Arizona Representative not charged in false statement about petition
PHOENIZ, Arizona: Arizona Representative Russell Jones cannot be charged for falsely stating he was present when residents signed a petition for his candidacy for the state senate in 2006. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on September 24, 2009 that a person could not be charged for falsely stating presence, and can only be charged for submitting an invalid petition.
State law says that any candidate circulating a petition must be present to witness signatures. However, when Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas investigated the claim, he found that Jones was in Phoenix at the Legislature during signature gathering.