Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney, Binds Himself to Arpaio/Thomas Scandal Through Lawyer Mark Goldman's Fundraiser

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Bill Montgomery still stands with the powerful politician who endorsed him, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, despite an unfolding scandal.

Ssshhh... Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery seem to be on a secret mission.


He's scheduled to appear at a fundraiser tomorrow for himself hosted by lawyer Mark Goldman and featuring an appearance by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, (whom Montgomery apparently thinks is sort of daffy.)


Obviously, this can't be a simple shin-dig. Montgomery's job is to uphold the law, and both Arpaio and Goldman have been linked to some dirty deals. We can only assume that Montgomery must be preparing a mental list of tough questions to ask his would-be benefactors. Maybe he's even gonna wear a body wire.


The problems with Arpaio -- you probably know all about those. Montgomery ought to have plenty of great questions for him. But unless you've been keeping close track of our blog posts in recent months, you might have missed the fact that Goldman is at the heart of the bogus criminal investigation by Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas of County Supervisor Don Stapley.


According to an investigation by the Arizona State Bar, Goldman likely helped conduct research on Stapley's financial disclosure forms as early as January of 2007, and no later than June of 2007. The dates are important because Thomas managed to get a grand jury to indict Stapley on alleged disclosure-form violations in December of 2008, despite a one-year time limit on the investigation due to the statute of limitations.


In other words, Thomas stands accused of intentionally filing a case after the expiration of the legal deadline -- and Goldman worked on the case.


Now, it's true that Goldman denied he knew anything related to this mess in the blog post we published about it last December. He says he doesn't remember passing out info about Stapley at a meeting of the now-discredit and disbanded Maricopa Anti-Corruption Enforcement team created by Arpaio and Thomas, even though the bar's investigator, John Gleason, stated in a report that Goldman did just that.

Gleason's report states that Goldman or Thomas' ardent former deputy county attorney Lisa Aubuchon initiated the Stapley case. Both Aubuchon and Thomas are scheduled for a disciplinary hearing this fall over that and other matters related to the corrupt investigations of Arpaio's anti-corruption unit, MACE.

A MACE meeting agenda for June 13, 2007, states that a public records request (for Stapley's disclosure forms) was to be drafted with the help of Goldman, according to page 30 of Gleason's report.

So, back to Montgomery's mission: He's got to be curious about this, right? He wouldn't just use Goldman for his money and connections without knowing what really happened, would he?

Of course not. The county attorney, a former U.S. Army tank commander, is a defender of truth and justice -- he's not tainted by politics to the extent that money would matter more than honor.

While he's there, and hopefully with a tape rollling, maybe he'll ask one of the other guests, Steve Ellman, what he knew about the SCA scandal and the suspected deal with Arpaio's enforcer, Dave Hendershott, in an East Valley development of Ellman's. If he still has energy from this undercover work, maybe he'll also ask Grant Woods, another guest, why Woods' 2009 investigation into alleged corruption pertaining to the Fiesta Bowl completely missed the massive corruption going on?

Of course, Montgomery's big coup for this potential mini-investigation at the party being held for him would be if he could get Sheriff Arpaio to admit this whole idea of Hendershott snookering him is just a tall tale concocted to protect the sheriff's reputation.

Umm, at least we thought an undercover investigation might be Montgomery's plan -- until we received the response from him this morning to our question about the fund-raiser and Goldman's connection to the Stapley case:

"No comment."

See below for the invitation and letter about the party:


Goldman Invite


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Goldman Invite Letter


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16 comments
Jad
Jad

Mark Goldman co-hosts a weekly radio program with Rachel Alexander, who was also intimately involved in the scandal.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

Ha Ha shouldn't that read:

Special Appearances by Joe Miller, FAILED   2010 U.S. Senate Candidate from Alaska

David Saint
David Saint

So he gets tough on teachers abusing kids, but is soft on lawmakers taking bribes, MCSO  committing fraud and abusing their power, and we are supposed to vote for him? LOL

Native Guns
Native Guns

Don't get me wrong, but it seems as if we're living in Mexico, where corruption has infected politicos at the top of the helm. Corrupted and outlaw Sheriff's Deputy Dawgs just busted today, is a telling tale of a true resemblance to that of Mexico.

Republicans are bad government.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Monty's lack of prosecutorial action these first almost six months, speaks loudly. He's had a number of opportunities to take on some critical criminal prosecutions, and yet we've heard nothing.

Ms Info
Ms Info

That's a helluva host committee. David Cantor is a big time criminal defense attorney (so I guess this means Monty won't be making the usual "my opponent is supported by defense attorneys" attack on his next opponent).

And Paul Theut is one of the attorneys at the center of the probate court scandals. He's one of the attorneys who've been bleeding old people dry for years allegedly.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

You said it Tommy.  I would expect Monty to not avoid doing his job just as much as I would expect him to do what he does do at the highest ethical standards.

Jason
Jason

Yeah it is. Tim Casey is the Superior Court judge assigned to the Baby Gabriel case.

Dennis Wilenchik persecuted this newspaper for allegedly publishing the Senile Spinster's home address (something you can get on yellowpages.com, BTW)

Grant Woods, while a highly skilled attorney, is caught up in the Fiesta Bowl scandal. 

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