Lester Pearce, New Presiding Judge of Justice Courts, Takes Bible-Based Views of U.S. Constitution on the Road

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Lester Pearce, the Justice of the Peace for the North Mesa precinct (and brother of State Senator Russell Pearce), has a lot of interesting ideas about the U.S. Constitution.


And the former lawmaker, who's poised to become the next presiding judge of the justice courts, has been taking those ideas on tour.


He taught a seminar recently on how the Constitution is an "ancient" document inspired by the Hebrew God, according to an article published last week in Atlantic Monthly.


Pearce seems to be off his rocker, if half of the story by Garrett Epps, a former Washington Post reporter, is true.


Epps, also constitutional law scholar, describes attending a recent seminar in the basement of Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, Virginia, during which Pearce, the instructor, blathered about Mexicans, Moses and President Obama's aunt.

The seminar was sponsored by an Idaho-group called the National Center for Constitutional Studies. The group's absurd seminar-teaching material, which we've just reviewed, can be seen here. Basically, the material explains how Moses came up with the perfect way to govern 3 million Israelites, and how that system was exported to England because the Anglo-Saxons are descended from one of the fabled "Lost Tribes of Israel." The Founding Fathers, most notably Thomas Jefferson, then based the political system of the United States on the "ancient" rules.

Jefferson does seem to refer to Anglo-Saxon origins of a freedom-loving, "we-the-people"-based government in quotes attributed to him in the materials. But the material is so obviously biased toward this idea of a Bible-based Constitution, we think it's safe to assume the quotes are out of context.

Pearce spent half the day's talk on the supposed "origins" of the Constitution, Epps writes. During the seminar, which was attended by about 50 people, Pearce said he'd like to see undocumented Mexicans leave Arizona -- along with some Americans he doesn't agree with:

"I wrote a bill when I was in the legislature to give [the Gadsden Purchase] back to Mexico, because we had people in Tucson who were socialists." Mexico didn't want them, he says.

Epps quotes Pearce as saying the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, violated states' rights. (The implication is that Pearce supports states' rights above the 19th Amendment suffrage act.)

Pearce "warns" the seminar crowd that,

"The divisions are going to become greater and greater ... It's not between the haves and the have-nots. It's between the haves and the entitled. Have you ever seen an interview with Obama's aunt? She says, 'they owe me.'" The one bright spot is Arizona's permissive concealed-weapon law, he explains. When the U.N. troops arrive, "they're going to have trouble."

Whoa.

Pearce is welcome to his First Amendment rights, as much as we are. But it's astonishing to see this level of impartiality in the mind of a sitting judge. We can only imagine what he's thinking about the women, Hispanics or "Islamics," as he reportedly calls Muslims, who stand before him in court.

Worse, Pearce now represents the entire Justice Court system in Maricopa County, because he's been elected to finish out the term of the previous presiding judge, John Ore. We're not unhappy to see Ore go, because he was the go-to guy when Sheriff Joe Arpaio needed a sketchy search warrant signed. But Pearce, given his now-public take on the Constitution, sure doesn't seem like a positive change.

Terry Stewart, the justice courts administrator, tells us that Pearce will serve out the remainder of Ore's term until June, at which time the county's 25 Justices of the Peace will hold another election.

We left a message for the judge an hour ago, but he hasn't returned our call.

He's probably busy teaching in another church basement a thousand miles from Mesa.


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12 comments
Damagedizzle
Damagedizzle

The author of this article is the one off his rocker. Only about have of the quotes and content in this article is true.

Sashaearl
Sashaearl

Hi my name is Sasha Veronica Earl. Judge Lester Pearce is amazing. You guys are assholes with a lot of time on your hands. Such hypocrisy in the same breath that you say Judge Pearce and his family are evil and you want "PEACE" and then you turn around say evil things and create WAR. You want ethical principles and soundness of moral character, you want peace, you want moral rightness based on ethics.. if that is TRULY what you want then live by it. I'd like to share with you that Judge Pearce saved my life because he is such an amazing judge. How many lives have any of you saved? Cause all I see here is a bunch people trying to ruin a life. Get over the hate and get on with living. 

Shila Pearce-Farnsworth
Shila Pearce-Farnsworth

So Russell and Lester are both my Uncles and they have their views and options just like anyone else so who are we to judge what they have to say and they are not crazy or anything like that believe me I grew up with them and the whole thing about that's what happens when you elect a Mormon it can happen with a Catholic Lutheran or any religion that is elected to serve our state obviously they are doing something right or they wouldn't keep getting elected

jeezee
jeezee

juniper creek anyone

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Living in Utah, it's nice to hear about OTHER states with whackos in charge...

Seeforyourself
Seeforyourself

The ridiculous views about the origin of the Constitution do not surprise me in the least. I've practiced law for more than two decades, and have represented clients in the courts of hundreds of judges in this state and others. I have no reservations in saying that Judge Less is by far the most morally self-righteous, bigoted half-wit I have ever seen wearing a black robe. If you don't believe me, go to his court and watch this crazier-than-the-red-queen individual at work. On the other hand, I disagree with you about Judge Ore. Sadly, most of the justice court judges would likely have signed those warrants, because you don't have to be a lawyer to be a justice of the peace (Jop) -- you just have to be elected. Taking a warrant to a Jop is common for cops who know their justification is weak. In court, though, Judge Ore has proved himself to be intelligent and fair. Anyone appearing before any Jop cannot ask for more than that.

CooperG
CooperG

So if anyone appears before Judge Pearce, all you have to claim is the laws don't apply to you because they were passed under false pretense of federal or state control over our individual rights. And that being the case, there really isn't a valid law anyway.

jenna
jenna

And we are surprised a Russel Pearce sibling is a freak?

drs_n0w
drs_n0w

That's what happens when you elect Mormons...

Damagedizzle
Damagedizzle

As a lawyer, you might want to brush up on your history. The fact that the founding fathers reviewed Moses' system of governance as a model for the united states is in the history books. The same history books that used to be used on schools until lawyers like you filed a law suit because you felt like it was outrageous to have history books with the actual history in it.

Thanks to guys like you we know learn a very censored and edited history in our schools.

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