Joe Arpaio's Andy Thomas-Like Stooge Bill Montgomery Moves to Silence Mary Rose Wilcox on Melendres
Campbell pointed out that Wilcox's claim against the county overlapped with the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit against the MCSO. Wilcox has recused herself from discussing the DOJ case, which is much broader than Melendres and includes allegations of abuse of power, like Arpaio's intimidation of Wilcox.
But Wilcox's case does not conflict with Melendres. In fact, Wilcox has been involved with Melendres since the beginning.
"She participated in decision-making by the Board of Supervisors in respect to the Melendres case," Campbell said of his client. "And that has been ongoing from before the retaliation [which is the basis of Wilcox's lawsuit], during the retaliation and after the retaliation.
"Now that Judge Snow has ruled in the case, she has received a letter from the county attorney alleging that she has a conflict of interest. Which we believe to be unfounded and untrue."
Campbell said he and his co-counsel Kathleen O'Meara were seeking expedited consideration of the complaint in county superior court. This, in hopes of a resolution before the next discussion of Melendres in a BOS meeting.
Melendres could be discussed again in executive session as early as Monday.
Members of the Latino community rallied around Wilcox at the press event, held at her restaurant El Portal, where they denounced Montgomery's Thomas-like tactics.
"This is a continuation of the harassment that Andrew Thomas [and Sheriff Arpaio] started against Mary Rose Wilcox," declared human rights activist Sal Reza. "They're trying to sideline her, get her out of the way, because she's an outspoken person against the abuses against migrants."
Carlos Garcia of the civil rights group Puente agreed.
"As someone who is represented by her, we want our voices heard in this discussion," Garcia stated. "If anyone has a conflict of interest, it's Bill Montgomery, a person [with whom] Arpaio is going after our community."
Truly, like Thomas was in his day, Montgomery is a tool of Arpaio, an ally whom Arpaio can count on to do his bidding when necessary.
Wednesday morning, having heard a rumor that Monty had pulled this move, I asked him if he had advised any member of the BOS that they had a conflict on Melendres.
Montgomery declined to comment due to "attorney/client privilege."
How many attorneys threaten, even indirectly, to have their clients prosecuted?
It's a line Thomas crossed back in the day, acting as the BOS's lawyer while simultaneously pursuing some supervisors criminally.