Andrew Thomas' Rachel Alexander: "Incompetent" Bankruptcy Lawyer with a $128K Price Tag, and Counting

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Would you hire this former hatchetwoman for Andrew Thomas as your bankruptcy lawyer?

What I love about so-called "conservatives" who regularly rail about entitlement programs is that these same limited-government types are often the first ones to turn around and take a handout at taxpayer expense when the need arises.

Case in point: disgraced ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his former henchwomen, ex-deputy county attorneys Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander, who are currently undergoing State Bar of Arizona disciplinary hearings

Aubuchon and Thomas face possible disbarment, while Alexander is looking at a possible suspension. Serious stuff. Particularly when you no longer have a government job and must fend for yourself in the private sector. Without the ability to practice law, suddenly pouring mocha frappachinos for a living at Starbucks looks pretty durn good.

But when it comes to legal fees for these three, their hunk of government cheese takes the form of taxpayer-paid-for legal representation. According to the county, as of the end of July, lawyers defending the trio in this morass-of-their-own-making have billed a total of $657,692 and counting. Nothing "conservative" about that.

The breakdown is thus: $128,203 for Alexander; $244,328 for Thomas; and $285,161 for Aubuchon.

The billings for Aubuchon are old, and occurred under former interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley. Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick tells me the county's not picking up the tab for Aubuchon's current counsel Ed Moriarty, as he's not on the county's procurement list. (Apparently, Moriarty's doing the work pro bono, which would explain his stellar performance.) 

As for Thomas and Alexander's lawyers, their billings for August forward should be through the roof. The money's coming out of the county's risk management fund, and there is no cap, according to Gerchick. Though she said there is some oversight by risk management, in hopes of preventing a free-for-all.

To be fair, the county in the past has picked up the tab for bar representation on complaints regarding county lawyers. Still, considering the egregiousness of the alleged ethical violations and the grotesque abuses of power involved, the amount of cash going to these three sticks in the craw.

I don't know Aubuchon's politics, but Thomas and Alexander are right-wing warriors, for whom government is supposedly the enemy, though I doubt that ever stopped them from picking up their paychecks while employed at the MCAO.

Thomas, in particular, has added insult to injury by not showing up to his own bar trial. (The expense for the trial itself is being covered by the state bar.)

As for Alexander, a conservative blogger and occasional boob-tube talking head, she's constantly kvetching about government spending, while touting the joys of free market capitalism. In light of the $128K she's cost us so far, she should consider renaming her Intellectual Conservative blog to "Intellectually Dishonest."

Apparently blogging doesn't pay so well. Back in May, she filed paperwork with the Arizona Corporation Commission to set up her brand spankin' new Alexander Bankruptcy Law Firm, which she now advertises on her icarizona.com Website.

For the "low low flat fee" of just $995, you can have Alexander represent you in your Chapter 7 proceedings. For Chapter 13, it's pricier, $2,500.

And why wouldn't you want an attorney that the state bar's investigator John Gleason has blasted for defending a "meritless and frivolous" RICO lawsuit against her boss Andrew Thomas' political and judicial enemies? 

In his initial investigative report, Gleason called Alexander, Aubuchon and Thomas "fundamentally incompetent" in bringing and defending the RICO case.

"Alexander's attempts to prolong and continue the case were based upon incompetent reasoning," Gleason wrote. "She accepted the conclusions based upon `facts' alleged in the complaint filed by Thomas and Aubuchon without question."

Indeed, based on my colleague Ray Stern's coverage of the opening day of the anticipated 25-to-45 day-long disciplinary proceeding, it sounds like Alexander's lawyer will be employing the "good German" defense in order to save his client's hide.

Personally, I'm not buying it. If Alexander is truly an "intellectual conservative," why didn't she know she was playing hatchetwoman for an unscrupulous county attorney, and defending a meritless RICO claim, one fashioned to punish and harass Thomas' foes?

I wouldn't hire this woman to contest a parking ticket, much less handle a bankruptcy or any other legal matter. And why anyone would pay any attention to the conservanut ramblings of someone so intellectually bankrupt is well nigh incomprehensible. To me, at least.


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Lazybum
Lazybum

Wow- you certainly are a mean-spirited, bitter partisan who like to distort the facts. The bar has essentially issued a vendetta against her, and nowhere in this drivel did you explain why. I am guessing that is because it is all BS, and we know that the last thing a liberal fanatic wants is to have facts get in the way of their out of control hatred.

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TimeToCleanHouse
TimeToCleanHouse

They are all disbarred. LMAO!!!! Now throw them in jail.

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A bankruptcy is only a way to discharge your debts completely so you can have a fresh start in your financial as well as in your personal life. 

Sonoran Alliance
Sonoran Alliance

Rachel Alexander simply played the role of a legal researcher in this entire fiasco. Maybe Stephen and Sonoran Alliance could team up to expose the attorney who really orchestrated the entire RICO lawsuit against the BOS? That would certainly make an interesting "unholy alliance." Whad'ya say Stephen?

Lindy90120
Lindy90120

did her moma ever tell her stealing was wrong :)

ninelives.cassiecharityheart
ninelives.cassiecharityheart

I guess birds of a feather flock together.  Recently read a rant by Rachel Alexander on her blog where she was defending Russell Pearce and spewing out propaganda about the recall and those who support Jerry Lewis.  I also thought it very interesting indeed to read on Matt Tolman's FB page that they are friends.  Like you've mentioned Stephen, you can't make this Sh*t upl.

Anon
Anon

Mr. Lemons, Great investigative reporting.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Plain and simple Thomas, Aubuchon and Alexander need to get disbarred and end their reign of terror on the state. An outside independent investigation is demanded to open cases of those who were innocent, wrongfully convicted or over-sentenced.  

It was well-known during the AG campagin that Thomas bragged about his 40,000 felony convictions which have burdened the courts, exploded the prisons and made lawyers obscenely rich. Since these are truly malicious and incompetent lawyers/prosecutors at 10% of the 40,000 demand investigation = 4,000 cases. Now are the newly elected officials going to right the wrongs or keep all this damage swept under the rug?  The state has a responsibility or the DOJ should investigate.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Lisa's lawyer got in a stinging question to Tom Irvine.  "Did you laugh at Lisa in court."

Jason
Jason

I wouldn't hire Rachel Alexander to help me with my bankruptcy if she was the last bankruptcy attorney on Earth because of her work for that mentally unstable fool, Candy Andy. And I'm basing that on my prior decision to hire Lisa Aubuchon. (BTW, just for the record, Aubuchon is still my lawyer...)

Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron

"What I love about so-called "conservatives" who regularly rail about entitlement programs is that these same limited-government types are often the first ones to turn around and take a handout at taxpayer expense when the need arises."

....would that be like so-called liberals who condemn corporate greed, then happily accept their yearly bonus when the corporation they happen to work for has a good year?

Daniel Horne
Daniel Horne

I am one of Thomas' victims. I also have the distinction of personally knowing Don Stapley and Susan Schuerman, two more of tens of thousands of Thomas' victims. I can tell you something very personal about both of them--they are two of the finest people I have had the pleasure to spend time with while living in the Phoenix area. I spoke out early about Thomas, wrote a book about the predation of Thomas and Arpaio on the residents of Maricopa County. Went on television and radio to be very public that Andrew Thomas "is the most dangerous man in Arizona" while he was county attorney. Wrote the Arizona Bar more than once. Wrote Mr. Gleason, whom the Arizona Supreme Court appointed to investigate Thomas. Worked tirelessly on Tom Horne's bid for attorney general so that Thomas could not spread his unbounded greed for political power throughout the entire state--a bid that Horne won by less than 1,000 votes in the primary. I did all of these things and more and I am but one soldier in an Army of good citizens attempting to recover from the economic and social disaster named Andrew Thomas. You are quite correct in your perception of people celebrating the evil that is Andrew Thomas. I have written about this hypnotic state the general population seems to be living in. Like populations of people near concentrations camps in World War II, the propaganda out performs the sense of horror and personal danger the residents are truly living in.The worst is yet in front of them and they have no concept of its impending impact on their lives. This is the social dis-ease that gave rise to a criminal like Andrew Thomas. The disease I have written about is the political fiction termed by Ronald Reagan in 1984 as "The Services Economy". As an adjunct to an economy, services are a positive indicator of prosperity. However, services used as the core to economic output for a nation is an indicator of social decay disguised in economic terms. You see, the inputs to production of an economy built on services are human beings. Its practical application is social cannibalism--consuming some human beings so that other human beings can support continuation of the economy. Such an economy requires more crime, more sickness, and more poverty to fuel the economic engine. It needs to destroy in order to survive. The exploding populations of poor , incarcerated, and ill evidence its effects. By the reality that today's advertising isn't about buying a new washing machine, but about hiring a lawyer, seeing a doctor, or finding ways to cure your debt. Google my name and American Chronicle and you'll get all the details. A shame I didn't see this a week ago. I was in Maryland the past two months searching for work. I was offered numerous positions--until my felony was disclosed. Then, the door was closed quickly, firmly, and all communication went from written emails to me on one end of a conference call with numerous HR people on the other. It's been that way for over 3 years now.Did I mention I "used to be" a CFO? And, before that an engineer? Never been arrested--but once. Have two small kids. That I have 3 college degrees and can't find a job picking noses because I was part of the food chain that fed "Andrew Thomas' greed". I'm one of the many who Andrew Thomas has harmed, worse off than some, better off than Cortney Bisbee and her family to be sure. Did I mention I know her parents. Her Mother and Father are victims --the exploding family of Accidental Felons, victims of a Services Economy, I write about in my book. I fear that Andrew Thomas' evil fore shadows more to come.People like Don Stapley, Tom Horne, Cecil Ash, Susan Schuerman, and many others are acutely aware that we victims of Andrew Thomas exist by the tens of thousands. They are sympathetic, they feel our pain. But what does one do in the midst of economic famine? You cull the herd and the survivors move on. That's the reality we are living in.

Anon
Anon

SA, You are wrong. She was busy writing much of which caused serious harm to many people. Her writing is there for ALL posterity, just like porn images are that they sent people to prison for decades. This is NO innocent "babe" as she liked being called.

Jason
Jason

Do you know the name of the website where she blogs?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I want to pull for Rachel in this bar case because I believe she is somewhat redeemable even though I don't believe she will ever amount to a good lawyer.  When she supports the odious cretin named Russell Pearce, I lose any compassion for her plight.

Jason
Jason

Don't count on either. The DOJ has had almost 3 years to prosecute the Senile Spinmaster & Co, as well as Candy Andy & Co., and they still have not done so, despite having enough evidence to actually send this gang of idiots away for a very long time.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Colonel Sanders was in his prime this today!   And at the end of the day, signed himself up to write a brief on something that was already decided!

After Sally Wells played Sgt Schultz on Tuesday, I did like the question under direct where McDonald said that Sally Wells was very detail orientated and remembered everything!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I am not sure I would hire Lisa Aubuchon as a lawyer.  Her judgment is not very good it seems.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

How much bankruptcy experience does Rachel have?  Her boyfriend of almost a year is her business development manager.  A $995 discount bankruptcy firm with a business development manager?

loushow
loushow

No . . . It would be more like those Conservative hypocrites who cry out for limited government, take liberty with the constitution, use their office for political vendettas, then expect the tax payers to bail them out . . . just like what the Bird wrote.

Or . . . in other words:  "Earth to Troll Bergeron . . . Earth to Troll Bergeron . . . Please name three "liberals" who have abused the system in the same way as Andy, Lisa, and Rachel.  We are waiting . . . Earth to Troll Bergeron . . . ."

Or ALSO in other words:  "Name three liberals who have done anything near the same.  You can't.  So shut up!  But allow me to name 3 Neo-Con hypocrites:  Andy, Lisa, and Rachel."

Harrison Bergeron = TROLL IDIOT

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Where can one read more about your specific case?  In the book?  or?

Jason
Jason

I think she does support Pearce. I mean, she worked for Candy Andy. She was presumably in the pocket of the MCSO shurf. How do we know she doesn't support Pearce?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Ed was OK today.  However, if he is still representing Hendershott and Aubuchon in their civil claims, we are looking pretty good from the county standpoint.

Jason
Jason

Yeah I know. Aubuchon told me all about the county corruption cases she and Candy Andy worked on. I tell you what, if Judge O'Neil were to find out....

Roteryman
Roteryman

Craig D. or should I just call you whom you are... Brett Mecum. All of us in the core conservative movement in this state know that the untold reason Rachel Alexander has been dragged into this whole bar trial is due to you spreading the false & untrue accusations that she was anonymous blogging about the county supervisors ( who by the way had no idea who she was until you started leaving comments all over blogs & the Arizona Republic's web site ), leaving comments everywhere on the internet after anonymous articles. I wonder if Michele Bachmann knows all about your very sordid past?

Jason
Jason

None, and I pity the fool who has to date that sleazeball Rachel.

Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron

Loushow, employees receiving bonus checks usually isn't considered news, so I can't fulfill you're pointless request to "name names" by fisking an article, as you just did. Child.

Anon
Anon

Amazon.com: Accidental Felons (9780982063408): Daniel Horne ...www.amazon.com › Books › Biographies & Memoirs › Memoirs - Cached 8 reviews - $16.95 - In stockMaricopa County is a place where first-time DUI offenders can find themselves facing thirty years in prison, where parents can find themselves woken up in the ...Accidental Victim Versus Accidental Felon: A Victim in a DUI Crash ...www.phoenixnewtimes.com/.../ac...... - CachedSep 24, 2009 – The 12 months Daniel Horne spent in Tent City were the worst of his life. In his book Accidental Felons, Horne describes his awful year in jail ...Dailymotion - Sheriff Joe Accidental Felons Review - a News ...www.dailymotion.com/.../x9yzg6_sheriff-joe-accidental-felons-revie_ne...7 min - Jul 25, 2009Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas departments are fraught with lawsuites and are the two most controversial lawmen in ...Dailymotion - Accidental Felons Joe Arpaio - a News & Politics videowww.dailymotion.com/video... min - Aug 9, 2009Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas are the two most controversial lawmen in the US today. Both of their departments are ...Dailymotion - Accidental Felons Andrew Thomas - a News & Politics ...www.dailymotion.com/.../xa6gr5_accidental-felons-andrew-thomas_new...7 min - Aug 16, 2009Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas are the two most controversial lawmen in the US today. Both of their departments are ...More videos for accidental felons.com »Accidental felons : Keeping the World Safewww.sentrylink.com/blog/2007/0... - CachedSep 18, 2007 – You can see the rise here: http://www.accidentalfelons.co... and it looks like what it is, a jet gaining altitude at ...The Accidental Felons Rebel Online Newsdanielhorne.blogspot.com/ - CachedNov 4, 2009 – A new Blogger has taken up the baton on Accidental Felons. Shaun Attwood, a prisoner on Arpaio's gulag for 2 years and in Arizona's prison .

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

She does support Pearce on her intellectual conservative site.  She has also blogged about Thomas elsewhere and I believe used to write around negative information on Wikipedia.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I will be holding my breath, waiting. Hurry every chance you get. :-)

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

No Tommy.  It is not a Maricopa felony.  At least I have not seen a press release noting that the Sheriff wrote a new law.  Now, had that laughed at the Sheriff, that would have been covered under Maricopa felony: Disrespecting the Sheriff.

This whole laughing in court thing is actually the key to the RICO case, the key to the bar complaint case, the key the FBI abuse of power investigations, etc.  I will write more when I complete my research.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Laughing in court is now a Maricopa felony, eh? Irvine will be hauled away with his hands bound with zip ties...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

No, he landed the question of the year when he asked Irvine if he had laughed at Lisa in court.  When Lisa testifies and says he did, it is all set up for Ed to pounce.  Genius I think.  ;-)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

You clearly missed his cross this morning!

loushow
loushow

You offer nothing but speculation.  You create fictitious but empty counter-examples.  Poor argumentation. 

I'm not arguing with myself.  I'm arguing with you.  You say there are Dems who do the same thing . . . but your argument is incomplete.  You offer nothing substantial, only speculation.

You're like one of these schoolyard kids who just keep saying the opposite, only louder.   Well. . . this is the big time, and it's time to grow up.  You contest Birds article, yet he states three names.   What do you offer other than speculation, that there are Dems who do the same thing.

I say . . . "Name one". 

But you can't.

You lose the argument . . . the argument YOU started.

You lose.

Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron

A concrete example of what? Private citizen Democrats who work at corporations and have a poor opinion of corporate America? Seriously? I know probably a dozen people fitting that description at my current place of business alone. I think you are confused and are accidentally arguing with yourself.

loushow
loushow

So sorry, Old Man . . . Unless you can come up with a concrete example, you are merely speculating.  I challenge you to come up with one single name.

Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron

My comment, by the way, was aimed at the Birds's first paragraph (helpfully quoted IN ITS ENTIRETY in my original post, dim bulb Loushow) that cried "hypocrisy" when conservatives  legally utilize public programs, not to the law-breaking individuals that are the focus of the rest of the article.  Reading comprehension---you should give it a try.

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

The sign up for newsletters on http://accidentalfelons.com/ does not work.  I just thought you would like to know so you can fix it.

I'm interested in your thoughts.  I have following the nightmare paths of Thomas and Arpaio for a very long time now and amanxious to see them get what they deserve.  Is a public hanging going too far?

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