Bill Montgomery's Victims Break: 14 Captured in Sportex Raid Plead Out Under Coercion

Bill Montgomery's victims speak...

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery must feel really proud of himself. After more than three months in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's dirty, dangerous and sometimes deadly jails, 14 of the 23 undocumented workers being prosecuted in the MCSO's February 8 raid of Sportex Apparel cut plea deals with the prosecutor.

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Charged with class four felonies involving identity theft and forgery, these parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles pleaded to class six criminal impersonation on April 30. The judge gave them all time served and six months of unsupervised probation.

But this does not guarantee their freedom, as they will now be transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And under the guidelines taught to Montgomery's prosecutors in early January of 2012, deportation is "no problem," for ICE if the subsection of the law is specified.

And in the case of all 14 plea deals, the subsection is specified.

What's particularly disgusting is that Monty's prosecutors could have let these people plead to a misdemeanor, as they recently did in the case of 23 year-old Solaguahire Zenil, who had been arrested by Arizona Department of Public Safety six months prior.

As I pointed out in a blog post last week, Zenil's case was exceptional because, according to her attorney, the MCAO essentially admitted it effed up in Zenil's case, and held this girl nonbondable for half a year, even though the Social Security Number was her own, legally obtained in the early '90s, when just about anyone could obtain one.

Nevertheless, the fact that Zenil's charge went from a class four to a misdemeanor proves conclusively that when Montgomery says he cannot charge undocumented workers with a misdemeanor, he's lying his ass off.

A misdemeanor would likely result in release from ICE custody, and the chance to remain in the United States. It would also make that person eligible to benefit from either Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (depending on his or her age) or from the comprehensive immigration reform legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate.

In both cases, a felony conviction is a bar to legal status.

But Monty won't go there, which is particularly infuriating, considering the fact that he continues to ignore any evidence uncovered of culpability on the part of the employers raided by the MCSO.

Why? My theory is that he could not stand the blowback, should he go after employers. Also, the employers have money, with which they can hire high-priced lawyers to fight for them.

The undocumented are poor, they have little money, and unlike the employers, can be denied bond if charged with a class four felony or above. The undocumented are the perfect targets, and a long stay in Joe's gulags, away from their families, and surrounded by menacing guards and real criminals, often coerces them into signing plea agreements that are not in their best interests.

Ultimately, Montgomery is a bully and a coward. He picks on those who often do not have the resources with which to do battle. He makes their children weep for their parents. All while trying to sound as if he's a reasonable Republican who supports immigration reform.

The video above, from the human rights organization Puente, interviews some of the children of those people who recently took Monty's cruel plea deal.

In addition, Puente has posted a petition asking ICE and the federal government to show mercy, as Bill Montgomery seems unable to do.

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robert_graham
robert_graham

Yes, Mr. Montgomery is proud to prosecute those people who are charged with identity theft BECAUSE IT IS A CRIME!  What part about that don't you understand?  Of course they should have to sit in jail just like everybody else who has broken the law.  Why in the heck would you think those illegal aliens caputured should deserve a free pass?

Mr. Lemons, if you think the Maricopa County jail is a dangerous and dirty jail, maybe it would be more appropriate if those inmates were taken to a Mexican jail instead. They are lucky they are in our jail rather than in Mexico.  Just remember, jail is not supposed to be nice.

Mr. Lemons, you say "What's particularly disgusting is that Monty's prosecutors could have let these people plead to a misdemeanor, as they recently did in the case of 23 year-old Solaguahire Zenil, who had been arrested by Arizona Department of Public Safety six months prior."

What in the hell is wrong with you?  Identity theft is a felony so it's not improper to charge them with a felony. Again, you think they should get a free pass? Nope!

Mr. Lemons, I agree with you that "illegals are poor and have little money" but that is not an excuse to break the law.  They should be denied bond because they are here illegally and are likely to flee if they get released.  

If it is true that "a misdemeanor would likely result in release from ICE custody, and the chance to remain in the United States", that must change.  Any crime is unexcusable and is reason to deport.  

And what's this about "he makes their children weep for their parents." Excuse me but the law doesn't make exceptions for parents with kids.  But if you think it should, where is your sympathy for the millions of American citizen fathers and mothers who get separated from their kids every year because of arrest?  Or do you think sympathy should just go to anchor babies?  This article is disgusting and so is its author.

By the way, did you read in the news that MCSO just got 12 more and the recent crime sweep netting 180 people?  Don't say I didn't tell you so.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Oh brother here we go again.  How many articles are written about Americans with children who go to jail and are separated from their families? Absolutely none!  Truth is, the law doesn't escuse people with kids who are arrested. That's the price they pay for coming here illegally. Maybe the best solution would be that illegals don't have kids so when they are arrested they won't have to worry about being separated from them. 

karenrae61
karenrae61

Did you forget they broke the law?  Hellllllooo send them back!

Richie Barriga
Richie Barriga

a blogger hiding behind their pen calling someone else coward??? your parents must be soooooo proud!!!

phxfblogger
phxfblogger

We MUST recall "Apartheid" Bill Montgomery.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I think all this anti-illegal stuff is fine - weeds out all the Guatemalens.  Most people who are caught by ICE are not Mexicans but Guatamalens who say they're Mexican so they don't get deported to Guatemala but only to the Mexican border.  


JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

Montgomery is nothing more than a low life piece of shit. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

"Why? My theory is that he could not stand the blowback, should he go after employers. Also, the employers have money, with which they can hire high-priced lawyers to fight for them."

Don't forget that every employer, along with the Chambers of Commerce that represent them, are also potential campaign contributors - especially if that employer thinks that if a campaign contribution might purcahse a little favor from the elected official making the charging decisions (or, more accurately, supervising the career prosecutor making the charging decisions).

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