Pima GOP Files Open Meeting Complaint Against Tucson City Council

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2009

PIMA GOP CHAIRMAN FILES FORMAL COMPLAINT TO INVESTIGATE OPEN MEETING VIOLATIONS BY CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Tucson, AZ – Bob Westerman, chairman of the Pima County Republican Party, today sent a letter to Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall to formally request an investigation of an obvious violation of the Arizona Open Meetings Law by members of the Tucson City Council.

“During a time when most elected officials are striving for transparency in government it is unfortunate that Councilwoman Trasoff has decided the people’s business can be conducted off-line” said Westerman. “Arizona law clearly states that public officials should refrain from any activities that may undermine confidence in the public decision making process including actions that may appear to remove discussions and decisions from public view”. The local press agrees. Last week the Tucson Citizen editorial stated “Council’s talks likely violated Arizona Open Meetings Law”.

We strongly encourage Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall to fully investigate this matter and take the appropriate action.


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  1. Robert D. McClure says

    Prosecute council for Abuse of Discretion – they can be held both criminally and civilly liable as private individuals and are not protected as government employees if they excede their authority for which they have been elected. Violating public law requireing ALL mettings and discussion of council business MUUST be public is a certain Abuse of Discretion which is a criminal charge. Failure to prosecute for Abuse of Discretion by the County Attorney make the Attourney an accomplice for condoning criminal misconduct by the city councuil for which the County Attorney can also be held criminally liable. In the event the County Attorney fails to prosecute the City Ciouncil for said criminal misconduct, then the County Attorney should be charged with Prosecutorial Misconduct, Abuse of the Public Trust, and Abuse of Discretion both through the State Attorney General and Federal Attorney General Office of Criminal Division which investigates criminal misconduct by government agencies (at all levels), Courts, and Police. The fact that there have been no legal actions ever taken by the County Attorney to enfoce State Law as shon by the lack of prior legal action for Abuse of Discretion shows her own complicancy in prosecutorial misconduct for which the County Attorney can be disbarred and removed from public ofice under criminal charges. It is time to stop the “local good ‘ol boy” network and take legal action outside loocal control to State and federal agencies against the County Attorney office we elected to uphold the public trust. Obviously, her lack of prosecution of the council for this and other criminal misconduct (such as speed camera violations of the State COnstitution Chapter 9 Section 22 which prohibits local authorities from creating fee programs)attests to her negligence to do her job as elected to keep the city/county councils within the law. Prosecute the County Attorney. It is time for legal action to get rid of government corruption.

  2. Robert D. McClure says

    Corrected copy:
    Prosecute the City Council members for Abuse of Discretion – they can be held both criminally and civilly liable as private individuals and are not protected as government employees if they exceed their authority for which they have been elected. Violating public law that requires ALL meetings and discussion of council business MUST be public is a certain Abuse of Discretion – which is a criminal charge.

    Failure to prosecute for Abuse of Discretion by the County Attorney makes the Attorney an accomplice to criminal prosecutorial misconduct for condoning criminal action by the city council. Thus, the County Attorney can also be held criminally liable. In the event the County Attorney fails to prosecute the City Council for said criminal misconduct (abuse of Discretion, Vilation of the State Constitution – Abuse of the Public Trust) then the County Attorney should be charged with Prosecutorial Misconduct, Abuse of the Public Trust, and Abuse of Discretion both through the State Attorney General and Federal Attorney General Office of Criminal Division which investigates criminal misconduct by government agencies (at all levels), Courts, and Police. The fact that there have been no legal actions ever taken AGAINST County or City governmental agencies attests to negligence by the County Attorney to enforce State Law and put the public interests ahead of the local government – and thus be condoning criminal misconduct for which she should be prosecuted for prosecutorial misconduct, disbarred, and permanently removed from all public office. It is time to stop the “local good ‘ol boy” network and take legal action outside local control to State and federal agencies against the County Attorney office we elected to uphold the public trust. Obviously, her lack of prosecution of the council for this and other criminal misconduct (such as speed camera violations of the State Constitution Chapter 9 Section 22 which prohibits local authorities from creating fee programs) attests to her negligence to do her job as elected.

    I suggest the RNC fund to take legal action to prosecute the County Attorney and City Council. It is time to stop government corruption since the County Attorney is part of the crimes.

    Barbera Lewall is part of the problem, a criminal perp, not the solution.

  3. Robert D. McClure says

    Don’t bother wasting time with the State Bar association or Bar ethics committees as they have no legal statding for prosecution of criminal misconduct by governmental authorities, and are in fact, private non-governmental organizations themselves.

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