Bill Montgomery Joins in on Useless Demand for Kyrsten Sinema's Client List as an Attorney

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
Over the past couple of weeks, the Arizona Republican Party, supporting Republican congressional candidate Vernon Parker, has demanded that Parker's Democratic opponent, Kyrsten Sinema, release a list of her clients as a criminal-defense attorney.

The odds of that happening are pretty close to zero, if not exactly zero, but now Maricopa County's top prosecutor is trying to get in on it.

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In a statement released through the Arizona Republican Party, County Attorney Bill Montgomery announces his request for Sinema's client list, along with an interesting commentary of how he apparently views the justice system.

"Democrat Kyrsten Sinema claims to have made a career out of protecting criminals. She shouldn't hide who she has defended now just because she is running for office. Arizona families deserve to know the whole truth so why is Sinema keeping who she claims to have defended a secret. Vernon Parker has the support of national victims rights groups because he is committed to protecting law-abiding citizens. I look forward to working with him when he gets to Congress."

This whole issue is based off a comment Sinema supposedly made in 2006, in a quote reported by a fellow who seemed to be under the impression that he was at a radical-leftist meeting where the writer appeared genuinely offended by comments about white people.

Sinema purportedly described herself as a "bisexual criminal defense attorney who represents murderers," although there's no explanation or context accompanying that quote.

That's what sparked Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey to start demanding Sinema's client list, including any "murderers."

"In light of your pronouncements of support for murderers I ask you to immediately release your entire client list of any murderers you have represented or currently represent," Morrissey wrote in an open letter to Sinema, also noting her opposition to the death penalty.

Heaven forbid, Sinema may have helped someone secure a right guaranteed to them in the Bill of Rights. Her law license is currently inactive.

Montgomery's commentary, however, appears to create more crossover between his job and his politicking. "Justice" can be a funny thing sometimes.



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bobswatching
bobswatching

SHE IS a DISGRACE to any profession. lack of control , no affliction for serving the true republic.

and belongs in the closet next to the other smelly, mop-faced douche buckets.

a fly would drop dead after one wiff.

rcwfox02
rcwfox02

Its a disgrace to the profession for an attorney to ask another attorney to release their client list. He is the DA every case she has been on is public record why does she have to do work just to satisfy their vindictive needs. Republicans are so dirty can not believe people actually vote for these people. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Someone mentioned the Hatch Act. Here it is...

 

Filing a Hatch Act Complaint -- Complaints should be sent to: Hatch Act Unit U.S. Office of Special Counsel 1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 218 Washington, DC 20036-4505.

 

U.S. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL 1730 M Street N.W., Suite 218, Washington D.C. 20036-4505

 

www.osc.gov    November 4, 2012

 

Filing a Hatch Act Complaint

 

How to File a Complaint Alleging a Violation of the Hatch Act

 

OSC is also authorized to investigate violations of the Hatch Act. 5 U.S.C. § 1216 (a)(2). If OSC charges an employee with a violation of the Hatch Act, those charges are adjudicated before the Merit Systems Protection Board. 5 U.S.C. §§ 1504 – 1508; 7321 – 7326.

 

Filers alleging a violation of the Hatch Act should use Form OSC-13 (Complaint of Possible Prohibited Political Activity) to submit their allegation to OSC. Form OSC-13 can be printed from this Web site.

 

Filers can complete the form online or by hand after printing the form. Once the form is completed it should be mailed or faxed (202-254-3700) to OSC. Please also include any evidence supporting your allegations (for example, documents, newspaper articles, photographs, etc.).

 

Please be advised that if the form is not filled out completely or the allegations are insufficient, OSC will require the complaint filer to provide additional information before it investigates. Accordingly, be sure to include all of the following information in the complaint:

 

Name and contact information of person who violated the Hatch Act (“Subject”) Agency and position of Subject Detailed description of the alleged Hatch Act violation, including names and contact information of potential witnesses and whether, for example, the election at issue is partisan(meaning the candidates are running as political party candidates)

In addition, for allegations involving a state or local government employee, include:

 

Information about the federal funding the Subject’s employing agency receives Description of the duties the Subject performs in connection with federal funds

 

Complaints should be sent to: Hatch Act Unit U.S. Office of Special Counsel 1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 218 Washington, DC 20036-4505.

 

Enforcement After investigating an alleged Hatch Act violation, OSC may seek disciplinary action against an employee before the Merit Systems Protection Board. When violations are not sufficiently egregious to warrant prosecution, OSC may issue a warning letter to the employee involved.

 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

I think these "little, big men" have a "womsn" problem with those who are good-looking, prominent and speak powerfully truth to power.  Trashing Kysten Sinema with such vengance indicates "they" are the ones who have a disturbing problem. 

 

"Prada" handbags?  Give us a break. Vernon Parker, your wealthy constituents, I'm sure buy "Prada".

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery siding with Vernon Parker (with very inflammatory, disturbing ads against Sinema) raises "red" flags about an attorney / prosecutor 'going" after a respected and knowledgeable female legislator in an election.

 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

<Montgomery's commentary, however, appears to create more crossover between his job and his politicking. "Justice" can be a funny thing sometimes.>

 

In Maricopa County and the state of Arizona, there is nothing "funny" about "justice" -- a justice system that is broken, with prosecutors (MCAO and AG) who work against the people with ALL the power over people's lives in their hands.  They have politicized the justice system and "buried alive" many innocent people in Arizona's mass industrial prison complex for decades. 

 

Arizona is a state that sentences a non-violent, first offender to prison for 75 years -- a defacto life sentence. Walk up folks -- there is nothing cute or funny about the powerful position of a County Attorney/ Especially, as the disgraced and disbarred ex-MCAO Andrew Thomas and his disbarred chief "charging" prosecutor, ex-DA Lisa Aubuchon and their over 200,000 FELONY cases in one term in office have created damage to lives and the justice system that will last for decades and generations.

 

Since the MCAO and state prosecutors fight the people against any meaningful sentencing reform of Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing (living at the state legislature like "prosecutor lobbyists"), it is clear they are afraid of exposing their SOP and the many lives they have destroyed -- voices sllenced for decades --  while they "move on and up" for financial and political gain. There is no fair justice for the people in the state of Arizona until these cases get investigated -- the "wrongs are righted" -- and Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing is reformed. Time for serious reform which would save taxpayers millions of $$'s.  

 

There is nothing "funny" about "justice" in Arizona. Notice the candidates have ignored the critical issue of criminal justice from their priority list.  

 

Hulk
Hulk

Ok,so the next time Democrats request something from Republicans they too should be denied the records they request.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

I wonder if one of her clients was Ron Brewer, son of the cryptkeeper, when he kidnapped and rared that girl. Maybe she could represent Russell Pearce who illegally accepted gifts from the SCA, Maybe she represented one of the many members of the MCSO who have beat inmates to death. Maybe she could defend Tom Horne who comitted a misdemeanor to keep from getting caught committing adultry whil being followed by the FBI for a felony investigation.

     All of these people would need a good defense attorney except for one thing. Being either a republican elected official, or a member iof the MCSO, THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW IN ARIZONA.

    Maybe our sorry excuse for a county attorney should focus on the real criminals in Maricopa county instead of using his office to engage in political assasination attempts.

ted409
ted409

i think SHE d be better than vernon parker (who wants to dismantle medicare and social security from what ive seen on tv )

propper_family
propper_family

has anyone considered maybe she was just being a smart ass at the time or is irony lost on the idiots?

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Arizona State Bar Rules of Professional Responsibility state:

 

ER 1.6.     Confidentiality of Information

(a) A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent, the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation or the disclosure is permitted or required by paragraphs (b), (c) or (d), or ER 3.3(a)(3).

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

As soon as Monte Python prosecutes ANY legIslator for taking gifts or illegal trips or prosecutes dipstick Horne dog or the ever criminal Arpaio, then he might have something to say about Sinema. Sinema can tell these dipsticks to stick it when the Horne dog don't shine.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

It's time to stop electing County Attorneys and County Sheriffs. We need professionals in the office with the extensive knowledge and experience to run them. Time to end "grandstanding for votes and $$'s"  and slash their PR budgets for "branding" themselves.  Wake up people, this is just the beginning.... if you thought Thomas  / Aubuchon / Alexander and their enablers were bad.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

MontyPug should tread VERY lightly on this, especially seeing what Candy Andy and the Miscreants did (MontyPug was a DCA under Candy), and the punishment imposed on them by the State Bar of Arizona.

 

MontyPug needs to stop pandering to the corrupt Republicants that run the State and actually do his job as Maricopa County Attorney. I smell a Hatch Act violation.

 

Does anyone know how to file a Bar complaint against MontyPug? Maybe if enough people complain, he too will be sanctioned.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

I suppose one could stand in the middle of the intersection of 12th Street and Camelback and see how many people would care about this list that the county attorney seems interested in.

 

Not today.

 

Not ever.

 

No one cares, other than Mr. Parker and the county attorney.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @Hulk

 You mean like Romney's tax returns - the same tax returns that every modern presidential candidate has released during their campaign.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @propper_family Such as the time she said something like, "I love Russell. I really do".... with regard to the disgraced former senate president. After he was recalled I believe she implied that she had been involved in the recall effort, when in fact she had nothing to do with it. She is not to be taken seriously, at any point.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions Since when did the MCAO comply with the rules of professional responsibility?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @ReggieVV I tell you what, if I was MCA, you can bet that politics would not influence the way I do the job. 

 

 

mitchellwachtel
mitchellwachtel

 @ReggieVV The real point is that Ms. Sinema has almost certainly NEVER represented anyone but herself in a court of law.  Check for yourself. Here is the website for the Maricopa Superior Court Docket. http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/

 

So you plug in the name of the attorney of interest in the search line, top right..

 

Try it. Kyrsten Sinema.

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/Search/index.asp?q=kyrsten+sinema

Sorry. No results found.

 

Now, Google criminal attorneys arizona &  plug in their names.

 

Mr. Jackson White

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/Search/index.asp?q=jackson+white&s=

100 results

 

Mr. Dwayne Cates

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/Search/index.asp?q=dwayne+cates&s=

73 results

 

Mr. Randall Craig

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/Search/index.asp?q=randall+craig

100 results

 

You can go on with this, but you get the idea. There is NO evidence that Ms. Sinema is in fact a practicing criminal attorney. She lied about this vital piece of information. Why is it vital? Because there do exist persons, such as myself, who think it is important that criminal law be written to take into account all reasonable points of view.  I tend to favor Justice Alito, but sure the heck know that he is no more or less often right than the other justices when it comes to cops & robbers.   Although there is a belief out there that Supreme Court decisions should be 9-0, when it comes to difficult matters of law, the wise want struggle on the part of the court to ensure the most prudent decisions are made.  By providing false information about this, Ms. Sinema should lose every bit of respect she might otherwise have had.  

mitchellwachtel
mitchellwachtel

 @truthseekeraz Actually, the  acts of this county attorney reflect  a very scary phenomenon. Democrats are proclaiming a "war" on women, with reference to insufficient punishment of rapists, as well as a desire to incarcerate for long periods persons guilty of financial misdeeds. . Republicans are proclaiming themselves the party in favor of crime victims (e.g., the Democrats are soft on crime).  It took a lot of courage to remove political party from this garbage, but the result was magnificent. FBI crime rates showed gargantuan DROPS in all categories.  The big issue right now is too many prisoners.  All injecting politics into matters again does is to increase further the number of prisoners without reducing crime. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967 Contact the State Bar, the ABA (American Bar Assoc.) and the DOJ Division of Public Integrity (when the state officials ignore the people while gives "passes" to one another -- for starters, the Fiesta Bowl -- an outrage).

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @mitchellwachtel  The inflammatory rhetoric of Palin is OK?  Palin can do it all the time but not Sinema?  In my opinion, Sinema made a good point which is hard to ignore.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  @ReggieVV A professional DA / County Attorney should  operate as a professional, when they do not they make a mockery of the justice system and show they care little about human lives (putting ALL at risk for harm, once snared in their disturbing and very sick criminal justice system).  When over 400 sex crimes cases go un-investigated, those predators running lose, a murder un-investigated, detainees murdered in the county jail, then ALL should be very concerned with the dangerous conduct we have been seeing for far too many years. 

j.d.
j.d.

so she lied about  her bio.,therefore she has nothing to release.

joehines
joehines

 @mitchellwachtel  @truthseekeraz  Your discussion is interesting but the last 3 sentences just don't convey any information.  Some how Republicans are responsible for the big drops in the FBI crime stats?  I'm all for reducing the number of prisoners.  I've never imagined that the Republicans would be the ones to do that, given that every Republican politician since Nixon and EVERY District Attorney since the beginning of time is for locking up more prisoners. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @truthseekeraz After the bullshit the feds pulled by not indicting the Flaccid Failure and Candy Andy, I have little faith left in the DOJ.

mitchellwachtel
mitchellwachtel

 @Tommy_Collins Ms. Sinema resigned from the Senate (but not the House), has ZERO documents lawyers who actually defend persons usually have, went inactive last March, & still maintains malpractice. A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee  & AZ bar might garner bucks by recommending attorneys. Possible as well--you or I murdered someone an hour ago; the difference--the absence for you & me of  disparate odd facts that seem somehow tied together. 

mitchellwachtel
mitchellwachtel

 @j.d. Exactly.  Yes, yes, yes, Ms. Sinema is quite appealing, but it would seem that, were she really a criminal attorney, we'd find a few appeals in that list, would we not? She brags all the time about her amazing brilliance. Why then did she not become a member of the bar until 2006 if she graduated in 2004? Does that not mean she flunked the exam once in general? Maybe you have to sit on your behind twiddling your thumbs for a year in Arizona before you can use that law degree.She surely did not take off time, as some women wisely do, to have a baby.  Moreover, why does her profile list her as being inactive as of last March? What's the deal there? Yes, AFTER you go to Washington it might be a good thing to do, but to give up a practice that feeds you before you get there would be insane. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @mitchellwachtel  @joehines The nation and society is reeling over four decades of the failed War on Drugs (war on the people) where the politicos created a "caste" system which is nothing more than "legalized slavery".  Those coming out enter a world where they are stigmatized and thrown into a system that is designed to fail.

 

The ex-felon cannot get a job, get housing, cannot vote and is part of the growing sub-class of people turned into a "caste" in America --"land of the free?".  The people / taxpayers are left to clean up the never-ending destruction the politicians and profiteers refuse to acknowledge.

mitchellwachtel
mitchellwachtel

 @joehines  @truthseekeraz The notion that a term in prison should deprive one of the right to become employed  is obnoxious.  By heavens, we must help these persons to become members of our society again or face the consequences--that they will again become criminals. 

mitchellwachtel
mitchellwachtel

 @joehines  @truthseekeraz   Republicans & Democrats together accomplished this magnificent feat. Vital is avoiding dragging politics back into discussions of crime, for all that then occurs is a bragging contest about increasing the lengths of prison sentences.  All of good heart must work to prevent polarizing people on this matter, if only because racial discrepancies will be pointed out as a means of justifying bigotry.. 

joehines
joehines

 @truthseekeraz  @mitchellwachtel Okay, now that I understand where you're coming from, I totally endorse your comments.  My last few years in government were spent advising the Federal Bureau of Prisons on how to better prepare inmates for employment post-incarceration.  Being a felon carries a lifetime stigma and reduces future legitimate earning power immensely.  Yet we as a society are consigning more and more unfortunates to this without a second thought. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@joehines@mitchellwachtel

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/us/03prison.html?_r=0

 

Prison Spending Outpaces All but MedicaidBy SOLOMON MOOREPublished: March 2, 2009

 

"One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.MultimediaGraphicPrison Boom

Criminal correction spending is outpacing budget growth in education, transportation and public assistance, based on state and federal data. Only Medicaid spending grew faster than state corrections spending, which quadrupled in the past two decades, according to the report Monday by the Pew Center on the States, the first breakdown of spending in confinement and supervision in the past seven years."

 

Who profits? google ALEC / Coughlin / High Ground / CCA / Senseman / SB1070 / KS Kris Koblach / brewer / russell pearce...?

 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967

U.S. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL

1730 M Street N.W., Suite 218,

Washington D.C. 20036-4505

 

www.osc.gov

 

November 4, 2012  Filing a Hatch Act ComplaintHow to File a Complaint Alleging a Violation of the Hatch Act

 

OSC is also authorized to investigate violations of the Hatch Act. 5 U.S.C. § 1216 (a)(2). If OSC charges an employee with a violation of the Hatch Act, those charges are adjudicated before the Merit Systems Protection Board. 5 U.S.C. §§ 1504 – 1508; 7321 – 7326. Filers alleging a violation of the Hatch Act should use Form OSC-13 (Complaint of Possible Prohibited Political Activity) to submit their allegation to OSC. Form OSC-13 can be printed from this Web site. Filers can complete the form online or by hand after printing the form. Once the form is completed it should be mailed or faxed (202-254-3700) to OSC.

 

Please also include any evidence supporting your allegations (for example, documents, newspaper articles, photographs, etc.).

 

Please be advised that if the form is not filled out completely or the allegations are insufficient, OSC will require the complaint filer to provide additional information before it investigates. Accordingly, be sure to include all of the following information in the complaint:

 

Name and contact information of person who violated the Hatch Act (“Subject”) Agency and position of Subject Detailed description of the alleged Hatch Act violation, including names and contact information of potential witnesses and whether, for example, the election at issue is partisan(meaning the candidates are running as political party candidates)

In addition, for allegations involving a state or local government employee, include:

 

Information about the federal funding the Subject’s employing agency receives Description of the duties the Subject performs in connection with federal funds

 

Complaints should be sent to:

 

Hatch Act Unit U.S. Office of Special Counsel 1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 218 Washington, DC 20036-4505.

 

Enforcement After investigating an alleged Hatch Act violation, OSC may seek disciplinary action against an employee before the Merit Systems Protection Board. When violations are not sufficiently egregious to warrant prosecution, OSC may issue a warning letter to the employee involved.

 

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