Russell Pearce's Ethically-Challenged Bro Lester Pearce Files Exploratory Committee for Supervisor Run

This was recorded in the meeting's minutes, where it plainly states, "Lester Pearce, North Mesa Justice Court - Lester Pearce spoke in support of Senator Russell Pearce and against the recall."

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From LD19's September 15 minutes...

There were numerous witnesses to this, and Pearce actually stuck around and argued with at least one Jerry Lewis supporter in attendance. Videographer Dennis Gilman and I were present for most of the meeting, though we missed Pearce's speech on behalf of his brother, which occurred early on. 

However, Gilman did capture Judge Pearce on film as he blocked us from speaking to a woman who had gathered signatures for Olivia Cortes

It was not our last confrontation with the pugnacious justice. At the Lewis-Pearce debate at the East Valley Institute of Technology, the judge aggressively grabbed Gilman's camera when he became annoyed with our line of questioning.

Is this behavior becoming a judge? Well, the state's code of judicial conduct also states that,

"A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety."

Additionally, the code notes: "A judge should expect to be the subject of public scrutiny that might be viewed as burdensome if applied to other citizens, and must accept the restrictions imposed by the code."

Granted, the judge's loss of temper may be a gray area, but the rule preventing judges from campaigning for others is not.

Not only did Pearce speak on his brother's behalf at the LD 19 meeting and attend campaign events with him, several sources have indicated to me that the judge approached them directly at their homes, haranguing them to remove a Lewis sign from their yards, and/or to place a Russell Pearce sign on their lawns.

Pearce also admitted to driving around with a niece as she solicited signatures to place Cortes' name on the ballot. 

In advancing Cortes as a diversionary candidate, Russell Pearce's family members, supporters and campaign operatives may have run afoul of Arizona law, specifically, Arizona Revised Statute 16-1006, which makes it unlawful for a person "knowingly by . . . any corrupt means, either directly or directly . . . to defraud an elector by deceiving and causing him to vote for a different person for an office or for a different measure than he intended or desired to vote for."

Judge Pearce must have known what his niece was up to. Also, his own daughter solicited signatures for Cortes. The judge has denied helping solicit signatures for Cortes, himself.

Nevertheless, Lester Pearce's behavior during his brother's failed campaign to save his senate seat argues against the judge being a credible candidate for county supervisor.

So, too, do his wacky, far-right views of the U.S. Constitution, which hold that Anglo-Saxons comprised the lost tribes of Israel and that our constitution is somehow descended from Moses. 

But having such nutty opinions does not run afoul of the canons of judicial conduct. Campaigning for your brother's political survival? That's another matter. One, hopefully, Arizona's Commission on Judicial Misconduct will address before Judge Pearce's term is up.

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Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

 Yes, both Pearce brothers are quite a piece of work.  Both need to never see the sun shine on another political appointment of any kind.

Jango
Jango

 And his son is a meth addict and is now in prison.

Tina
Tina

Are you certain that's Lester's son?  What's his name?

Eli Love
Eli Love

 jim bob billy joe buck.

Slowrollingoutlaw
Slowrollingoutlaw

Thats weird I was a crank snorter for years and I raised 3 good kids. funny how that worked out for me.

Slowrollinoutlaw
Slowrollinoutlaw

 Its cause they didnt want anything to do with drugs after being raised by me. reverse psychology.

Disco sucks
Disco sucks

Thats sounds like he did some good parenting while raising his son. lol

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

They are both alike, two peas in a pod.

The Real David saint
The Real David saint

no but hes got a daughter who helped Uncle Russ get signatures for Cortes...not to say shes bad, but if she knowingly did something illegal like help a sham candidate get on the ballot to help Russ, then shes certainly no angel. 

Eli Love
Eli Love

All Americans have kids or kinfolk like that they just dont like to admit it even after they are caught and busted. 

Eli Love
Eli Love

Same Hillbilly DNA gene pool kinfolk.

Tina
Tina

No, not to my knowledge.  We certainly would have known about anything like that (relating to Lester's wife or kids) by now. Since this article is fundamentally about Lester's own actions with regard to his violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct (loyalty to brother over compliance with civil law) let's not confuse the type of wrongdoing by each brother.

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

Correct, I was referring to Russell's son Joshua.  Does Brother Lester have a drug addicted kid who beats his wife and kids in prison too?

Tina
Tina

That's Russell Pearce's son, not Lester Pearce's son.

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

Yeah, in addition his other history of domestic violence, this son of Pearce's also sent his 9 day old baby girl to the hospital with a fractured skull, a crime for which he still has not been charged!

It seems Daddy Pearce's has got some well placed friends...

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