Russell Pearce: No "Absolute Legislative Immunity" for Him, Court Says

Though Reza was taken to the Fourth Avenue Jail and booked, the county attorney never prosecuted the case. (Hmmm, wonder why?) Reza had been at the Capitol that day to meet with state Senator Steve Gallardo. He had done nothing to be thrown up against a glass wall, as he was, and arrested. 

Civil rights attorney Stephen Montoya filed suit on Reza's behalf in June of last year, accusing Pearce and the Arizona Department of Public Safety officers who nabbed Reza of violating the activist's rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

In January, Pearce's attorneys at the Rose Law Group, the go-to law firm for wingnuts, filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that, "Senate President Pearce is entitled to absolute legislative immunity for the actions alleged in Mr. Reza's Complaint."

Judge Martone, however, did not agree, stating in his April 23 order that, "Absolute legislative immunity is by definition for legislative acts," and does not cover "actions taken by legislators `in their administrative or executive capacities.'"

(You can read the entire order for yourself, here.)

"I guess this means Russell Pearce is not above the law," Montoya told me when I asked him about the order. "And he's going to have to answer for what he did."

So the 12-point loser loses again. Here's hoping Reza, with Montoya's assistance, makes Pearce pay out the nose.

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Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Pearce has bad karma, it will in the end be his doom, when all the canaries get done singing in the Fiesta Bowl fiasco, he might be a future indictee by some state or federal grand jury, one can hope anyway!:-)

DNichols
DNichols

Imunity?

I say "No Amnesty" or Financial Reward for Pearces Crimes.

Corrupt Arizona Polaticians want to reward  Russell Pearce for committing a class five Felony during his Recall Election?

Pearce , his Brother, Two Neices, a Tea Party Official, Mrs. Cortez, all committed a Felony!

Every single Arizona Polatician knows exactly what happened!

Instead of $260,000.00 Tax Dollars, this Known Felony should come with nine months, to Two Years in Jail for all involved!

We can not reward Illegal Activity with Money!

What Part of Illegal does Andy Biggs, and Company not understand?

To: Justice.

Rcd1027
Rcd1027

Keep it up Salvador. You have always had my never ending support. You are one of my idols of activism, and it has always been an honor to march by your side and support you and your beliefs because they are the same rights and beliefs that I have. Cuidate amigo.

wherewasi
wherewasi

"and also because Pearce is a colossal bigot" -

In a nutshell!

Did any of you catch Pearce on Channel 5 news Tuesday morning being interviewed before heading in to the meeting?  What an absolute ass he was.  He was rude to the anchors and laughing inappropriately, and combative with respect to the questions he was asked. http://www.kpho.com/search?ven...

See item # 2 in the above topic search.  His hosts were gracious to allow him to finish.  If I had been in charge of the broadcast, his mic would have been shut of the first time he mouthed off to Pat.  However, shame on Ch 5 for having the wrong name banner under his ugly face for most of that video.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Sal Reza is not a friend to the immigrant. He is a profiteer who exploits the plight of immigrants. A decrease in illegal immigration affects Sal Reza's pocketbook. This is Reza's motivation. It is eerily similiar to Chad Snow's motivation.

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

The ruling takes away his get out of NAZI jail pass card.

karlleuba
karlleuba

Typical, claiming to be above the law seems to be a serious disease of lawmakers. 
But they will not hesitate to use the law to silence dissent.  Anything to maintain the Power Addiction.

85014
85014

In Russell's mind he's still relevant. Frankly I was disgusted when he was making a horribly useless attempt at trying to represent the State of Arizona in Washington, D.C. this week on immigration issues and the border. I sincerely hope that he fades into obscurity but unfortunately, he and his Tea Tard dipshits are making it a mission to turn Arizona into West Alabama.

Miguelobrien4
Miguelobrien4

Anyone but me notice that the media and even Sen. Schumer failed to mention that he had been recalled?  Any updates on his son[s]?  Anyone but me notice that he lied before the Congressional committee [was he under oath?] when he stated that his good friend Rob Krenz was shot to death "by an illegal alien"? Last I heard, the killer is unknown.  Logic and facts suggest, to me at least, that it was done by someone he trusted or even knew.  Is an investigation still on?  I pray so.  But Pearce is another matter.  Some things about him and his sons are known facts.  Too bad so few people know.

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

The voters cast someone out of office.  But he still thinks he has a job for some reason.  Is this like the guy that get's fired and you see him in the parking lot every day?  It's getting downright creepy if you ask me. 
You need to know when to fold em and know when to walk away. Looks like the courts may be deciding it for ya if you can't figure it out yourself.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Very sweet. As Mister Pearce would say, "rule of law". Yep the judge RULED based on actual law, not the imaginary stuff Pearce and Company come up with to try to fit their needs.

caaxaan-u-ma
caaxaan-u-ma

Send this ass stain to prison, once and for all.  What an arrogant POS.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

 This is the best news I've heard all day. Narcissistic, corrupt and mentally sick Pearce has no legislative immunity from Sal Reza's wrongful arrest.

That means Pearce personally has to come up with the cash to pay Reza once the judgment is entered in.
 
Couple this with the fact that Candy Andy and the Miscreants as well as the MCSO shurf and his gang of Gestapo Goons are facing no immunity from the bullshit RICO lawsuit and county taxpayers can (and are) breathing a small sigh of relief.

 

haddie_nuff
haddie_nuff

This is good news.  Of all the egregious acts the tinpot dictator Russell Pearce has committed, this one bothered me the most.  What gives one man the right to bar a particular citizen from the state capitol building for doing basically nothing but exercising his/her civil rights? Nor was this the only thing of its nature that Pearce did.  

There are reasons why Pearce is the only sitting senate president in history that's been recalled.  It's not all about illegals, no matter how hard that line is pushed.  

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

well the taz payers have to shell out 250 k for his recall, so Sal, there ya go, go for that and even add a few k on top ,, maybe even claim deed to his home, 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

 Pearce makes an ass of himself NO MATTER what he does. It's just how he is.

A stupid, mentally sick, corrupt, narcissistic old man...Just like the MCSO shurf...

Bnbk
Bnbk

A subjective comment ,state some facts to to back your opinion. Where's the objectivity YPS ? Lay out the facts to back your statement,or is it just a subjective opinion?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 I will disagree on both gents you referred to. I think they are both genuinely interested in other humans and their struggles to survive.

azlefty
azlefty

I corrected your comment you seem a little confused.

Russell Pearce is not a
friend to Arizonians. He is a profiteer who exploits the plight of immigrants.
A decrease in illegal immigration affects his pocketbook. This is Pearces motivation.
It is eerily similar to JT Readys motivation.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Unfortunately a personality such as his will never fade away. Such as the MCSO shurf. They both seem to think they are in charge of the Kingdom of Maricopa and/or Arizona, as the case may be.

Just once I would love to have someone invite him to an interview and insist that he bring validated documentation to show the numbers that he spews ad nauseum. He knows he doesn't have to be truthful or have validated data. He can just spew on and someone is going to report what he has said, as if he has the ability to be truthful.

Maricopa County just paid a $45,000 settlement because MCSO (the shurf) refused to comply with open records law last year.

Now, this disgraced former senate president, through obviously illegal actions directed by himself, is going to cost the county another huge chunk of money. I would expect Mrs. Brewer to intervene, since this settlement or judgement will be at state expense, but she doesn't seem to care.

With each day our cast of elected officials just seem to cost us more money for no reason at all.

Like Mister Pearce, they really should be fired.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

 good points to be made ,

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 Ever notice how Pearce and Brewer describe us as a nation of laws at the same time they talk about the overbearing federal gov ?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 Activist judges don't count; they don't follow the rule of law as defined by Pearce.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 We need a special facility for these miscreants.  In prison they would just become the buttboys for the White Supremicists and eventually take over the organized crime system. We don't want that! 
Let's put them in the Karchner Caverns and let them eat blind white crickets - cause that's what they are!

karlleuba
karlleuba

 And Randy Parraz felt the wrath in the US Capitol this week, arrested on a totally false charge of assault -- released on the affirmation of a former Arizona Senator, and others. 

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

Nothing has been paid to Pearce yet........and there better not be.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

not a done deal, Denise on that 250K. crazies in the lege want it. we need to raise some cain.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

 opps,, that taz, should have been the TAX payers of this state .

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Actually Tommy, Pearce has to come up with the cash himself.

Judge Martone ruled that Pearce cannot claim total legislative immunity from Reza's wrongful arrest. That means Pearce is on his own when it comes to paying the judgment. The county and the state will not be liable for cutting Reza a check.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 fired?  fired from a cannon?  aimed at Mexico where Pearce is loved and respected.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

He wasn't arrested or charged. They took him to another room and talked to him and he was released.The capitol police determined there was no probable cause for arrest.

Unlike the MCSO goons who arrested him and are now subjects of a civil suit for false arrest and imprisonment.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Randy Parraz seems to have a knack for getting arrested.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

If Pearce gets one dime of taxpayer cash, I say we shitcan all of the morons that vote to give this fool the cash. 

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

 i thought the GOP leg az had passed it ,,, they are trying to ,,, i stand corrected VMIIS ,, thank you ,

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