I am in receipt of your letter dated December 10, 2010. As Chairperson of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, I can assure you that the Commission takes seriously any questions or concerns directed at the process or outcome of this Commission. I have directed staff to schedule a Commission meeting as soon as possible to address the contents of your letter.
As is the case with all Commission meetings, this will be a public meeting. I encourage all those interested in the process to attend and consider providing comment for the benefit of the Commission, as it considers the issues you have raised. [emphasis mine]
We will contact your offices as soon as a meeting time and date have been established so that you or representatives of your choice may attend and participate as you deem appropriate.
Annette Corallo, program specialist at the AZ Supreme Court told me the meeting has been scheduled for December 29 at 9 am at the state court building, 1500 W. Washington, Phoenix.
It will obviously be intriguing to see what, if anything, the Appointments Commission does differently.
In the meantime, I hope the Capitol Press Corps does more homework on the subject. While it should be clear to anyone who attended the meeting on December 8 that the Commission did NOT solely base its decision on Mr. Gleason on his religion, that's not how it's being played in most articles I've seen up till now. And conservative/religious blogs are making outrageous claims without facts to support the claims.
Arizona citizens deserve much more information than they are getting, especially from the corporate media, on this thus far.