BY LINDA BENTLEY | JULY 4, 2012
Desert Ridge JP candidate Bill Ponath saves disabled vet from eviction
Ponath hopes his reforms will enable the average citizen to understand his rights and responsibilities under the law
PHOENIX – Attorney Bill Ponath, a Republican candidate running in the primary election for Desert Ridge Justice of the Peace, offered his services, pro bono, to Richard Chadwick, a disabled veteran who served in both the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s, upon learning Chadwick was being evicted from his home.
After his landlord died mid lease, Chadwick faced eviction by the bank that took over his lease and was unsympathetic to the terms of that agreement.
Chadwick, who suffers from severe Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS), was promised a peaceful place to live but due to months of unexpected loud construction, his former landlord agreed to waive some of his rent.
The bank had no desire to honor that agreement and served Chadwick with an eviction notice.
Ponath accompanied Chadwick to the Encanto Justice Court, where, after speaking to the judge and opposing counsel, he was able to secure an extension for Chadwick’s eviction until he is able to find someplace else to live.
Running on a platform of judicial administration reform, simplification of the eviction process and uniformity of pleadings and procedures, Ponath hopes to avoid unnecessary delays during criminal trials, ensure both landlords’ and renters’ rights are protected, and enable the average citizen to understand his rights and responsibilities under the law.
In his book, “Verdict for America,” Ponath outlines solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing problems that will be crucial during the upcoming presidential election.
Ponath, who has been practicing law for 28 years, primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and family law, has also served as a judge pro tem since 2001.
The Desert Ridge Justice Court serves Cave Creek, Carefree, New River, Rio Verde, Desert Hills, and areas in North Phoenix, North Scottsdale and unincorporated Maricopa County.
Visit verdictforamerica.com/blog/3 to read snippets from or to purchase Ponath’s book, which covers his positions on abortion, health care, education, immigration, oil, the federal budget and more.