Joe Arpaio Pal Bill Montgomery's Plot to Silence Mary Rose Wilcox, First Hearing
Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox with husband Earl at the Old Courthouse in Phoenix this morning
Ah, it's like disgraced, disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas never left office.
Granted, our current county attorney Bill Montgomery is no prince of darkness, yet.
But give him time, as he is currently duplicating his forerunner's abuse of power, by seeking to silence the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors' lone Hispanic member from participating in discussions on the racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio and in any vote on a possible appeal.
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Joe Arpaio's Andy Thomas-Like Stooge Bill Montgomery Moves to Silence Mary Rose Wilcox on Melendres
Today's was the first hearing in Wilcox's legal attempt to beat back a threat from Monty, sent to her in the guise of a letter advising her that she has a conflict of interest in Melendres.
As I've already pointed out, she doesn't have a conflict, as she does not stand to gain financially from Melendres.
Wilcox is not a party in Melendres, you see.
Moreover, the plaintiffs in Melendres are not seeking damages. Part of what they wanted, they've already got: a federal judge's order to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his underlings to halt the racial-profiling of Latinos.
Monty claims Wilcox is in conflict because he has appealed her settlement with the county for damages done to her during the bad old Thomas days, when Thomas ginned up scores of bogus felonies on her, some of which used the same conflict of interest statute that Monty is using.
But Monty's lame legal argument is hooey because the cases do not affect each other.
Monty knows this, but he is doing the bidding of Arpaio, who wants Wilcox's voice on the BOS silenced, even though, as a Democrat, she's outnumbered 4-1 by Republicans likely to vote to appeal Melendres.