Phillip Woolbright, Arrowhead Justice of the Peace and "Servant of the Lord," Relieved of Duties After Suspension Recommendation

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Arrowhead Justice of the Peace Phillip Woolbright, in his July booking photo.

Arrowhead Justice of the Peace Phillip Woolbright's campaign Web site says he's a "part-time preacher, bringing morals and ethics to the bench."

What a complete crock.

The hypocritical judge/preacher was relieved of his duties today after the Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended he be suspended for 60 days for ethical misconduct. Court rules state that a judge must be taken off the bench for a suspension recommendation.

Woolbright was arrested in July for violating a restraining order against him filed by his estranged wife.

Court documents (see below) state that Woolbrights kids are fearful of him. After a judge granted his wife the restraining order, Woolbright showed up at her house and banged on her door, asking to see the kids. Cops soon showed up and busted him.

But that wasn't the only issue the commission had with Woolbright.


The judge had discussed with police officers the possibility that he might serve a search warrant against his wife so he could get his kids back, and asked an officer about tracking his wife's cell phone so he could verify she was in Arizona, records state.

Woolbright reportedly had also asked his court manager to move his van in order to avoid being served court paperwork in his family law case, then tried to coerce the manager into telling authorities a different story.

John Keegan, the former judge in the district, (which serves Peoria, Sun City and Arrowhead Ranch,) wrote in a September newspaper column that Woolbright -- who makes more than $100,000 a year -- ought to resign immediately.

The judge continues to earn his pay while off the bench. Channel 10 News (KSAZ-TV) reports that Woolbright will be assigned a "mentor judge" after he returns to his position and will attend judicial ethics training.

Which is all well and good, except Woolbright's apparent disregard for the law doesn't sound like it could be cured with training.

Read the judicial conduct commission's report:


Complete Formal Record Filed With the Court 12-23-11


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Ed
Ed

Why isn't this guy being removed?  Why did it get to this point to address complaints against this fellow.  This is why there should be some additional requirement to be elected judge.  Now, I don't advocate that every judge be a lawyer, but at least have some way to vet the ethics of these people.  Unbelievable that a judge who issues documents to be served would also be trying to avoid service of documents upon him -- he is no different than the other scum bags that try to dodge service and which he presides over.  Beyond the pale -- there is no reason to allow this "known commodity" to retain his post -- he is a proven disgrace.

Shander977
Shander977

More scum from the Republican't bunch of dummies.

Tina
Tina

I read a Mesa Republic article today on general Mesa state districts proposed by the state's redistricting commission.  It mentioned that newly elected state senator Jerry Lewis and recalled ex-state senator Russell Pearce would be in two different districts, but that it would put all four of Mesa's incumbent house members in the same newly carved district.

However, it also mentioned that one of those four incumbents, Cecil Ash,  would likely not run again for the legislature because he had filed papers to run for the North Mesa JP seat, which is the JP position currently held by Lester Pearce.

It had me wondering if Ash was planning to run AGAINST Pearce....or if Lester Pearce was retiring...or if Pearce had been disciplined by the Commission on Judicial Conduct and was forced off the bench.   I think Cecil Ash is a lawyer.  Lester Pearce is not.  

If anybody knows what's going on with that JP position, would appreciate some info.     

Coz
Coz

...and these are who issue out justice and call it justice in Arizona.

The corruption knows no bounds in Arizona.

Bobunf
Bobunf

The JP system very obviously needs reform.  Start with they at least have to be licensed to practice law.

Shooter McGaven
Shooter McGaven

How do these guys fuck up such an easy job? You get over 100K to rule on bullshit little JP cases? Are you fucking kidding me? Sign me up, I have seen enough People's Court to make shit happen.

85014
85014

No shit. Can I be your baliff? Shit, I bet that gig is worth $60K and a AZPOST commission so I can work some DWI strike forces with my 40 caliber Glock. Plus a pension. Bitches.

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

ANYBODY ELSE SEE A PROBLEM HERE?  3 ABUSIVE, LYING, CORRUPT JP'S:

1.  John Orr - who was Hendershotts "go to" guy and who signed off on  all the ill-fated search warrants for the MACE unit without probable cause.  Funny,  Orr suddenly decided to "retire" and move out of the area and across town as soon as the shit hit the fan.

2.  Lester Pearce - who violated Judicial rules by campaigning for his rednecked, pimp of a brother Russell Pearce, and then claimed he didn't. 

and now

3.  Phillip Woolbright - whose campaign website says he brings "morals and ethics" to the bench - WTF, is he related to Russell Pearce?  Do they spew their morals while they beat their wives and kids? 

Time for these clown to be charged for their wrongdoing.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

how is this ignorant motherfucker a judge?

Bnbk
Bnbk

Where the hell is the Commission on Judicial Conduct on that crooked,law breaking  judge Pearce ?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

That hearing will take some time. Probably soon after the 2012 elections.

Tina
Tina

Tommy,  see my earlier query about  Lester Pearce's current JP position, 

Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

Tina venture to my Facebook page scroll to the Mummy and Judge for your self.  The Cutco girl who sold me my knives recognized this bog mummy as a D.N.A./ Dental duplicate of Pearce.  I belive I have always spelled his knam wrong.  Mabey thats why I had so much luck telling others.  I told him first.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Tina, I fully expect BOTH Pearce brothers to run again in 2012. I've been told that there has been a formal complaint and investigation taking place with the Commission regarding Lester Pearce's campaigning openly for Russell this past spring and summer, however I don't know that to be valid and the Commission will not reveal anything until a matter is completed and a finding is rendered.

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