Scottsdale attorney Mark Goldman believes in accountability.
Not for his former client, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom he helped win a presidential pardon in 2017.
Rather, it is Goldman’s estranged wife who must be held accountable. Goldman runs a special website celebrating her and a group of local teenagers and parents at a house he owns. The site refers to his wife as a “drunk” mother, shows videos of his daughter’s high school friends who allegedly drank under her supervision, and doxxt one of the other parents with apparently unrelated court records.
Goldman told Phoenix New Times in a recent interview that he created the website and published it almost a year ago to “prevent” the alcohol consumption the videos appear to show. The site is also linked to a divorce battle with his wife that has been going on for two years.
The New Times doesn’t name the horrible side or the high school his child goes to. Goldman has been busting the website’s link and content on its Facebook page in the past few months, leaving a tipster – someone unrelated to school or divorce but simply not fond of Goldman – to inform the New Times of his existence .
“See and listen to the video of a stupid looking and drunk father drinking and serving wine with my 15 year old daughter and other children,” the website says. “The same drunk … mother knowingly sends our daughter to him so they can get drunk together. Sick! … not sent [sic] Your kids … or they’ll end up like this drunk student getting drunk in the same … motherhouse. “
He accuses the “same” mother of “binge drinking” at his house, claiming that “at that party she poured so much alcohol down this … student’s throat that she passed out and her face smacked into the cobblestone has planted with me. ” At home. “An accompanying photo shows a young woman lying on the floor with her back to the camera.
In other videos, teenagers appear to be drinking and vaping liquor.
The site also reproduced alleged text messages, including one that says “If you want [alcohol] Goldman’s mother is getting it now and we can part ways. “
An image of alleged text on Mark Goldman’s website.
Scottsdale Unified School District declined to comment specifically on the website.
In addition to describing some of the content of other videos showing teenagers or nameless parents, Goldman also reported fighting allegations in court that he “planted” alcohol and steaming equipment in his wife’s home, where she lives with their two children .
Goldman’s wife, Carolyn Goldman, who is also a lawyer, told the New Times that her husband created the website because “he wants money from me. He’s using this as a financial wedge.”
Online family court records show this is a complex divorce case to expect from two lawyers who have been married for more than 20 years. The Goldmans have faced complex applications since Carolyn’s divorce in 2018, but stay too close to be comfortable and live separately in two houses they own on the same street. Oral disputes in this case are planned for next month. “Provisional orders” are due to be issued in February.
Carolyn said Goldman wants “substantial payments” from her as well as custody of her children, and that he thinks showing the videos he received from her daughter’s old phone after improperly entering her home will help to achieve his goals. She said she had nothing to do with the New Times tip and did not want to advertise the site.
“I have a protection order against him, but the court cannot order him to remove it or not to republish it as it goes against the first amendment,” she said. In theory, she could try to charge him with molestation or sue him for defamation, but such acts would be “pointless”.
Mark Goldman said nothing on the website was “wrong or inaccurate”. He didn’t create the site to get revenge on his wife, but to “prevent children from coming into my home and drinking alcohol there.”
“The school’s website became popular as soon as it was set up,” he said, adding that it was put off.
He admits that he excluded his own daughter’s face from a video but not the faces of the other underage teenagers at home, but didn’t want to talk about it. He also said “it’s not worth discussing” why he posted court documents listing a parent’s home address on the website. But he admitted that he got the videos from his teenage daughter’s phone.
He paused for a moment when asked if he was concerned that the site was causing emotional harm to the teenagers.
“I think it’s better for them to be ‘on the site’ as long as it keeps them from binge drinking in my home, which is far more dangerous to them than anything this website could do,” Goldman said.
He had previously tried unsuccessfully to admit the videos as evidence in the event of a divorce as part of his custody dispute, he said. He also uses the site to publicize some divorce proceedings, noting that the “drunk … mother told two judges and two courts that I planted the alcohol and steamed products in my own house. Really? Do I have that planted? ” Alcohol and vaping products also in the mouths of the students? Therefore, I am forced to post these photos and videos. “
The page is updated regularly, Goldman said.
“I don’t feel like humiliating anyone,” he said. “I do what I believe any responsible father would do.”
Goldman with Arpaio in 2017.
Goldman moved to Arizona in the 1990s and has been an integral part of local Republican politics for more than a decade. He befriended Arpaio and gave money to former Maricopa District Attorney Andy Thomas, who valued the funds so much that he made Goldman an assistant district attorney in 2005, gave him an office with a window, and kept him digging up dirt County supervisor. Colleagues watched Goldman “arrive in bespoke suits, his hair pulled back in a ponytail, and often chauffeured in a limo,” the Republic of Arizona reported in 2011.
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Ironically, in April 2012, his work resulted in Thomas’ banning for abuse of power. Arpaio, who according to a jury had some kind of “unholy collaboration” with Thomas at the time, was re-elected in 2012.
Goldman also worked as an attorney for actor Steven Seagal and ran a fundraiser for former District Attorney Bill Montgomery, now a Supreme Court Justice, in 2011.
Goldman became Arpaio’s attorney in early 2017 when Arpaio – who lost his seat in the previous year’s election – battled federal charges of contempt for violating a court order to end racial discrimination in the sheriff’s office. After Arpaio was convicted of the offense in July, Goldman wrote to Trump’s attorney asking for an early pardon in order to avoid “the very real scenario for Sheriff Arpaio convicted, handcuffed, and taken on a” perpetrator walk ” and is imprisoned “on his sentencing day in October. Trump pardoned Arpaio on August 25, 2017.
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Ray Stern has been a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He has received numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club’s Don Bolles Award for investigative journalism.