Bill Montgomery's Victims Rot in Jail, While Arizona Republic Praises His Hypocrisy on Immigration Reform

Relatives of those victimized by Montgomery: from left, Julia Ojeda, Paulina Lopez, Miriam Lopez, and Arletta Juarez

Now, a news flash from inside the stultifying atmosphere of the Arizona Republic's editorial bubble:

Hypocrisy is a good thing.

Particularly as practiced by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio, Bill Montgomery Lose Again: Undocumented Worker Found "Not Guilty"
-Bill Montgomery's Deaf Victim Diana Blanco Honored by Las Cafeteras
-Bill Montgomery's Victims Plead Not Guilty En Masse as Their Children Weep
-Bill Montgomery Is No Immigration Moderate
-The MCAO Follows ICE's Blueprint for Separating Immigrant Families

See, on the verge of some sort of immigration reform bill being introduced in Congress, the Arizona Republic recently published an unsigned opinion piece praising this state (and, by extension, itself) for "leading the way" on immigration reform.

"Leading the way"? Really? The state that brought you ethnic-cleansing law Senate Bill 1070, convicted kid-killer and minutewoman Shawna Forde, neo-Nazi baby-killer J.T. Ready, and Ready's ex-bud, recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce?

Yep, Arizona sure did lead the way. The Grand Canyon State was for self-deportation long before that loser Mitt Romney jumped on the sinking ship.

Why, I can see the special license plates now: "Arizona, First in Hate," emblazoned upon an illustration of a fiery cross.

But, the Rep, more interested in civic boosterism than reality, wants to accentuate the positive. So it brags that our two U.S. senators are part of the "Gang of Eight," who soon will be pimping an immigration reform package.

John McCain's "dang fence," among other things that don't quite fit this PR narrative, are conveniently forgotten.

Like the time McCain blamed Arizona wildfires on migrants crossing the desert.

Hey, why remind folks of Sand Land's nasty recent past, which is still a nasty present for almost all of the undocumented here?

The Republic also offers Montgomery as an example of conservative Republicans seeing the light.

Our local fish wrap cites Monty's support for the so-called SANE initiative, a local version of comprehensive immigration reform, and holds him up as an example of how things are changing.

"Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery shows how a conservative can be a positive voice for reform without compromising dedication to the rule of law," the editorial states. "Consider the contrast with his predecessor, Andrew Thomas, who used the immigration issue to win political advantage by scaring people."

Thing is, as I've demonstrated many times already, Montgomery is pursuing the same nefarious policy as Thomas of overcharging undocumented workers with class four felonies, so as to hold them nonbondable and coerce guilty pleas, which will then make them deportable.

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The Arizona Republic is a worthless rag.

Montgomery is worth even less.

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

MCAO's victims rot in jail is an understatement. Courageous article, Mr. Lemons. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

McCain among biggest benefactors of the private prison lobbyists. McCain who was a prisoner once himself, benefits from the mass incarceration of Arizona's people, his constituents. Wake up folks! "As the AP explains, these remarkable profits come in the wake of an equally remarkable lobbying campaign. In the past decade, three major private prison companies spent $45 million on campaign donations and lobbyists to push legislation at the state and federal level. At times, this money has gone to truly nefarious legislation. A 2011 report found that the private prison industry spent millions seeking to increase sentences and incarcerate more people in order to increase the industry’s profits. 30 of the 36 legislators who co-sponsored Arizona’s now mostly invalidated immigration law — which would have landed many more people in detention — received campaign contributions from private prison lobbyists or companies, including CCA and GEO. According to a report released last year, CCA spent over $900,000 on federal lobbying and GEO spent between $120,000 to $199,992 in Florida alone during a short three-month span in 2011. $450,000 went to the Republican national and congressional committees, while Democrats received less than half that number. 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were also among the private prison lobby’s top benefactors."

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

MCAO Bill Montgomery is NOT doing his job as a "minister of justice", instead he has chosen to "politicize" the justice system, which puts ALL at risk for harm -- where fair justice does not exist. MCAO has a long history of abuse of power and disregard for the U.S. Constitution. One set of laws for the "people" and another set for those in power, who like Montgomery have absolute immunity and have no accountability. Isn't that called "tyranny"?  Montgomery is certainly showing the public, "he" has total "control".

The AZ Republic is taking the public down the same old worn path that is favoring the "prosecutor" over the people.

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

The ONLY thing MontyPug is is a fucking joke.

MontyPug reminds me of Mitt Romney. Flip-flops on the issues and has no concept of what's going on.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

About the daughter who spoke on behalf of her 63-year old mom. I assume that she's a U.S. citizen. My question is why she needed an interpreter. Then, for chrissakes, let the old woman go. Nobody that old should be in Joe's gulag for anything less than murder.


Is Arpaio's "Son in Law" really an Editor at the Arizona Republic?!

Arpaio was able to sponsor his old head Deputy into Office as a Senator to "Write Laws for Arpaio".

Arpaio says: "I don't write the laws, I just enforce them".

Bullshit, his Puppets write Laws, for the Crooked King Pin Arpaio and other Puppets control the Rag News Paper Articles?

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

ACLU Class Action lawsuit against Arizona Dept. of Corrections: (folks, where your tax $$$'s are going)
  1. Arizona Prison Watch: The Atlantic: An American Gulag: Part 16, 2012 – PARSONS v RYAN is a certified CLASS ACTION... four years, on the watch of Arizona Department of Corrections' Director Charles Ryan... are why theACLU has a class action lawsuit, Parsons v Ryan, in the works against ...

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The prosecutors have full time "prosecutor lobbyists" sitting at the state legislature (paid for by the taxpayers) blocking efforts to reform Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws and other meaningful reform of broken criminal laws. Laws that sentenced  a non-violent, first offender to rot in prison for 75 years! A defacto life sentence.  Shameful justice.

MCAO Montgomery has fought meaningful reform that would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of $$$'s that other conservative states are enacting. So do his private prison corporation cronies and party mean more to him than the people he was elected to serve, who pay his salary? You decide. 

An audit is needed on the cost of the non-violent offenders which represent easily 40% of the prison population.

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Since the private prisons are raking in Billions of $$$'s off illegal immigrants, then taxpayers need to realize who is taking their tax dollars and getting obscenely 'rich". Turn everything into "felonies" to get profiteer. 

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

Prison Law Blog

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:

[B]etween 1982 and 1995, arrests rose by 26% (from 3,261,613 to 4,118,039) while mean [prison] admissions rose by 149% (from 212,415 to 530,642); between 1995 and 2007, arrests fell by 28.6% while admissions rose by another 31.9%. It is thus clear that arrests are not driving the growth in incarceration—and by extension neither are trends in crime levels, since their effect is wholly mediated by these arrest rates. 

Rather, prosecutors have become more likely to charge those arrested with crimes:  (excerpt)


@eric.nelson745 If her mom is 60-something, she may be 30-something, and she may have come here when she was younger. Spanish may be her first language and she may be more comfortable in it.

Just speculating.

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