Media Targets Thomas Family

Brahm Resnik

The Arizona Republic and Channel 12 News (KPNX) decided to post the address and names of Maricopa County Attorney, Andrew Thomas and his family in an article published today on AZCentral. This is clearly a violation of Arizona law and provides a danger to the safety and security of County Attorney Thomas and his family.

The reporter, Brahm Resnik, made the information public in a story about Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the availability of his address. Resnik’s link included the home address and names of Andrew Thomas’ wife and children.

One has to wonder if Channel 12 News or the Arizona Republic have attorneys on staff? Did they bother to check Arizona Revised Statutes to pre-determine if they might be breaking the law? Here’s what the statutes states:

Arizona Revised Statute 13-2401.i.

Personal information on the world wide web; exception; classification; definitions

A. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly make available on the world wide web the personal information of a peace officer, justice, judge, commissioner, public defender or prosecutor if the dissemination of the personal information poses an imminent and serious threat to the peace officer’s, justice’s, judge’s, commissioner’s, public defender’s or prosecutor’s safety or the safety of that person’s immediate family and the threat is reasonably apparent to the person making the information available on the world wide web to be serious and imminent.

B. It is not a violation of this section if an employee of a county recorder, county treasurer or county assessor publishes personal information, in good faith, on the web site of the county recorder, county treasurer or county assessor in the ordinary course of carrying out public functions.

C. A violation of subsection A is a class 5 felony.

D. For the purposes of this section:

1. “Commissioner” means a commissioner of the superior court.

2. “Immediate family” means a peace officer’s, justice’s, judge’s, commissioner’s, public defender’s or prosecutor’s spouse, child or parent and any other adult who lives in the same residence as the person.

3. “Judge” means a judge of the United States district court, the United States court of appeals, the United States magistrate court, the United States bankruptcy court, the Arizona court of appeals, the superior court or a municipal court.

4. “Justice” means a justice of the United States or Arizona supreme court or a justice of the peace.

5. “Personal information” means a peace officer’s, justice’s, judge’s, commissioner’s, public defender’s or prosecutor’s home address, home telephone number, pager number, personal photograph, directions to the person’s home or photographs of the person’s home or vehicle.

6. “Prosecutor” means a county attorney, a municipal prosecutor, the attorney general or a United States attorney and includes an assistant or deputy United States attorney, county attorney, municipal prosecutor or attorney general.

7. “Public defender” means a federal public defender, county public defender, county legal defender or county contract indigent defense counsel and includes an assistant or deputy federal public defender, county public defender or county legal defender.


All this has forced Andrew Thomas to bring on a security detail to protect his family from those who might want to cause him and his family harm.

While Brahm Resnik does not serve in the same capacity as Mr. Thomas as defined by law, it should be no problem then that this blog  posts his personal information online. Perhaps he might get a better sense as to what those who serve and protect us experience in the battle for public safety.

Judge Revises Order

Did anyone happen to read this small article in the Arizona Republic regarding a reversal of a minute entry by Judge Timothy Ryan?

Apparently, Judge Ryan decided to remove a derrogatory statement from the minutes in his description of a deputy county attorney who was not able to make a court hearing. Labeling the attorney as demonstrating “gross, wanton misconduct,” Judge Ryan was then confronted by County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Ryan, who has been under fire from Thomas for demonstrating bias on certain rulings, must have realized he was making Thomas’ case. The judge then blinked and decided to back down.

But you won’t read this on the front page or the ongoing series of Thomas vs. Ryan.


Is Huckabee the guy?

In the back of my mind, I wonder if Mike Huckabee is the right man to be president.  He’s a consistent and eloquent defender of important social issues, and has a crossover appeal to Democrats and Independents that is remarkable in light of this.

From this morning’s vantage point, the nomination looks like a two way contest between Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.  Rudy appears to be a strong choice to add real estate to the Republican Party; in a recent Celinda Lake poll, he bested the all but certain Democratic nominee in nearly all of the Congressional districts likely to be competitive in 2008.  Rudy would run strongly in the Northeast, the GOP’s weakest region, and force the Democrats to fight for more states than they otherwise would.  The downside for conservatives is obvious, despite his tax cutting school choice supporting welfare reducing tough on crime mayoralty of New York City.  Rudy refused to support a ban on partial birth abortions in his aborted (couldn’t resist) race for the United States Senate in 2000.  After leaving his second wife for his mistress, a decision he announced to the cameras before his family, he moved in with a gay couple, for whom he supports civil unions with all of the attendant government benefits and protections of marriage.  This is on top of his sanctuary city policy and an abysmal record on the 2nd Amendment.

Mitt Romney is right on the issues that matter right now, and I don’t need to doubt his sincerity to be concerned over his recent conversion on marriage, on life, on immigration, and on gun control.  I think he’s an exceptional human being, as evidenced by two graduate degrees from Harvard, and the successful turnaround and stewardship of numerous large companies, as well as the Salt Lake City Olympics.  Many conservatives who can accept the changes in policy are uncomfortable with his Mormon religion, and feel that elevating a member of that organization to the highest and most public office on the Earth would give legitimacy to a religion that they feel teaches false doctrines.  There is no evidence that he would add territory as the nominee, despite winning a governor’s race in a blue state.

So is Huckabee the guy?  He has never changed his stripes on the issues that matter to conservatives, and his status as a Baptist minister and former President of their state convention is more deposit than I need to know that they never will.  I’m hearing a surprising amount of anecdotal evidence from Democrats and Independents that they love Mike Huckabee, and love the way he packages traditional conservatism.

Mike Huckabee is positioned for a strong second place showing in Iowa,  and is starting to show signs of life in New Hampshire, and he is even reporting a fundraising surge, but the serious money, organization and infrastructure, endorsements, and media attention is with the other candidates.  With more states voting sooner than ever before, the playing field is stacked heavily against a late bloomer with little campaign cash.

Having said that, I wonder if social conservatives didn’t do right by Huckabee.  Many of us (NOT ME) indulged Ol’ Fred Thompson, who waited way too long to enter the race, who previously publicly declared his support for abortion and lobbied the White House for Planned Parenthood (which competes for his most notorious client with Libya), a confused and tired looking man in his mid sixties who looks a decade older, who has no accomplishments from 8 years in the Senate, and no apparently policy depth.  Yes, the social conservatives forsook one of our own for “Bush with a Baritone,” a self avowed ladies man after his divorce, who doesn’t attend think church is important.  His best day was before he announced, thus making him both the Wesley Clark and, for reasons already mentioned, the James Stockdale of the 2008 campaign.

The Republican race is remarkably fluid, and early polling indicates a high number of undecided and persuadable voters, but Huckabee (who must certainly top any list of Vice Presidential choices) may need a miracle to win (for the record the author of this post believes in and relies upon miracles).  Can he consolidate Sam Brownback’s voters, donors, and muscle now that he’s out?  Will he continue to gain as Thompson falls, or draw from Evangelicals currently camped on Romney or Giuliani?  Can a strong early showing be parlayed into dollars and support in the year of the frontloaded primary?

Articles like this one cause a big part of me to hope so.

More on Dennis Wilenchik

Two articles on Dennis Wilenchik in the last 24 hours worth reading.

Groe case takes another twist, addresses the credibility of Wilenchik’s prosecution in the case of State Representative, Trish Groe.

Mike Sunnucks reports on the Arizona State Bar’s investigation of Wilenchik in his article in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Several of our astute readers are asking where Joe Arpaio is in all of this fiasco given his history with the Phoenix New Times.