Quartzsite newspaper publisher and activist Jennifer Jones was arrested on Friday at the town’s Post Office.
The arrest was for the charge of Tampering with a Witness, and apparently stems from another case involving a woman called Denise Florian, who reportedly moved to Quartzsite recently. Jones says that Florian is the victim in a case against Dana Stadler, whom Florian accuses of touching her inappropriately. Jones says she asked Florian a question about the case recently for her newspaper, and was arrested as a direct result of asking such questions.
Justice of the Peace Karen Slaughter held a bail hearing for Jones Saturday, and set bail for $10,000. When Jones, appearing from the La Paz County Jail via videoconference, objected to the amount of bail on the basis that she had appeared at every court hearing she ever had and thus presented no flight risk, Slaughter replied that the victim in the case had stated that she feared for her life. Jones contends there is no evidence to support that statement, and plans to appeal the bail amount today.
When Parker Live spoke with Jones in jail on Saturday evening, she said many in the community had rallied to raise the bail money, and she expected to be released within a few hours. She believes these charges are just the latest in the ongoing political drama in Quartzsite, and cites the fact that almost all previous charges against her have been eventually dropped.