County Attorney on Roth appeal

La Paz County Attorney Press Release

On December 22, 2011, the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of Michael Roth stemming from an incident at a Quartzsite Town Council meeting, on April 13, 2010, in which Mr. Roth was arrested by Chief Jeff Gilbert of the Quartzsite Police Department.

On October 8, 2010, Mr. Roth was convicted of two counts of Disorderly Conduct by the unanimous verdict of an eight person La Paz County Superior Court jury. The jury was unable to reach a decision as to one count of Resisting Arrest and that charge was ultimately dismissed. The case at trial was prosecuted by Matthew Elias and the defense attorney was Evan Romberg.

Mr. Roth, through his appellate attorney David Goldberg, timely appealed the convictions, and the State was represented by the Office of the Arizona Attorney General on the appeal. The Court of Appeals, after reviewing the legal issues presented by both parties, ruled that there was insufficient evidence for the jury to have found Mr. Roth guilty of the charges.

The ruling made by the Court of Appeals was made fairly and impartially, and, as the ruling illustrates, reasonable minds can differ when analyzing the same law and facts. I have a great amount of respect for the Court of Appeals and the work that it does and the ruling only affirms my belief that the criminal justice system in the State of Arizona works well.


  1. The facts of the case, law, and evidence were pressed hard toward County Attorney Sam Vederman. It was even reported after the trial that the Prosecuting Attorney didn’t want the case and was ordered to take the case. After Roth’s trial the Prosecutor quit the La Paz County Attorneys Office. It was clear from the start that Sam Vederman wanted to precede with a case that didn’t meet the elements of the law!

    During the trial there was a hard push by Vederman’s Prosecutor to suppress evidence and testimony in favor of an acquittal for Michael. Now that Vederman is up for reelection or move to a open judgeship he makes a public statement in a failed attempt to mend fences and look good in the publics eyes. Heaven forbid that Vederman becomes a judge. If he was so willing to allow alleged politics influence, friendships, and outside pressures to derail him from his “Oath of Office” in the Michael Roth case, would you wish to have him as your judge?

    Read the Appellant Courts ruling and more at:

  2. Press Release Sammy sure does have a different tone now than when he gloated in his press release when I was convicted.

    What press release Sammy is NOT talking about is how he also re-filed the resisting arrest charges with a lower court, which I was able to get dismissed. In total I spent about 6 months of my life fighting these BS charges and Sammy could’ve put a stop to it immediately.

    This entire episode could’ve been avoided, along with the coming lawsuits, if the elected officials in this county had taken their oath of office seriously.

    This election, DON’T RE-ELECT ANYBODY!!!

    ATTENTION LA PAZ COUNTY JURORS: Study up on Jury Nullification. It’s the only thing that is going to bring justice to this county and send a crystal clear message to the elected and non-elected tyrants of this county.

  3. Typical political Blah Blah Blah. The intent of this release is to say “hey look, I wasn’t THAT wrong in prosecuting the guy”. “reasnable minds”. In La Paz County? Got to think on that for awhile.

  4. Don’t think too hard Lost in La Paz, it’ll most likely confuse the sheeple!

  5. A “reasonable mind” can easily determine that if you sit in the middle of the railroad tracks the probability of getting hit by a train increases dramatically. And that it is most likely a bad idea. “reasonable minds” can also conclude that if you have lost every judgement in a multi million dollar lawsuit then settlement is a better idea than Appealing to the AZ SUpreme Court. “reasonable minds” don’t default to taxation (enslaving the citizenry for 20 plus years) to solve the problems created by corrupt politicians. “reasonable minds” would probably conclude that annexing 10 square miles of sand dune in the hopes (prayers?) of developing another Scottsdale! I propose in this case a “reasonable mind”, by very simple observation, quickly conclude that La Paz County has very few “reasonable minds”.

  6. I’m beginning to rethink the Quartzsite debacle, believing corruption in the county attorney’s office may in fact be more responsible for misdeeds than actual council or police-chief bullying. With a county attorney backing Quartzsite in every instance, officials have been emboldened, actually believing they are right. And now comes the county attorney looking for scapegoats, exactly as I had predicted in another post just today on this site. This should be an eye-opener for both the council and the chief, one requiring very little horsepower in the wit arena. Way to get yourselves suckered, council and chief!

  7. Now you’re getting it jackel.

  8. Roth, I only hope you do not think I’m as dense as your nemeses.

  9. Everyone: Yes, the Court of Appeals overturned Roth’s convictions, but the Court of Appeals overturns a lot of convictions in every county, not just La Paz. And every county has its politics…

    Mr. Vederman: your job is difficult, but you are doing a great; you have my vote. Thank you, Mr. Vederman, thank you.

    Michael Roth: I love it when you use terms like “sheeple” and “Press Release Sammy.” I am enamored by your originality and grammatical prowess…go get ’em, tiger. Grrr.

  10. Hear me ROAR Monica! Weren’t you Bill Clinton’s intern at one time?

    I don’t, jackal

  11. I’m just a stranger a long, long way from home

  12. Every step gets you closer and closer. Things don’t happen over night, but we wish they did.

  13. Things would happen a lot faster if people had the courage to step up, but the sheeple like their Nascar and their NFL and their Cheetos more!

  14. From a German Pastor that survived the death camps…

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

  15. Good one Paul! I like this one too…

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more—we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

  16. Just for Schlitz and giggles…

  17. You’ll have to copy and paste the above link into your browser, it’s worth it!

  18. Did anyone see Jay Leno last night? For those of us non-teevee types, there was this instead….


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