I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Burke Confirmed as next AZ US Attorney

Dennis Burke was confirmed by the Senate today to be the next US Attorney for the state of Arizona. Below is a brief take on him from the Phx New Times' in April, when this was being speculated...

Dennis Burke to Be Named U.S. Attorney for Arizona in Near Future?

By Paul Rubin in News
Tuesday, Apr. 21 2009 @ 1:39PM
More than one source we know and trust has told us that all signs are pointing to longtime Democatic politico Dennis Burke as the next United States Attorney for Arizona.

Burke previously served as chief of staff to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and worked closely with Napolitano when she was Attorney General.

The onetime aide to former Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini long has been rumored to be the top dog in the hunt for the coveted post, currently held by the respected Diane Humetewa.

Humetewa was appointed by President George W. Bush after the disastrous (for Bush) political fiasco involving earlier appointee, the very solid Paul Charlton.

Political pundits had speculated that Burke might run for Arizona Attorney General next year, possibly against Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and that Tim Nelson (also a confidante of Napolitano's) might get the nod as U.S. Attorney.

But if our pair of sources are in the ballpark, it's Burke to the feds.

Those of us who know Burke long have been impressed by his straight-forward nature and attention to detail. He is anything but an ideologue or a zealot, which makes him somewhat of an exception to the political rule in this nutty state.

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