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.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thomas a threat to the CJ System.

From KPHO 5, a synopsis of the protest and the letter Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk wrote to the AZ Republic (find the complete letter here: Arpaio, Thomas are abusing power).


Arpaio, Thomas 'Threat To The Entire Criminal-Justice System,' Judge Sheila Polk Says

POSTED: 11:12 am MST December 22, 2009
The Yavapai County Attorney is accusing Maricopa County's top law enforcers of abusing their power. In a letter to The Arizona Republic on Tuesday, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk accused Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio of being a "threat to the entire criminal-justice system."

Like Thomas and Arpaio, Polk is a Republican. She spent six months working on the alleged public corruption cases against Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley, eventually returning the cases to Thomas' office."I am conservative and passionately believe in limited government, not the totalitarianism that is spreading before my eyes," she wrote to the Republic. "The actions of Arpaio and Thomas are a disservice to the hundreds of dedicated men and women who work in their offices."

 Maricopa County Chief Deputy David Hendershott fired back at Polk, accusing her of mishandling the cases and trying to curry favor with attorneys and politicians for a future judgeship. He also said he notified the FBI about his concerns about her handling of the investigation.Polk declined to comment on Hendershott's accusations, saying her letter to the Republic speaks for itself.

Polk is not the first member of the legal community to criticize Thomas and Arpaio for their investigations into Maricopa County leadership.On Monday, more than 300 attorneys gathered in front of the downtown courthouse to protest Thomas' filing of criminal charges against Judge Gary Donahoe.

"(Thomas) has engaged in an intentional and systematic effort to … harass and intimidate the good men and women who serve on our Superior Court," attorney Tom Ryan said at the protest. The attorneys who organized Monday's rally said they intend to campaign statewide against Thomas if he runs for Attorney General and work with the State Bar of Arizona if any action is brought against the prosecutor. Protestors also claimed Thomas consistently violates the oath of his office and routinely tramples on the Constitution....

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