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Quartzsite Judge Lilly Condemns Council Member Monica Timberlake In Memo

25 Oct

Text of Judge Lilly’s Memo (bold highlighting added):

Town of Quartzsite Municipal Court

Memo – To: Town Council & Town Manager

From: Judge Lilly – Date: 10/23/2013

Re: Monica Timberlake

Dear Town Council,

I am writing this memorandum to inform the Town Council and Town Manager of the recent behavior of the newly appointed member of Town Council, Monica Timberlake. Monica appeared in the Court, while the court was in session for Pre-Trial Conferences, and caused a scene in the lobby of the courthouse. She insisted that my clerk interrupt court so that I could swear her in and that it would only take two minutes. She was using an unusually loud voice and was intimidating in her demands. She stated that 3pm did not work for her schedule and that I need to comply with her requests post haste. I heard the commotion from the courtroom, as did both of my clerks, as well as two attorneys, an officer, and the defendants and public spectators. The noise rose to the level that the officer actually stepped out to observe what was going on.

First of all, this is unacceptable behavior in the Court. There is a sign on the front window that states “Be Civil.” The court does not view this as civil behavior from anyone. Interrupting judicial proceedings is highly unprofessional. When Monica returned to the Court, after court was convened, she appeared at the window requesting that I swear her in.  I explained to her that I would not be able to do so in good faith because she owes the Court money. She has a Fail to Pay Suspension out of our Court for TR2010-00285 for $176.12. Her license is suspended out of our Court and has been since: 02/16/2011. Ethically I will not swear someone in who is breaking the law they are swearing to uphold. Additionally, I informed Ms. Timberlake that if she interrupts judicial proceedings again with the behavior she exhibited earlier, I will be calling the authorities.

Sincerely,

Signed A. Lilly

Judge Lilly

 
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