The Brady roster officer changes his name to a notorious movie mobster

When Officer James Beasley resigned from the Phoenix Police Department, his history of misconduct did not follow him to his new agency.

His subsequent name change – much like a notorious movie gangster – further obscured his record.

James Paisley is now Michael Corleone.

While his change of identity is drawing attention, the ABC15 investigation found that his record on the Brady list in Maricopa County was never disclosed to defendants in dozens, possibly hundreds, of cases after he went to work for the Pascua Yaqui Police Department.

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It also shows that law enforcement agencies still fail to understand their constitutional obligations at a fundamental level.

“It’s not serious (for police and prosecutors),” said Ben Randall, an ACLU civil rights attorney. “It’s a game. In this case, it’s almost like that cup game. And hopefully you get the right cup, and you can find that bad behavior.”

In 2005, then-Officer Paisley resigned in the middle of an internal Phoenix Police Department investigation, records show.

According to the summary of the investigation, he “failed to complete 19 reports in a timely manner and in an attempt to rectify the situation made untruthful statements to his supervisor.”

The results would place Beasley in the Maricopa County District Attorney’s office under the Rule 15 Disclosure List—more commonly known as the “Brady” List.

In 1963, the US Supreme Court ruled in Brady v. Maryland that police and prosecutors could not withhold exculpatory evidence, including past cases of dishonesty and other misconduct by officers.

This evidence is known as the “Brady” material.

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In 2007, Beasley went to work for the police department on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation, which is located southwest of Tucson, where he worked until 2017.

During his contract with the tribe, officials claimed they knew nothing of his status on Brady’s list in Maricopa County and therefore never disclosed the material to the defendants in their cases.

“Specifically to Mr. Corleone (Paisley), the tribe maintains he was a law enforcement employee, did not disclose Brady issues when hired or upon request, and resigned in 2017,” according to a statement sent by Attorney General Pascua Yaki Malena Acosta.

ABC15 also checked with federal and district attorneys since these offices often handle high-level crimes in custody.

Nor did the Pima County District Attorney’s Office have James Beasley or Michael Corleone on the Brady list.

He has been involved in more than 50 cases with PCAO, according to statistics obtained by ABC15 through a public records request.

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As for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the spokesperson said, “We don’t keep records to track the information you’re looking for.”

“It is the responsibility of every law enforcement agency, whether it be a tribal nation, or a municipal entity, to double check and ensure that every officer they hire does not have a history of misconduct,” Randall said. “And let’s be clear, a history of misconduct doesn’t necessarily mean that this officer shouldn’t be an officer. What it does mean is that this is material that individuals who are arrested by that officer will have access to. This is their constitutional right.”

Paisley officially changed his name to Michael Corleone in 2011.

The name change was reported to the Arizona Peace Personnel Standards and Training Board, but not to the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office.

His entry remains on MCAO’s Brady roster under his former name.

Corleone did not respond to multiple requests for comment sent to his phone, email, social media accounts, and home address.

Contact ABC15 Chief Investigator Dave Biscobing at Dave@ABC15.com.

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