March 18, 2012
UPDATED 4/21/2013: SOURCE: Phoenix Killer Cop Richard Chrisman Will Sign “No Prison Time” Plea Deal; Family Settles
PHOENIX — It has now been more than 17 months since Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman gunned down unarmed Mr. Daniel Rodriguez and his dog at his own home. Chrisman was arraigned on second-degree murder and animal cruelty charges on October 21, 2010 and has since been free to roam the streets on a $150,000 bond.
Since the arraignment, there have been a total of six continuance (postponements) of the murder trial. It is inevitable that the killer will walk free on some kind of plea bargain for probation, in keeping with U.S. police state precedent, customs and tradition. But it is the latest continuance granted this past week which shows a complete and utter disregard for law, procedure and human life when it comes to police who murder Americans.
Maricopa County judge Sherry K. Stephens granted the sixth continuance last Wednesday, but in a fashion which tells Americans that the court system is for the state and by the state. Maricopa County prosecutor Juan M. Martinez, likely carrying out direct orders from County Attorney Bill Montgomery, did not object to the sixth continuance and only gets more bizarre from there. Judge Stephens noted in the minute entry granting the continuance that there was no information provided by either side regarding the arraignment date (October 21, 2010); the original last day for trial to not violate speedy trial provisions (April 19, 2011); or the number of continuances granted before this latest one (five). Though the OP-NAT EYE obtained this information via a simple search of court records, the judge, prosecutor and defense attorney could not and did not do the same, as required by law. Stephens then ruled that the latest continuance is “indispensable to the interests of justice,” but did not provide any extraordinary circumstances, as required by Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 8.5. Chrisman may also be the only murder suspect in history who has been allowed to not be in attendance for most of the hearings regarding this case.
The original murder and animal cruelty charges against Chrisman were brought by then-interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, who was appointed to the position by the county Board of Supervisors in April of 2010 after then-County Attorney Andrew Thomas decided to run for state attorney general. Romley lost the Republican primary to Montgomery that summer, but decided to charge Chrisman as one of his last acts as county attorney before Montgomery took office. Thomas is now facing disbarment for several ethics charges and it appears Montgomery has no interest in bringing a local cop to justice on murder charges he did not personally authorize.
The new trial date is now tentatively set for August 8, 2012. A plea bargain dropping the serious charges and sentencing Chrisman to probation is fully expected long before any trial takes place.
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It appears while facing murder charges and confident U.S. precedent will clear him because he’s a cop, Chrisman got married to Maria Moreno on August 13, 2011, according to his Facebook page. It seems the killer is moving along with his life as normal, after he extinguished the life of Mr. Rodriguez 18 months ago.