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

In addition to his miserly U-visa policy, Montgomery has a long line of his own victims, undocumented workers he's held nonbondable in sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails, sometimes for months on end, in order to coerce them into pleading guilty to felonies that will make them deportable.

They are grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. Rather than prosecute their employers, Montgomery goes after the low-hanging fruit, the workers, even when there is evidence that the companies they work for are complicit.

These persons are held without bond under a 2006 amendment to the Arizona Constitution denying bail to those presumed to be undocumented when the proof is evident or the presumption great that a class four felony or above has been committed.

Montgomery could choose to charge these workers with a lesser felony, which would make them bailable, or even a misdemeanor, as was recently done in the case of 23 year-old Solaguahire Zenil, who was being prosecuted by the MCAO for felony forgery, and spent six months in jail.

On the day her trial was to begin, the prosecution revealed that the Social Security Number Zenil had been using was her own and had been legally obtained. This, according to her immigration attorney Jose Penalosa.

And yet, Montgomery has the temerity to call himself an advocate for victims rights.

Carlos Garcia of the local human rights organization Puente was outraged by Montgomery's remarks. His group has protested Montgomery and helped the children, spouses and other family members left without their loved ones because of the MCAO's inhumane and unjust policy of forcing the undocumented to plead to the lead..

"Bill Montgomery's disgraceful, discriminatory practice of law creates victims," Garcia said in a statement released after the county attorney's testimony. "He doesn't defend victim's rights. He violates them."

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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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