Help Free an Innocent Mom - Courtney Bisbee!
  • Petitioning Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
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Gov. Janice Brewer

Help Free an Innocent Mom - Courtney Bisbee!

    1. Camille Tilley
    2. Petition by

      Camille Tilley

      Goodyear, AZ

 In 2004, our daughter Courtney Bisbee, was falsely accused by one teenager, of an alleged sexual "touching" incident while in a room of teenagers. The crime never happened. The story was made up by her teenage accuser’s mom in a scheme to sue a school district for money. Her own son, and the prosecution’s star witness, would sign a sworn affidavit admitting his mother forced him to lie about this. 

Days after the alleged incident, Courtney was arrested at her home with no arrest warrant in Scottsdale, AZ. There was no due process, no investigation and Courtney was held NON-bondable for 66 days. All based on a false accusation. (Note: the National Exoneration Registry, 2012 data shows 74% of the exonerees convicted of child molest were falsely accused/perjury).

On January 18, 2006, she was wrongfully convicted of child molestation of then 13-year-old Jonathan Valles at a Bench trial (no jury) in this “he said, she said” case - there was no physical evidence against her. She was sentenced to 11 years flat time, no early release, and sex offender registry upon release.

After Courtney's conviction, Nik Valles, who was the prosecution’s star witness and older brother of her accuser, (and in the room at the time of the alleged incident) came forward and admitted in a sworn affidavit that the accusation against Courtney was concocted by their mother Janette Sloan. She forced them to lie and testify against Courtney as part of a plan to sue Paradise Valley Unified School District. 

Courtney was convicted and sentenced, under then Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas who refused to consider the new evidence of Nik Valles’ recantation to avoid having to admit that his office made a mistake and convicted an innocent woman. Thomas was disbarred in 2012 after being charged with 32 alleged ethics violations on another case. 

Courtney has maintained her innocence from the beginning and filed her Writ of Habeas, "actual innocence" claims, in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, 2013. But Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Prosecutor Bill Montgomery have done nothing to help this new evidence come to light and free Courtney. 

Courtney's new and exculpatory evidence exists: proof of her innocence and a scam for money came forward, which they refused to hear in an Arizona Court: (1) Courtney passed a polygraph test. (2) The prosecution’s star witness, older brother, Nik Valles recanted his trial testimony. (3) The accuser’s one-time girlfriend, came forward in a deposition to say that Jonathan told her, on numerous occasions that "nothing happened". (4) Other witnesses, acquaintances of Jonathan Valles, who did not know Courtney, came forward to say, that Courtney did not do anything wrong.

Still, prosecutors have refused to hear this new and exculpatory evidence.

In our long fight to save our daughter, we’ve sold our home, Courtney’s home, and used much of our retirement savings to pay for mounting legal expenses. We need your help.

Please sign our petition asking Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Maricopa County Prosecutor Bill Montgomery, and Governor Jan Brewer to do everything in their power to right this wrong, in this travesty of justice done to Courtney Bisbee.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Fax County Attorney Montgomery and demand action in Courtney's case.

      Gene and Nik Valles
      Petition Organizer

      Fax: 602 506-8102 County Attorney Montgomery

    3. Article appears on KPHO website in Phoenix.

      Gene and Nik Valles
      Petition Organizer

      Please put comments in on the article so they give more attention to this story.

    4. Reached 30,000 signatures
    5. Can anyone help? This note is from Courtney's mom.

      Dawn Kirkpatrick
      Petition Organizer

      Courtney's case has moved into the Federal Courts, Writ of Habeas in the U. S. District Court of Arizona, April, 2013. Her legal team is Fahringer and Dubno, New York City, NY.

    6. Moving to the Federal Courts

      Dawn Kirkpatrick
      Petition Organizer

      Courtney has exhausted the Arizona's courts where she never got a hearing on her New Evidence-proof of innocence, recantations, depositions, affidavits and renown experts' reports. Why hasn't her new evidence ever been heard in an Arizona Court?

    7. Reached 2,500 signatures
    8. Dawn Kirkpatrick
      Petition Organizer

      It is a good day. Judge Michael Gordon has given his verdict in the Arizona family court to allow Courtney's parents to have visitation rights to their granddaughter. The first visit will be in September.

    9. Reached 1 signatures
    10. Dawn Kirkpatrick
      Petition Organizer

      Courtney Bisbee was convicted and sentenced under the former Arizona County Attorney Andrew Thomas, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander reign of terror. She was one of among 200,000 of their convictions since Jan. 2005. Now how do we undo the damage they've done?

      Article:
      (former Maricopa County Attorney) Andrew Thomas' Hitwoman Lisa Aubuchon Shot Down on Appeal of Dismissal - Phoenix News - Feathered Bastard

      The Ruling against Aubuchon

    11. Dawn Kirkpatrick
      Petition Organizer

      From Courtney's Mom, Camille Tilley:

      Re: Courtney and Taylor Lee - Family Court Hearing April 5, 1:30 NorthEast Regional courthouse

      The last and final Family Court Hearing will be April 05, Tuesday 1:30 (3 hours). NorthEast Regional Court, Judge Michael Gordon's courtroom.

      Both Grandparents' and Courtney's reunification with Taylor Lee will be determined. We hope to see you there, it would mean so much to Courtney and our family. One day Taylor Lee will know, we never gave up trying to be with her again. She was NEVER abandoned and needs to know that. Instead she was a wanted and beloved first child and our first grandchild. She has missed so much.

      No child should have to be deprived of her mother and grandparents, uncle, aunts and cousins. We have not seen or heard anything about her -- no contact since 2005 when she was five -- no photos, no response to our cards or gifts. Taylor Lee is now 11 years old and has a right to be reunited with her maternal family, which she never should have been alienated from. Thank you for your ongoing support through this long journey. One that no child and family should have to endure.

      Camille
      Tom and Camille Tilley

      Supporters Fight to Get Courtney Bisbee a New Trial | Change.org News

    12. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Check out the Free Courtney website:

    13. Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Courtney's mother, Camille Tilley, tells that just this week she submitted a petition before the Arizona Supreme Court requesting they examine her daughter's case and grant her a new trial.

    14. Reached 1 signatures
    15. Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      While Maricopa County officials have ignored the pleas of her friends, family and supporters, Courtney's attorney has filed an appeal that claims there was prosecutorial misconduct during her trial that could be taken up by the Arizona Supreme Court in a matter of weeks.

    16. Reached 500 signatures
    17. Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Camille Tilley, the mother of Courtney Bisbee, say she's thankful for all the support her daughter has received from members.

      "This is amazing what you have done for Courtney, her daughter and our family and those supporters who have wondered why after 7 years the lid has been slammed on Courtney's case."

    18. Reached 250 signatures
    19. Supporters Fight to Get Courtney Bisbee a New Trial

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      There was no physical evidence linking Courtney Bisbee to a crime, just the incomplete and inconsistent testimony of child witnesses who claimed they saw her engage in inappropriate touching with a 13 year old boy. And it was based on that testimony...

    20. Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Courtney's parents have setup a website where you can learn more about her case and donate to her legal defense fund. Check it out:

    21. Reached 100 signatures
    22. Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this 2008 article on how the case against Courtney Bisbee unraveled, but disgraced former Maricopa County Prosecutor Andrew Thomas prevented her from proving her innocence:

    23. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Randy Johnson WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
      • 25 minutes ago

      I HATE INJUSTICE! So should everybody. I have suffered from false accusations by liars, myself. Karma is a long time coming. Too long. Those preventing justice to be served should be penalized severely.

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    • HOMER PRICE CLEVELAND, TX
      • 38 minutes ago

      Shame on Maricopa County and the entire state of Arizona for allowing an innocent mother to be separated from her child with no proof a crime was ever committed. Prosecutors should present evidence only as a fact and need more than a minor's testimony to convict an adult that a crime has truly happened and judges should only rule on evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. This story is nothing more than a witch hunt and everyone involved in this case from the boys, their mother, the prosecutors and the judge should be punished for their misconduct!

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    • Angie Stevenot HUDSON, OH
      • about 1 hour ago

      This is horrible. This woman should not be in jail and the fact that the justice system won't right this wrong goes against everything our system is supposed to protect and preserve.

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    • Marcia Epps KILLEEN, TX
      • about 1 hour ago

      Is the right thing to do.

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    • Jose R Rodriguez SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 1 hour ago

      Arizona is ruled by racist, prejudiced, and narrow-minded individuals.

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