Attorney Rachael Shackelford far exceeds expectations of the La Paz County Attorneyâ€™s Office. As the primary attorney for felony victim cases, she routinely faces demands and pressures beyond the norm even for prosecutors, yet Rachel maintains the serenity to deal with each victim with compassion, respect, and genuine concern.
As a new attorney she has stepped up to the challenge of prosecuting major felonies that would daunt seasoned prosecutors, including numerous child molest cases. Rachael has taken on a full criminal felony trial calendar, and recently secured a jury verdict of guilty in a sexual abuse of a minor case. Rachael won this verdict over a vigorous defense by a respected criminal defense attorney with thirty years of experience.
One characteristic of a great prosecutor is courage. Rachael has courage, the courage to stand up with little experience and seek justice. As an example of her courage, picture a courtroom filled with supporters of the defendant, supporters who prayed publicly outside the courtâ€™s doors. Every day of the trial, this attorney moved gracefully through a hostile crowd of defendant supporters to seek justice for her victim.
Not bad for someone admitted to the bar in 2012.
Matt Williams has been a prosecutor with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office since December, 2011. Whenever the office has a potluck, he never fails to bring something scrumptious to share. His love of cooking started when he was a child helping his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. He would experiment with scrambled eggs at the age of five. A family friend would let him add nearly every spice in the cabinet to these egg creations. She would also bake a cake for Matt on his birthday every year, which became a tradition that continued until she passed away when Matt was 28. Matt says he has no formal cooking training, but you’d think he did if you tried his Spaghetti and here is his recipe.
1 to 1 ½ pounds of pasta
6 cloves of garlic – minced
1 pound ground pork Italian sausage or links
8 ounces of fresh mushrooms – sliced or quartered
½ a red or green bell pepper – diced
1 large red or white onion – diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 sprigs of fresh oregano
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
2 6-ounce cans of tomato paste
1 1/3 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste
In a 4 quart pot heat the olive oil over a medium low heat and sautÃ© the garlic, onions, and bell peppers. Add a dash of salt. If you are using the ground pork sausage add it now, cook the sausage thoroughly. If you are using whole sausages cook them separately, they will be added later. Save time by par-boiling the sausage links in water and then browning them in a pan with a small amount of oil. When the onions are soft and slightly translucent add the mushroom and cook until mushrooms start to soften. Remove the leaves from the oregano sprig, chop the leaves and add them along with the Italian seasoning. Next add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and the water. Stir. If you are using the cooked sausage links add them now. Simmer over low heat for twenty minutes. Prepare pasta per the instructions on the package. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Jason Kalish has served as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney since earning his J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1997. During his tenure, Kalish has prosecuted numerous cases involving gangs, repeat offenders, family violence and homicides. He also served as Chief of MCAO’s Charging, Prelim and Juvenile Bureaus.
Among his many notable cases is State v. William Craig Miller, in which the defendant was sentenced to death for killing a family of five in Mesa. Kalish also secured the conviction of Joseluis Marquez for killing an ASU student while stealing her purse. His most recent case was the second retrial of Johnathan Doody, who was found guilty for fatally shooting nine people in a Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991, the worst mass murder in Arizona history.
As Training Bureau Chief for the MCAO, Kalish currently serves as a highly respected mentor and instructor. “I believe that being a prosecutor is one of the noblest professions anyone can aspire to,” says Kalish. “I look forward to helping train and motivate others in this field.”
Elizabeth A. Sugges
Liz Sugges is a 15-year veteran of the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office. She began her prosecutorial career during law school as a law clerk at the Pima County Attorney's Office.
Liz enjoys spending her time in the Cactus Park Precinct as a Community Prosecutor. She started a Girl Scout troop and has been active in addressing truancy in the Washington Elementary School District.
Outside of the office, Liz has a passion for travel. She has zip-lined in Costa Rica, wine tasted in Napa, and toured many European capitals. She is also a world-class shopper. Liz volunteers with the Junior League of Phoenix and the Arizona Humane Society's Compassion for Fashion Committee.
Tina C. Solomon
Tina Solomon joined the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office in 1999 and is a Team Captain in the Trial Bureau. She specializes in domestic violence prosecution, and she also mentors new attorneys when they complete their initial training.
Tina has tried over 100 misdemeanor jury trials and many more non-jury trials. As a domestic violence specialist, she routinely handles the most difficult and sensitive cases.
Outside the Office, Tina enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Kent C. Kearney
Kent Kearney has been with the Phoenix Prosecutor's Office since 1987, and he is currently a senior appellate attorney.
He supervises the Office's Writing Extern program (as he tries to overcome bad writing habits learned in law school). Kent frequently teaches victim advocates and mental health professionals about mental health issues.
Kent, as a proud University of Arizona graduate, is looking forward to the Men's College Basketball season, and is unduly concerned about the U of A/ASU game at Sun Devil Stadium.
Kevin E. Krietenstein
Kevin Krietenstein joined the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office in August, 1990. He is the Charging Bureau's Team Captain. His Charging knowledge and experience are invaluable resources for the prosecutors he supervises and trains. He is the Office's Go-To Prosecutor on charging questions.
An Arizona native, Kevin is an avid hiker, bicyclist, and softball player. Kevin has hiked the Grand Canyon, Havasupai Canyon, and the Superstitions. He regularly hikes the area around his Greer retreat.
Hiking keeps Kevin in shape for regular weekend bike trips (usually 36 miles or more!) with his family and for his participation - at second base or in the outfield - in his church softball league.
Gordon Bennett joined the Pima County Attorney's Office in 2010 and is assigned to the Narcotics Unit, where he prosecutes drug crimes and has tried 20 felony trials since joining the Office.
Originally from Vancouver, Washington, Gordon served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force and was a Navigator for multiple aircraft, including Air Force Two.
Gordon spends his free time cycling, golfing, and is Vice President of the Southern Arizona Greyhound Association, which rescues injured and abandoned greyhounds.
Nicolette Kneup works in the Appellate Unit. Since joining the Pima County Attorney's Office in 2009, she has tried 24 felony trials and her appellate work has resulted in several published opinions.
Prior to law school, the native Tucsonan taught English in Germany, where her students authored children's books that were featured at an education administration conference in Berlin in 2005.
Outside the Office, Nicolette raises chickens and is a roller derby veteran – she played on a traveling team, was team captain, and is now a referee.
William Pascoe came to the Pima County Attorney's Office in 2003, after a career on the Alaska Pipeline and as a Legislative Aide in the Alaska legislature.
He prosecutes burglaries and theft-related charges in the Property Crimes Unit and has tried 75 felony trials since joining the Office.
When not seeking justice, William seeks harmony as a tenor with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Arizona Repertory Singers.