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Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor Resigns In Disgrace

March 26, 2009
CSII Press
March 24, 2009


roy-wardenRuth McGregor, the embattled Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court,  resigned her high office today, effective July 01, 2009, nearly a year before her term was due to expire.

McGregor gained unwanted notoriety last year when she used her position to promulgate “Pro Raza” policy and advance the political interests of a powerful group of left wing lawyers and judges called “Los Abogados.”

On September 12, 2008 Los Abogados, objecting to the use of legal terminology commonly used in Arizona courts, wrote a letter to McGregor strongly “encouraging” her to influence the lower courts to refrain from using terms like  “Illegal Aliens,” “Illegal Immigrants,” and “Anchor Babies”  because, “these terms attach an illegal status to the person thereby establishing a brand of contemptibility.” 

Los Abogados suggested to McGregor that the use terms like “Foreign Nationals,” “Unauthorized Workers,” etc, would “increase the professionalism of the courts, reduce the perceptions of judicial bias, and lead to greater confidence in Arizona courts.”

McGregor passed the letter on to the lower judges along with her own letter and stamp of approval. A public watchdog group, Judicial Watch, got wind of the incident and reported it on their blog. Cari Gerchick, a member of Los Abogados and an assistant to Chief Justice McGregor, angrily called Judicial Watch and threatened to sue.

Subsequently, “Close the Border” activist groups from around the state wrote articles, filed complaints and set off a firestorm.  

“McGregor violated the Canons of Judicial Conduct which prohibit judges from showing partiality, engaging in improper acts, or even creating the appearance of impropriety,” said Tucson activist Roy Warden.

“Then she threatened Judicial Watch and tried to weasel out.”

On December 10, 2008 Arizonans for Immigration Control held a rally in front of the Arizona Supreme Court, to bring the matter to public view.

“At the rally we handed out contact information; subsequently a number of officials called me. At their suggestion I produced a document which summarized the incident, and Lee Ewing, the President of Arizonans for Immigration Control, sent a copy to a large number of Arizona Legislators and Senators, and every member of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct.” 

“I sent the same information to over 1,000 Pima County lawyers and judges who read Common Sense II. Some of them called me to express their concerns. Let’s just say a growing number of Arizonans don’t like officials, and judges, who promote Pro Raza Policy.

“Here’s the bottom line, and it’s inexcusable: the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court bent over and grabbed her ankles to advance the political interests of  La Raza, the Open Border Lobby, and Los Abogados,” said Warden.

“Last year I told a whole lot of people we’d hold McGregor responsible, and we did.

“Her resignation proves that in America no person is above the law, even a Supreme Court Chief Justice. Today, the wheels of justice finally turned. Today the people took Ruth McGregor down.”

For more information, please contact:

Roy Warden
Director, TWPF
(520) 881-0535
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