February 13, 2008
East Valley Tribune firstname.lastname@example.org:
Re: Friday, February 1, 2008
Having reviewed your editorial regarding my pending case
against the State and its representatives, it is clear that you have completely
missed the point of my pending lawsuit.
In my case, a partisan Attorney General using a political
appointee instituted the prosecution against me just weeks before a primary,
for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the election. In the course of the prosecution, the Grand
Jury was manipulated through the use of false evidence, half-truths and
spin. False and misleading press
releases were issued for the purpose of manipulating public opinion and
tainting the prospective jury pool.
Despite these tactics, I was ultimately cleared of all charges.
For example, the linchpin of the State’s case was that I
improperly used confidential information collected by the Assessor’s
Office. However, that information had
been available on the County’s web sight and at branch Assessor’s offices for
years, a detail the Attorney General’s Office neglected to inform the Grand
Jury. As soon as the State completed its
case against me, without even putting on a defense, this charge was summarily
Your editorial has suggested that, rather than filing suit
and seeking compensation for the severe damages to my livelihood and reputation
caused by the meritless prosecution, I should simply seek re-election. Even if I had not suffered as I did, and even
if my family could afford the years of my life and income interrupted, I
believe that the facts of this case would still need to be exposed. By exposing this abuse of power, it is my
hope that the citizens of this State will see first hand the depth to which
politics has seeped into Arizona’s
prosecutorial system. Even absent the
damages I have suffered, I do not believe that this behavior could be
adequately exposed in an election setting.
This is about a lot more than whom the next Assessor
is. This is about determining whether or
not the State maliciously used its police power to influence the outcome of an
election and in so doing ruin the reputation and livelihood of an innocent man.