Tom Horne's Blues: No Settlement in Campaign Finance Case, Hearing Begins February 10, Sister Lends Him $100K

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's hopes of settling his campaign finance case have been dashed for now, as Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk today filed a notice with the administrative law court, signaling that discussions between the two sides on Thursday did not end in a resolution.

"No settlement was reached," reads the notice, "and the parties anticipate proceeding with the hearing as scheduled starting on February 10, 2014."

Horne's attorney Michael Kimerer would not comment on the substance of the settlement conference. But he lamented the lack of results.

"It's unfortunate," he told me. "We did not have any success in reaching a settlement, and now we plan on proceeding and showing that Tom Horne wasn't involved in any campaign violations."

A call to Polk's office for comment was not immediately returned.

In October, Polk ordered that Horne and former campaign operative Kathleen Winn (now the AG's outreach director) pay back nearly $400,000 that was contributed to Winn's 2010 independent expenditure committee, Business Leaders for Arizona.

Both Polk and before her Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery found that Horne and Winn had illegally coordinated efforts between BLA and Horne's campaign.

BLA raised more than $500,000 in the 2010 general election to pay for a TV ad critical of Horne's Democratic rival Felecia Rotellini, whom Horne bested by a little more than 60,000 votes.

Sources knowledgeable about Thursday's settlement conference tell me that Polk took a hard line, and would not agree to let Horne pay a fine without an admission of wrongdoing.

These same sources indicate Polk offered to let Horne pay a settlement amount of $250,000. As part of the deal, Horne would have to admit that he broke the law.

But Horne refuses to make any admissions regarding alleged coordination between himself and Winn.


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The lowest from of human decency, ethic's and morals is when those you trust to represent the law are the one's that break it the most without being held accountable or prosecuted.


Horne is just one of the many in Arizona that continue to make a mockery of the so called justice system while laughing in our faces as they do it.


The justice system and most of those that represent it is a crime in itself.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO I can't wait to see Horne's defense in this scandal.

Then I'm gonna enjoy the sweet taste of Horne's career going down in flames.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Id say ,after  Elmer FUDDS too many trips down the rabbit hole, Pundits are betting on Mark Brnovich to win the GOP primary...

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

The fascist police state is tightening the noose. Just look at the Pinal Co. Sheriff shooting innocent Latino MEN. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE NEED JUSTICE DEPARTMRNT  INVESTIGATION.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

So, in essence, it appears the state AG was willing to plead nolo contendre in a civil case..... but, once again, Sheila Polk is not the patsy Horne was hoping she might be.


The ball is in her court.


Expect a more publicly favorable 'settlement' before the February hearing date, unless he manages to get it continued somehow. The longer he stretches it out the better it will be for Brnovich.... and Horne is well aware.


ANY admission of wrongdoing will spell the end of his disastrous public career.


FINALLY.

teknik
teknik

Who on earth would actually settle if they were innocent?


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

So, HorniBoy calls for a settlement conference, but says he won't admit he did anything wrong!  Will he be crying on his wife's shoulder or on a different part of his mistresses body?

DNichols
DNichols

@Cozz

Surley you don't think a Man of Hornes High Character, and Ethic's who cheats on his wife gives his mistress a high paying Government Job, commits hit, and run on a vehicle, could possibly "Lie" about Campagn Finance Dirty Doings?!

Horne knows that in the "Arizona Political Cesspool" he will be safely covered by community Political Slime.

Regarding "Corruption" He can simply claim "I don't Recall." right Honest Joe?

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@ConcernedCitizenAZ Also a homeless person takes a piss in the alley in Phoenix,and is caught by phoenix  PD, YOUR LOOKING AT A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR LIFE . Thank you ARIZONA state legislature.  (the last shall be first , and the first shall be last )

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@ConcernedCitizenAZ  ... these scumbag prosecutors and corrupt judges deserve to be sent to PRISON -- day for day -- equal to the time spent by those they wrongfully convicted.



TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ If I recall correctly I think she also addressed the bully attitude of Mr. Hendershott and said that she would never allow anyone to treat her like that again, or something to that effect. I have the utmost respect for Sheila Polk in her job as county attorney for Yavapai. And, she is a Republican.

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