I’m copying this verbatim from the Naco, Arizona, Sanitary District “NSD Newsletter,” November issue, which just arrived in the mail today. This is a half-column, in Q&A form.

“Is the NSD still unable to request legal services from the County Attorney’s office?” — Naco Voter
“Dear Naco Voter, The NSD can request, but may not receive a yes vote. In April 2006, the County Attorney’s office charged the NSD $30.00 for legal services that the NSD had neither requested nor received. The NSD disputed the charge. Charles Irwin, now running for Superior Court Judge, informed the NSD that the $30 charge would be reversed. However, ‘Since there appears to be great concern over this $30.00 bill for legal services,’ Irwin said in an April 18 letter to the NSC, “and I am not required to assist the Naco Sanitary District, please feel free to seek private counsel in the future as this office has more than enough work to accomplish.’
“Draw your own conclusion, Naco Voter.”

That’s the quote. My comments are below.

1: I don’t imagine that Irwin would have cancelled the bill if he had evidence that the work was done, so either the $30 bill was an error in entirety, or Irwin was demanding that somebody pay him on his unsupported say-so. That doesn’t work for must of us; why would Irwin think he is special? To repeat a bad joke, he’s just a J.D., not a J. Deity.

2: Irwin was willing to have a client, as long as the client would pay whatever Irwin demanded, whether or not any work was done. But when the client required that Irwin follow normal professional standards, Irwin dumped the client like a sun-baked rock. Irwin obviously didn’t think much of normal professional standards back when he was caught providing liquor in chambers, and making sexual comments to county employees. His attitude toward professional standards still seems to be lacking.

3. Irwin didn’t think clearly: “feel free to seek private counsel in the future,” indeed. If Irwin’s job description doesn’t include helping the Naco Sanitary District, then he was acting as a private attorney when he took the NSD on, and his advice to seek private counsel was just logorrhea. If, on the other hand, Irwin’s job description does include helping the NSC, then Irwin has no right to blow them off because they wouldn’t pay an improper bill from him. If this is a sample of Irwin’s thinking, magine how a good Arizona attorney could tie him in knots.

4: Irwin didn’t just back down when he was caught sending a bill for non-existent services, he made fun of anybody who has to quibble over $30. Surely, if Irwin became a judge, he wouldn’t feel that rich people’s problems were important, but that poor people’s problems are trivial? Surely?

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