Ethics complaint against Justice Montgomery dismissed

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery answers questions Friday from members of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. /Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times 

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Bill Montgomery is no longer under investigation over whether he covered up misconduct from one of his top prosecutors at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. 

An Independent Bar Counsel took over the investigation, which launched one day before Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Montgomery to the high court in September 2019. 

“I have maintained that the complaint was frivolous and based on its timing, intended only to influence the appointment process. Nevertheless, it was the duty and responsibility of our Attorney Disciplinary System to thoroughly investigate the matter,” Montgomery said in a statement today. 

“I am pleased with the resolution and I will continue to devote my complete attention to serving the people of the State of Arizona as a Justice on the Arizona Supreme Court.”

He noted that the time to appeal the dismissal has already passed and the matter is “concluded.”

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