Government overreach claim in Shanesha Taylor case

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PHOENIX -- Shanesha Taylor, the Phoenix woman accused of leaving her kids in a hot car during a job interview, is a victim of government overreach, according to a man who spoke on her behalf at a news conference on Tuesday.

RAW VIDEOShanesha Taylor news conference on Dec. 9, 2014

"I do believe and I can say without a doubt that the facts present itself that there is serious government overreach here and I think that the state, the prosecutor, has taken liberties which he shouldn't have, including talking to the media about the case," Gregg Greer said.

Greer's website says he is a public speaker, minister, writer, life coach and social activist.

Greer, who also said he is a human rights advocate, said the Maricopa County attorney should not be able to mandate how Taylor handles the more than $100,000 in donations she received after her tearful mug shot went viral.

"There is no official agreement document or paperwork that can be produced and I charge the prosecutor to produce those," Greer said. "I think that you have no prosecution. You have no effective prosecution and the prosecution should actually subside any efforts to prosecute Ms. Taylor."

Prosecutors gave Taylor two separate deadlines to put money into a trust fund for her children and avoid charges, but she missed both deadlines and is facing two felony child abuse charges.

At that same news conference on Tuesday, Taylor said, "There was an agreement that was signed initially that did not have the full details as to what was to transpire. I followed the letter of everything that I agreed to ... the trust was mentioned. The details of the trust were not mentioned."

"Apparently her memory of the terms of the agreement are as fleeting as her memory of her kids in her car," said Maricopa County Bill Montgomery.

The original deal reportedly required Taylor to put $60,000 in trust funds for her three children. After a hearing in October, prosecutors agreed to reduce the dollar amounts to $10,000 in education trust funds for each of her three children for a total of $30,000 and an additional $10,000 for child care.

"The money has gone exactly where it was intended to go -- to the family and children. It's gone on rent, food, utilities, transportation, clothes, furniture," Taylor said.

Taylor said she didn't fund the trusts because her children won't get the money if they choose not to attend college.

Her trial is scheduled for Feb. 24.


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