Dennis Wilenchik of Andy Thomas Fame Taken to the Woodshed by Judge Roslyn Silver
Dennis Wilenchik, deflated after his spanking by Judge Silver last week
Would you be surprised if the demon dog of the Arizona legal community were to act like a jerk in federal court toward a Deputy U.S. Marshal?
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That's why, when I learned about a hearing last week into the behavior of Dennis Wilenchik, an old enemy of New Times', the only thing I wondered was why a hearing was necessary.
Mold litigator extraordinaire and erstwhile "special prosecutor" for disgraced, disbarred ex-County Attorney Andy Thomas, Wilenchik recently appeared before Arizona's U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roslyn Silver to defend his actions toward Deputy U.S. Marshal Delvin Brown.
I'm not kidding by much when I say that a full regurgitation of Wilenchik's bad-boy conduct over the years would require the length of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Highlights of Wilenchik's career in law include: sparring with judges, ordering the arrests of journalists in the middle of the night on trumped-up charges in his role as Thomas' Grand Inquisitor, lying about ordering those arrests, issuing broad, Orwellian subpoenas into the online reading habits of the general public, fudging his resume, and having an investigator for the State Bar of Arizona tailed by private dicks.
So far, Wilenchik has miraculously escaped any real sanction for his bull-in-a-china-shop-like shenanigans, although he is still on the hook civilly for the arrest of the above mentioned journalists, who just happen to be the former owners of this paper's parent company, Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey. Currently the pair are suing the bejeesus out of Wilenchik and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in federal court.
But if last week's hearing before Judge Silver was any indication, Wilenchik may finally get some comeuppance, though it's a sure bet that it will not equal the karmic debt he owes the universe.
The hearing concerned Wilenchik's appearance May 16 in federal court on a case where he is defending a man on wire fraud and other charges. Federal court is a pretty formal place, but Wilenchik was there without the usual suit and tie, and was instead dressed in blue jeans and cowboy boots.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Brown was securing the courtroom. He saw Wilenchik, dressed as he was, seated in the "well," where only lawyers and court staff are allowed to be.
"The Deputy Marshal asked Mr. Wilenchik to identify himself," according to court records, "but Mr. Wilenchik refused to do so. The Deputy Marshal then continued to inquire but Mr. Wilenchik allegedly gave rude and inappropriate answers."
At last week's hearing, Brown told Judge Silver that he had been concerned by Wilenchik's appearance and that it was U.S. Marshals Service protocol to secure the court prior to bringing out a prisoner, in this case, Wilenchik's client, Duane Slade.