Bill Montgomery Wants Lawyer for Unborn in Suit Challenging AZ's 20-Week Abortion Ban; Judge Denies His Request

See also: ACLU Trying to Stop 20-Week Abortion Ban; Says "No Court Has Ever Upheld" Such a Law

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Bill Montgomery has been denied in his request to have a lawyer appointed to defend the unborn in a lawsuit that challenges a new state law banning most abortions after 20 weeks.

Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney, wants a lawyer for the unborn in a lawsuit targeting a state law that bans most late-term abortions.

The Republican politician filed a motion in federal court yesterday in which he asked that a lawyer be appointed in the case "to protect the rights of unborn children to their right to life and to be protected from unnecessary pain, etc."

U.S. District Judge James Teilborg wasted no time in turning down Montgomery's request, filing an order today that says the county attorney should have proposed the name of a pro-bono lawyer to undertake the representation of the unborn.


The judge added that someone who isn't a party to the case could always file a separate brief "of a particular issue or issues (whether it be on behalf of the unborn or the parents)."

Montgomery's office declined comment.

The lawsuit by three doctors seeks to block a state law, scheduled to take effect on August 2, that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The American Civil Liberties Union, the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, and a group of Phoenix and Los Angeles lawyers are representing the plaintiffs. Montgomery is one of the named defendants, along with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Lisa Wynn, executive director of the Arizona Medical Board.

Dan Pochoda, an attorney with the ACLU Arizona, called Montgomery's motion "stupid," and noted that Teilborg shot it down before the plaintiffs even needed to file a response.

"I assume (Montgomery) is grandstanding," Pochoda says.

Of course, with Montgomery running for another term in 2012, the motion may not have been "stupid" from a political point of view.

The anti-medical-marijuana, anti-stripper, anti-porn, pro-Sheriff Arpaio prosecutor appears bent on making himself a local champion of social conservatism.

Click here to read Montgomery's motion.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"Of course, with Montgomery running for another term in 2012, the motion may not have been "stupid" from a political point of view.

The anti-medical-marijuana, anti-stripper, anti-porn, pro-Sheriff Arpaio prosecutor appears bent on making himself a local champion of social conservatism."

 

Great article Ray. The public needs to be kept informed. The County Attorney is the most powerful position in the state with Maricopa County driving the state policies. Looks like -- here we go again -- where grandstanding and sound-bytes is the main focus, while the MCAO needs a serious house cleaning after the Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander reign of terror on the people, their children, families and the justice system.

Marcy
Marcy

Bill is just trying to ensure that the criminal justice system has a profitable future.  The reduction in unwanted children that is an outgrowth of the legalization of abortion has directly led to a substantial decrease in crime in the United States.

 

By doing his best to force women to bear children they do not want Bill will ensure that the employment of prosecutors, cops and jailers will be secure far into the future.

 

Spending more money on birth control is FAR more effective than spending money on cops in reducing crime.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

How about finding lawyers for the innocent and wrongfully convicted under the Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander reign of terror on the people and the justice system?

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

LMAO really? a lawyer for the unborn? since when did the "unborn" have rights? They aren't born yet! 

GWPDA1
GWPDA1

Why yes - he is a dumb as a rock.  No, I won't be voting for his re-election.

Wanumba
Wanumba

Tough shit fundie....abortion is legal.  Don't want it? Don't have one.

car_del99
car_del99

Monty sems to try to make a name for himself with this suits..that he has nothing to do with.. 1....with the joker's trial...feds told him to go to hell

 2.. now this one... they told him to go to hell...

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

It sure would be nice if he was as concerned for the living, you know, like the kids who suffered sexual abuse that his bunk buddy sheriff joe ignored , as he is for the unborn.

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

MontyPoodle also wanted a lawyer for his "Pretty Pink pony",  but chose to hold the request for the next episode of "Those Goofballs at MCAO!" (Andy Thomas is the host, and Lisa Aubushon narrates!)

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Mr. William G Montgomery should have his bar license yanked for that stunt!  Other attorneys have done less frivolous things in Courts and have been punished severely. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

It's now official.

 

Montgomery is is a NUTJOB.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @Marcy well said but you forgot -- "babies for the prison profiteers":  

 

Arizona legislators and prosecutors fight sentencing reform which would save millions of $$'s but prefer to build "new" prisons -- not needed in Arizona. The children are the prison profiteers future "customer" stream along with the probation and lifetime registry residuals. Who contributes to the campaigns of MCAO Montgomery and legislators who drive the prison population growth, while slashing higher education? They certainly don't want the pre-school programs and other community services for the children. The hypocrisy is disgusting.  We know who has been bought and by whom. ALL are at risk for great harm in Arizona if CCA / private prison corporation is not stopped.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

MCAO (DA) Montgomery, How about "smart on crime"?

 

http://craigwatkins.org/blog/ Part One: Seeking justice for the wrongfully convictedMay 11th, 2011

 

 

WAKE COUNY, N.C. –"Anyone who works in the justice system does not want to think innocent people are behind bars, but they know it is inevitable.

So, what is the best system for getting justice for the wrongfully convicted?

Dallas County in Texas seems to have the answer.

 

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins’ office is the first in the nation to come up with what they have coined the Conviction Integrity Unit. The unit is a group of prosecutors that look at innocence claims. Essentially, the same side of the law that put the person behind bars is setting them free.

 

“If we use our resources adequately to convict a person and take them off the streets and take their freedom, then you would hope that we would use those same resources to make sure, that if a person has been wrongfully convicted, we will do everything in our power to right that wrong,” says Watkins.

Watkins says prosecutors need to get away from just seeking convictions.

“If the elected DA is more so about dispensing justice and doing the right thing as opposed to putting a notch on their belt and saying their conviction rate is this or that gives more credibility to the office,” says Watkins."

 

 

 

 

 

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