Terse Reviews of Arizona Judges I’ve Been Disappointed with So Far (with Critiques of a Couple of Arizona Attorneys and a Police Task Force Tacked On)

Posted on May 2, 2019


What follow are brief reviews of judges the writer had during 12 years of prosecutions (2006–2018) prompted by a vindictive liar (see this post’s third endnote), her husband, and a cohort of theirs. All allegations introduced against the writer during the previous decade by the three—and some that reach back over a dozen years—were discredited and/or dismissed in the past 24 months, no thanks to any but one of the judges referenced below. (Besides to the court, allegations were made to municipal, state, and federal police, among others.) The writer was awarded no compensation by the court, which has, with rare exception, never formally acknowledged error.


Judge Christopher Staring (2017):

Distinctly polite and affable, Judge Staring would make a superlative Walmart greeter. What qualifications he may possess as a negotiator of facts and interpreter of law were indiscernible.

Judge Sean Brearcliffe (2017):

A pedant who seemed to consider freedom of speech a nonessential civil liberty that could be casually revoked by a court.

Judge Philip Espinosa (2017):

Profoundly limited.


Judge Charles Harrington (2006):

Pedestrian and unworthy of note.

Judge Paul Tang (2010):

Like several of the judges critiqued here, Judge Tang is distinguished only for adding ethnic diversity to the court. (In a 2010 case, Judge Tang servilely parroted back what he was told by opposing counsel almost verbatim—at least in this writer’s opinion—and the writer believes he may have documents from the court not inaptly stamped “P. Tang.” See UrbanDictionary.com.)

Judge Carmine Cornelio (2013):

A disgrace who was twice censured by the Arizona Supreme Court for abusive conduct, in 2010 and 2013, and shamed off the bench in 2016 by a no-confidence vote returned by the Arizona Judicial Performance Review. Judge Cornelio unlawfully denied the writer a trial in 2013 and imposed an unconstitutional speech injunction that denied the writer core civil liberties for five years, including the right to speak about his experiences in court even “by word of mouth.” (The amoral attorney who coerced the illegal injunction from Judge Cornelio has also served as a judge of the Arizona Superior Court.)

Judge Richard Gordon (2016–2018):

Faultlessly civil, a too rare quality among judges, but from this writer’s perspective not above placing personal/political motives before the law. Judge Gordon ruled against the writer in 2016, a couple of months before a retention election, only to mandate a settlement of the case two years later after an eminent constitutional scholar, UCLA Law Prof. Eugene Volokh, tweezed apart the court’s rationale.


Judge Roger Duncan (2006):

As a judge pro tem the year he intruded upon the writer’s life, thoroughly incompetent.

Judge Jack Peyton (2006):

A bombastic bully whose neck must have strained under the weight of his inflated head.


Judge (Timothy) Jay Cranshaw (2016):

Recommended only by the quality of his grooming and manners, which are somehow meant to justify a $100,000 salary.

Judge Wendy Million (2016–2017):

A scold who was more civil on a second encounter but whose derelictions necessitated reprimand by the superior court for abuse of discretion.

Presiding Magistrate Antonio Riojas (2017):

Genial and conscientious after rebuke by the superior court for abuse of discretion, which translated to seven months of added stress to this writer’s life. To his credit, Judge Riojas acknowledged to the writer that he knew court process was routinely abused…with impunity.

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Jeffrey Marks (2010, 2013, 2016) and Chris Scileppi (2016–2018):

This writer would categorically characterize these officers of the court, both of whom frivolously attempted to have him jailed on multiple grounds, as an aggregate of used latex condoms recycled into matching douchebags.


Tucson Police Mental Health Support Team (2016):

The Tucson Police Mental Health Support Team is a clown car. A detective of this task force issued the writer two criminal citations based on statements made by a woman who is herself reportedly diagnosed mentally ill (bipolar disorder). Both charges were subsequently dismissed.