La Paz County Attorney Press Release
On December 22, 2011, the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of Michael Roth stemming from an incident at a Quartzsite Town Council meeting, on April 13, 2010, in which Mr. Roth was arrested by Chief Jeff Gilbert of the Quartzsite Police Department.
On October 8, 2010, Mr. Roth was convicted of two counts of Disorderly Conduct by the unanimous verdict of an eight person La Paz County Superior Court jury. The jury was unable to reach a decision as to one count of Resisting Arrest and that charge was ultimately dismissed. The case at trial was prosecuted by Matthew Elias and the defense attorney was Evan Romberg.
Mr. Roth, through his appellate attorney David Goldberg, timely appealed the convictions, and the State was represented by the Office of the Arizona Attorney General on the appeal. The Court of Appeals, after reviewing the legal issues presented by both parties, ruled that there was insufficient evidence for the jury to have found Mr. Roth guilty of the charges.
The ruling made by the Court of Appeals was made fairly and impartially, and, as the ruling illustrates, reasonable minds can differ when analyzing the same law and facts. I have a great amount of respect for the Court of Appeals and the work that it does and the ruling only affirms my belief that the criminal justice system in the State of Arizona works well.