Tom Horne's Court Date Set for Friday on Hit-and-Run Charge
Horne: Will he throw himself on the mercy of the court?
I'll say one thing for living in Sand Land, it's never boring. This Friday at 9:30 a.m., in Phoenix Municipal Court, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne could be arraigned on the charge of hit-and-run on an unattended vehicle, a class 3 misdemeanor.
I say "could be" because Don Taylor a spokesman for Phoenix's Municipal Court tells me that Horne may not have to be present.
"The rules permit the defendant to appear by his or her attorney at arraignment if he or she is entering a not guilty plea and asking for the case to be reset for a pre-trial disposition conference," he explained.
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Horne was cited by the Phoenix Police Department last week for the accident, which occurred in March outside the residence of his presumed mistress Carmen Chenal.
The maximum fine Horne hypothetically could receive is $500. The maximum time, 30 days. But in a case like this one, time is almost never meted out, I'm told.
Smartest thing for Horne to do would be to show up and plead guilty. At least that way he'd look like a mensch. Might even help his image a little.
In March, Horne was being tailed by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, when they witnessed the fender-bender.
The FBI was investigating alleged coordination between the independent expenditure committee Business Leaders for Arizona and Horne's campaign for Attorney General in 2010.
Such coordination is illegal under state law.
Additionally, the FBI was looking into a possible cover-up of that coordination, which may have been why they were tailing Horne, when the accident occurred.
According to the massive 3,000-plus page investigative file recently released by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Chenal had borrowed a car belonging
Linnea Heap, a close friend of Chenal 's and an employee in the AG's finance division.
In the transcript of an April interview of Heap, FBI special agent Brian Grehoski explained how he and FBI special agent Merv Mason witnessed the accident.
"[Horne] parked his car in another parking garage," Greholski told her. "Carmen took your car. Went and picked him up. And then went and had a rendezvous at her apartment. And in trying to get into the...gate where the tenants live, the gate was malfunctioning.
"So [Horne] backed up to try and turn around, crashed into another car. And then they parked in the visitor parking and went up to her apartment."