Records show that Hill, a father of eight, has been embroiled for years in an ugly Family Court dispute with his wife (they are legally separated).
A few years ago, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susanna Pineda awarded the wife sole custody of the minor children (that's unusual), writing, "Father has a history of exploding by verbally calling the minor children vulgar names and using intimidating gestures towards Mother and the children...Father choked Mother at one point and physically abused the family pet in front of the children."
Choking Mom? Bad enough.
But physically abusing the family pet? Damn!
Judge Pineda concluded that the custody arrangement "is reasonable given Father's mental health and anger management issues...[his] erratic and violent behavior, [and his] long history of domestic violence against Mother and the children."
The court file notes that Hill was suspended in 2006 from his job at a supermarket "because of his irrational behavior," and was hospitalized for a time for depression and possible suicidal thoughts.
After his discharge, the file continues, Hill allegedly threatened his work supervisor and his wife — the latter "fled the marital home with the minor children and all pets," and won a court order of protection.
Last January 11, according to a court Conciliation Services report, Hill, his estranged wife, and five of their children discussed the dysfunctional situation in a controlled setting.
"All [of the children] agreed that their father is not sincere about his past behavior," the facilitator wrote. "The father said he was and did not know what he could do."
Interestingly, Hill said a few days after his scathing letter against the Latino students came to light that his wife is of Hispanic heritage.
Read the whole thing here. And remember: Republican Sen. Al Melvin of the Catalina Foothills and Oro Valley praised Klein's courage in reading this letter.
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