Russell Pearce's Brother, Judge Lester Pearce, Stumped for Brother at LD 19 Meeting

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Dennis Gilman
Lester Pearce at the September 15, GOP LD19 meeting...

According to minutes from the infamous September 15 GOP Legislative District 19 meeting, where an effort by supporters of state Senate President Russell Pearce to place sham candidate Olivia Cortes on the LD 18 recall ballot was exposed, Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce stumped for his brother and opposed his recall, in violation of Arizona's Code of Judicial Conduct.

The minutes, which were approved last night by the LD 19 board, include the following sentence, according to my source: "Lester Pearce spoke in support of Senator Russell Pearce and against the recall."

Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman and I were present at this meeting, but we arrived late, after Judge Pearce had spoken on his brother's behalf. However, we were able to document a debate over a resolution endorsing Pearce by some of the very people who had been soliciting signatures for Cortes, such as former LD 19 chair Pat Oldroyd and Mesa Republican Dan Grimm.

Despite a contentious back-and-forth, no vote was held on the resolution. During it, Oldroyd was challenged by Anson Clarkson, campaign manager for Pearce foe Jerry Lewis, and she admitted to shilling for Cortes while at the same time supporting Pearce.

After the meeting, Judge Pearce blocked Gilman and me from questioning Oldroyd about her involvement in the Cortes campaign.

Wayne Gardner, the current LD 19 chair, confirmed that the minutes contained "something to the effect" that Judge Pearce had stumped for his sibling. He was present at the September 15 meeting and told me that he does remember the judge speaking out for his brother's candidacy.

Gardner said that he would make the minutes available to me once they're finalized. I have a copy of the amended minutes with the sentence about Judge Pearce's statement. 

LD 19 precinct committeeman Dave Johnson, chief of staff to Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley, also was at the meeting and remembered Lester Pearce campaigning for the senator.

"He just stumped for his brother," Johnson said. "It was unremarkable to me at the time because I didn't know anything about the canon law. It was totally what I expected him to say. He talked about what a good guy Russell is and the bad guys against him. It was pretty clear."

The canon law Johnson refers to is the Arizona Code of Judicial Conduct, which outlines the dos and don'ts for all Arizona judges.

In Canon Four, the code states that a judge or judicial candidate may not "publicly endorse or oppose another candidate for public office" nor may they "actively take part in any political campaign other than his or her own campaign for election, re-election, or retention in office."

There is no loophole for the campaigns of family members, as the code makes clear:

"Although members of the families of judges and judicial candidates are free to engage in their own political activity, there is no 'family exception' to the prohibition . . . against a judge or candidate publicly endorsing candidates for public office."

Investigations by Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct are complaint-driven. Punishment can range anywhere from an informal reprimand to removal.

This is the only the latest bit of evidence added to the Camelback Mountain-size pile of proof showing that Judge Pearce has been actively involved in his brother's campaign.

As I reported in my column this week, Lester Pearce admitted to having been at a campaign event for his brother that took place during a Tea Party meeting long before Cortes dropped out of the race.

Also present at that meeting were the senator, Pearce campaign manager Chad Willems, and Greg Western, chairman of the East Valley Tea Party and the man who recruited Cortes to run as a diversionary candidate in the recall.

In addition, Judge Pearce was driving around with his niece Shilo Sessions as Sessions solicited signatures for Cortes to put her name on the ballot. 

Though Pearce has denied soliciting signatures for Cortes, he recently admitted to the Capitol Times that he was in the same car with Sessions as she did so.

"I needed a ride and I rode with her and she stopped a couple of times," he said. "(It was) probably indiscretion on my part to have gotten in the car with her and then her saying, 'Oh, I need to stop here.'"

An indiscretion, indeed. Another indiscretion occurred when Gilman and I questioned the judge outside the East Valley Institute of Technology, before a debate between his brother and Lewis was to begin.

Angered, the longtime justice of the peace grabbed Gilman's camera in an effort not to be filmed. He later apologized for the incident.

The JP also was in attendance at a recent LD 18 meeting as his brother answered questions from fellow Republicans. There, I asked him about an incident in which he attempted to strong-arm a Lewis supporter who had a Lewis for Senate sign in his yard. 

"I went to my old bishop [in the LDS church]," he told me of the sign matter. "And jokingly said . . . 'Interesting thing, you need a little family counseling?' Joke, joke . . . If you'll be happy to go ask him that, he'll tell you the same."

I don't know if we were speaking of the same individual, but the person I spoke to did not find it to be a source of levity. At least, that's not what was expressed to me. I told the judge that people were afraid of him because of his power as a justice of the peace.

"These are my neighbors, they are not afraid of me," he insisted.

I observed that he could sign warrants, approve orders of protection, and so forth.

"Don't confuse the law," he said, placing a hand on my shoulder. "The law is that I do the law. And if they don't do anything wrong, I don't sign any warrants. I protect their community and their neighborhood. 

"I protect this city because that's my job. And I sign warrants [at] two in the morning, four in the morning for DUIs because that's what law enforcement calls me about. I sign them on Saturdays and Sundays. I'm on call 24-7."

The only comfort I draw from that is that I do not live in the district Judge Pearce presides over. And you can better believe I'll be extra careful when driving through it.

Are the Pearces above the law? Is Judge Pearce above the dictates of the Code of Judicial Conduct? Sometimes it seems as if the only law that applies to the brothers Pearce is the law of gravity. And I suspect they'd defy that one, if they could.


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Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with to much time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? Cause all I see here is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living

Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with to much time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? Cause all I see here is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living

Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with to much time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? Cause all I see here is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living

Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with to much time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? Cause all I see here is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living

Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with all of time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? 'Cause all I see here are a bunch of people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living.

Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with to much time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? Cause all I see here is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living

Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with to much time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? Cause all I see hear is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living. 

Jason
Jason

Dear God... I'm probably gonna need a shot of Gentleman Jack...

Wanumba
Wanumba

Lester was the afterbirth in that family

One of the 99 %
One of the 99 %

Senate President Russell Pearce - tick! tock! tick! tock!  ...... it's almost over buddy!!!   You have stooped to a level I did not think I would ever see in my lifetime.  Ms. Karma has come knocking on your door!!! 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

He should be tossed out of office, with Aubuchon on his tail looking for charges for the rest of his life!

ninelives.cassiecharityheart
ninelives.cassiecharityheart

 I've decided the R in PEARCE stands for "Ridiculous".  Take the Ridiculous out of PEARCE and you get PEACE.   It's way past time..... No more PEARCE only PEACE.

PDALewis
PDALewis

did he said I am Justice Lester Pearce - elect Russel Pearce? No?

There goes lemmons again - practicing journalism without a brain!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Failure of integrity.  Would he recuse himself from hearing my case if I announced I was a Jerry Lewis supporter?

Bnbk
Bnbk

Both of the corrupt crininal Pearce Brs. need to be locked up.

Jason
Jason

Lester Pearce needs to be booted off the bench for this.

As for Russell, your brother can't help you cheat your way to your ultimate demise in Arizona politics. Your mental sickness, corruption, and sleaziness will help you in your fall from the state Senate.

I wonder if there is a pattern of misconduct on the part of Lester Pearce and when he will face an ethics hearing? What Lester is doing is similar to the doings of Candy Andy and the Miscreants...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

But if you take the constitutional scholar out of Russell Pearce you still have a moron.

Phil
Phil

Yea, i see that you have no idea of the term APPERANCE OF INPROPRIETY. That's why they have those rules. It's called ETHICS; I know it's strange to you.

Jason
Jason

And here you go, spewing your drunken, incoherent babble without a brain.

The people who post here are average citizens who want to see change in this state. We are tired of mentally sick, corrupt, career politicians like Pearce who are complete and utter failures. The people need and deserve better.

Jerry Lewis is the man who will represent LD18 in the state Senate.

If you can't open your beady little eyes to that plain and simple fact, you are in dire need of an optometrist and a pair of Steve Urkel glasses. (no offense to Urkel)

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

PDA Pretender, these pesky little rules just seem to get away from you, eh?

RULE 4.1. Political and Campaign Activities of Judges and Judicial Candidates in General(A)A judge or a judicial candidate shall not do any of the following:(1)act as a leader in, or hold an office in, a political organization;(2)make speeches on behalf of a political organization or another candidate for public office;(3)publicly endorse or oppose another candidate for any public office;

You probably read it differently, but for most of us on this blog I will think it pretty much says that judges in Arizona can only campaign for themselves.

You let me know if I typed this too quickly for you to read, please.

KKKPearce
KKKPearce

"Did he said"??????  It's official - PDA Lewis is actually Gov. Jan Brewer!!!

PDALewis
PDALewis

Paragraph (A)(3) does not prohibit a judge or judicial candidate from making recommendations in complying with Rule 1.3 and the related comments.

now, what is lemmons babbling on about again?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct complaint filed this date 10-14-11.  I encourage all others interested to also file complaints.

Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct Complaint form location follows:

http://www.azcourts.gov/ethics... 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

He also can't write coherently. ("Did he said") Not surprising...tells you what the education level of RuSSell Pearce's dwindling support is.

Jason
Jason

They call it conflict of interest. In Arizona, it is ARS 38-502.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Tommy, I think you lost him when you started putting numbers in between your letters, you may have to rephrase it and put in a lot of pictures and visual aids so his tea bagger mind may stand a change of comprehending at least half of the information.

Jason
Jason

You typed too quickly for him Tommy.

BTW, sorry I wasn't at the Hendy testimony yesterday. Had to work until 6 last night, as I do every Thursday.

Jason
Jason

GED Jan does in fact support the recalled sick old man named Russell.

Then again, GED Jan isn't exactly competent herself...

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

READ VERY, VERY CAREFULLY, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE NEXT PARRAGRAPH:

And who is talking about a "judge or judicial candidate from making <<recommendations>> ", we are talking about a Justice of the Peace actively campaigning for another person in violation of Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct rules which prohibit such actions from Judges and Justices and makes it ILLEGAL, what part of ILLEGAL don't you and the Pearce brothers as well the tea party do not understand?</recommendations>

teknik1200
teknik1200

RULE 4.1.CANON 4A JUDGE OR CANDIDATE FOR JUDICIAL OFFICE SHALL NOT ENGAGE IN POLITICAL OR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITY THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE INDEPENDENCE, INTEGRITY, OR IMPARTIALITY OF THE JUDICIARY.Political and Campaign Activities of Judges and Judicial Candidates in General(A) A judge or a judicial candidate shall not do any of the following:(1) act as a leader in, or hold an office in, a political organization;(2) make speeches on behalf of a political organization or another candidate for public office;(3) publicly endorse or oppose another candidate for any public office;(4) solicit funds for or pay an assessment to a political organization or candidate, make contributions to any candidate or political organization in excess of the amounts permitted by law, or make total contributions in excess of fifty percent of the cumulative total permitted by law. See, e.g., A.R.S. § 16-905.(5) actively take part in any political campaign other than his or her own campaign for election, reelection or retention in office;(6) personally solicit or accept campaign contributions other than through a cam­ paign committee authorized by Rule 4.4;(7) use or permit the use of campaign contributions for the private benefit of the judge, the candidate, or others, except as provided by law;(8) use court staff, facilities, or other court resources in a campaign for judicial office;(9) make any statement that would reasonably be expected to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a matter pending or impending in any court; or(10) in connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of judicial office.

teknik1200
teknik1200

so in your mind, it's OK for a judge to knock on someone's door and bully them for not having a sign supporting the judges brother?

PDALewis
PDALewis

Now don't you feel stupid?

Paragraph (A)(3) does not prohibit a judge or judicial candidate from making recommendations in complying with Rule 1.3 and the related comments.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Yes I do remember, tea baggers think we are equally stupid as they are, just because some people eat up stupid shit without question, they think we should all drink the same KoolAid.

Jason
Jason

Pearce was once the MCSO's second in command while the MCSO shurf was the top dawg. Like Hendy, Pearce was fired from the job.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

This reminds me of a couple years ago when the MCSO shurf said he had found a 'little known federal law' that allowed him to conduct his criminal sweeps. He even quoted the law, which had a section that had been 'added' by another group to make it appear as law, but no such section was present in federal law, and never had been. The Old Asshole had to retract his statements about being the only shurf to know about this hidden law. You may remember that one. Along with a couple years ago when the Flaccid Fool made the interview statement that corn being used by street vendors came from drop houses..... Yes, this thread is actually about pearce, but honestly the only difference in these two yojos is age, otherwise they could be twin brothers of another mother.

bobg
bobg

the stupid.^it hurts!

PDALewis
PDALewis

Paragraph (A)(3) does not prohibit a judge or judicial candidate from making recommendations in complying with Rule 1.3 and the related comments.

Did he actually "ENDORSE" Russell? Like, I Lester Pearce, officially ENDORSE Russell Pearce for Senate?

Jason
Jason

Probably not. PDALewis is a pro-Pearce supporter/Teabagger.

Tina
Tina

Read Canon Four.  You CAN read, can't you?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"destroy a person's life, just cause I don't like him"

And your point? Rus-SELL is being given the same medicine he invented, he wants to destroy the life of children born in this country by removing THEIR BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP in violation of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution only because he doesn't like their parents. The United States Constitution is there to protect ALL people not just FAT, RACIST, SWASTIKA LICKER, WIFE BEATER, WANNA BE WHITE MEN.

Jason
Jason

Any idiot can be a JP. I think you just have to be elected to the position.

Jason
Jason

Pearce destroys lives through the gargantuan budget cuts to things like education and healthcare. And he increases corrections by more than $10 million, at a time when the state's deficit is $1.1 billion.

You are Goddamn right I don't like Pearce. Pearce has repeatedly proven he is too mentally sick, corrupt, sleazy and unethical to hold public office. I mean, anyone who takes $40,000 in football tickets, and then lies about it, deserves a swift and immediate booting.

Lester cannot do anything to help brother Russell lose his job without losing his own job, which is EXACTLY what Lester was doing. He needs to be kicked off the bench. Now.

Do us all a favor and go back into hiding unless you have something of use to add to the conversation. 

PDALewis
PDALewis

and there is the mind of a liberal. destroy a person's life, just cause I don't like him

thanks for sharing

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Campaigning for his brother Rus-SELL Pearce is endorse enough, he does not have to put out a video saying he officially endorses the fat pig, all his has to do is give anti-recall, pro Rus-SELL pearce speeches and drive his daughters around collecting signatures for his brothers SHAM CANDIDATE for him to run afoul of the LAW, the RULE OF LAW, again, what part of ILLEGAL do you not understand.  I figured out you name PDA stands for:

Pendejo Dumb Ass

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"It is freakin hilarious what a good lawer does to him "

It doesn't surprise me, last I heard he didn't even have a Law degree, another GED Jan in a position well over his head. 

Jason
Jason

Does it matter? The simple fact that Lester is even helping his mentally sick, sleazy, corrupt "brother" is enough to warrant a booting from the bench.

PDALewis
PDALewis

Did Lester officially ENDORSE Russell? Yes or NO?

Phil
Phil

Grasping at straws here? I see that you can read and find out information on your own but you shoudl continue reading about the law and well, baring any koolaid before hand, you will see that they are so ignorant of the very laws they say they uphold they have tied thier own noose.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! He is a freakin Judge! Have you ever sat in his court? It is freakin hilarious what a good lawer does to him and the law. Check out all of the appeals of JP casses that were OVERTURNED ON STANDING CASE LAW!!!!!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

And who is talking about a "judge or judicial candidate from making <<recommendations>> ", we are talking about a Justice of the Peace actively campaigning for another person in violation of Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct rules which prohibit such actions from Judges and Justices and makes it ILLEGAL, what part of ILLEGAL don't you and the Pearce brothers as well the tea party do not understand?

Now don't you feel stupid?

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