Bill Montgomery and the Latino Community: Time for a Divorce

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Montgomery (second from left) should be persona non grata for anyone interested in immigration reform...

Imagine my surprise, when checking the website of the venerable Valley organization Chicanos por la Causa, to see a photo of a beaming Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on a page advertising the group's 44th anniversary dinner, coming up on April 4.

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-Bill Montgomery Skewered in Puente March, SANE Defends Monty
-Bill Montgomery Blasted By Hispanic Bar Association over Apartheid Policies

In my opinion, Montgomery should be radioactive in the Latino community, and indeed, to all those interested in comprehensive immigration reform.

Why? Because Montgomery is joined at the hip with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and he continues to pursue discriminatory charging practices when it comes to undocumented individuals, holding them nonbondable as a result, thereby coercing a guilty plea and guaranteeing their deportations.

In fact, no less than 44 MCAO prosecutors attended a presentation given on January 6, 2012 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney Dominique Honea on the "immigration consequences" of certain state charges.

The ICE PowerPoint for that presentation, given in the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors' Conference Room, offered a blueprint for the deportation of the undocumented by charging them in a certain manner. This, so as to rule out any defense in their immigration cases, after they plead guilty or are convicted.

Since I wrote about Montgomery's inhumane and unjust policy in February, the county attorney has been protested and called out on his behavior by activist groups and prestigious lawyers, such as those in the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association.

A delegation of Latino lawyers and community leaders, including CPLC President Edmundo Hidalgo, met with Montgomery earlier this month to discuss the issue with him, noting the fact that privileged college students at Arizona State University are consistently charged with misdemeanors, if at all, for using someone else's ID or a fake driver's license to obtain booze.

By all accounts, Montgomery remains intransigent, while at the same time signing on to the so called SANE immigration proposal, offered by local groups and concerned citizens.

So what gives with the pic of Monty on the site of an organization that helps some of the very people he's persecuting?

According to CPLC spokeswoman María Jesús Cervantes, the photo is of an award presented to Montgomery by CPLC in March 2012, making him one of four persons and institutions honored for being "Champions for Children."

"An advisory board was the one that selected all four [recipients] at that time," Cervantes explained. "Obviously, things have changed since then."

Interestingly, just a couple of months before receiving this award, Montgomery's prosecutors were getting lessons on how to break up families and separate parents from their children indefinitely.

From jump, Montgomery has been pursuing the same policies as his hateful predecessor, disbarred ex-County Attorney Andy Thomas. He simply has not been making much noise about it.

"We were not aware of the level and the details of the way that issue was being handled," said Cervantes.

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DNichols
DNichols

Montgomery is nothing but Arpaio's new "Puppet" jumping only when Arpaio says "Jump".

I hope someday Maricopa County has a County Attorney that can simply do the Job, and not follow the Corrupt Arizona Sheriff's Racist Agenda.

Montgomery must be very proud of himself knowing he is doing what Arpaio, and Supremacist Groups including "Nazi's" want him to do?! 

MotherJones
MotherJones

Looks like CPLC has taken MontyPugly off their site. Good for them.

newtimesbanned
newtimesbanned

Has anybody else noticed that Circle K stores no longer carry the new times? I made a call to Circle K headquarters to inquire about it. I was told that Circle K wanted to "go in a different direction." Their response was a diplomatic one and they would not give details, but I think it's safe to assume that their new direction does not follow the path of sleazy, yellow journalism. Kudos to Circle K for their decision. I wonder if QuickTrip is still offering the headshop and stripper directory.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Private prison corporations (CCA, GEO, etc.) exploit immigrants-for-$$$'s. 

Who drives "felonies" in the state? The prosecutors. Who has absolute immunity and NO accountability? The prosecutors. Time to STOP absolute immunity for prosecutors.  Time for TERM LIMITS for County Attorneys.

New Study: PROSECUTORS, NOT Police, Have Driven Prison Population Growth

"The United States prison population has exploded over the past 40 years. But why? Have police been making more arrests? Have prosecutors been charging more people with crimes? Have judges been issuing longer sentences? Have parole boards become stricter? (All of the above?) Since many accounts of mass incarceration collapse “the criminal justice system” into a single monolith, it can be hard to know exactly what part of the system has driven the growth in the prison population.

A new empirical study by Fordham law professor John Pfaff aims to provide a more granular explanation of the causes of mass incarceration. Pfaff concludes that only one other relevant number has changed as dramatically as the prison population has: the number of felony case filings per arrest. In other words, police haven’t been arresting more people:" (excerpt)

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

Maybe he was asked to advertisie the group's 44th anniversary dinner, and also be at the dinner, in hope of him getting a better understanding.   How do you expect Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to listen to and understand you views if all you do is shout and scream at him?  If Mr. Montgomery is your called called enemy, maybe you should invite him into your camp so he has the opportunity to hear you out.  Oh wait a minute, you can't do that.  Mr. Montgomery is your enemy isn't he!  Bahahaha     'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer'....try it...you might like it!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"From jump, Montgomery has been pursuing the same policies as his hateful predecessor, disbarred ex-County Attorney Andy Thomas. He simply has not been making much noise about it."

And both had Mark Faull as their Chief Deputy. Is Faull "educating" Montgomery on Thomas' policies that led to Thomas disbarment in April 2012? Under Thomas, Faull was listed as a lobbyist. How is that supposed to work in the justice system? Equal justice for all? Not in Maricopa County. A picture doesn't make the racism and bigotry go away when joined at the hip with Sheriff Arpaio. Over 430 un-investigated sex crimes cases against children is acceptable by the MCAO and the voters?

The Maricopa County Attorney's office needs a major house-cleaning. Over 200,000 FELONY CASES under Thomas / Aubuchon (2005-2010), should demand an investigation by Maricopa County Attorney Montgomery for those who are innocent, wrongfully convicted, over-charged, victims of malicious prosecution and the witch-hunts of the day. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

MontyPug is an embarrassment. I actually thought he'd be different than Candy Andy.

Famed Generals and West Point graduates Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower as well as Lt. Colonel George Custer (who, alongside his wife, are interred at West Point) must be rolling over in their mausoleums.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Mr. Lemons, you are wrong when you write "But there are no longer any excuses for playing paddy-cake with a guy who continues to treat unauthorized workers as if they were murderers or rapists..."  Murderers and rapists are allowed to bond out of jail, or even obtain release without bond with nothing but electronic monitoring, but undocumented aliens are charged so that they are nonbondable and detained until trial, which means that they are treated significantly worse than murderers and rapists, even ones accused of heinous crimes and crimes against children.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

enter Jaffy's pathetic lunatic rants in 3, 2, 1....

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@newtimesbanned  Their "new" direction is probably coming from ALEC, where the corporations "control" what the public hears.

NO PHX New Times; NO money will be spent at Circle K by us.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@newtimesbanned   Circle K at Dysart / McDowell, also asked the ReCall Arpaio petitioners and signers to leave. Tied to ALEC? Just wondering...  

Scenario: Two Goodyear cop cars in front of the store. A large white motorcycle guy in full costume with bandana and guns on his belt came walking in - a threatening manner.  As a former customer of Circle K, I plan to stay away from their stores since I go there to pick up the free Phoenix New Times.

whatabout7eleven
whatabout7eleven

@newtimesbanned Well, a call to QT reveals that they do not and have not ever carried the phoenix new times. it's getting harder and harder for illegal aliens to get a pep talk in phoenix.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"The Destruction of Innocence" March 2013 white paper by the National Center for Reason and Justice  www.NCRJ.org

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1884674

The Causes of Growth in Prison Admissions and Populations

John F. Pfaff  Fordham University School of Law  July 12, 2011

Abstract:     
"The explosive growth in the US prison population is well documented, but its causes are poorly understood. In this paper I exploit previously-unused data to define precisely where the growth is occurring. In short, the growth in prison populations has been driven almost entirely by increases in felony filings per arrest. All other possible sites of growth — arrests, admissions per filing, convictions per filings and admissions per conviction, and even (perhaps most surprisingly) time served per admission — have barely changed over the past four decades. But the growth in filings tracks that of admissions almost perfectly. This paper demonstrates the importance of felony filings and considers some of the possible explanations for their growth."

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@TeaPublican

Try reading the Equal Protection Clause to the 14th Amendment and get back to me.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@TeaPublican  Have heard him speak in front of groups when meaningful, well-documented empirical studies were presented that would help the people, fair justice and save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of $$$'s. He was not only non-receptive, but attacked those in the audience who worked on the issues of the broken criminal justice system that has turned Arizona into a prison state. One that lines the pockets of the private prison profiteers -- who "control" the state -- at the taxpayers expense. 

This IS the public's problem when a County Attorney and his prosecutors fight meaningful reform while "growing" new private corporation prisons.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

If Montgomery was serious about fair justice and saving the children, he should follow the lead of then incoming Dallas County DA Craig Watkins, who did house-clean his Dallas County office when he took office.

"The official biography of Watkins written by his office writes that Watkins has secured a 99.4% conviction rate and has focused on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse.[10] Watkins has worked to resolve cases of wrongful conviction through the use of DNA testing and the review of evidence illegally withheld from defense attorneys.[3][11] On January 4, 2011, Ray Suarez interviewed Watkins live on the PBS NewsHour for the exoneration by Watkins's office of Cornelius Dupree from Dupree's armed robbery conviction.[12]

The Dallas Morning News selected Watkins as its 2008 Texan of the Year.[13]"

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967

West Point education leading the way? Military style, "shoot first, ask later" mentality. Smart on crime or dumb on crime? You decide.

West Point employee, charged with stealing meatballs from mess hall - Crimesider - CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57575913-504083/meatball-theft-estelle-casimir-west-point-employee-charged-with-stealing-meatballs-from-mess-hall/

If convicted, Casimir could reportedly face time in military prison.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@JohnQ.Public Lemons' point was that other people who can be held w/out bond include murderers and rapists.

Per statute:

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/13/03961.htm

A. A person who is in custody shall not be admitted to bail if the proof is evident or the presumption great that the person is guilty of the offense charged and the offense charged is one of the following:

1. A capital offense.

2. Sexual assault.

3. Sexual conduct with a minor who is under fifteen years of age.

4. Molestation of a child who is under fifteen years of age.

5. A serious felony offense if there is probable cause to believe that the person has entered or remained in the United States illegally. For the purposes of this paragraph:

car_del99
car_del99

JAf is busy today , he has to be under the joker's desk all day

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01

Lol he's busy being force-fed meds for the voices in his head.

wishemtothecornfield
wishemtothecornfield

@truthseekerazI don't know about the recall petitioners being asked to leave, I'll take your word for it. the new times is being replaced at circle k by something called the AZ Weekly. I didn't pick up a copy of the new free weekly, but I'm guessing it doesn't cater to the illegal crowd. Circle K employees always look like they belong in a halfway house and I favor QT anyway. Those QT employees hustle like I haven't seen in a while, handling two or three people at a time at the checkout counter. Anyway, I'm just glad that the new times has one less large distributor.

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

@truthseekeraz Let's see....I think I have this right.....there wasn't even a democrat willing to run against him in his last election....is that right?  Everyone hated him so much that nobody would run against him?  hahahaha    And as reported in the East Valley Tribune:   "Montgomery handily won the race for the county attorney's post, defeating Libertarian Michael Kielsky by capturing 75 percent of the votes to Kielsky's 25 percent, according to official results from the Maricopa County Board of Elections."    Ahhhhh...I think the majority of the voters have spoken....which places you in the minority.   How does it feel to be a minority?   Bahahahaha!    If you don't like someone in office then vote them out...oh wait a minute....you tried that didn't you!   

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@truthseekeraz @MaskedMagician1967

Why am I not surprised?

MotherJones
MotherJones

@wishemtothecornfield @truthseekeraz 

QT must be where the rednecks shop

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01 @MaskedMagician1967

lmao nothing could ever return that fool to normal.

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