Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The possibility of dying of old age, while awaiting your death penalty trial

Those juror summons keep coming and going. I'm sure Pinal County spends a small fortune in postage, only to tell hundreds of potential jurors not to report. Frankly, I'm getting sick and tired of making time available, only to make that call at 6:00 pm Monday night... and all for nothing. 

Valenzuela defense seeks 15-month delay in murder trial

“Our defense team has met about once a week to get me updated and to update everyone else. Everyone’s taken on certain tasks so we are working this as quickly as possible,” Falduto said. “There’s a lot of amount of discovery, and I think some of the experts that we have spoken with are going to be key to putting forth our defense.” More

Meanwhile, the rest of us plantation serfs are busy trying to pay for water, only fit for taking a dump and flushing down the toilet. Of course, things aren't that much better, here... in the Thunderbird Farms Improvement District. Keep watching those hands and sticky fingers that are constantly reaching for the cookie jar.

Chris Johnson unsure what happens to millions diverted by Johnson Utilities

Chris Johnson was able to remember with certainty that he is paid a $120,000 salary by Hunt Management, and that he has had no conversations about Johnson Utilities with his father since the latter was forced to step down as manager due to an FBI investigation into possible schemes of bribery at the Arizona Corporation Commission. More

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Imagine hearing the "Final Jeopardy" theme music, forever?

Just recently, I dropped off another juror questionnaire and am awaiting that demand to appear notice to arrive in my mail. Bear in mind, it doesn't make much sense to pursue the death penalty in a state that has not executed anyone, since October 2013. The likelihood of future executions are on hold, indefinitely. Pinal County and the State of Arizona should think of the taxpayers, first. 

Trial delayed in 2015 Maricopa double-murder case

No plea agreement was reached, as expected by James Mannato, one of Valenzuela’s attorneys. He said more time is needed to try and negotiate with the state. It’s possible the case could be resolved without going to trial, he added. The parties may set a new trial date for Valenzuela at his next court date in late January. Maricopa Monitor

Special prosecutor selected by Navajo County for two murder cases in Pinal

Navajo County was asked to step in and take over prosecution of Jose Ignacio Valenzuela and Arturo Jimenez after it was determined that the election of County Attorney Kent Volkmer created apparent conflicts of interest in a number of matters. Volkmer, a defense attorney prior to his election, or one of his former law partners was involved in the representation of some defendants whose cases are being heard in Pinal County Superior Court; in the Valenzuela case, Volkmer had been representing the defendant’s son, according to prosecutor Vince Goddard at a hearing in January. Maricopa Monitor

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Defense Attorney: Client had no motive to kill the victims. Don't buy it.

One doesn't actually need a motive to commit murder. Remember, we're not watching "Murder She Wrote" or some other fictional TV nonsense. This is the real world. The best thing that can happen to the taxpayers of Pinal County would be Jose Valenzuela falling down some stairs and breaking his neck in jail. A wrongful death settlement would still be cheaper, than this sure to be circus trial, followed by decades of appeals.

Attorneys in Maricopa double-murder case squabble about talking to the press

Gary Husk, the Navajo County prosecutor assigned to litigate Jose Valenzuela, whose accused of murdering a Maricopa couple two years ago, took issue with comments the defendant's lawyer recently made to PinalCentral and the Casa Grande Dispatch. Maricopa Monitor

Locals shocked by gruesome details

One woman, who declined to give her name, said the details of the case have made her afraid to continue living in the neighborhood. Drugs, crime and strange activity, like stolen gas from her vehicles in the previous month, have put her on edge. “Someone needs to do something about this area,” she said. The woman said she plans on packing up and moving soon. CG Dispatch

Friday, June 2, 2017

Same old Story: Dope Fiends and Thugs

As summer rapidly approaches, my neighborhood has, once again, been invaded by the "Meloneros," who pick cantaloupes, by day and get drunk and stoned at night. It should come as no surprise that gang activity and drug use is on the rise. This is most certainly the benefits and byproducts of living in a multicultural society. Try to remember, "Diversity is our strength." Also keep in mind, "tolerance" is how much of something you can take, before it kills you.

Youth gang activity higher in Pinal than Phoenix, Tucson

Friendship and making money were the top two reasons Pinal teens gave for wanting to join a gang. Statewide, friendship had been the most common reason for youth gang membership but the trend has shifted more toward making money over the last four years. Full Story

More Arizonans are dying from opioid use

The increase occurred even as state officials made it a top priority to combat the opioid epidemic. Gov. Doug Ducey put a limit on prescription painkiller prescriptions for people on Medicaid, and Phoenix implemented a program that lets addicts turn in their drugs to a local police precinct and get treatment. 12News

Friday, February 24, 2017

Iraqi refugee still hasn't gone to trial

The Iraqi refugee an accused murderer and Casa Grande, Arizona Social Security office bomber, Abdullatif Aldosary, may run the risk of dying of old age, before he manages to get to trial. Should anyone be deprived of their right to a speedy trial? Or does "speedy" include five or more years? Looking on the bright side, he received five years in federal prison on convictions, stemming from the from the Social Security office bombing.

Death penalty no longer sought in Maricopa shooting, CG bombing

The Pinal County Attorney's Office will no longer seek the death penalty against the Iraqi refugee accused of detonating a homemade bomb at the Social Security office in downtown Casa Grande just days after shooting a man in Maricopa.

Abdullatif Aldosary refused to appear before Pinal County Superior Court Judge Joseph Georgini yet again on Friday morning. He faces a litany of severe charges based on the 2012 incidents, and he has already been found guilty in federal court for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Dispatch

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sadly, we no longer have speedy trials and fine hangings

Maricopa double-murder case may have conflicts with Volkmer transition

Valenzuela’s case joins a number of cases potentially impacted by Volkmer’s transition to PCAO. He also joins two capital defendants who recently appeared before Judge Joseph Georgini as their attorneys also expressed some level of stagnation due to impending decisions on how to handle conflicts caused by Volkmer’s involvement in the cases or that or his former law partners. Monitor

And with the holidays approaching, we'll have no shortage of murder and mayhem, in and around Maricopa and Pinal County. Although not published, it's believed that the Figueroa murder involved the use of a sword. Third World brutality takes place, when your First World nation is overrun by criminal scumbags and Third World savages.

Murder charged in death of Maricopa woman

At 7:21 p.m., MPD received a call from Figueroa’s son, who said his father had assaulted him and pointed a gun at his mother while they were sitting in the pickup truck. At around 8 p.m., Figueroa’s daughter told MPD her father called her and told her he had killed their mother Olivia and left her in the desert.

According to the report, he was standing outside the residence “with a sword in hand..." Miguel Figueroa’s bond is set at $750,000 on the assault charge. He has arraignment hearings set for Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, 2016. He had previous arrests in Pinal County on charges, including possessing of drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated robbery. InMaricopa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

And There Was Another Killing, Out Here

And we have another homicide and this one's in Hidden Valley. Arrested and booked into the Pinal County jail were Gustavo Olivo, 17, of Maricopa, and Arthur Magana, 16, of Maricopa. As usual, it's drugs, thugs and people, with Mexican sounding last names that turn out to be the common denominators. Life inside the "Contested Zone" has it's downside. I think the count is four homicides in about two years.

Two teens arrested in fatal Maricopa shooting

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 52000 block of West Cardinal Road around 7:28 p.m. Monday after a couple called police to report someone was shooting at them. There they found a 20-year-old male dead in a 2001 Chevy truck in the caller’s front yard. He appeared to have died as a result of gunshot wounds. CGDispatch

Man shot to death, Maricopa teens indicted

“Once at the residence, the homeowner advised the two subjects ran into the back room of his home,” Sheriff Paul Babeu stated. “Deputies went inside of the residence, and the two suspects were taken into custody. The shoe prints on the suspects matched the pattern of the shoe prints at the scene. One of the suspects had blood on his shoes as well.” InMaricopa