from our free society. Keep hammering them with our FREE PRESS that the wannabe dictators ARPAIO, PEARCE, and "BREWSKI" will never take away. Let's have them spending the rest of their sorry days in MARION, LEAVENWORTH, or even GUANTANAMO BAY. Keep up the great work, STEPHEN LEMONS, now scoring NHL-worthy "Sonoran Hat Tricks" as he parades THREESOMES of SANDLAND's CRIMINALLY-CORRUPT THUGS in front of a VERY IRATE GLOBAL AUDIENCE. Onward to Victory! Bill Stoller, and All

--- On Wed, 2/16/11, Bill Stoller <equityct@yahoo.com> wrote:

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so in a sum.....we need to act fast, If you give me a target I can have a lot of dirt on them, enough to either evoke a confession or at the least get a persecution cause out of them for a federal court. At the moment I am following all the ties you and everyone else have shown me but I can not find for the life of me the source or the target, if I have that target we can finaly put this corruption down."

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Guest
Guest

For the sake of the literate, what loony-tunes is rambling about, above, is a pretend claim a group of investors in a failed stock known as CMKX have that somehow they are owed a 1MMx return on their investment in that stock and that this pretended settlement will soon bankrupt the global economy such.

There's a lot more lunacy to it, google CMKX settlement if you need to laugh, or cry, at the misfortunes of the ignorant.

FWIW: the secret to every good con is the greed of the mark.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Jesus, don't you fucking people have some traffic to play in? You are currently the MOST annoying people on ANY message board/forum/chat session I know of... Seriously, I think I'd rather have syphilis than open these message boards and see your random, rambling bullshit one more time.

Anon
Anon

it's called spam.

Kirk
Kirk

Pearce can't control his own family so he is trying to control Arizona families. He fucked up on his own family why do we want him interfering with ours. IMPEACH THE FUCKING BASTARD.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

> As I've also reported, Josh was ...

As I've also reported, the only reason you're covering Josh is to smear his father, a man whose politics you despise.

Guess what, so do I. I despise Pearce's politics, but not enough to get down into the gutter and condone you reprehensible style of yellow journalism.

You're upset Josh wasn't arrested? You think the case merits more attention, then go after the police and the prosecutors. The undeniable truth is that at this point, he hasn't been charged and there is no evidence showing his father was involved in that decision.

To the contrary, the only one trying to apply pressure is Lemons, again only because of his desire to affect a political disposition. Lemons has no demonstrative concern for the children, just for the value they represent in his public pissing match with Pearce.

So what are we left with? Pearce is a jerk and Lemons is a hack. One has no chance of rising above his nature, the other seemingly has no desire to return to the professionalism that once made his an enjoyable advocate.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Hey Kit,When the high and mighty try and tell us how to live, while their own offspring are breaking the law left and right, THAT'S FUCKING NEWS!!!!!

Get it?

Tina
Tina

Yes, it's blatant hypocrisy. And we've seen, heard and recognized it time and again from Russell Pearce.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

Only when the father is caught trying to unlawfully prevent the son from being held accountable for his acts.

Any proof of that?

Lemons' article have generated a lot of claims (though Lemons is smart enough not to make them himself), but no proof.

Sounds like sensationalism to me.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

> Of course not. Daddy Pearce is smart enough to keep his influence from the public eye, but anyone following that story will tell you the fix was in.

In other words: the best evidence the father is protecting the son is the complete absence of evidence?

Your post reflects the evils of Yellow Journalism and is exactly why decent people rise up against it -- especially when it is as blatant as seen here by Lemons.

vimiis
vimiis

From what I read, the hospital stated that the injury the infant suffered was not compliant with the way the father stated it happened. All this guy's kids are in foster care like abandoned puppies to be supported by the taxpayers of Arizona. Not one loving member of the Pearce family would come forward to take these kids in. I think the whole family is evil...............

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Do you think that if two regular old folks walked into the emergency room with a 10-day-old infant with a fractured skull and a story that is inconsistent with the injury they would be just told "ok, well you're clearly lying about this, but I suppose letting you off the hook is a reasonable solution here"?

Of course not. Daddy Pearce is smart enough to keep his influence from the public eye, but anyone following that story will tell you the fix was in.

Kit, you bring up good points but it's not a black-and-white issue.

Norma
Norma

When you are a true parent, you are going to do whatever it takes to "cure" your child (i.e., rehab, etc.). This man (Russell Pearce) is more concerned in sweeping everything under the rug for his own benefit than helping his son and obviously, has been doing it for years. He's the only jerk. I believe Mr. Lemons has demonstrated concern for children as he has shown with his reporting about separating children from parents (even if the parents are illegal). If Mr. Pearce does not care for his own son, much less for the children of illegal parents. It's time for Mr. Pearce to start being a parent and forget about his personal agenda.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

Well, Josh was in rehab, so at least on its face there is parental effort, one imagines.

More important, however, is the question as to how you are so familiar with the inner-workings of the Pearce family to know what they have or haven't done to help Josh.

Josh's tats make him seem an unlikable character, so no worry from me about him getting locked-up. Using him to get to his father, nonetheless, remains unseemly.

Firmly in the Middle
Firmly in the Middle

Kitty Kat,

I feel that Russell Pearce has placed himself in a very public, very elitist, Ivory Castle over in Mesa and by placing himself in that position he has opened himself up for citizen discourse. Mr Lemons chipping away at that facade exposes the true make up of that castle. It seems that each article unearths more drama, more lie's, and more corruption; so even if the authors main motivation is driven with malice, and malevolence which I clearly see that it is not, I say keep digging so we can finally see the truth..

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

If Josh were not the son of Russell, he wouldn't be news. But he is the son of Arizona's most powerful politician. So when he's being investigated for child abuse, or is arrested for probation violations, that's news. After I posted this blog, several outlets scrambled to do their own versions -- Channel 5, Channel 3, Channel 15.

There's also another very legitimate reason to cover Josh's misdeeds: irony. Pearce is a great advocate of "the rule of law," yet Senator Pearce and his family have on occasion bent or transgressed the law themselves. This makes Pearce fair game.

You once accused me of lying about Senator Pearce, of making things up about him. I asked you for one example, but you never replied. Allow me to renew the challenge here. Looking forward to your response, Kit. Much thanks.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Dodo Bird,

I believe you would go after Joshua Pearce even if he were in pre-school! While you may give yourself credit for scrambling the valleys media I believe that they may have been working the story and when you posted here it took them longer to put out their story only because they had to double and triple check all facts as anyone would do when it comes to most of the chicken scratch you put out!

So bravo to you Dodo Bird!

USAdefender1

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Nah, I had it first, and I confirmed everything through the Mesa PD's PIO, court records, and the MCSO. I'm not bragging, I've just been following the story with a close eye from jump, that's all. Hell, no one would know who Josh Pearce is if it were not for me. That's a fact. It's only recently that other outlets have begun to report it. That's because they can't ignore it anymore.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

For a journalist, your reading comprehension isn't very good.

What I wrote was that we have enough to despise Pearce based on who he is and the things he has done, not the Pearce you have made up.

By subtle innuendo, dancing precariously on the thin legal line of actual malice, these guilt-by-fatherhood claims and the wild, outlandish (and I argue demonstratively false) claims that Pearce is worse than Arpaio and all the other bogeymen that exist in Arizona, you have made-up a Pearce that transcends reality. Indeed, while your heavy handed sap plays well to the masses reading the PNT, I'm one liberal who thinks you've done a disservice to the movement seeking to remove him.

While entrenching the far-left and far-right, your blatant bias has caused many in the middle to simply dismiss what are some very legitimate issues upon which Pearce can be hoisted. Instead of creating a maelstrom which will drag Pearce to the bottom you have divined a deus ex machina that allows him to escape.

Clear now?

Anon
Anon

kit, go fly a kite.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Here's the quote from you Kit:

"I don't like Pearce. Let's go after him for the things he has done, not the things Lemons has made up about him."

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com...

You implied worse in the same comment:

"Even within a column, however, there are professional standards and reader expectations. When the columnist routinely lies, routinely deliberately exaggerates facts, deliberately conflates issues for the purpose of bringing down a political rival -- then good people should speak back to power."

But above you clearly state that I have "made up" things about Pearce. So the challenge stands: What have I "made up" about Pearce?

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

A quick follow-up.

On the Internet we have Godwin's law: all arguments devolve until someone is compared to Hitler.

On the PNT we have Kit's law: all stories devolve until someone is claimed to be worse than Arpaio.

Unlike Hitler, however, Arpaio is still popular with the majority, so claiming someone is worse than him may play with a certain sub-demo, it does nothing to persuade the larger universe of likely voters.

Unless and until Arpaio is removed for being a tool or worse, it does no good to use his name in seeking the removal of other politicians.

guest
guest

kit's right, it's the stuff one might find in the gutter.the first excuse boils down to "everybody else is doing it."the second makes no sense. Pearce (russell) is "fair game" only for his own actions.every loser (joshua trent) has parents and siblings... none of these associated people, no matter what their job, are fair game because of the loser's actions.

anyway, I expect slimy stories when I come here. so, keep up the good work!

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Hey Stephen, It worked for Brewer so why not for Pearce? Maybe he can get Josh "Evaluated" by the same psychiatrist that evaluated Ron Brewer and then have Josh committed to the state hospital where his records can also be sealed.

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