Russell Pearce's Bro Lester Pearce, Busted

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Evidence of Judge Pearce's violation of Arizona's Code of Judicial Conduct

This justice, he ain't no good judge of the law.

I mean Mesa Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce, brother of embattled state Senate President Russell Pearce, who apparently has abrogated Arizona's judicial code of conduct by actively campaigning on behalf of his brother.

On October 14, I reported that the minutes from the infamous GOP Legislative District 19 meeting -- where a resolution in favor of the Senator's re-election was debated, and where a Tea Party plot to place sham candidate Olivia Cortes on the ballot in Legislative District 18 recall race was revealed -- would show that Judge Pearce spoke in favor of his brother and against the recall at the beginning of the meeting.

As videographer Dennis Gilman and I arrived late that evening, we missed capturing this on film, though Judge Pearce, whom at the time we did not know by sight, blocked us from questioning Pearce supporter Pat Oldroyd. That, we did get on tape.

Later, at a debate in Mesa between Senator Pearce and challenger Jerry Lewis, when I began to question the JP on various issues, including reports that he helped his nieces solicit signatures to put Cortes on the ballot, he became so enraged that he grabbed Gilman's camera

After this, he denied helping to solicit signatures, though he later told the Arizona Capitol Times that he had been riding along with one of his nieces when she decided to stop at some homes and solicit signatures for Cortes.

On another occasion, I confronted the judge about an account of him going to someone's door and arguing that the individual should remove a Jerry Lewis sign from that person's front yard. 

The judge explained that he had approached a neighbor about a Lewis sign, but that this had only been a joke.

However, the LD19 minutes not only document that Judge Pearce campaigned for his brother at the Republican Party function, it calls into question all of the JP's explanations, rationalizations and denials.

I recently obtained a copy of the finalized minutes. Item six clearly states, "Lester Pearce, North Mesa Justice Court - Lester Pearce spoke in support of Senator Russell Pearce and against the recall."

(You can read the minutes for yourself, here.)

This statement is backed up by the numerous witnesses present, including LD19 chair Wayne Gardner. 

Canon four of the Arizona Code of Judicial Conduct states that a judge may not "publicly endorse or oppose another candidate for public office," nor may a judge "actively take part in any political campaign other than his or her own campaign for election, re-election or retention in office."

The code indicates that there is no exception or loophole in this dictate for family members of a judge. A judge is prohibited from campaigning for his brother, for instance, or against his brother's opponent.

There is good reason for such a prohibition. Judges are in a unique position to retaliate against those they oppose politically. A judge coming to someone's door, being present when signatures are solicited, or speaking publicly for or against politicians, conveys an implied threat, and with it an aura of menace and intimidation. 

Which is why Judge Pearce must be held accountable by Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct. Those who come before Judge Pearce have to know that they will not be ruled against or otherwise be affected negatively by their opposition to Pearce's sibling.

The ACJC's investigations are complaint-driven. When I asked Arizona Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Liewer if a complaint had already been made regarding Judge Pearce's activities, she had the following response:

"We cannot confirm or deny the existence of a complaint or investigation. Per Commission Rule 9(a), `In formal proceedings, the record shall be public after the filing of the judge's response to formal charges or the expiration of the time provided for such a response, the entry of an order approving an agreement for discipline by consent, or the waiver of confidentiality by the judge.'"


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Seacoastmx
Seacoastmx

Russell and I have been great friends since grade school and he has always seemed to be a secure and great advocate for Arizona. Russell's brother Lester Pearce has by my knowledge always posted his knowledge and judgements as a Mesa Judge to do anything that the government pays him for. When the government talks to him, he talks the walk and kills the locals because he is week. Lester Pearce takes money and control from outside corporations.You want proof? Ask me Lester and the DTV and I will talk to you. As and old friend, you sold me out/

Sasha Earl
Sasha Earl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with a lot 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 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 a lot 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 is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living

Mistalee
Mistalee

So when you say "busted" you don't actually mean "arrested, booked and charged." Mr. Lemons, you are toying with my emotions.

Ed
Ed

Well -- someone with all the facts should step up to the plate and file a complaint -- in fact, file numerous complaints -- one for each instance...lol

Guest23
Guest23

Are there any requirements to be able to file a legal complaint regarding lester?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Am I sensing a Racketeering Conspiracy to deprive Lester Pearce of his ability to be a Justice of the Peace? 

Vic
Vic

So did you file a complaint?  Better to have more than one than none.

Jason
Jason

I think multiple complaints have been filed against Lester.

However, I think brother Russell will come to his brother's aid and help sweep Lester's corruption under the rug. It is, after all, the Pearce way...

David Saint
David Saint

If Horne continues to fail to do his job, he needs to be next on the recall list...can i get an AMEN? 

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Horne spent a lot of his own cash to defeat Andrew Thomas.  Sometimes we just have to recognize incompetence when the alternative is malevolence.

Jason
Jason

Yup. Horne is as corrupt and mentally sick as Pearce.

Then again, Candy Andy was the worst possible candidate for Republican AG.

This is why I voted for Rotellini. And I will vote for her again when election time rolls around.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

I hear there is a judge in Texas who is looking for new employment.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Horne was by far the best republican choice for AG and he is an insult to everything conservatives should stand for.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Yep, Horne and his corrupt underlings need to go.  I absolutely agree with you on that.

Jason
Jason

Lester should be facing the same kind of ethics hearings that Candy Andy and the Miscreants are currently facing. He did, after all, violate Canon Four of the Judicial Ethics Code.

Then again, I expect brother Russell to come to his brother's aid and sweep this latest round of Pearce corruption under the rug.

Jerry Lewis needs to take complete advantage of the Pearce corruption so that Pearce falls and Lewis can represent LD18 in the state Senate.

Tina
Tina

It just wouldn't be the state bar since JP's are not required to be lawyers.  It would  probably be handled by the county (or state?)  judicial board assigned to hear the complaint and come up with a ruling. At least that's what happened in 1997 when ethics complaints were filed against the Mesa city court's chief magistrate and another Mesa magistrate that resulted in the chief magistrate getting "bounced" and the other one being reprimanded as I recall.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Russell consistently preaches that we need to get back to the "Rule of Law."  I suspect that it would help his image if he teamed up with his brother and they took the first step in that direction.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry, Confucius say, "The first step in an endless journey is most difficult of all". If they took the first step they would be obligated to take others toward a destination that is impossible for them to reach....

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

You got me Tommy.  Impossible it is.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sweet. I had to really think that one through. And, I'm sure Confucius is turning in his urn as I type....

Tina
Tina

After all we've been made aware of in these past several months, it definitely would be a "FIRST step in that direction," too.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"Lester Pearce, North Mesa Justice Court – Lester Pearce spoke in support of Senator Russell Pearce and against the recall."

The minutes certainly memorialized that Lester was identified as a judge at the meeting.  It might be a little less caustic if nobody knew that Lester was on the bench.

maxparraz
maxparraz

"Lester Pearce, North Mesa Justice Court" are you now telling us that the ONLY people who work in the  North Mesa Justice Court are JUDGES? ARE you fricken serious!?

what a moron!

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

I thought the ONLY people who work in the North Mesa Justice Court are MORMONS.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Not true. Some folks who clean there are with other religious organizations.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

mbsanchez,

I am flattered that you have referred to me as a "moron" rather than an 'open borders liberal."  I feel quite special and thank you for that.  If I were worried about intellect, the "moron" term would be quite offensive.  As it stands, I quite happy that you can spell it and that shows us that the AZ educational system did work at one time.  We will see how it works in a few years after Russell's actions to harm education have settled in.  

Jason
Jason

Anyone who wears a black robe is deemed a judge.

So, what that means is that your hero and mentor Pearce's mentally ill brother IS indeed a judge.

"Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation."--Benjamin Franklin.

You need to apply to your sad, miserable life what Benjamin Franklin did throughout his life. Ben had 13 virtues. I suggest you read up on them.

Tina
Tina

The title of FB's blog here was misleading.  At this point, based on the response Stephen received from the ASC's spokeswoman,  we really don't know whether or not a complaint has even been filed.  

"We cannot confirm or deny the existence of a complaint or investigation. Per Commission Rule 9(a), `In formal proceedings, the record shall be public after the filing of the judge's response to formal charges or the expiration of the time provided for such a response, the entry of an order approving an agreement for discipline by consent, or the waiver of confidentiality by the judge.'"

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

I had been hoping to find that the header meant that Lester had been cuffed and booked. Unfortunately, that seems not to be the case.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Here ya go:

["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... "]

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

It appears the person who posts as "Expert Shot" filed a complaint as stated above.

Rob
Rob

Tommy, I'd see no harm in multiple complaints being filed.The more the merrier!

Isn't that what Tom Horne cited when he began his redistricting inquest?

Jason
Jason

I'll go along with what you said, Tommy. You are right, after all...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Don't be so tough on him, Jason. He's simply a Republican concubine, by definition, in my opinion. He is trying to survive and we mortals can't understand the pressures and substances he must be enduring in his every day travails. Not that I'm arguing with your opinion, of course... :-)

Jason
Jason

Tom Horne is a corrupt, incompetent, imbecile and should be first booted from the AG's Office, and then disbarred.

Horne has endorsed mentally sick Pearce and his slimy shenanigans throughout this campaign and as a result, is as mentally sick as Pearce.

Tina
Tina

Thanks so much, Tommy.  That's a relief.  Also thanks for posting the link to the previous NT article. It also reveals that persistent  nuisance poster "PDALewis" and "mbsanchez" is the same individual.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Tina, a week or so ago someone on this blog posted that (s)he had filed a complaint. I think it may have been the person who posts as Concern Citizen, but not sure..

Chester
Chester

If it wasn't filed before now, it will be soon.

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