A pre-trial hearing for a former state legislator has been continued again. A hearing for Paul Mosley had been scheduled for Feb. 8 in Parker Justice Court. However, the prosecutor in the case, Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, had a scheduling conflict for that day.
According to the Parker Justice Court, McIntyre was scheduled to speak that day at a police academy. The hearing was continued until 3 p.m. Thursday, March 7.
Mosley is charged with one count of excessive speed, a Class 3 misdemeanor. He faces up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $500. The case was transferred to Cochise County for prosecution because, as a state legislator, McIntyre represented La Paz County and this could present a conflict for the La Paz County Attorney’s Office.
The Feb. 8 hearing was a continuation held Dec. 6. In that hearing, Mosley’s attorney, David Stringer, said they needed time to file a motion on constitutional issues and legislative immunity.
Stringer is also a state legislator, and, like Mosley, a Republican.
In late March 2018, Mosley was pulled over north of Parker on State Route 95 for allegedly traveling at 97 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. In a video that went viral, Mosley boasts of driving at 120 to 140 mph on Interstate 10. He also said he could not be cited because of legislative immunity.
According to the Arizona Constitution, lawmakers “shall be privileged from arrest in all cases except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, and they shall not be subject to any civil process during the session of the legislature, nor for fifteen days next before the commencement of each session.”
In late July, Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order stating that legislators could be cited if their bad driving went beyond simple speeding.
Mosley lost his bid for re-election in the 2018 Republican Primary.