Judge: Tucson is not Phoenix

2012-12-11T10:20:00Z 2012-12-11T10:30:48Z Judge: Tucson is not PhoenixBy Kim Smith ARIZONA DAILY STAR Arizona Daily Star
December 11, 2012 10:20 am  • 

Attention Maricopa County defense attorneys: do your research!

At least that's what Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez told one Phoenix attorney Monday.

Monday was the day Keshon Jett was supposed to be sentenced for trying to turn a 16-year-old runaway into a prostitute. The girl's father was in the courtroom ready to speak, I was there, the courthouse spokeswoman was there and obviously, the prosecutor was there.

However, Chon-Lopez was forced to postpone the sentencing until next month because Jett's attorney, Ursula Gordwin, wasn't ready.

It seems that Gordwin filed a motion on Friday asking for a hearing so she could put on mitigating evidence.

Here in Pima County, everyone knows on the day a defendant is convicted by a jury or enters a plea agreement if a mitigation hearing needs to be scheduled. Often times, it's set for the same time as the sentencing.

Gordwin told Judge Chon-Lopez that mitigation hearings aren't scheduled until the sentencing in Maricopa County. She said she needed more time to prepare and Jett's family wants to fly in from Georgia for the event.

The judge told Gordwin he thinks Jett just didn't want to be behind bars for the holidays.

A mitigation/aggravation hearing & sentencing is now set for Jan. 14.

His girlfriend, Hanaa Sharif, is scheduled to go to trial in March.

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