These events today. It is reported and confirmed in other local news sources that a file exists in the Phoenix prosecutor’s office for Martin Ellsworth Brannan. This file exists as the result of a request by La Paz County Attorney Sam Vederman.
There was an incident at the May 22 Quartzsite Town Council meeting where it appears that Brannan may have intentionally assaulted Mayor Jose Lizarraga. This led the La Paz County Sheriff to take a report and make an investigation and report to Sam Vederman for potential prosecution. That investigation is complete.
Mr. Vederman has just stepped aside in his usual duty in evaluating the potential prosecution of this case. He declared that he has a conflict of interest. To be fair to the accused Martin Brannan, another agency must handle this case. So, the Phoenix agency will now consider the Sheriff’s report for formal charges against the current Quartzsite Town Attorney and Prosecutor Martin Brannan.
Vederman once worked in Brannan’s office before Vederman was elected in 2008, defeating Brannan. Hence, it appears proper for a disinterested prosecutor to evaluate the complaint against Brannan.