Jan Brewer's Criminally Insane Son and His Mysteriously Sealed File

Categories: Election 2010

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It's no secret -- not really -- that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's son is seriously mentally ill.

During her years in the state Legislature and as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, she mentioned it often in passing, and earned a reputation as a big-hearted advocate for the mentally ill who often put her conservative politics aside to do right by one of Arizona's most vulnerable populations.

But during her time as governor, she's mentioned it less. She's caved to political pressure and allowed vital services to the mentally ill to be cut.

And something funny's going on with her son's 20-year-old case. On January 9, 2009, in a very unusual move, his criminal case files were sealed. But New Times has obtained the police report behind the incident.

More on Ronald Brewer and the governor after the jump.

Ronald Brewer, 46, is not just mentally ill. He was deemed criminally insane in 1990, following a July 1989 arrest and subsequent indictment for the sexual assault and kidnapping of a Phoenix woman. According to a Phoenix Police Department report dated July 29, 1989, Brewer, then an unemployed 25-year-old, forced his way into a woman's apartment on West Indian School Road and threatened to hurt her "real bad" if she didn't engage in sexual acts, including performing fellatio.

According to a police interview with the victim, the entire ordeal lasted "approximately 20 minutes. During the assault, she feared for her life and thought the suspect was going to kill her if she did not cooperate."  

Those details are not available for public inspection at county Superior Court -- even though in a typical criminal case, they probably would be. On January 9, 2009, Superior Court Judge Pendleton Gaines sealed the entire case file at the request of Ronald Brewer's attorney.

On December 1, 2008, President-Elect Barack Obama nominated then-Governor Janet Napolitano to be the head of Homeland Security. Her successor? Secretary of State Jan Brewer. Brewer assumed office as governor on January 21.

The timing is curious.

This marked the first time that Ronald Brewer's entire file was sealed. Previously, his mental-health files were sealed, which is typical. Criminal cases are rarely sealed, and then, only parts of such a case would usually be kept from the public.

Phoenix Newspapers (a.k.a. the Arizona Republic)  filed a motion in July asking the judge to reconsider his January 2009 sealing order.

That motion also is under wraps. The court docket suggests that a ruling by the judge is pending.

The docket also strongly suggests that Ronald Brewer has several times over many years attempted to gain permanent release from his confinement at the state hospital in Phoenix, and has successfully won temporary release at various times.

But, as of now, he remains confined.

Last year -- even as state budget cuts were affecting tens of thousands of Arizonans -- ground was broken on a new building to house the forensics unit at the Arizona State Hospital. Governor Brewer reportedly was not in attendance on the grounds of the state hospital where her son is housed, but a member of her staff spoke, sources tell New Times.

 

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Bah002
Bah002 like.author.displayName 1 Like

If your son is a rapist, you'd better look to the parents, Especially the Mother, Now this women is uneducated, (she is a picture taker, not even a degree in that 2 years,really?)  So we have an uneducated, vicious woman, heaven knows what she did to that kid to make him rape!  He's not Mentally ILL, No more than any other RAPIST!  AND THIS IS A WOMAN OF POWER, WOW! AZ. YOU PEOPLE NEED TO CHECK YOUR MEDS.!

Haviva
Haviva

REPUBLICANS FOLLOW WHAT THE GOP TELLS THEM, AND BREWER IS ONE OF THEIR PUPPETS, AND SHE GLEEFULLY CARRIES OUT THEIR FASCIST ORDERS!

Haviva
Haviva

WOW! THE  PERSON PHOTOSHOPPING THAT PIC OF BREWER MUST HAVE PUT IN MANY EXTRA HOURS PLUMPING UP THAT PRUNE!

Haviva
Haviva

WHAT ELSE COULD BREWER SPAWN, BUT A CRIMINALLY INSANE, VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER?

Mychaeltodd
Mychaeltodd

Stay off the tarp and go visit your crazy son- he was'nt crazy, he was a rapist and his own mother had him railroaded to the crazy hospital- Jan Brewer is pitiful! I never knew this, glad I know-

Gregory Boone
Gregory Boone

NO wonder with a mother like her. She is crazy too.

Rmoney
Rmoney

It must run in the family.

akw
akw

The records are sealed because pond scum like Rubin and Silverman will make a political issue of a tragic mental health situation.

Guest
Guest

RIGHT.......and Jan Brewer would NEVER use such a horrid thing to her advantage if the shoe were on the other foot.  SHE IS A VIPER, and would probably use her crimanally insane son too, if it'd help her in any way.   Brewer's yeast CUT the mental health budget because she's got her's and can supplment any cuts that wold affect her son.......heck w/families devastated by this.  She also demonstrates some very UNSTABLE behavior......vote her out.

rcl
rcl like.author.displayName 1 Like

I join you, azmike. Your comments are right on. Shame on you, Rubin and Silverman. This young man obviously has a mental health problem of a very serious nature. Why do you relish the opportunity to make things worse for him, his family and the defendant. Maybe if we were more understanding as a society and helped the mentally ill more there would be fewer victims. You two are a part of the problem.

Lois
Lois

I'd rather talk about his criminally insane mother

Imamom
Imamom

It would be very interesting if the fact that her son receives very special treatment compared to the rest of the ASH residents were to just pop out. To what extent Jan? How about a little light on the subject!?

Enid602
Enid602

I just hat to think that she's turning the Governor's Mansion into the Bates Motel.

nun-ya
nun-ya

i wonder how often she shows compassion for her son. i would go insane if that women were my mother as well.

Hico Boy
Hico Boy

I heard much of the money that was being donated to her was to seal her sons records. Damn, and I contributed to her scam, i want my 10 pesos back.

Hico Boy
Hico Boy

I wonder what other dirty little secrets brewer is keeeping from the public? Bring it on, we still love you brewer! Who cares if your son is a dirty scumbag, he probaly got his genes from his dad, not you. :)

Hico Boy
Hico Boy

I thought all the rapest and kidnappers were coming from the other side of the border????? What a hypocrite brewer is, i wonder what she thinks of all the rapeist in this country and what their penalties should be. Her son might not actually that menatally ill if he requested his records to be sealed in order to protect his mommy.

StopPostingIdiot
StopPostingIdiot

I'm sure you are very nice. But you have no business posting, anywhere. Because you cannot spell and you write like an idiot.

amuncat
amuncat

I don't care! As long as she can get the Arizona Bill tuckes away, I really don't care...

Doodah
Doodah

Indivduals who have been adjudicated not legally able to be responsible for themselves deserve privacy.

Tessellation
Tessellation

I was not aware that Gov. Brewer has been adjudicated 'not legally able to be responsible'.

AznGirlzRHot
AznGirlzRHot like.author.displayName 1 Like

When I saw her behavior on tv I knew mental illness ran in her family. Who knew it was this serious. Does her son start giggling at inappropriate moments too?

DOC Concerns
DOC Concerns

As a concerned citizen (don't pigeon-hole me as a liberal, as I was a former Republican until I came to Arizona. This is NOT my Republican party). The Governor should be more forthright. If she wants to hide her son, she may also want to hide other major issues that impact Arizona's people, like those who are innocent, thrown into Arizona's prisons and left to die...Macumber where the Clemency board passed 100% to release the 75 year old man.

Yesterday, yet ANOTHER female inmate died at Perryville women's prison. On Tuesday, the Santa Cruz women held a peaceful stand-off after they were ordered under "surprise" new policy (changes must be posted 30 days in advance) that they were now going to be living daily under 22 hour lock-down with 2 hours for rec, which is when the women, shower, exercise, make phone calls and take care of personal business, library for their legal cases, etc. Those who work during the day would not be allowed 2 hours - no showers or phone calls or exercise. The desert has had 27 days of extreme heat and months over 100 degrees. This is Abu Ghraib in America.

The block cells absorb the heat and act like a pizza overn. Inmates are confined in cells that have no air conditioning, no air circulation and marginal swamp coolers that do not work when there is humidity. The men are treated better, they have air conditioning and if they are in lock-down, have air conditioned common areas. The women have the open desert in extreme heat for their common areas. They would be locked in their cells with solid doors (no openings) which are nothing more then concrete coffins. Most inmates were not given a death sentence but have a right to safety and well-being while they serve their time.

This death yesterday, follows on the heels with the recent announcement by the MCAO, that no one will be punished for the unnecessary death of Marcia Powell, who was in prison for prostitution and brought in on a "sting" (how sick is that?). She was left out in the desert in an open metal cage on a concrete slab in extreme heat (over 112 degress), left for hours without water or relief --- quite simply put -- left to die in the desert! Marcia Powell is the symbol of ALL women incarcerated in Arizona! She will never be forgotten. She had no family so she was an easy target to do whatever they wanted to do to her. With the outcome of no one receiving punishment, it gives a green light to any officer, deputy warden on up, that they can do whatever they want. Which brings us back to the policy change of taking "medium" custody women (same classification of the Kingman escapees) and turn them into "high-risk" at the whim of the Deputy Warden. This demands an outside independent investigation.

So what else are we hiding? Coughlin, the Governor's spokesman, who benefits by the mass incarceration of Arizona's people and policies for private prisons where he has/had direct ties to CCA as their chief national lobbyist?

And we talk about the Abramoff scandal? How about the prison scandals?? Let's hear a Governor's Debate on this serious issue, mandatory minimum sentencing that is putting non-violent, first offenders away for decades, that is taking money away from education and many community services.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Who truly runs the state of Arizona? It's not Brewer, who is merely a "wind-up toy" for Coughlin, Senseman, Pearce and the list goes on. The "key" came unwound during the Governor's Debate and the now famous "16 second freeze". It's time voters wake up. Their paychecks are paying for the demise of Arizona.

CPL Garcia
CPL Garcia

Question what if anything did Jan do to protect the victims from this rapist. Obviously not as vigilant as she is to all the beheadings in Southern Arizona. Makes you wonder why it is all sealed. Private prisons that killers walk out of, Private schools rocketing us to #50 in the nation. Go privatiztion AZ we even rent the capital, hilarious ruling party keep doing it, GOP should accept whaat they are creating

Poppy
Poppy

Looks like Brewer's husband is a con too.

Arizona's OpinionState of Arizona Office of the Auditor General, Performance Audit -- Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical ExaminersNaturopathy Scandal in ArizonaIn May 2001, the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners fired its executive director, John L. Brewer, D.C., following allegations that he shredded documents, copied exams, and misrepresented his credentials. According to a report in the Arizona Republic, a board member had discovered that Brewer did not receive a naturopathic degree from a college in Los Angeles as he had claimed on his license application{1}.

Ssn
Ssn

Weak!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I've given this a bit of thought over the weekend. I don't care for Mrs. Brewer, so I'm naturally biased when I read anything about her. I think she is an absolute twit, on a very good day. The other 364/365 days of the years she is merely a complete dunderhead.

I think the irony of this revelation that her son is criminally insane would be a non-event, if it hadn't been sealed when she became governor, by default.

I also think it's ironic that she is so concerned about all these damn illegals who might be criminal when she has a citizen son (born in the USA) who is convicted of a VIOLENT crime against a woman. I don't know of any others he might be known to have committed.

In any case, on one hand she has a criminal son, and on the other, she wants to rid the state of all these damn criminals.

Jegonus
Jegonus

Even the Mafia leaves family members alone. This is all you got? DOUCHEBAG.

Patty
Patty

Here's proof that the Governor's husband is a phony.

Arizona's OpinionState of Arizona Office of the Auditor General, Performance Audit -- Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners

Naturopathy Scandal in ArizonaIn May 2001, the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners fired its executive director, John L. Brewer, D.C., following allegations that he shredded documents, copied exams, and misrepresented his credentials. According to a report in the Arizona Republic, a board member had discovered that Brewer did not receive a naturopathic degree from a college in Los Angeles as he had claimed on his license application{1}.

Evan54
Evan54

The gov keeps digging her hole deeper and deeper. Her husband was a wanna be doctorwho got caught and again a slap on the wrist. Doesn't she know when to quit with all the lies.

Guest
Guest

You Az natives seem to be unaware that her husband practiced medicine with a fake medical degree for 30 years which was mostly covered up too except for 2 articles now archived at Az Rep May 11, 12, 2001. You can read them on her wiki page under "discussion". Her husband, John L. Brewer, was fired as the Exec Dir of the Naturopathic Physicians Board of Examiners when Kip Micuda found out his naturopathic degree was faked. He got off with a slap on th ewrist and aloowed to "retire." Having met him, I am not at all surprised his son is a sexual deviant. Look at wiki.

Benito
Benito

In the last four months Jan Brewer has been caught lying, three times and counting.

The comments made on June 16, 2010, and June 27, 2010, clearly indicates that the Brewer says that immigrants are beheading people in the United States desert. She first ran away from the question and the press when confronted with the question. She finally when to FOX/ FAKE News to recant her lie.

When Brewer was confronted with the fact the two of her top Advisors (Paul Senseman, Chuck Coughlin) are lobbyist for “Private Prisons” giant CCA she first ran away from the question and the press.

In an attempt to gain sympathy, she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (which ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that her father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. Do you see a trend here?

Brewer signed into law SB 1070 Bill (Did she even read it?), lied about the crime rates in AZ (even Janet Napolitano knows that all crimes rates went down), and now we find out that she is in the pockets of PRIVATE PRISONS who stand to benefit with the increase Federal jailing, and thus they will pay her back, I wonder if it has to do anything about the fact that her son was transferred to a brand new prison, he was convicted for rape and sexual assault, I guess the fruit does not fall far the tree.

“Private Prisons Lie”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

“AZ Crime Rates”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

“Father Lie”http://vodpod.com/watch/377159...

Anon
Anon

As a concerned citizen (don't pigeon-hole me as a liberal, as I was a former Republican until I moved to Arizona. This is NOT my Republican party). The Governor should be more forthright. If she wants to hide her son, she may also want to hide other major issues that impact Arizona's people, like those who are innocent, thrown into Arizona's prisons and left to die...Macumber where the Clemency board passed 100% to release the 75 year old man.

Yesterday, yet ANOTHER female inmate died at Perryville women's prison. On Tuesday, the Santa Cruz women held a peaceful stand-off after they were ordered under "surprise" new policy (changes must be posted 30 days in advance) that they were now going to be living daily under 22 hour lock-down with 2 hours for rec, which is when the women, shower, exercise, make phone calls and take care of personal business, library for their legal cases, etc. Those who work during the day would not be allowed 2 hours - no showers or phone calls or exercise. The desert has had 27 days of extreme heat and months over 100 degrees. This is Abu Ghraib in America.

The block cells absorb the heat and act like a pizza overn. Inmates are confined in cells that have no air conditioning, no air circulation and marginal swamp coolers that do not work when there is humidity. The men are treated better, they have air conditioning and if they are in lock-down, have air conditioned common areas. The women have the open desert in extreme heat for their common areas. They would be locked in their cells with solid doors (no openings) which are nothing more then concrete coffins. Most inmates were not given a death sentence but have a right to safety and well-being while they serve their time.

This death yesterday, follows on the heels with the recent announcement by the MCAO, that no one will be punished for the unnecessary death of Marcia Powell, who was in prison for prostitution and brought in on a "sting" (how sick is that?). She was left out in the desert in an open metal cage on a concrete slab in extreme heat (over 112 degress), left for hours without water or relief --- quite simply put -- left to die in the desert! Marcia Powell is the symbol of ALL women incarcerated in Arizona! She will never be forgotten. She had no family so she was an easy target to do whatever they wanted to do to her. With the outcome of no one receiving punishment, it gives a green light to any officer, deputy warden on up, that they can do whatever they want. Which brings us back to the policy change of taking "medium" custody women (same classification of the Kingman escapees) and turn them into "high-risk" at the whim of the Deputy Warden. This demands an outside independent investigation.

So what else are we hiding? Coughlin, the Governor's spokesman, who benefits by the mass incarceration of Arizona's people and policies for private prisons where he has/had direct ties to CCA as their chief national lobbyist?

And we talk about the Abramoff scandal? How about the prison scandals?? Let's hear a Governor's Debate on this serious issue, mandatory minimum sentencing that is putting non-violent, first offenders away for decades, that is taking money away from education and many community services.

Robrod115
Robrod115

Interesting article. I didn't know any of this. Nice work. but it won't change my vote. Every family has closets lined with skeletons, demons and embarrassments. I understand the reasons behind sealing the case. Keep in mind, she became the governor of a state. It was sealed because of who she is not because she ordered the case sealed. Prove that...and then you might have a story... In the meantime, yawn.

Benito
Benito

In the last four months Jan Brewer has been caught lying, three times and counting.

The comments made on June 16, 2010, and June 27, 2010, clearly indicates that the Brewer says that immigrants are beheading people in the United States desert. She first ran away from the question and the press when confronted with the question. She finally when to FOX/ FAKE News to recant her lie.

When Brewer was confronted with the fact the two of her top Advisors (Paul Senseman, Chuck Coughlin) are lobbyist for “Private Prisons” giant CCA she first ran away from the question and the press.

In an attempt to gain sympathy, she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (which ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that her father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. Do you see a trend here?

Brewer signed into law SB 1070 Bill (Did she even read it?), lied about the crime rates in AZ (even Janet Napolitano knows that all crimes rates went down), and now we find out that she is in the pockets of PRIVATE PRISONS who stand to benefit with the increase Federal jailing, and thus they will pay her back, I wonder if it has to do anything about the fact that her son was transferred to a brand new prison, he was convicted for rape and sexual assault, I guess the fruit does not fall far the tree.

“Private Prisons Lie”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

“AZ Crime Rates”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

“Father Lie”http://vodpod.com/watch/377159...

Maedgen
Maedgen like.author.displayName 1 Like

This brings up the age old question of nature vs.nurture. Did he inherit his insanity from her, or did she raise him in such a way as to cause him to be insane?

jcollie
jcollie

I don't think that four year universities are for everyone, but they should be for all our public officials. GCC just doesn't prepare one for the task of governing a state.

marvinmarks
marvinmarks like.author.displayName 1 Like

I dare say the insanity is genetic.

Mikie
Mikie

The Gov is not a friendly person at all. Her nose is stuck up and she is haughty. By the way she is also ugly to the soul. I challenge the New Times to start posting on himself Terry Goddard. Would love to hear something better than Brewer which I am sure is there. Bring it on NT and do your stuff! Readership will rise I'm sure.

smartypants
smartypants

Well, there is a possibility that her son's mental problems are genetic! Hmmmm! Wouldn't surprise me. She didn't seem in control of her mental faculties in the debate.

Elfangel
Elfangel

While some actions of your governor are weak and thus end up harming many I didn't find this article all that damning. Starting out she was first and foremost a mother protecting her son and seeing that he gets treatment. OK, it's not fair that mental health got funding over services for the elderly and disabled but the mentally ill are historically totally ignored, perhaps in the greater scheme of things this is a bit of book balancing.

I am more disturbed by her later actions of distancing herself from her child as she rose in politics. This speaks volumes as to her suseptibility to power even at the cost of her own child. This is a dangerous person to give power to and that is unfortunate. A politician who has a burden such as being the mother of a criminally insane son can be a powerful voice for social good but only if they don't become seduced by power.

The Peter Principle has played out here. While Mrs. Brewer may be a useful and hard working public official below the Governor level, she is over her head as Governor of your state.

Fakeo
Fakeo

This article is the absolute worst kind of yellow journalism. Using somebody's kid to go after them politically is despicable. I hope Paul and Amy's heads both fall right off their shoulders like a rotting chancre.

Tcall2004
Tcall2004

And I thought Republicans were all about HONESTY!

Anon
Anon

...honesty and family values!

yumadlh
yumadlh

We protect medical records why not these records. HIPPA. As far as I know this is LAW. Sealed or not. I agree with Gov. Brewer.

Fhi67
Fhi67

HIPPA laws protect treatment records not criminal court records. This is what's at issue here. Last I heard, judges weren't willy-nilly granting petitions for records to be sealed from the ordinary citizen who has no powerful politically-connected family members & friends in high places. I think that what needs to be questioned here is why she isn't helping other AZ families who are going through the challenges of caring for a relative with mental illness since she took this office. Why did she slash services? Why didn't she put her foot down and stand up to her GOP cronies? Why did she make things so much harder on other families who don't have the clout and money she does?

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