Bill Montgomery: Victimizer of Undocumented Workers, Turns "Victims' Rights" Advocate in DC

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Monty, ever the hypocrite...

It's a requirement in Arizona, more than in any other state in the Union, that politicians be shameless hypocrites. And Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is no piker in this regard.

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Thursday, Monty appeared before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee chaired by Representative Trent Franks to offer his opinion on the proposed Victims Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Watch a clip of Monty at Thursday's hearing.

The amendment would offer crime victims many of the same rights the Arizona Constitution provides, including the right to attend all court hearings, the right to restitution, and so on.

The merits of such an amendment are debatable, as you'll see if you want to sit through all two hours of the hearing.

In Montgomery's highly ironic testimony, Maricopa County's top prosecutor presented himself as a "victims rights" advocate, who has worked as a "victims rights attorney," in addition to his duties as county attorney.

Yep, Monty's all for helping the victims of crime.

Unless they're undocumented.

Ask any immigration attorney in town, and they'll tell you how stingy Montgomery's office is when it comes to certifying requests for U-visas.

U-visas allow victims of certain crimes to remain in the U.S., if they cooperate with the police.

ICE makes the final decision, but an applicant must have a form signed by a prosecutor or some other law enforcement agency, certifying that the victim was of assistance to law enforcement.

When I asked the county attorney's office in January about the U-visa issue, MCAO spokesman Jerry Cobb told me that between January 2009 and May 2012, the MCAO had "received 83 U-visa requests certified 6 and declined to certify 19."

Cobb said that, "The rest were either approved by another agency (applicants typically apply to multiple law enforcement agencies), or were not associated with active cases, or were pending review."

Still, for that time period, Montgomery's approval rate for U-visas was around seven percent. Which may explain why some lawyers don't even bother seeking certification from the MCAO, and instead go to other agencies.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

MCAO "protecting" Spaw, when he too should have been disbarred along with Thomas and Aubuchon.  What other conservative states are doing...

Now Andrew Thomas running for Governor? He belongs in prison.  


A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice - NYTimes.com


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/opinion/nocera-a-texas-prosecutor-faces-justice.html?_r=0
"In just about a month from now, Texas will witness a rare event: a former prosecutor is going to be held to account for alleged prosecutorial misconduct."

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Great journalism! Thanks for keeping the public informed. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

Now ain't this a crock of shit.  Because illegal aliens are here illegally, arresting and prosecuting them is not victimizing them, it's following the law.  Not arresting and prosecuting them would be victimizing the American people.

robert_graham
robert_graham

The proper term is ILLEGAL ALIENS because that's what they are.  Calling them undocumented workers is like calling drug dealers unlicensed physicians.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

MontyPug, what a joke.

The ONLY thing MontyPug knows is how to keep disgraced lawyers (Peter Spaw) on taxpayer teat and Candy Andy ethics.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Montgomery has taken hypocrisy to a new level. He has a bright political future as a republican now. 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Someone needs to explain to Mr. Montgomery that he is a COUNTY ATTORNEY in Arizona. One of FIFTEEN in the state. Why the hell is our COUNTY ATTORNEY in Washington, D.C. testifying about a STATE law?

How about if our COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS keep their backsides in Maricopa County and concentrate on their jobs HERE? 

It's bad enough that Mrs. Brewer flits here and there trying to be impressive in other states, but at least she is a STATE elected person (I can't force myself to refer to her as anything else). 

As an aside, it appears that George Dubya is certainly certified as the consummate politician. Only such a person could be a concubine in public to Mrs. Brewer. The man has no ethics...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan 

Pursuant to federal law, entering the United States illegally is a CIVIL violation, not a criminal violation. Dumbass.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@MandyMountain  What MCAO and state prosecutors want to ignore -- the mass incarceration of Arizona's people, visitors as well. As they continue down the path of self-destructing the state of Arizona and importing of other states inmates (using taxpayers $$$'s for the private prison corporation profiteers -- CCA, GEO, etc.

Watch Sundance Award-winning documentary, "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN" : New Film Exposes Economic, Moral Failure of U.S. War on Drugs. 1 of 2 - YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=I1UMvLYVDP4

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@JoeArpaioFan Actually, the analogy you're apparently seeking would be to call drug dealers  "unlicensed pharmacists." BTW, you're one sick mofo.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan 

How do you know they didn't receive amnesty under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, signed by then-President Ronald Reagan, one of the most iconic REPUBLICAN Presidents of the 20th century?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967   Your comment is spot-on!  Spaw should have been disbarred as well.  Unbalanced, unchecked justice system.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Tommy,

MontyPug was testifying at a Congressional hearing for adding a crime victims bill of rights to the U.S. Constitution.

He may have been subpoenaed to appear before Congress to give said testimony.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

No Jaffy he won't. I'd rather have Don Trump as governor over MontyPug.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

No Jaffy, it's fact.

Now go back to scrubbing those BK toilets.

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