Tom Horne in Handcuffs: Bill Montgomery Can and Should Get Arizona's Attorney General

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Horne: So deserving of a perp-walk...

In Arizona, you've got to get the justice you can when you can get it.

That's because in this state, particularly when it comes to public corruption or the abuse of power, you might as well wait for Godot if you think the wicked will be punished as part of the natural order of things.

Take for example, immigrant-chasin' Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who for all of his misdeeds over the years, richly deserves to be under a prison somewhere.

Consider all the wrongful deaths in Joe's jails, the use of his office to target his critics and political opponents, the violation of the civil rights of others under the color of law (a federal crime, natch), the lies, the cover-ups.

Don't tell me there isn't enough evidence of Joe's crimes. There's evidence aplenty. How do I know?

Because New Times has been compiling it almost from the time Arpaio took office more than two decades ago.

But politics and prosecutors go hand-in-hand. Which is why I believe the U.S. Attorney's Office wussed out in 2012 on going after Arpaio criminally after a four-year investigation into the sheriff and his henchmen, past and present, at the MCSO.

As with a lot of things, the Obama Administration didn't have the huevos for it.

Which is why Arpaio's 2013 defeat in the ACLU's big racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio is so important.

We may never see Arpaio in a pair of his own pink boxers, but as a result of Melendres, we do have a court-appointed monitor overseeing a federal judge's dictate that Arpaio end his racial-profiling ways.

In other words, we got the best justice we could get, no thanks to the feds.


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sandellen64
sandellen64

Prosecutor Teflon Juan Martinez is another of the Teflon club that comes to mind.  I do believe he would literally drink the blood of Jodi Arias if given the chance.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Does anyone else think that Horne looks like Shrek with liver desease?

sappho2010
sappho2010

I have been following New Times since its beginning and it is by far the only newspaper in the wickedly corrupt and degenerate state of politicians and government morons that has not been corrupted or tainted. Sadly the moronic power mongers have yet to reap their karma. Hopefully I will be around to throw a huge celebration when they are all dead....b/c that will occur before any face charges or prison time.

Bubba8989
Bubba8989

Mr. Stephen Lemons, you set the standard for that time-honored journalistic practice of name calling.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

The Feds need to arrest and prosecute all these corrupt Arizona scumbag politicians.



DNichols
DNichols

Tom Horne is trying hard to follow in "Teflon" Joe's footsteps.


Horne has seen time, and time again how Arpaio uses scape goats, and cover ups to avoid facing "Justice" for his many, many crimes.


Arizona is a hot bed for Political corruption, and evading  any form of "Justice."


"Joe's Law".

rh19541954
rh19541954

Or on second thought until some federal prosecutors, federal judges quit being derelict of their duties and do their jobs as a second alternative, but am not holding my breath on this one, I voted for Obama, but he just stated we tortured, committed war crimes in one breath but then tried to give the perpetrators a get out of jail card by saying they had good intentions and were under stress, do no think the Nazi's could have won with this defense but am sure the age old law of the victors get to decide who pays for war crimes, violating their oaths of office!

rh19541954
rh19541954

Until the corrupt republicans who run state legislator's offices are made a minority and we get a Independent or a Democrat Governor, Attorney General this is a mere fantasy in this state!

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Um, Stephen Lemons, Tom Horne IS a power-mad psychopath. Read up on psychopathology, you'll see it.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Murray Snow IS a federal judge... so, still some help from some feds even if not the executive branch.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

I agree the odds are against it, given how much blantant, rank corruption among our so-called "leaders" goes on unpunished in this state. If this were a more civilized place, Arpaio, Henderschott, Thomas, Pierce, Babeau and Horne would all be out of office and hopefully rotting in prison cells. Alas, this is Arizona.


The good news is that it looks like Horne will go down in flames in the primary. Once he's out of office, maybe someone will finally grow a spine and indict him. I'm not holding my breath, but there's a bottle of Jagermeister in the freezer that I'd love to break out for a shot if it happens....


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

MontyPug has absolutely zero spine. He won't go after HorniBoi.

Especially with his own eye on the AG's Office.

MontyPug didn't go after Arpaio, twice -disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce, Sean Pearce, etc.

What makes anyone think he'll grow a pair of balls and go after HorniBoi?

DNichols
DNichols

@Bubba8989 

Gee , lets not call any of the corrupt turds festering, and swirling around in Arizona's current Cesspool of crooked Politicians any names.

Thank you for exposing corruption in my home State Mr. Lemons, great work.

To: A Better Arizona.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@arizonaeagletarian


ever watch a gangster film? When the criminals talk about the "feds" theyre not talking about judges, thyre talking about the FBI, or some other federal law enforcement. the us attrny did not go after arpaio. period. re: melendres the piece says " a court-appointed monitor overseeing a federal judge's dictate."  but that suit came about because of the aclu.

DNichols
DNichols

@MaskedMagician1967 

Montgomery was bought, and paid for at election time by Horne's mentor in corruption "Teflon" Joe.

Montgomery does as the corrupt M.C.S.O. master tells him period.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Some will believe him and vote for him and then be bewildered when he doesnt.........yet still they will defend him

(Sound familiar???)

He is using a tried and true campaign trick.....tell them enough to get their votes, then fuck em

It works

They've all been doing it for a long long time

DNichols
DNichols

@Fischenbach @SpottedDick 

I bet the former Illinios Governor Rod Blogovich would disagree with you, and I am sure he wishes he had been Governor in Arizona.

He would have never been charged, and could be enjoying Hate Rallies with our other corrupt Politicians instead of being incarcerated.  

Fischenbach
Fischenbach

At least we aren't dealing with the big labor unions and the big public employees unions here that my former state of Minnesota get to deal with...more trouble than they are worth.

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