Bill Montgomery Won't Release List of Self-Defense Shooters He's Prosecuted

Categories: Guns

Not long after taking office, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery formed a special panel of prosecutors to review cases of claimed self-defense.

The Republican politician stated in a news release at the time that the panel was designed to ensure people claiming self-defense would not have their Second Amendment rights violated by unfair prosecutions.

Yet statistics show that more than half of the cases reviewed by the panel ended up being prosecuted.

And Montgomery doesn't want to tell the public which people he's prosecuted after they claimed self-defense.

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-Shooting People from a Car in Alleged Self-Defense Is No Crime in Arizona

Ray Stern
Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney.
As mentioned in New Times' October 31 cover story about Arizona self-defense laws, the self-defense review panel had up to that point declined to prosecute only 24 of 61 cases in which someone claimed self-defense.

The panel's made up of senior prosecutors, possibly including -- at times -- Montgomery himself.

New Times has been trying for months to obtain the names of the people whose cases were reviewed by the panel. After our initial efforts were rebuffed, New Times put in a records request in November for any records that contain names, numbers, or any identifying information whatsoever that would allow us to look up the court records of the self-defense claimants Montgomery has prosecuted.

On Friday, after reminding Montgomery's press handler, Jerry Cobb, that the request was still outstanding, we received the following e-mail from a clerk:

In response to your November 11, 2014, Public Records Request . . . we have nothing to provide. The specific matters that come before the Citizens Self-Defense Review Committee are selected by internal decision-making that constitutes privileged attorney work product and are not subject to disclosure under public records law. This Public Records Request is closed. Thanks
Is Montgomery really protecting the public's self-defense rights?

You'll just have to trust him.

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Poor monty is still in urgent need of a corncob removal, any takers?

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

What's Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery hiding? Who is he protecting?  The public has a right to know. 

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

That this stuff is privileged sounds like bs to me. On the other hand, it shows that Monty is not just accepting shooters' claims that they felt their lives were in danger. It's getting to be a bit of a cliche.


Shame on the county attorney for refusing to comply with Arizona's Public Records Law. Transparent government hinges on open meetings and public records. These are the twin pillars of representative government.


I know the answer to that. The persons that coward of the county--Bill Monty, has prosecuted are non-white gun owners. Of most of them probably Mexicans. His standard practice of unethical prosecution reeks of racism. Just like the Flaccid Old Fool of the MCSO.


Please forgive P.O.S. Bill Montgomery he is too busy granting Amnesty through posh plea deals to his Child Molesting Border Dating Buddies like Minute Man Leader Chris Simcox for sticking his fingers in his own childs vagina!!!

I guess Simcox claimed "Self Defense" to Montgomery as well?!

Montgomery is Worthless Corrupt Evil Trash.

No Plea Deals for Child Molesters even Pals of Arpaio, and Montgomery!!


there is nothing to see........comrad.

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Are these people representing each other in a government entity?

If so, attorney/client privilege applies.

If not, no such privilege applies and MontyPug ought to be forced to hand over te docs NT requested. I think this issue should go to court for clarity.

Cozz topcommenter

No surprise here from a County Attorney that thinks evidence that proves someone innocent should not have to be revealed to defendants by his office.


@DNichols  But you don't seem to mind when amnesty is granted to illegal aliens. Aren't you the hypocite.

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

D, MontyPug did put his neck on the line in defense of this country.

He's still a veteran and I still appreciate his service to our country. I simply wish he'd apply what the Army taught him to the MCAO.

david_saint01 topcommenter

@Cozz  it would be nice to get a CA that was more concerned about doing the job right, and effectively, versus ones that just are using the office to further their careers. 

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Sad isn't it Cozz?

The County Attorney has evidence an accused may not have committed the crime and he/she doesn't want to turn it over....

That should make these lawyers subject to the Brady list.



I don't know what a hypocite is you frigin IDIOT?!!

And Child Molesters are Scum of the Earth, so are County Atorney's that give thier sick Child Molesting Buddies Amnesty, or posh plea deal!!

People with child porn on thier computer get ten years for each image, Montgomery;s Border Date Chris Simcox stuck his fingers in his own Childs Vagina, yet no time!!!!!

Illegal Immigrants don't even compare to Child Molesting garbage like Simcox!

To: Justice in Corrupt as Hell Arizona?!

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham why do you make shit up? do you think it lends credibility to you? i have never seen DNichols rooting for amnesty for illegals. 



Montgomery is a P.O.S.

No Amnesty, and No Plea Deal for Sick Child Molesters PERIOD!

Cozz topcommenter

@david_saint01 @Cozz

Exactly why it's hard to have any respect for the justice system anymore.



I had respect for Montgomery until he gave sick Chris Simcox his border patrolling Date a posh plea deal with ZERO time!

Child porn has mandatory sentencing, but no God damn time for actual Child Molesting Trash if they are buddies with Arpaio, and Montgomery!!


And yes America needs Immigratio0n Reform Now, no Country in the world should rip apart good families, tearing Mothers, and Fathers from thier Children, and Babies Citizen or not!

To: Good, and Brotherhood?!

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I'm with you on the no plea deal for sick child molesters D.

I do think we should do something to help those who are here illegally. Even CBO admits that immigration reform would actually benefit the economy and lower the national deficit.

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