Phoenix, AZ—This Friday Judge Rosa Mroz will hear arguments on a Motion filed by Debra Milke’s lawyers to disqualify the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office from prosecuting Debra Milke at her retrial. County Attorney Bill Montgomery is very desperately trying to hang on to the case. What are his motives? Is he covering up misconduct? Could he be afraid of what a new Special Prosecutor may find out? Does it somehow subvert justice to bring in another prosecutor to handle this mess?
Montgomery knows there is no case against Milke. It’s painfully obvious now that Saldate fabricated his testimony that Milke confessed to him. Montgomery does not seem to care that it is more than clear that Milke is innocent.
|Bill Montgomery and Debra Milke|
With the additional exposure of a Maricopa County Prosecution Culture of Corruption scandal eminent, desperate times call for desperate measures. Prosecutors and their star witness, former disgraced detective, Armando Saldate are currently under investigation by the Justice Department for violating the Civil Rights of Debra Milke.
Saldate’s hideous law enforcement career has finally caught up with him. His phony claim that a young mother confessed to him that she arranged to murder her own four year-old son put her on Arizona’s Death Row for nearly 24 years. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals labeled Saldate as a serial perjurer when they reversed Milke’s convictions and death sentence as they ordered a new trial.
Saldate’s career began on a sour note when he stopped a female motorist and discovered she was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant. Saldate offered the woman freedom in exchange for sex. The woman agreed to meet Saldate in a more private location but immediately contacted authorities. The Phoenix Police Department began an investigation by interrogating Saldate who claimed the extortion never happened.
They brought Saldate in for a polygraph examination and he flunked the test. Soon Saldate confessed to his crime but something amazing happened. Rather than arrest, prosecute and imprison the admitted felon, they simply gave him a five-day suspension. That never interfered with his promotion to the Homicide Bureau as a detective. My sources told me that a powerful local Democratic politician that controlled the region’s Latino vote, Mary Rose Wilcox, always protected Saldate.
Saldate has been documented in some 18 cases falsifying confessions. Rather than interview suspects with tape recorders and have witnesses present he’d set up what are called swearing contests in court. Saldate would claim under oath that a murder suspect confessed and the suspect would claim Saldate lied. Who would the jurors believe the policeman of the suspect? We all know what that answer.
In 2010 Saldate was working as a Maricopa County Constable. He was enjoying his Phoenix police pension and double dipping on the county’s payroll. That is until a woman came forward telling authorities that Saldate offered to extend the time before she’d be evicted by an order he was supposed to serve on her. The desperate woman surrendered sexually to Saldate. Later the woman went to the authorities and told them what happened.
When the new extortion investigation spotlighted Saldate and he was interrogated he invoked his right to remain silent through his attorney. Saldate was able to escape prosecution, trial and imprisonment by simply retiring as Constable.
Saldate has lost any effectiveness whatsoever as a witness. If they call him it will be a definite disaster. Prosecutors tried and failed in court to prevent defense lawyer’s examination of the cop’s sordid past. Judge Rosa Mroz has ruled that Saldate will have his background exposed to any new jury.
Montgomery has a Major problem, if Milke walks there is little question she will be making an astronomical tort claim against cops and prosecutors for decades of being shuttered unlawfully on Death Row. Old wounds will be ripped open where Maricopa County prosecutors have done things to innocent people coasting taxpayers many millions in payouts. This will have major political fallout and deserved embarrassment.
Right now confessed killer Roger Scott along with James Styers are in the eleventh hour of appeals and should be meeting their executioner very soon. Scott of course along with James Styers took Milke’s son out to the desert and shot him in the head three times. Neither Scott nor Styers ever implicated Milke at her trial.
It turns out that Bill Montgomery may be a truly a soulless bastard. He has indicated that he intendeds to give Scott his life back along with freedom but only if he can now tell better lies than Saldate. Scott never gave any testimony at Milke’s trial. Of course Scott was really busy covering up his lies.
Creating a new version of events after nearly 24 years will be a challenge for Scott who has steadily but unsuccessfully used his various mental defects in order to somehow mitigate his murdering the little boy.
Apparently Bill Montgomery is willing to stoop to any level to cover up prosecutorial misconduct. Montgomery does not care that Milke is innocent. Montgomery is simply out to murder Debra Milke rather than to face the fact that Armando Saldate and possibly members of the Maricopa County Attorney’s staff committed grievous crimes and torts.
Montgomery has been condemned for his efforts to retry Milke by the media and the ACLU. Trust me when I say the Human Rights advocates on Geneva, Switzerland have Montgomery in their crosshairs too. Switzerland’s President, Micheline Calmy-Rey, personally examined me at length about the Milke case the last time I was in Geneva.
I cannot help but be reminded of history by Montgomery’s actions. This was exactly the way things worked in a notorious building on Prinz Albrecht Street in Berlin Germany from 1933 until 1945. When the prosecutors wanted you it was always a one-way trip to the guillotine or scaffold. Perhaps what the Gestapo and Nazi prosecutors have done was more merciful that what they are trying to do to Debra Milke over more than two decades.
Judges count heavily on the support of prosecutors as they seek retention and elevation to higher courts. So I have to ask, will Judge Mroz have the courage to disqualify Montgomery and his office from further involvement in the Milke Case?