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Public Money is Stolen and Tucson Burns While Mayor Walkup Celebrates Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Public Money is Stolen and Tucson Burns While Mayor Walkup Celebrates Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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Published by Roy Warden
THE GILMARTIN TRIAL TRANSCRIPT IS AVAILABLE: GO TO THE TUCSON CITY CLERK'S OFFICE AND READ JUST HOW THE "GOOD OLE BOYS" LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL, AND OTHERWISE RUN TUCSON CITY GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT.
THE GILMARTIN TRIAL TRANSCRIPT IS AVAILABLE: GO TO THE TUCSON CITY CLERK'S OFFICE AND READ JUST HOW THE "GOOD OLE BOYS" LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL, AND OTHERWISE RUN TUCSON CITY GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT.

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ARIZONA COMMON SENSE
September 03,2011Volume 1, Number 2
“The professionof the law, in itsnature thenoblest and most beneficial to mankind, is inits abuse and abasement themost sordid and  pernicious” --Bolingbroke
GILMARTIN TRIAL TRANSCRIPT REVEALS “…CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THETUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT.”
On September 14, 2006, after three weeks of trial in whichDefendant former Tucson Police Chiefs Smith, Miranda andOchoa took the stand and lied under oath, and then liedagain, again and again, seasoned trial attorney RichardMartinez knew better than to ask the jury for a specific dollaramount: as things turned out, anything he might have daredask them for would certainly have been dwarfed by the awardthey gave.Instead, Martinez appealed to the jury’s sense of right andwrong—and their sense of “disgust” and “dismay”, as he putit—and, after looking at and listening carefully to DefendantsSmith, Miranda and Ochoa for three weeks, the jury musthave had a whole lot of “disgust” and “dismay” in their mindswhen they awarded Plaintiffs Gilmartin and Harris a cool 9hundred thousand dollars in compensatory damages, andnearly 2 million dollars more in punitive damages.The jury found that in 1998 the Defendants had “stacked thedeck” and perjured themselves to deny Plaintiffs renewal of acontract they had to provide counseling services to theTucson Police Department Behavioral Sciences Unit, all inretaliation for Plaintiff Gilmartin providing testimony on behalf of Tucson Police Officers in a suit against Tucson PoliceDepartment Officials.The punitive damage award itself was particularly significant:the jury found that the Defendants engaged in “aggravatedand outrageous conduct”, or otherwise acted with “an evilmind, intending to defraud or injure.” The jury was comprised of local citizens who gave up threeweeks of their lives, examined the evidence and went on tohold the Defendants personally liable for the largest amountof punitive damages ever awarded against public officials inArizona history.The jury took an oath to uphold the law. They did their duty.And after they did Tucson City Manager Mike Hein declaredthat Defendant Miranda had “unquestioned moral compass” 
 
and hired him as Assistant City Manager, Tucson CityAttorney Mike Rankin went ahead and
unlawfully 
spent morethan half a million dollar in public money to satisfy thepunitive damages, Mayor Walkup said he was “pleased with” Miranda’s new position and the City Council signed off on thewhole deal.In other words: to hell with the federal judge and jury. WeTucson Public Officials hold ourselves above the law we’vesworn to protect.How can any honest minded person reconcile the jury’s effortand verdict in 2006 with the decision the “Good Ole Boys” made several years later when they promoted a guy who the jury found acted with “an evil mind, intending to defraud orinjure,” from Police Chief to Assistant Tucson City Manager ata whopping 50% increase in pay?In 2006 the Gilmartin Jury found that Tucson City Officials,and especially Miranda, “got rid” of Gilmartin and Harris forstanding up, telling the truth, and doing the right thing.What kind of a message does it send to the public and to cityworkers themselves when the City of Tucson
actually  promotes
someone who has been found liable for lying,cheating and stealing?That’s a question Tucson community activist Roy Wardenintends to ask when he addresses the Tucson City Council onWednesday September 9, 2011. “The Tucson City Council and Mayor have sworn an oath butthey have failed their duty to protect the public interest,” Warden says.Warden also says that members of the local bar and public,every elected Tucson public official, should go to the TucsonCity Clerk’s Office and read for themselves the entireGilmartin Trial Transcript. “We have 200 million dollars of Rio Nuevo funds unaccountedfor, the FBI seizing Rio Nuevo files, Tucson City Manager MikeLetcher telling the public, “Oh, don’t keep looking to the past,we got to move forward,” proven liars, cheaters and thieveslike Richard Miranda promoted to high office, the unlawful useof public money to pay punitive damage awards, furloughdays at the municipal courthouse, the 911 system in collapse,firefighters laid off, the erosion of public confidence, etc. “Rome burns, public officials steal money while the CityCouncil dithers and Mayor Walkup decides to proclaim July 202011 as ‘Chocolate Chip Cookie Day,’” Warden says.

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