The saga of reforming the probate courts in Arizona is focusing on Maricopa County lately.  The anger families and victims of the court ordered abuse are feeling has reached a fever pitch and came to an interesting point earlier this week.  This is from a website dedicated to Arizona Judicial Reform:  “The Hits Just Keep On Coming…OR…How to Legally Abuse, Extort, and Violate the Law While Making a Fortune!”  The current practices are anything but our finest hour and do not resemble “justice for all”.  It is worth reading.


It seems Judge Donohoe, of Andy Thomas fame, has his hands all over this charade of justice called “probate”.  He was charged with corruption and bribery by Thomas.  Of course, Donohoe suggested the role of the judiciary was sacrosanct and adamantly admonished the County Attorney for even suggesting that he would impose politics into his rulings.

He has become a sort of cult figure for some who opposed Thomas and holds a similar level of oppositional esteem by those who see him as the poster child for judicial arrogance.  Watching the video below of Donohoe in action will certainly improve the ranks of the latter group.

Well, it’s interesting how things in life have a way of taking a turn.

Background: an adult was ordered by Donohoe to be evaluated to determine competency by a physician of the courts choosing. Never mind no evidence was ever presented to the court indicating he was incapacitated or that he was sitting in the courtroom demanding this stop, or that this private citizen had a long time, well-known and highly respected physician who was prepared to testify to his competency.  There was, however, admitted hearsay of a distant relative…what ever happened to the “clear and convincing evidence” standard?

So, the attorney of this private citizen, whose only wrongdoing was having the combination of money and maliciously greedy relatives, asked via subpoena for the Dr.’s involvement in prior cases with the court and previous rulings.  Is she fair and equitable or does she make her living with these reports and declares 90% of her cases as incapacitated?  Hey…makes sense to ask.

The Dr. immediately resigned from the case.  Judge Donohoe didn’t like it that his ‘go-to-girl” for competency matters was miffed. 

So, being the purveyor of all things truthful….he did what he had previously declared to be an affront to justice.  He had their lawyer arrested in court.  How dare anyone question his hand-picked expert? He demanded the attorneys disclose information that falls under attorney-client privilege.  The first guy up refused.  Pink handcuffs and off to jail for him.  

Say, hey Judge, whatever happened to ARS 12-2234

  • 12-2234. Attorney and client
  • A. In a civil action an attorney shall not, without the consent of his client, be examined   as to any communication made by the client to him, or his advice given thereon in the course of professional employment.

Apparently Judge Donohoe doesn’t need no stinkin’ statutes!  Watch the videos …. video 2 has the arrest of Joel Sannis, video 9 is attorney Sandy Slaton giving him heck!  All the videos are chilling.  To imagine in a court of law, in the USA, a private citizen can have their attorney arrested and held in jail for failing to disclose to the judge who said what in developing the case.

How much was that lawsuit Donohoe filed against Andy Thomas and what was it for?


While we are on the subject of The Honorable Judge Gary Donohoe, he is not the only Donohoe to be employed by the Maricopa County Courts.  Sean Liam Donohoe was sworn in as a deputy of the court on 6/28/10 .  Don’t they do background checks? 

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/CriminalCourtCases/caseInfo.asp CR2007-006149-001.


Kyl to retire: Let the Stampede Begin

Politico.com is reporting Senator Jon Kyl, the second ranking GOP  Senator, will not seek re-election.  Speculation has been mixed on whether the junior Senator of Arizona would retire with the possibility of a GOP led Senate in 2012.

This opens the door for the bevy of potential candidates, from both parties, to start their races.  Will the remnants of 2010 be enough for JD to jump in or was he too damaged?  Is this the time for Shadegg to return to office or will Flake give legs to the talk that he is waiting for the chance to move over to the “other” chamber?

On the side of the Dems…it is a safe bet Nappy stays out.  Her polling numbers are abysmal.  What about Glassman, Chernei, will Kirsten Sinema use her Sunday Square Off residency to jump up a notch?

What say you?

One thing is for sure…2012 starts today.

PRESS RELEASE: HB2424 Legislation Introduced to Reform Probate Court

Press Release


January 20, 2011

Arizona could become National leader with new laws

 January 19, 2011-Phoenix, ARIZONA – Following multiple reports of devastating abuses involving Arizona probate court,   Arizona State Representative David Smith (R – Carefree) sponsored legislation that would make Arizona the nation’s leader in judicial probate reform.  House Bill 2424 seeks to remedy rampant financial exploitation and abuses by Arizona’s probate court-ordered fiduciaries and others in the court system. The concerns over probate abuses have been widely documented in the media and in a report to the United States Senate submitted in September 2010.

When asked about his motivations, Representative Smith shared in an interview with the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts: “I was concerned about the articles I read in the paper, some of the abuses that you point out.  In fact, I knew some of the people involved in one case.”

Sherry Lund, who is advocating for HB2424 said, “We are fighting for probate reform so no other Arizona family will suffer from the horrific abuses in the current system.  Such reform is overdue and new laws are the solution.”

HB2424 will become the national standard for probate reform.  The current draft includes:

  • Improving oversight of probate court system by establishing an advocacy panel appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and President of the Senate. 
  • Allowing wards, or their families, to request a change of fiduciary annually.
  •  Protecting financial interests of persons in probate by “capping” certain fees while requiring the court to establish a fee schedule for others.
  •  Developing stronger fiduciary accountability by requiring a monthly accounting of expenditures.
  •  Ensuring the civil liberties and wishes of the ward are upheld and respected.
  •  Implementing stricter qualifications for probate judges.

 One of the key pieces of the new bill is the ability to replace the court appointed fiduciary annually. The case of Marie Long has been one of the most egregious stories of exploitation. When Mrs. Long was placed under the care of a court appointed fiduciary she had a $1.3 million estate, yet it was completely depleted within 4 years leaving her penniless and dependant on the state.    When asked about the provision to allow for a change of fiduciary, Jon Kitchel, attorney for Marie Long said if it includes trustess, “Unquestionably, she’d still have her money.”

Laura Knaperek, who is working on behalf of victims of probate abuse said on the bill being introduced, “At the end of the day, probate court is about families.  If abuses are occurring in the probate system, families are suffering.  This legislation is an important first step towards protecting families.  I’m very honored to work for HB 2424 with Representative Smith and the other co-sponsors.”

COURT ORDERED THEFT: Expect to be outraged!


For most Americans, the concept that the government could take control of your life, seize for redistribution all of your assets, and deprive you of the comfort of family and friends while doing so is beyond a Kafkaesque notion. The court ordered control of lives, destruction of families, elimination of personal wealth, and the complete disregard for individual directives is happening.  These are not isolated cases of bad people, mismanaged funds, or folks with duplicitous intent looking to surreptitiously get rich quick off of Grannies life savings…there are many cases of full blown, court ordered removal of Constitutional rights, personal directives being ignored, families drug though years of legal wrangling based on hearsay without the benefit of evidence, and nothing short of legal thievery.  The families fight back at great personal cost and suffer at the hands of the courts in ways most citizens would never believe…until you see it for yourself. 

There is a storm building of moral outrage.  Families being torn apart, lives shattered, and the best laid plans of loving and caring spouses, parents, and children being ignored.  The collusion that is taking place between the courts/judges, the fiduciary agents, and probate attorneys could make organized crime syndicates look weak in comparison.

This coming storm is not to be ignored.  Here is one story…the first of many.


Press release
For immediate release

PHOENIX – Republican Attorney General nominee Tom Horne, who attended today’s U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing regarding S.B. 1070, believes at least part of the lower court ruling vacating portions of the law will be overruled.

“Before these arguments began, there was much discussion about the three judges, who is on the left, the right and in the middle,” Horne noted. “Regardless of those considerations, I believe the three judges will unanimously overturn Judge Susan Bolton’s earlier decisions on S.B. 1070 in regards to Sections 2 and 6, but not Sections 3 and 5.”

Horne explained, “On the merits of Section 2, which is the language that requires local law enforcement to make inquiries of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Judge Bolton ruled that such language was an undue burden on ICE. But it is clear to me this panel will unanimously overrule her and will rule that the federal government is obligated under statute to respond to inquiries of local law enforcement.”

He added, “Section 6 deals with warrantless arrest of a suspected illegal who has committed a crime that is a ‘removable offense.’ The Ninth Circuit panel believes this is a law that could be applied in a way that is unconstitutional, but could still be applied in manner that is legal. The court challenge in this instance is called a ‘facial challenge’ which means if there is any way to enforce the law legally, the challenge should fail. For that reason, I believe the Court will unanimously overrule Judge Bolton on Section 6.”

Horne continued, “In regards to Section 3, which is the documentation requirement, the judges said Arizona may not add to the federal law that requires legal aliens to carry documentation of their immigration status. If the lower court ruling is upheld, the state would argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that the state and federal requirements are the same.”

Horne concludes, “With respect to Section 5, which concerns employment of illegal immigrants, the Court will likely rule against Arizona because the Ninth Circuit is bound by an earlier ruling by another three judge panel from the Ninth Circuit. This argument would have to be appealed at the U.S. Supreme Court.”


Tom Horne in the Media from San Francisco

The Jay Lawrence Show on KTAR – Click here to listen live.

KPHO Channel 5 – Click here to read.

AZ Central / Arizona Republic – Click here to read.

12 News – Click here to read.


The Constitution is under attack from the Federal Government.  The rights of states to make laws and determine, as authorized by the 10th Amendment, how to govern is at risk. 

 Immigration, Healthcare, Cap & Trade, Gun Rights, Education, Taxation….

The frontlines of the battle will be the courts and the fight has already started.  Arizona may be the identified defendant before the courts at the moment but the every state in the union will be affected by the outcome. 

America must win and Arizona is the first line of defense.  The erosion of our rights, bit by bit, one by one cannot be passively allowed.  We must be prepared to fight back using the legal rights we still maintain…that requires a strong and capable Attorney General who is willing, ready, and able to do the job!

This is not the first time the rights of states over an encroaching federal involvement have been tested.  It is not the first time Arizona has had to fight back or the first time a Democratic Arizona Attorney General has refused to defend Arizona, instead siding with the interests that run counter to the majority of voters and the United States Constitution.

Arizona and America won then…and can, again.

So, who accepted the battle?  Who stood up for the rights of the state when the Democrat AG refused, someone elected and paid with tax dollars to defend us but chose to turn his back on Arizona…who took up the fight?  Who won the battle on behalf of Arizona, on behalf of the Constitution?


Tom Horne took up the fight that years of Democratic AG’s would not…the battle over how our tax dollars would be spent to educate English Language Learners, saving the state over $300 million dollars. Tom Horne accepted this decades long fight and prevailed.  He fought back against the special interests, the Ninth Circuit, and the Democratic government political machine, never backing down, never giving up. 

Tom Horne prevailed in the Unites States Supreme Court, on behalf of Arizona, preserving the Constitutional rights of all states. Judge Alito wrote the majority opinion and made it very clear, this was an extremely important 10th Amendment victory!


With the recent and upcoming Ninth Circuit activity; ruling on Arizona’s Voter Identification Law this week and the upcoming SB 1070 Hearing next week and with the likelihood of a challenge over government mandated health care,

Tom Horne is uniquely qualified for the current demands of Arizona Attorney General.


Is Rick Romley attempting to sabbotage Bill Montgomery?

First of all, I make no statements to the guilt or innocence of any police officer.  This is very much not about that, it is my hope that in time the full truth will be told and justice will be served.  Justice.  Interesting concept.  With that said…..

Rick Romley is a lame duck Interim County Attorney.  He had his wings clipped by the voters of Maricopa County, the area he actually serves and by which he is employed.  His opposition to SB1070 was not lost on voters.  He was soundly defeated, embarrassingly so, by Bill Montgomery in a primary with an empty Dem slot on the ballot.

Now, Mr. Romley has gone to the grand jury procuring an indictment against a Phoenix Police Officer accused of 2nd degree murder, in a short one week after the incident.  A week filled with Hispanic activists blaming the shooting on race…and race alone, calling for murder charges.   Nightly their drama played out at 5, 6 and 10 with local TV giving a sounding board for their anger.  All 25 of them which eventually grew to about 100.

Romley felt he had sufficient evidence to go forward.  In one week.

Was there a completed investigation?  What is the Police Standards Bureau saying about the shooting?  Any experts involved?  What was the rush?  The officer is off the streets.

Are Romley, and his sidekick Jack Harris, merely playing politics with the handling of this case?

Romely is done.  He is out of office in a little over 2 months.  Word is that he is still very angry about his defeat.  It will be Bill Montgomery who will have to prosecute this case.  It is Bill Mongtomery who will have to decide how to proceed after a complete investigation is provided.  Bill Montgomery, the guy who won the election Romley felt was his.

If the evidence should suggest that there was no crime at all…that the officer was fully justified in his use of deadly force…what will the Carlos Galindo crowd do then?  What sort of outrage will be allowed to build as the months go by and they fan the flames of race based anger?  Will the story line be the SB1070 supporting County Attorney lets this case go….or that justice was served?

Romley is playing to the Phoenix voter.  The Phil Gordon, sanctuary city, voter.  He is certainly working the crowd of Hispanic activists, as is Harris.  Interestingly, the Mayor’s race in Phoenix has no front runner and Romley will be out of a job soon.

Mayor  Romley of Phoenix?  Nah…a better idea is to go into private practice with a like minded attorney.  I can see it now…Romley & Woods, PC.


Racism.  What is it?  Who is it? 

Do you know it if you see it?

In most cases, if you aren’t sure of something, baby boomers like me do what were taught…we look it up.  In the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’and 70’s, that meant a dictionary or encyclopedia.  Now…we have “Google” and the Internet.  The term “Google it” has become the culturally ubiquitous meaning for cyber research.   My, how our culture has evolved in the last 60-70 years!

Or have we?

Back to the topic….

Wikipedia defines racism:

Racism is the belief that the genetic factors which constitute race are a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Racism’s effects are called “racial discrimination.” In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or receive preferential treatment.

So…believing that genetic factors determine the inherent ability of an individual or if choices are based on those genetically determined racial differences…it would fit the bill for racism.

Of course it would!

Really?  So anyone can be a racist?  Racism isn’t limited to one group or defined sub-set of people?  It isn’t limited to majority over minority?

That would mean, if someone gets a job, a raise, college admission, or even a better table at the restaurant because their skin is of a certain color, in the existence of others equally or more qualified of a different color, it is a racist decision?

That would mean ANYONE who is subjected to preferential, or derogatory, treatment based on race has been the victim of racism.  Someone better tell Al Sharpton.  Send the memo to Rick Romley, Jack Harris, and Carlos Galindo while you’re at it.

There are still those who “look it up” in their full set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, with the hard, cracked, yellowing cover and volumes of obsolete information.  But, that is what they know and on what they base their information, no matter how irrelevant it may be today.  It serves their purpose, even if it is unnecessary and does not procure the best result.  In fact, it probably gives the holder of such beliefs a false sense of knowledge that is based on old, out-of-date, and possibly misleading “facts”.   

This is 2010.  Internet, Barrack Obama, Sarah Palin, cell phones; diversity and intellectual advancements abound.   

Prop 107…you decide.  But if you don’t know what Prop 107 is, you won’t find it in your Funk and Wagnall’s….that was then, this is now.

Arizona’s very own Barney Frank…Felecia Rotellini

Way back before every American could tell you which house on their block was, or is, a foreclosure. Back when people believed banks were good and owning a home was the epitome’ of the American Dream…there were warnings.  Public warnings, on May 26, 2006 Senator McCain spoke out as part of an effort to prevent the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.  Barney Frank, the holder of the keys to The House, ignored it.  There were other things to do.  Frank, a liberal Dem, used lots of trick to diminish the importance of those warnings while taking loads of cashola, in one way or another, for his efforts.   

All this while in Arizona, Rotellini was doing her own Barney Frank act, ignoring a very well documented account of fraud from a very well respected source.  She was too busy building her political capital.   

She, like Barney Frank,  was focused on feathering her own nest while thousands of Arizona citizens were losing theirs.


Press releaseFor immediate release


PHOENIX - The Tom Horne for Attorney General campaign has released a video detailing Felecia Rotellini’s negligence as a state banking regulator.  She was warned in a detailed letter in 2006 that Mortgages Limited was engaged in possibly illegal financial activity.  She did nothing, and two years later, in 2008, the warnings proved accurate and Mortgages Limited went bankrupt.  Thousands of Arizonans lost a total of more than a billion dollars because Rotellini sat on her hands when she had the chance to act.  By contrast, Horne has defended Arizona taxpayers, most notably in the Horne v. Flores case in which $300 million was saved because he took action on behalf of the citizens of Arizona.  Rotellini’s record suggests that she does just the opposite.

 Click here to watch the video or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owj2BXZEpfs.

 Click here to view the warning letter to Rotellini’s Office or go to http://www.electtomhorne.com/mortgages_ltd.pdf.



Union Supporting Rotellini Recruits Drug Dealers

The union supporting liberal Dem Felecia Rotellini for AG, the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), is recruiting drug dealers in California, the marijuana sellers and growers legalized by that State’s medical marijuana law, into the union. The UFCW, which called for a boycott of Arizona when SB1070 was enacted, has contributed thousands and thousands of dollars to Rotellini’s campaign. When Tom Horne called upon Rotellini to refund the UFCW’s contribution, and reject that union’s support, Rotellini refused. 

Today, Horne said:

Enough is enough. Rotellini should refund UFCW’s tainted money for two reasons: they are actively recruiting marijuana sellers and growers, and they have called for a boycott of Arizona. Rotellini should reject this effort to turn Arizona into a satellite state of California.’”

A news report from Work in Progress stated:

First, the United Food & Commercial Workers unionized some medical marijuana workers in May as part of an effort to bring “legitimacy to a once-hidden sector of the state’s economy” and boost the marijuana-legalization initiative.

Shortly afterward, the UFCW endorsed Proposition 19, stating:

The marriage of the cannabis-hemp industry and UFCW is a natural one,” said [UFCW local 5 president] Rush. “We are an agriculture, food-processing and retail union, as is this industry.”

The people of Arizona need to…just say NO TO ROTELLINI!

ROTELLINI: “We’ve got to get off of 1070….”

Democratic AG nominee Felecia Rotollini has very little trial experience.  Two civil cases.  For someone who calls herself a “veteran prosecutor”  that is pretty sad.  But, the reason may be pretty clear after her interview with Mary Jo Pitzl.  The woman doesn’t have an ounce of sense.  Not legally or politically. 

Rotellini said SB 1070 is not the state’s most pressing legal need. “We’ve got to get off of SB 1070,”


OK…she’s a Dem but is she stupid?  Has she not seen the polls?  Does she think her level of public influence is so great that we will hear her say this and fall for it?  She thinks consumer fraud is the issue.  What does she think illegal immigration does?  It defrauds the taxpayer…to the tune of BILLIONS of dollars.  Does she not understand the meaning of  “illegal”?

Felecia Rotellini is clearly driven by political ambition over the best interests of the state of Arizona.  She depends on the big bucks to bankroll her campaign from the deep pockets of the same unions that called for the boycott of Arizona.  She would be nothing more than be a political puppet for the Obama administration and has made it clear, she will dance with the one that brung her…the unions.

She says…get off of 1070.

NAH…we will just elect Tom Horne.  He has actually tried cases…and won.  He has actually defended Arizona…and won.  Don’t worry Felecia, maybe one of these unions needs an attorney to handle fraud.  They are so good at it.

HORNE: Liberal Democrat Rotellini misleads public on trial experience: “HAS NEVER TRIED A CASE IN HER LIFE”

Republican nominee for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne today made public a press release citing evidence that Ms. Rotellini has never tried a case; making her a

PINO…Prosecutor in Name Only“. 

How Ms. Rotellini feels eight (8) cases is sufficient to be considered the state’s top attorney is in itself a mystery.  But that she thought the electorate so simple as to not question her skills in the area that is the very basic purpose of the AG’s office is staggering.  On second thought, considering that Tery Goddard has refused to defend Arizona and she is a Goddard/Napolitano clone, it really isn’t so surprising.


September 14, 2010

For immediate release


PHOENIX— Republican Attorney General nominee Tom Horne today released a study demonstrating that Democrat

Felecia Rotellini, who touts herself as a “veteran prosecutor,” has in fact never tried a case in her entire life.

In January 1991 Horne was admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates, which included the following requirement: that he has tried at least 25 cases as the lead lawyer to a jury to conclusion.

During the KAET Channel 8 debate last Wednesday, Horne suggested that Rotellini, by contrast, had few, if any, jury trials. Rotellini did not respond. The Arizona Republic did a Fact Check, and obtained information from Rotellini about her legal experience, which the Republic posted on its website. Rotellini cited eight cases. Volunteers for Horne then researched each of those eight cases, and it turned out that Rotellini did not proceed to trial on any one of the eight cases, and turned five of the six criminal cases over to another lawyer before they even went to a guilty plea.

Attached is the documentation as to each of the eight cases cited by Rotellini.


Supplemental Information

No trial, to a Jury or to a Judge, occurred in any of the eight cases which the Rotellini campaign provided to the Arizona Republic in a failed attempt to demonstrate her legal experience.

In five of the six criminal cases Rotellini’s campaign listed which resulted in guilty pleas, none went to trial and she was not the attorney of record for the State at the time the case was pled out by a guilty plea. In five of those cases, another Assistant Attorney General had become the prosecutor before the defendant pled guilty. No trial occurred in the two civil cases she lists on her website and she was not the principal attorney for any party. She was merely the junior of the two attorneys who represented her client.

Rotellini’s eight cases posted on the Arizona Republic’s website are quoted below. Following each case listed by the Rotellini campaign is the actual summarized history of each case in brackets.

List of cases from Rotellini campaign spokesman Dave Cieslak:

In the following six cases, Felecia appeared before the Arizona State Grand Jury to obtain the indictments, then spent time in Maricopa County Superior Court:

- State v. William Crotts, Thomas Grabinski, Harold Friend, Lawrence Hoover, Richard Rolfus CR2001-006183 (Baptist Foundation criminal case and securities fraud). Referral from the Arizona Corporation Commission.”

[Felecia admits by the foregoing description that her role in the so-called Baptist Foundation case was limited to the grand jury indictment and "then [she] spent time in Maricopa County Superior Court.” She played no role in the trial at all. Another Assistant Attorney General was the prosecutor in the criminal trial which resulted in the convictions of two Baptist Foundation officers in August 2006. Ms. Rotellini withdrew from the case eight months earlier when she was appointed the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Institutions in January 2006. Ms. Rotellini’s role in the so-called Baptist Foundation case was in an administrative action role in which the Arthur Anderson CPA firm consented to pay restitution for its negligent accounting work performed for the Baptist Foundation, after it was clear that the Arthur Anderson CPA firm could not survive its negligent accounting for ENRON.]

“- State v. David Paul French and James Anthony Cicerella, CR2003-013117 (ponzi scheme; securities fraud). Referral from Arizona Corporation Commission.”

[No trial. Felecia admits above by the foregoing description that her role in this case was limited to the grand jury indictment, "then [she] spent time in Maricopa County Superior Court.” She was replaced as the prosecutor by Assistant Attorneys General Jeff Rueter and later Ed Noyes, who obtained the guilty plea resolving the case.]

“- State v. Manual A Perez, CR2003-013118 (fraud and theft, real-estate sales related). Referral from the Arizona Department of Real Estate.”

[No conviction; no trial; defendant fled. Felecia admits above by the foregoing description that her role in

this case was limited to the grand jury indictment, "then [she] spent time in Maricopa County Superior Court.” The major activity in the case was performed by a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney, Peter Spaw, who obtained forfeiture of the defendant’s bail bond after he fled.]

“-State v. Hal Fields, CR2003-024924 and CR2004-007688 (fraud and theft, real-estate related) Rreferral [sic] from the Arizona Department of Real Estate and HUD. ”

[No trial. Felecia admits above by the foregoing description that her role in this case was limited to the grand jury indictment, "then [she] spent time in Maricopa County Superior Court.” She was replaced as the prosecutor by Assistant Attorney General Ed Noyes, who obtained the guilty plea resolving the case.]

“-State v. Nora Elana Escobar, CR2004-012957 (identity theft). Referral from U.S. Postal Inspector.”

[No trial. Felecia admits above by the foregoing description that her role in this case was limited to the grand jury indictment, "then [she] spent time in Maricopa County Superior Court.” She was replaced as the prosecutor by Assistant Attorneys General Jacqueline Schesnol and later Ed Noyes, who obtained the guilty plea resolving the case.]

“-State v. Heidi Jo Jauger [sic], Richard E. Valentin, Julie Davis, CR2004-007689 (theft, embezzlement). Investigated by Attorney General’s Office.”

[No trial. Felecia admits above by the foregoing description that her role in this case was limited to the grand jury indictment, "then [she] spent time in Maricopa County Superior Court,” and she obtained the guilty plea resolving the case. The defendant’s name is Jaeger, not Jauger]

“The next two are civil cases in which Felecia argued in court: – Morton Roberts v. State, 179 Ariz. 613, 880 P.2d 1159 (App. 1994).”

[No trial. Felecia admits above by the foregoing description that her role in this case was limited to "Felecia argued in court." This was an administrative agency action, appealed to the County Superior Court then to the Court of Appeals, in which Ms. Rotellini was joined by another Assistant Attorney General, Leslie Hall.]

“- Milliken & Michaels of Arizona v. Houseworth, 942 F. Supp 454 (1996). – 28-day civil hearing before a judge, then Milliken and Michaels sued the state in federal court. In front of Judge Carroll for six months.”

[No trial. Felecia admits above by the foregoing description that her role in this case was limited to "Felecia argued in court." She was not the lead attorney for the State in the reported federal case; that was former Solicitor General for the Attorney General’s Office Anthony Ching.]

The law firm, Zwillinger & Greek, where Felecia practices law, lists on its website three reported cases evidencing her legal expertise, but her list sent to the Arizona Republic omits one of them, 1145 (Wyo. 1986). In that case, which was also not a trial, she was a legal intern, not admitted to practice yet. Neither she nor the attorney supervising her represented a party, but rather submitted an amicus (friend of the Court) brief in favor of the State.

Although the Western Union case was not listed on the list with the eight cases, her campaign website touts that successful case in support of her candidacy. However, in that case she was not the prosecutor or a litigator, but rather she was the client (as Superintendent of Department of Financial Institutions) in an administrative consent order obtained by Assistant Attorney General Craig Raby, and also assisted by at least six additional Assistant Attorneys General who actually litigated civil cases in state and federal court and investigated a criminal case against Western Union. Ms. Rotellini resigned her position as head of Department of Financial Institutions in August 2009 and in September 2009 announced her run for Attorney General, several months before the settlement was achieved.

O’Brien v. State of Wyoming, 711 P.2d

McCain Victory Speech To Supporters On Primary Election Night


PHOENIX, AZ — U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will deliver the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Phoenix Convention Center tonight, August 24th, in Phoenix, AZ:
“Thank you, very much.  I’m very grateful for the honor – and it is a distinct honor – of being our Party’s nominee for re-election to the United States Senate.
“I’d like to thank my wife Cindy and my children for their tireless dedication and support.
“We won an important victory tonight, for which I am truly thankful.  I promise you, the Republicans and Independents who voted for me, and those Arizonans who did not, I will do my best to prove worthy of the honor.  I have never and will never take your support for granted, or feel I am entitled to your trust without earning it.  For it is your trust, and not the office I hold, that is the great ambition and privilege of my life.
“I’ve often said I consider myself one of the most fortunate people in the world.  Everyone’s life has its ups and downs, but I’ve had the honor to serve our country in good times and bad since I first swore an oath to defend her as an seventeen year old midshipman at the Naval Academy.  I know of no higher honor than that.  And I thank you, and all Arizonans, with all my heart, for allowing me the privilege to represent in Congress our beautiful state, and the interests, rights and dreams of the people who are blessed to call it home.
“This was a tough, hard-fought primary, and my opponents, Jim Deakin and Congressman Hayworth, and their families and supporters, deserve credit for having the courage to enter the arena, and give so much of themselves to the candidate they believed in.  I wish them well in the future.
“As gratified as I am for the support I received today, we all know this election isn’t over.  We have more than two more months of hard campaigning ahead of us, and I’m sure we will face a spirited challenge from the Democratic Party’s nominee.   I promise you, I take nothing for granted, and will fight with every ounce of strength and conviction I possess to make the case for my continued service in the Senate, and the policies and principles I will advocate and defend if I’m fortunate to be re-elected.
“This will be a consequential election.  No one should have any doubt about that.  No one is satisfied with the current condition of our country.  I know Arizonans, like Americans elsewhere, are rightly concerned with the direction we seem to be heading in – staggering unemployment; a devastated housing market that shows little sign of improvement; a river of red ink that threatens your prosperity and the prosperity of future generations of Americans, who will struggle to pay the costs of mistakes made before they were born; and a government that doesn’t seem to realize the trouble we’re in, and do what is necessary to confront it forthrightly and fix it effectively.
“I’m convinced that Republicans will win in November and we will regain the majorities in both the Senate and the House.  And we will win House seats here in Arizona.
“And when we do, we will stop the out of control spending and tax increases and repeal and replace Obamacare. We will keep families in their homes, we will create new jobs and we will allow our businesses to grow without Washington interference. We will secure our borders, defend our nation and bring our troops home from Afghanistan with honor and victory.
“We must act always and only on your behalf.  We must share your concerns and understand your frustrations.  We must help bear your burdens; fight your fights; defend your rights; and support your dreams. And I will fight to do the one thing every American generation has done: to leave a better country to their children than the one they inherited.
“Americans can’t afford to continue on the course we’ve been on.  We can’t continue to ransom your futures, steal from your children for the sake of growing government beyond the size that is necessary or wise or wanted.  You should be trusted to make the right choices for your families, with your own money, your own industry, your own dreams.  
“There are things that only government can do, and we must do them better and at less cost to you.  And we must trust in the freedom of Americans to do those things for themselves that no government could ever do better than they can.  We must trust in the principles of free people and free markets to recover the strength and innovation of our economy.  We must make it easier not harder for small businesses to help our economy grow.
“We have never confronted a problem we couldn’t overcome.  And we never will.  If I’m privileged to win re-election, I will continue to work night and day to help Arizonans and all Americans to overcome our present difficulties, and succeed, as we always have, in building a better country.
“I promise you I will act always and only in what I believe to be the best interests of the state and country I love.  And I will always be indebted to you for the privilege of serving you.
“Thank you, again, for your support and encouragement.  We’ve had a good night.  Now let’s get back to work, fight as hard as we can through to November, and get our country back to building a future as great and honorable as our storied past.”

Hayworth Should Call Off the David Duke Dogs

I am not saying JD Hayworth is a racist, a KKK member, or anything of the kind.  I am saying…David Duke wants JD to win in a big way!  David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, is sending out the message… 

On the “Official Website of Representative David Duke, PhD” is a long, angry missive detailing why David Duke wants JD Hayworth in Congress.  The premise is that Jim Deakin is the spoiler and needs to be convinced to drop out of the race and endorse Hayworth.  

The national website of the former Grand Wizard of the KKK has posted Jim Deakin’s home phone number on his site, calling for folks to wage an assault on Jim Deakin demanding he immediately withdraw and endorse JD.  That’s right, on the top of the David Duke national website, in big, bold letters and numbers…”Ask Jim Deakin to endorse J.D. Hayworth at….” and gives his phone number! 

The crowd that would burn crosses in yards, lynch blacks, and destroy lives for going against their beliefs is making a national call for their goons to harass and intimidate a private citizen, acting on his own, to fulfill his Constitutional right to run for office.

The official website describes Duke, the avowed racist, this way:

Duke has dedicated his life to the freedom and heritage of European American peoples.

There’s more…

Over sixty percent of the European American voters of Louisiana have voted for Rep. Duke in statewide races.

I’m not linking to his site..a simple google search will do it for you.  His brand of hate is so ugly, I won’t offer any help getting there. 

I doubt JD had prior knowledge of this action.  But once aware, your silence is complicit; to sit by while this hate group, led by a man famous for wearing a Nazi uniform, who blames 9-11 on the US and calls the standard understanding of that event the “Big Lie”, who encourages intimidation techniques to squash your opponent is wrong! 

JD, denounce this effort and denounce David Duke!


JD Hayworth–A Legend In His Own Mind

On CNBC this morning, House Majority Leader and FreedomWorks Chair Dick Armey ripped former Congressman Hayworth. 

CNBC’S JOHN HARWOOD: Mr. Leader, let me ask you for your evaluation, having served a long time with J.D. Hayworth, that a) he’s one of the dumbest members of Congress, b) John McCain’s criticism of him is somebody who took too much money from Jack Abramoff and is somehow tied into the influence scandal. And thirdly, his criticism for free trade and of business on immigration.

DICK ARMEY: First off, remember, I’m a free market economist that begins with Adam Smith. So obviously free trade is a position I’m going to draw a sharp distinction between myself and the position taken by J.D. It was my job for eight years to manage the Republican majority. I’ve made this point in Arizona. J.D. had a fairly undistinguished career. I don’t remember a single legislative initiative that he took nor do I recall him actively working on a legislative manner. J.D. was quite an orator. He would take the well and give fairly good orations. But –

HARWOOD: He noted that yesterday he was the first Republican to serve from Arizona to serve on Ways and Means. And he’s saying in his ads and in the town meetings that he helped write the Bush tax cuts.

ARMEY: Well, is that right?


ARMEY: See, I was there at the time, but I must have been busy with something else because I missed that

The House Majority Leader says he “missed” JD having anything to do with the Bush tax cuts.  He also can’t remember JD being of much use in the House but does remember that he could sure  talk a lot and well.  Hmmm…maybe that is where he gets the “consistent” label!

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So, what do people who deal in reality think? 

Armey commented on that, too.  Armey predicted a decisive McCain victory on Tuesday, saying

The fact of the matter is that we consistently hear from our ears on the ground, our real activists who are involved is that John McCain cannot be beaten in the Republican primary in Arizona. I think the polling data that the experts from afar garner from it validates the observations of our activists. So I would predict John McCain to win this thing and win it decisively based on the polling data which is the second better source from our people on the ground.”


UPDATE…You may see the entire interview here.  The excerpted dialogue calling the election for McCain can be seen at about   2:52 into the over 5 minute long video.  The section of the interview where Mr. Harwood asks Mr. Armey questions begins at 3:45 and continues as Mr. Armey says he must have “missed” JD having anything to do with writing the Bush tax cuts.

Once Again Thomas Lies About Investigations

After the release of grand jury records revealing Andy Thomas had purposely mislead the public for his own personal and political gain, often referring to an ongoing investigation that had long since been  thrown out, you would think he would learn a lesson.  Or maybe when other County Attorney’s told him..you’ve got no case, buddy…he would stop.  But, no.  He lied and attempted to keep it going while he shopped for someone to prosecute what he perceived as his political enemies. 

All in the name of the law.

But, it is very clear that the law means nothing to Mr. Thomas and the truth even less.

Today the Thomas campaign issued a press release, you can see it in the post below, saying the ACC was investigating Tom Horne.  If you read the letter they use as the evidence, it is nowhere near a statement of investigation.  It is nothing more than a reply to a letter of complaint they received from Thomas’ campaign. 

There is no investigation. Thomas’ claims are not true says the Arizona Corporation Commission.  Not at all.

But, never one to let the truth get in the way of a good press release…Thomas ran with it and once again, lied.

It’s actually not accurate,” commission spokesman Rebecca Wilder said of the Thomas press release. “We received a complaint. We’re not conducting an investigation at this time.”

So will Andy retract his statement…of course not.  He will continue to spread his version of the truth.  After all, isn’t that all that matters?

Thomas however is under investigation;  reportedly by the State Bar and the FBI over abuse of power allegations related to his pursuit of criminal charges against county judges, supervisors and top administrators. 

Either the law means something or it doesn’t.” Jason Rose….


Unless you are Andrew Thomas.

John McCain is VITAL to Arizona and America

With the confidence of knowing he continues to fight the good fight, his devotion to service before self, and the overwhelming support he receives from Arizona voters…John McCain is the obvious choice to continue and represent Arizona in the US Senate.