Sponsored by

Comments on

Everlove: Next Pima County attorney can't be product of previous failed policies

While Jonathan Mosher has been on the job, the Pima County Attorney's Office headed by Barbara LaWall has consistently resisted meaningful criminal justice reform, exacerbating the mass incarceration that exists in this state. ... Read more»

have your say   

4 comments on this story

1
50 comments
Jul 17, 2020, 6:12 am
- +

We need an AG who is willing to make the tough calls, whether that’s to indict a standing governor for mass murder resulting from abdication of duty or to press first degree murder charges against murderous officers of the law or root out police conspiracies to wrongfully deprive people of their Universal Human Rights.

Are you brave enough, are you smart enough, are you intelligent enough, are you tough enough to face down these demons and prevail?

2
2 comments
Jul 17, 2020, 3:55 pm
- +

My name is Steve Neely. I was hired by Bill Schafer as a Deputy County Attorney in 1968. I was Pima County Attorney from 1976-1996. I dont know any of the candidates, although I was introduced to Mr. Mosher in passing some years ago.

For more than 50 years criminal defense lawyers have tried off and on to take over the County Attorney’s Office. Their aim has not been to promote public safety by conscientious prosecution. This year is just the latest effort, but the song never changes - “victimless crimes and non-violent offenders” are filling our prisons. It was nonsense then and it’s nonsense now. Mandatory sentences apply to violent and/or repetitive offenders and drug dealers. Judges rarely if ever sentence anyone else to prison.

As for prosecuting drug cases, well Pima County is virtually a border county. There are lots of drug cases. The police can’t ignore them and neither can the County Attorney if the oath of office means anything. The good news is they can be handled expediently through plea bargaining with few resources expended on individual cases, but they should be handled, not ignored. I have never heard of a prosecutor’s office de-emphasizing prosecution of violent and repetitive crimes to pursue piddling drug cases and I doubt that Laura Conover and her surrogates have either.

Let’s look at accountability and “independent prosecutors” to review police misconduct. Seriously? Elected County Attorneys are accountable to their constituents. Who is an “independent” prosecutor accountable to? Really! Does “independent” not mean what it has always meant?

Being County Attorney used to be about enforcing the law with the best interests of the community in mind with scrupulous honesty and managing a budget of tens of millions and hundreds of employees many of whom are lawyers. Hopefully it still is,  not about sloganeering, spinning statistics and amateurish solutions.

3
2 comments
Jul 19, 2020, 12:41 pm
- +

There are reasons Arizona has the highest incarceration rate of any state in a country with the highest incarceration rate in the world: the County Attorneys in Maricopa and Pima.

Sentencing people to decades in prison should be extremely rare.  40,000 people in prison is about 35,000 too many.

Way past time for changes in these two offices.

4
1 comments
Jul 23, 2020, 1:06 pm
- +

Jonathon Mosher was a registered Republican in Coconino County.  He was brought to Tucson by Barbara LaWall to protect the sordid secrets of corruption and misconduct occurring throughout the 40 years under the Neely/Lawall dynasty.

Neely wrote a response to your recent piece on the county attorney election in which he supported Mosher.  Here’s a question:  Why would a man who went to New Zealand just long enough to allow the statute of limitations to expire care about who becomes Pima County Attorney?  Just sayin’

Sorry, we missed your input...

You must be logged in or register to comment

Categories

news, politics & government, crime & safety, local, arizona, opinion, guest opinion, breaking
Sponsored by

Top Commenters

  • Bret Linden: 1767
  • Dylan Smith: 553
  • Cactus Dave: 339
  • buddhaboy: 316
  • Roberto De Vido: 270
  • EllieMae: 197
  • Brittanicus: 176
  • Quietwoman2: 172
  • TucsonGirl: 116
  • janamg: 88
Sponsored by

Yes!

I want to help TucsonSentinel.com offer a real news alternative!

We're committed to making quality news accessible; we'll never set up a paywall or charge for our site. But we rely on your support to bring you independent news without the spin. Use our convenient PayPal/credit card donation form below or contact us at donate@tucsonsentinel.com today.

Subscribe and stretch your donation over time:

$10/mo. Cub Reporter
$15/mo. Printer's Devil
$20/mo. Stringer
$40/mo. Correspondent
$50/mo. Senior Correspondent
Enter your own monthly amount (number only)

Or give a secure one-time gift with PayPal or your credit card:

$5,000 Newshound
$2,500 Trusted Source
$1,000 Copy Desk Chief
$500 Correspondent
$250 Stringer
$100 Printer's Devil
$50 Cub reporter
$25 Informed Source
$10 Dear Reader
Enter your own amount (below)

TucsonSentinel.com is an Arizona nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

User Guidelines

Please be respectful and relevant. Thought-provoking. Or at least funny.

We want comments to advance the discussion and we need your help. Debate, disagree, yell (digitally) or laugh, but do it with respect.

We won't censor your comments if we don't agree with you; we want viewpoints from across the political spectrum. We're dedicated to sparking an open, active discussion. We believe people with differing opinions can spark debate and effect change.

Comments are open to registered users of TucsonSentinel.com.

Keep in mind:

  • A conversation involves sharing and respect. Support your viewpoint with facts, not attacks.
  • Ask questions. Search out answers.
  • Remember that being part of a community requires tolerance for differing views.
  • We can't ensure that all comments are based in truth. The only comments we endorse are those we write ourselves.

TucsonSentinel.com does not allow:

  • Hate speech. Blatantly racist, sexist or homophobic slurs or calls for violence against a particular type of person, etc. will be removed.
  • Obscenity & excessive cursing. Sometimes a well-placed curse word - if you're creative enough to get it past our auto-censor - can express your point in just the right way. But we say '%*$& no' to cursing for cursing's sake. And lose the explicit sexually-descriptive language. It doesn't contribute to the debate and there are plenty of other places on the Internet to find it.
  • Flaming. During a heated discussion, unkind words may be spoken. We can live with a certain amount of rudeness in the name of provocative conversation, but a pattern of personal attacks (name-calling, mocking, or baiting) is not acceptable nor are threatening or harassing comments. Show some respect, please.
  • Explicit political endorsements. As a nonprofit we can't allow electioneering. Analysis and explanation of political issues and candidates are encouraged, but specific calls to vote for or against a measure or politician should be done elsewhere.
  • Spam. Solicitation of products or services isn't allowed; contact us about advertising, we'd love to talk to you. Links to off-topic sites may be deleted.
  • Copyright or IP infringement. Lengthy quotes and violations of 'Fair Use' aren't allowed. Anything you post should be your own work.
  • Overposting. Don't bore people and waste electrons with identical comments on multiple stories or repetitive comments that don't advance a conversation.
  • Trolling, sockpuppetry, and other abusive behavior. Please don't feed the trolls and don't pretend to be someone you're not.
  • Gossip. Don't bring up others who can't defend themselves. We don't give out personal information; you shouldn't either.

Comments that violate these guidelines may be removed. We reserve the right to make up the rules as we go along.

Flagging

Commentors are solely responsible for the opinions they express and the accuracy of the information they provide. Users who violate these standards may lose their privileges on TucsonSentinel.com.

Sentinel editors can't read every comment. Trolls, spammers and other troublemakers can slide under the bridge. We rely on you to help maintain a healthy conversation - more than likely, you're reading these comments before the editors.

What if you see something inappropriate? Use the 'Flag' button to send it to a moderation queue. Help us out and tell us why you're reporting it; please don't report someone just because you disagree with them. Boy who cried wolf and all that. We'll take appropriate action on violations.

We will not edit comments to alter their meaning or censor comments because of political content.

We will not remove comments solely because they are heartless, cruel, coarse, foolish or just plain wrong. Your disapproval can maintain a decent signal to noise ratio. Ultimately, however, self-policing is the best method.

Bottom line, don't be a jerk.

Sponsored by

Sign up for TucsonSentinel.com email newsletters!

Sponsored by
find us on facebook
Sponsored by
Sponsored by
Sponsored by