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Updated Feb 15, 2013 - 6:38 pm

County attorney says Horne referral not political

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he had no
political motivation when he referred a hit-and-run case involving Attorney
General Tom Horne to Phoenix police and notified the FBI.

Montgomery says in a statement Friday that his office routinely refers such
misdemeanor cases to police and city prosecutors. He says the FBI was notified
as a courtesy when he closed a felony campaign finance investigation targeting
Horne because they were investigating Horne and agents saw the alleged minor
accident.

Horne’s lawyer on Wednesday asked that the misdemeanor case be dismissed.
Attorney Michael Kimerer alleged unconstitutional selective prosecution and
cited a call from the FBI’s top Arizona agent to the Phoenix police chief urging
him to take the case. He says the case was politically motivated and that
violates Horne’s rights.

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