Peter Spaw, High-Ranking Deputy County Attorney, Admits He Violated Legal Duties in Bogus Racketeering Suit; Bill Montgomery Isn't Saying a Word

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Peter Spaw, a high-ranking deputy county attorney, could receive two years' probation of his law license and a $17,060 fine now that he's admitted to committing injustices related to the 2009 filing of a racketeering lawsuit against county officials, judges, and lawyers.
The head of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office's Asset Recovery Bureau, Peter Spaw, has admitted to working on a racketeering lawsuit he knew was unsupported by evidence.

Yet the county attorney, Bill Montgomery, won't say a word about it.

Does the admission and potential two years' probation of his law license for knowingly working on a bad racketeering case impact his job, which presumably deals with racketeering cases?

"We're not commenting on it. I'm sorry," says Montgomery's spokesman, Jerry Cobb.

UPDATE: We clarified this article, which previously indicated the two years' probation was a done deal. In fact, the proposed punishment must be approved by the state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Judge.

See also: Peter Spaw, Deputy County Attorney, Focus of New State Supreme Court Probe Stemming From Andrew Thomas Case

Spaw, reached at his office, also declined comment, referring us to Cobb.

We put in a records request for Spaw's personnel file to find out whether the admission of wrongdoing in this case had any ramifications on his job in Montgomery's office.

Spaw admitted in a 27-page "Agreement for Discipline by Consent" to the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the state Supreme Court that he'd been a naughty prosecutor. He agrees to be fined $17,059.55, have his law license is on probation for two years, and agree to attend a one-day "ethics enhancement" course.

In other words, he could get off pretty light, given the gravity of his offenses.

Quick background: Spaw worked on the corruptly conceived racketeering lawsuit filed in late 2009 against each of the five members of the Board of Supervisors, county judges, county officials and local lawyers. He supervised Rachel Alexander, an acolyte of disgraced former lawyer Andrew Thomas, who, as county attorney, teamed up with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to create an "unholy alliance" and legal reign of terror.

Arpaio skated from accountability in the scandal and even got re-elected last year to a sixth term. Thomas was stripped of his law license, as was another of his cohorts, Lisa Aubuchon. Alexander's license was suspended.

Spaw's admissions include:

* Filing a case that had no merit.

* Lawyering incompetently.

* Neglecting his duties as a supervisor.

* Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Spaw's conduct "violated his duty to the legal system and his profession, as well as the clients in the RICO case and the public," the document states.

The really sad part about Spaw's involvement is, as the admission document shows, Spaw objected to the filing of the bogus racketeering lawsuit from the moment he'd heard of it and voiced his opinion that it was a bunch of nonsense. And then he kept working on it, even filing an amended complaint on his own.

Spaw follows orders, that's sure. Montgomery, who apparently likes Spaw in his current position, knows loyal guys like that are keepers.

Click here to read the proposed punishment and statement of admissions by Spaw.

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Cozz
Cozz

Like I've said before, the Maricopa County Attorney's office are bigger criminals than most of those they put in jail.


Total scumbags that are suppose to represent the law and are the first ones to break it over and over again with immunity.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

This State is on a race to the bottom for good! And the again, there are so many public officials bottom feeding already, they may end up in a dead heat competing against each other!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

MontyPoodle is almost as stupid as Candy Thomas, but is smart enough to keep Joke Arpaio at arm's length.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

C'mon now, the feds do it all the time. It's called RICO. It's supposed to be used against mobsters, but more often used to harass innocent people.

marcy
marcy

That's par for the course at the MCAO, they aren't in the business of justice, they are in the business of padding their stats.  Any private business would have kicked a creep like Spaw to the curb long ago.

* Filing a case that had no merit.

* Lawyering incompetently.

* Neglecting his duties as a supervisor.

* Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

david_saint01
david_saint01

so, once again we have proof that arpaio was complicit in illegally fabricating charges against judges, and its still ignored...do people really wonder why we think they are morons for continuing to support facsist arpaio?! 

RayStern3000
RayStern3000

@drgonzo sorry about that. It'll be fixed tonight...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01

David, the Old Fool reminds me of Italian dictator and Fascist founder Benito Mussolini.

car_del99
car_del99

"  think they are morons for continuing to support facsist arpaio?! " What do you expect from idiots ?

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