Tom Horne's Hearings Rescheduled: Will the AG Beat the Rap?

Administrative law hearings can be pretty casual affairs. This one was unusually cordial.

In it, lawyers for Horne, Winn and the county attorney discussed procedural matters with Eigenheer, and put off the scheduled, six day January 22 hearing on the alleged campaign finance violation, at least till February 25.

Two issues need to be resolved, according to the law hounds: the definition of what "coordination" consists of, and whether the county attorney has jurisdiction over this alleged violation of Arizona law by Winn and Horne.

"The proper procedures," Kimerer wrote in his pre-hearing statement for Horne, "would have the Attorney General's Office, not the attorney general himself, appointing a neutral party to do the investigation and prosecution. That statutory procedure was not followed in this case."

Translation? Horne should get off on a technicality, because, Kimerer argues, according to state statute, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett should have sent his probable cause letter signaling that a violation had occurred to the Attorney General's office, not to the county attorney.

Here's the way the investigation unfolded.

First, Horne ordered an investigation into an assumed mole in the AG's office, one he suspected of feeding me info on his relationship to Chenal.

The AG's investigator uncovered evidence of unrelated wrongdoing by Horne. She turned it over to the FBI.

The FBI investigated it, in part with the help of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. The FBI then turned its entire file over to the county attorney and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona choked, like it always does when faced with allegations big-time public corruption.

Per Arizona statute, the MCAO sent the investigation to Ken Bennett, and Bennett sent Monty a letter telling him that, "this office has reasonable cause to believe that Attorney General Horne and Kathleen Winn have violated [state campaign finance law]."

The SOS's letter states that the AG "declared a conflict to my office on April 16, 2012," and that pursuant to a law recently passed by the legislature, the SOS has the authority to choose counsel other than Horne, who would normally enforce campaign finance law in this instance.

So the SOS chose Monty's office as the prosecuting entity.

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Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

IDK--I think having to bang Carmen Chanel is punishment enough---I say let him walk.  


Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

I still don't know why people are not pissed about HornDog allowing K.Winn to work her real estate deals while on the AG dime!  What does Winn make as a lacky for TommyBoi--over 100k, plus she has been allowed to make real estate deals while on duty--unbelievable.  Didn't the AG's office investigate PPD for the same type of thing? Workin their PPD job and double dippin an off-duty job!  I say the State Auditor General should pull Winn's time cards and make her pay back ever cent she and TommyBoi foiled from our state coffers.  


msbonobo
msbonobo

Great series! What baffles me; besides the absence of Democratic candidates, is how Horne's SEC lifetime ban was not publicized?? Would Arizona really elect a Bernie Madoff or a Michael Miliken as AG?

sliperymike
sliperymike

think of how much vodka she has to drink to just give him a lunchtime BJ!

I always wondered why those rich old hosebags had stiff hair and crusty makeup.

PissOnArpaio
PissOnArpaio

Of course he will beat the rap, Politicians, especially Republicans, can get away with murder or anything else for that matter in Arizona.

The laws don't apply to them like they do everyone else.

comrade
comrade

Probably his defense team is going to say that it was Elmer Fodd driving the car the day of the hit and run, since Horne and Elmer look alike. About the reschedule; they are probavly consulting with the old fart on how to get away with all the charges, that's why they need mote time

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

He eventually will be allowed to plead to a charge of "failure to render aid to a flat tire" or something else the local Repubs can come up with.

TeflonCrooks
TeflonCrooks

"Hit-N-Run Horne", "Election Tampering, Bribe Taking Pearce", "Social Security Fraud Brewer", "Corrupt Pink Pantie Sheriffs".Ect. Ect.

The "Real Crooks" in Arizona are the ones in Power!

To: True Justice?!

gerry_c
gerry_c

Horne is above the law. Get it?

But is his defense being paid with personal funds, state funds, or those of someone Horne owes a favor to?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

They think that the pubic will be so repulsed at the thought ofsexual relations between General Horne Dog and his Bitch that even themere thought of prosecuting him will fail.

teknik
teknik

how can you plead not guilty when the freaking FBI watched you do it?

where is the outrage?  Oh, that's right, they don't have prejudiced whack-Os looking for an outlet for their pent up hate.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@msbonobo  yep, they would. and if you doubt it.....Horne is proof, they knew. 

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