Tempe Criminal-Defense Attorney Shot His Secretary/Girlfriend's Ex-Boyfriend, Cops Say

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A Tempe criminal-defense attorney is accused of shooting his secretary/girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, an event the victim says he recorded on video with his iPhone.

Attorney Joe Palmisano, 48, is the alleged shooter, and police say he shot Ryan Hall Thursday morning in the parking lot of Palmisano's law office, near Rural Road and Baseline Road.

Hall has a son with Palmisano's secretary, who has also been Palmisano's girlfriend for the past six months, and Hall showed up to the office Thursday for a custodial exchange, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

Palmisano took his .357 handgun out to the parking lot and ordered Hall out of his car, according to the documents. Hall grabbed the barrel of the gun and tried to wrestle it away from Palmisano, but Palmisano fired at Hall, hitting him in the back. Hall says this was recorded on his iPhone, which police now have.

According to the court documents, Palmisano then stood over Hall, saying "something to the effect of, 'Do you feel that? That's you dying, boy."

Police arrested Palmisano without incident.

Palmisano said he thought Hall was hacking his computers and tapping his phones, although it's not clear how legitimate those concerns are.

Hall was hospitalized, and Palmisano was arrested on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Palmisano's bond was set at $180,000.


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yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

I know this guy as an arrogant prick.  I guess Kharma is legit.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Notice that, as in almost all gun crimes, the weapon wasn't an "assault weapon", the ammunition capacity played no role, and there's no reason to believe the shooter wouldn't have passed a background check.


ENDREPSANDDEMS
ENDREPSANDDEMS

Another Obama supporter going to do some time! YAY!

dave1977
dave1977

!80000 for a attempted murder and kidnapping charge.....? was he also sleeping with the judge too.  My niece got pulled over in phoenix with a pound of pot and her bail was set at 500,0000 . I guess the old saying is as true today as it was a 100 years ago..... there is no justice when your poor.

sliperymike
sliperymike

oh no, who will defend me now????cheap lawyers are hard to find

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Valley Native, we already background checks.  We already ban certain weapons.  There is no prohibition in the constitution from regulating any gun use.  You have created a right to bear arms of individual citizens anywhere or anytime - it is not a right guaranteed by the COnstitution - the Supreme Court just ruled as such in the Heller decision.  You have right to have arms to defend your home but that's it!  All other firearm ownership is used in the context of a well regulated militia, just like it says in the Constitution.  You can't just make up an unregulated gun right because you want to arm nut jobs who kill other people



david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@dave1977 lol dont forget, undocumented cant even get bail in this state..while murderers and attempted murderers get it...

marcy
marcy

@dave1977 

Bail is intended to ensure someone shows up in court.  Your niece is probably someone with no stable work history, a criminal history and exactly the sort of person who would skip town. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@dave1977  "Justice" doesn't mean treating everybody the same.  Bond is based on factors such as how likely the judge believes it is that you'll run.  This guy seems to understand that his life is over, while your niece might have seemed as if she would try hoping she could just ignore the arrest warrant like so many others do.

marcy
marcy

@sliperymike 

Cheap lawyers are a dime a dozen, you just don't want one defending you.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot You've misunderstood the ruling.  We have the right to bear arms, not just in our homes.  SCOTUS has never ruled otherwise.  There is no "context of a well regulated militia" in the Constitution.  We may keep and bear arms in case we ever need to form a well regulated militia in order to defend ourselves from threats to liberty from within or without.

No regulations are going to stop nut jobs from getting guns.  It's more or less the nature of violent psychopaths to ignore regulations.  I thought that was pretty well understood.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Only partially correct Marcy. The purpose of bail per Arizona statute is:

B. The purposes of bail and any conditions of release that are set by a judicial officer include:

1. Assuring the appearance of the accused.

2. Protecting against the intimidation of witnesses.

3. Protecting the safety of the victim, any other person or the community.

Oh, and those are a whole lot of assumptions you just made about Dave's niece without knowing anything about her.

marcy
marcy

@JohnQ.Public 

My assumptions are based on the amount of bail set by the judge and crime and are therefore quite reasonable.


As for not knowing anything about her, that is false.  She was arrested with a pound of pot in her possession and bail was set at $500,000.  



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