Tom Horne's Hatchet Man Rick Bistrow Farms Out AG's "Self-Probe" to Horne Contributors

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's chief deputy and office hatchet man Eric "Rick" Bistrow has farmed out an internal investigation into allegations made by ex-AG employee Sarah Beattie to two attorneys who have contributed to Horne's campaign in the past.

In a letter dated June 18, Bistrow formally appointed Republican lobbyist and former lawmaker John Kaites and Kaites' fellow counsel, former superior court judge David Derickson, to look into Beattie's claims at the rate of $250 per hour.

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How long will it take before this guy is posing for his mugshot?

"We anticipate that this engagement will be finalized within 30 days and fees shall not exceed $50,000," writes Bistrow in the letter.

Read the letter appointing outside counsel from Horne's chief of staff Rick Bistrow.

Both Derickson and Kaites are with the law firm Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis. Ridenour, et al., is on the list of firms approved by the AG's office to accept state government cases.

According to AG spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, the firm has taken four such assignments since 2011, including this current internal investigation.

Read letter from Kaites and Derickson to Sarah Beattie's attorney Tom Ryan.

Additionally, records online with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office show that both Kaites and Derickson previously have contributed to Horne's campaign for AG.

Derickson made a $300 contribution to Horne, dated March 28, 2011. Kaites has made two contributions, one in 2011 for $840. And another in 2012 for $840.

Read Tom Ryan's occasionally hilarious rebuttal to the letter from Kaites and Derickson.

Other members of the firm also have contributed to Horne, including William G. Ridenour, the firm's managing partner and founder. The total amount to Horne from members of the firm is more than $6,000.


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mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

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shadeaux
shadeaux

Turn it over to Sheriff Boo-Boo.



Talk about the man for the job.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Rumor has it that Huppy will provide some anonymous blog posts that prove Horniboi is innocent and also blame Jimmy Carter for WWII.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Horne is an idiot.

He knows full well that the firm hired to "investigate" him has a clear conflict of interest, in violation of ARS 38-502.

Kudos to Tom Ryan for not putting up with any of HorniBoi's clear and convincing bullshit.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

This internal investigation into alleged violations of election laws by Hornes' reelection campaign will end the same way as the internal investigation into Chris Christie's alleged involvement in Bridgegate. Who believes otherwise?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Save everyone the time and trouble.... write them the check for the already written report lying about you... err.. clearing you (my bad)... if you haven't already done so...

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Here we go again, pay off your buddies to find you did nothing wrong.

Does the blatant corrupt bullshit ever end in this State ?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@shadeaux you know.........that actually might work. remember how he did the MCSO investigation on the Munnell deal? Joe thought that was going to be a quick blow off by Boo-Boo (boy was he wrong).

even though ol' Boo-Boo is a stooge too.................he might blindside Horne like he did to Joe

(wouldnt that be funny as hell?)

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@shadeaux 

More like the man for a blow job...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz just when you think it couldnt be anymore obvious..........................BOOM, they outdo themselves

i dont know which it demonstrates more........how crooked the people we elect are, or how goddam utterly friggin clueless and stupid the voting majority are?

(and the great thing about my question is that you can pose it at any level of government and its still a question you have to ask yourself)

it also makes me wonder if this is the lesser of 2 evils, and if it is.......what would the other guy have been pulling? (i shudder to think about it)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

The whole problem with that was Babeu basically gave Arpaio a free pass on a mount everest of corruption that occurred literally right under the old man's schnoz Zigs.

Plus babeu's own shady past, coupled with the multiple state and federal investigations for hatch act violations, abuse of power, etc., make the bald fool the wrong man for the job.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy


When has ANY political decision in this country for the past 40 years, federal, state and local..... NOT been a choice of the lesser of two evils????


That's the real problem

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Let's see Zigs....

If memory serves, Candy Andy was HorniBoi's Republican opponent.

Who would you rather have (if you were forced to select a Republican candidate for attorney general)? Someone who's corrupt or someone who's corrupt and abuses his power?

If it were me, I'd disbar both HorniBoi and Thomas, for life.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

This State is an embarrassment to live in.

I sure wish I could move out of this cesspool.

james8394
james8394

@Flyer9753 @danzigsdaddy "So why is it that you always end up having to choose between the lesser of 2 evils? Was George Washington the lesser of 2 evils? Sometimes I wonder."......Ed Sanders of the Fugs on the album "It Crawled into my Hand, Honest" circa 1975.

shadeaux
shadeaux

@Flyer9753,

Amen. Especially since the lesser evil seems to be becoming more and more evil.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Sadly bud.........neither party has anything to offer that I find acceptable anymore

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I agree with you about Arizona being an embarrassment.

You can. Find a job in a high paying state (NY or MA), sell your house, and leave Arizona in your rear view mirror.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves at the sight of America today James.

Especially James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Civil liberties.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @shadeaux 

That will never happen, then there would be no motivation for the slimeballs to run for office.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Cozz @Flyer9753 @shadeaux :)


On a serious note, California just became the second state to pass a bill through the entire legislature calling for a constitutional convention for just this very thing.


http://youtu.be/-ZS5mwJ_iyw

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

Self employed building and racing cars.

After going through the corrupt bullshit Bozo Joe put me through in 2002, my career in Hospitality/Convention Center Facility Management ended after 16 years since I became a convicted felon. Which by the way, the felony conviction was finally set aside on January 14, 2014.

Now at 62 years old, there's not a whole lot left for me to do career wise except to do the best I can with what I can do, and what I have left to do it with, since that bullshit in 2002 cost me my bowling center and life savings.


I'm in no position to start all over again, to old, to tired and too pissed off at a corrupt judicial system that blindly fucks people over every chance it gets because of assholes like Bozo Joe Arpaio and for the sake of politics.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Every state is looking for people who create jobs Cozz.

Glad to hear that you're clear of the bullshit felony charges the old man leveled against you.

Actually, you're quite young. And I do think the judicial system plays politics.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Add: While that same Judicial System looks the other way for assholes like Arpaio, Horne, Pierce and many others allowing them to commit all the crimes they want that would put the rest of us in prison for many years.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

Got to have money to create jobs...Upside down in a house I can't sell, trapped in a State thats right out of the NAZI era that wants to put as many people in prison for profit as it can, and political/politician corruption at every turn...


One day I will be able I'll be able to move away from this 3rd world State. Its just a matter of time.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Well, Arizona does have the word Nazi right in it.

This, I'm sure of, isn't what the people who wrote the Arizona Constitution had in mind.

Fucking sad Cozz....this once beautiful state is nothing less than a Goddamn police state.

jbunny
jbunny

@Cozz 

I'm sorry, man. I know of you, and remember the stories about you in the print editions of New Times back in the day. I'm finally moving (still tentative, but hopefully soon) after being here 20 years. It's exciting and scary--Phoenix is home and there is so much to love in this state, but I'm ready for something new and things don't seem to be getting any better here. 


I'm curious, how did you get your felony set aside? What is the process and how long did it take? I'm a social worker and many of my clients ask me about that, and some of them have such stupid felonies that it's ridiculous they can't find employment anywhere. They're not violent or dangerous people yet they can't even work at WalMart.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Cozz Or by that time we will have fixed this state...


It is happening and gaining speed as it goes

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Trust me Bunny, your clients don't want to work for Walmart.

Pay is crappy, health benefits are atrocious, etc. I know. I slaved there for 3 years, and could do every job up to and including assistant manager.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @Cozz


'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it' 

-- U$ Major during Vietnam war.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Flyer9753

I'll believe it when I see it. So far in Arizona, the more things change, the more they stay the same. They are just getting better at hiding it and when caught, sweeping it under the carpet with guys like Montgomery, Arpaio and for the longest time, HornyBoy in office.

jbunny
jbunny

@Cozz 

Wow. Thank you so much for sharing that. I'm a little speechless because it's so sad. I really want to believe that my inmates can make it, but it all sounds so hopeless. Did you ever appeal to the AZ Board of Fingerprinting? I've heard some people are granted a fingerprint card if they file for a good cause exception, but that's a process like everything else. And I imagine for you it wouldn't matter at this point.

I had a feeling it was nearly impossible to get a felony set aside. Your experience is valuable info for me. It sounds like you had the determination and knowledge to navigate the system--I can't imagine the difficulty for other people who aren't as knowledgeable.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cozz ... new career idea ...


start a Non-Profit Organization or for-profit Businesses that DO HIRE ex-Felons, giving them preference.


It used to be that Employer Tax Incentives were granted for hiring ex-cons, same as hiring the handicapped. Don't know if they still exist.


Since you are now felony free, YOU can obtain those HotDog Cart vending licenses, and EMPLOY all the ex-Offenders you want to WORK at them, even offering them PROFIT SHARING ... hundreds of them eager to find non-discriminatory employment ...etc, etc.


Revenge is a dish best served with spicy brown mustard!





danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 the pay may be crappy, but to some it is a godsend. i am lucky and am considered a extremely highly valuable employee, but it wasnt always like that. the people jbunny is talking about might not ever get the opportunity to prove their value as i have. to people in that situation.................crappy pay is still pay and thats all that matters (to some people) you and i are comfortable in our employment, but the economy still sucks so badly that some people arent as fortunate. and when you factor in some of the problems that those people have like jbunny is referring to, the economy and job market are even worse than you or i imagine. the people jbunny is talking about have a hard time proving themselves and getting their foot in the door.

(this one is for you jbunny) : i just recently needed a helper and we tried some of the ususal rescourses and came up with a bunch of losers that werent worth a rats ass. i knew Bob Schulz a guy who ran some halfway houses for parolees and others (he died not to long ago)........i thought about the workers Bob used to get me so i went to his old halfway houses and talked to the manager and said i would like to give one of his clients a chance......................this guy has turned out to be the best damn worker i have had in a long long time. i am grateful to give someone like him a chance, and he recipricated by being an exemplary employee, but too many people never get that chance

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@jbunny 


Its not impossible, but it takes time even when your right, and doing the right things. 

They make it as hard as possible. 

But never hopeless as I found out :-)

Who are you a social worker for ?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

There are a couple of companies that already try and do just that. They come and go pretty quickly now since employment and jobs have become harder to come by.

With the hugh pool of unemployed applicants now looking for work that don't have the burden of a felony conviction and are willing to take any job at this point, it doesn't leave much for those with felony convictions.

While its a great idea, companies have the mind set why should I give a felon a chance when there are so many applicants without a felony conviction we can hire.


In the last 12 years, I have sent out hundreds of resumes, had several interviews for positions I was more than qualified for and once the felony conviction was disclosed, never heard from them again.

Like I said, I gave up, wasn't worth the time and effort after 12 years of trying.

jbunny
jbunny

@danzigsdaddy @MaskedMagician1967 

Rock on, Zigs! I love hearing stories like that. I do work-readiness groups in a detention setting, and some of these people have valuable skills, but zero hope. It's people who go out on a limb, like you did, that give hope to people who have made some mistakes and are trying to make a change. :-)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I would rather see folks like j bunny's clients get jobs where they're treated as actual human beings, albeit down on their luck, than take a job where they'll get walked on. Walmart treats its employees like shit Zigs.

I think certain people, who can show initiative, should be awarded a chance to prove themselves to employers. Hell, illegals are treated better.

But I'm just one person issuing his opinion.

jbunny
jbunny

@Cozz 

I do counseling for a private company that contracts with state, county, and cities. Most of my clients are court ordered for the counseling after an arrest or during an incarceration, but the incarcerated folk tend to be the most honest and are generally grateful for the help. I worked in mental health for a few years in south Phoenix, then worked as a special ed social worker in a school district in the same area, then did counseling with kids on an Indian reservation. I've been at this kind of work for a long time, and the system has always been broken with minimal change or progress. It can be frustrating, to say the least.

jbunny
jbunny

@Cozz 

That really blows. I'd be curious to know how you go about getting something like that set aside. Does it always take that long? So sorry for what you've had to deal with, it all really does suck.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cozz "While its a great idea, companies have the mind set why should I give a felon a chance when there are so many applicants without a felony conviction we can hire."


Exactly why YOU could step-up and provide an employment resource for those disenfranchised ex-offenders -- giving them preference -- and profit from providing that valuable economic resource, and poke a stick in the eye of those bigoted hateful Rethuglykkkans who promote such socially destructive ostracism.


Imagine your legacy, turning your under-performing house into a shelter for Undocumented Immigrant Children, and creating a job incubator for eager ex-offenders ... to the chagrin and annoyance of those who so disabled your life.




Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@jbunny @Cozz 

Very cool....If you can figure out how to get a hold of me, maybe I can help you help them to file the motions.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@jbunny 

see below for your answers


Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

LOL...

As temping as that would be to poke a well deserved stick in the eye of these assholes...all I would be doing is giving the same corrupt filled judicial system that fucked me once to find another reason to fuck with me again until they force me into another BK or put me in prison. I won't give the assholes that satisfaction.

Besides, I don't blow people like their fellow republican co-hearts do to get off of any crimes they would make up as they go along.


jbunny
jbunny

@Cozz 

That would be fantastic. I went over how to explain a felony conviction to an employer with my female inmates today, and they got very emotional. In some ways I hate instilling hope in them if it means they'll get shot down when they get released. 

I'm trying to figure out a way to get a hold of you. I'm not on Facebook. I kind of think it would be fun to get coffee sometime with Zigs, Magician, Flyer, etc. I've been reading all your guys' comments for years and it would be fun to commiserate/chat and put faces to the names.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@jbunny 

Trust me, I know all to well about the plight of being a felon and finding employment. I finally gave up trying after 8 years and that was after gong back to school and getting a EMT11 certification and being licensed since 2009. Still couldn't find a job with the felony. I'm certified and licensed here in Arizona as a EMT, but couldn't get a DPS finger print card because of the felony which all EMS service providers are required to have by their employee's. So that ended up being a total waste of time in school, money and energy over 2 years. Now that the felony has been set aside, I can't get a job in the EMS field because of the possibility of being a liability at my age. Oh well...

You can't even get a vendors license in Arizona for a Hot Dog Cart, cut hair or sell real-estate with a felony thats how ridiculous it is here since you need a DPS fingerprint clearance card for the business license. 

Its the catch all that the State through DPS uses as additional punishment to hold felons back and down. Sure, they have an appeal process, but that can take a long time to get through the process and even then, minds are made up before you finally get to a hearing.

That is a major problem for most people that have been convicted of a felony no matter how petty it is. Once you're a felon, trying to find work that will support a home, feed a family and just pay the bills is ridiculous on minimum wage if you can even find a minimum wage job to begin with, while staying out of trouble, slowly losing everything around you, and finally ending up on the streets if not in prison.

The Judicial system doesn't care and from my experience it showed me that it gets off on inflecting as much pain and suffering as possible on convicted felons & their families that get caught up in a corrupt judicial system. Its a vicious cycle here where there's them and you where the truth doesn't matter since they have the power....gotta keep those prisons for profit full you know.....

Getting a felony set aside in Arizona is a major uphill battle filled with a lot of frustration.

First off, the Arizona judicial system has the mind set that once a felon, always a felon.
Then you have the problem that most judges and commissioners are X-prosecutors. So good luck like finding one that isn't biased or prejudice right from the beginning and isn't against anyone and everyone thats been convicted of a felony under those so called Honorable Robes they wear. 

They deny motions for set asides when all else fails and they have no real grounds for the denial as "At the Courts Discretion"  Meaning that there is no standard or protocol for making their decisions with people that have paid the price and the time has passed that deserve to have their conviction set aside. It's all about the judges or commissioners personal bias and whether or not they got laid the night before.

It took me 5 years, 6 different judges and or commissioners, and 7 motions to finally have my felony conviction set aside. The funny thing is, the judge that denied my very first motion to set aside, granted it 5 years later.

The State has a website that the forms can be download, filled out and sent it to start the process. Get ready, it takes from 4 to 6 months to go through the process and denied each time unless you get lucky and find a judge or commissioner that actually reviews the motion and doesn't just rubber stamp it denied.

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/Forms/availableForms.asp

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@jbunny

You have to go into this expecting the worst and hope for the best.

 Like I said before, finding an honorable judge in Maricopa county is tough since most are X-Prsecutors. Most of them rule on these matters by their own personal bias or what is politically correct, very few think for themselves on a case to case basis anymore which is made obvious when they can use "At the Courts Discretion" as their excuse to deny it since it never seems to go before the same court and the motion is just dumped into a pool of worthless wanta be judge commissioners.

Here is the ARS 13-907 statute. This is what you'll have to go by crime and time wise before submitting a motion for set aside:


13-907. Setting aside judgment of convicted person on discharge; application; release from disabilities; exceptions

A. Except as provided in subsection D of this section, every person convicted of a criminal offense, on fulfillment of the conditions of probation or sentence and discharge by the court, may apply to the judge, justice of the peace or magistrate who pronounced sentence or imposed probation or such judge, justice of the peace or magistrate's successor in office to have the judgment of guilt set aside. The convicted person shall be informed of this right at the time of discharge.

B. The convicted person or, if authorized in writing, the convicted person's attorney or probation officer may apply to set aside the judgment.

C. If the judge, justice of the peace or magistrate grants the application, the judge, justice of the peace or magistrate shall set aside the judgment of guilt, dismiss the accusations or information and order that the person be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the conviction except those imposed by:

1. The department of transportation pursuant to section 28-3304, 28-3306, 28-3307, 28-3308 or 28-3319, except that the conviction may be used as a conviction if the conviction would be admissible had it not been set aside and may be pleaded and proved in any subsequent prosecution of such person by the state or any of its subdivisions for any offense or used by the department of transportation in enforcing section 28-3304, 28-3306, 28-3307, 28-3308 or 28-3319 as if the judgment of guilt had not been set aside.

2. The game and fish commission pursuant to section 17-314 or 17-340.

D. This section does not apply to a person who was convicted of a criminal offense:

1. Involving a dangerous offense.

2. For which the person is required or ordered by the court to register pursuant to section 13-3821.

3. For which there has been a finding of sexual motivation pursuant to section 13-118.

4. In which the victim is a minor under fifteen years of age.

5. In violation of section 28-3473, any local ordinance relating to stopping, standing or operation of a vehicle or title 28, chapter 3, except a violation of section 28-693 or any local ordinance relating to the same subject matter as section 28-693.

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