Russell Pearce Scores Lame Summary Judgment Against Sal Reza in Federal Court (w/Update)
Russell Pearce, vindictive? Just look at that face, does it look vindictive to you?
You could say Russell Pearce beat the lawsuit (for now), but lost his career.
Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Martone sided with recalled, disgraced ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce, finding that Pearce did not violate the constitutional rights of Phoenix activist Sal Reza when Pearce banned him from the state Senate building in 2011.
Not knowing that the Mesa muttonhead had "banned" him, Reza was arrested when he stopped by the Capitol to talk with his Senator, Steve Gallardo.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant Jeff Trapp and Officer J. Gentry Burton, the DPS officers assigned as plainclothes security for the building, ordered Reza out, and Reza, incredulous, asked to see proof of his banishment in writing.
So like class-A jerks, Trapp and Burton collared both Reza and a lady accompanying him, even though she wasn't banned.
Allegedly, the DPSers threw the 61 year-old Air Force veteran up against a plate-glass window and dragged the little woman Reza was with by her hair.
Both were cuffed and hauled off to Fourth Avenue Jail. For what, exactly? For attempting to speak with their elected representative after Pharaoh Pearce issued his edict.
U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Martone
Pearce claims that Reza had been seen by others being disruptive two nights before, during a marathon Senate Appropriations Committee session on February 22, 2011.
I was there that evening, as Pearce, ever the one-trick-pony, introduced yet more anti-immigration legislation.
Reza and hundreds of other activists were in the building to observe. Ironically, they were not even in the room where the hearing was being held. They were in an entirely different room, watching the proceedings on closed circuit TV.