Andrew Thomas Compares Himself to Gandhi and Martin Luther King in Press Conference

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MLK? Um, I don't think so...

Disbarred, disgraced and unrepentant, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas compared himself to such men of conscience as Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he addressed reporters this morning in downtown Phoenix, one day after being stripped of his license to practice law by a three-man disciplinary panel of the Arizona Supreme Court.

 "Other men, far greater than I, have gone to jail in defense of principles they believed in and so they would not kowtow to a corrupt ruler," Thomas said at one point. "People like Gandhi, people like Dr. King, people like Solzhenitsyn, people like Thomas More, people who stood for something....and I'm going to stand firm."

"Gandhi?" wondered one onlooker in amazement.

Yep, I could hardly believe my ears, too, as Thomas blamed his current situation on others -- a corrupt judiciary, powerful politicians, insiders who knew "how to work the system," Presiding Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil, his fellow lawyers, you name it. Anyone but himself.

"Arizona, after what happened yesterday, has become Mexico," he declared dramatically, referring to the purported corruption he supposedly opposed. 

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Aubuchon, dreaming of getting her law license back

"Honest prosecutors have been unjustly smeared and punished," he added, oblivious to the obvious irony. "The rule of law is no more in this county."  

I practically expected him to break into song, a la Evita. You know, "Don't cry for me, Arizona."

Thomas described the bar discipline imposed on him as the result of a "witch hunt," and he promised that he would soon unveil an anti-corruption initiative he wants to put on the ballot. He declined to say whether he would appeal the disciplinary panel's decision, and he announced that he would be writing a book about his experience. 

"I did my job," he claimed. "A lot of powerful people didn't like that, and they got even."

He defended the ridiculous RICO suit his office filed against various politicos and judges, one he ultimately had to withdraw. 

And he continued to contend that criminally charging Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe was the right thing to do, even though the disciplinary panel found that Donahoe was charged for the purpose of getting him to cancel a hearing before for his court.

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Arpaio's top flack (or one of them, at least) Jack MacIntyre...

Asked if he anticipated being prosecuted for conspiring to deny Donahoe his rights under the U.S. Constitution, or for the perjury the disciplinary panel said he was guilty of, Thomas maintained that there was probable cause to charge Donahoe, and that there was no conspiracy involved.

"So a meeting of law enforcement professionals to decide whether to charge someone of a crime is conspiracy?" he answered rhetorically. "Then there are 40,000 conspiracies a year in this county because there are 40,000 felonies."

The big difference, of course, is that Donahoe had not committed a crime, much less a felony.

On the perjury allegation, he seemed to throw his ex-hatchetwoman Lisa Aubuchon, who was also present, under the proverbial bus.

"I didn't even know the parts of the case, it was handled by Miss Aubuchon," Thomas insisted. "The idea that I knew the intricacies of the case...is just false."


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Clarity
Clarity

Wow, the Sheriff's past seems to be coming back to haunt him, and it's a real Whopper!Check out this story!
Arpaio is quoted as saying: "I have ways to get the job done." in relation to charges brought against county officials when his budget was cut!
It would seem like the proof required for those payouts by the county has just been handed to the plaintiffs on a silver platter!
Reference link to the original story:
http://www.boston.com/news/nat...

Amadeus332
Amadeus332

I agree with Andrew Thomas...Andrew is just like ......."Gone-D"

Goya
Goya

The audacity of this group of criminals.  As if there they have no concept of right or wrong.  

Wanumba
Wanumba

I can't believe all the crazy posts here.  Don't you know that Thomas is modern martyr? He fought the system, it's not his fault the system won.  It's not like he was ever a part of the system, like he had millions of discretionary spending and hundreds of employees to do his bidding. Right?  He's just one man out there against the machine.  You libtards are suppose to love that.

Over at the Sonoran Alliance we never see anti-Thomas posts like these (okay - we delete them as quick as they come in), so I encourage everyone who is tired of reading award-winning commentary to come join us at SA. You won't find any of that there.

Mike MARTINEZ
Mike MARTINEZ

The use of the word "witchhunt" is pure hyperbole, and quite frankly, laughable.

Horus45
Horus45

"Behind the flimsy fabric of their rationalizations raged apparent unfettered passions that were fueled by a darkness of purpose, blessed by a self-righteous self-centeredness and draped in a disguise of hypocritical indignation. They used a deadly combination of trusting in their ability to sell the vividness of their own imaginations combined with a resolute refusal to look a fact in the face."
That's hilarious!

Hock
Hock

Androol was on one of the morning shows this morning...kept repeating...listen to my testimony, I was on the stand for 1 1/2 hours.   Sorry buddy, I did listen...and you were wrong, and should have been disbarred.

Georg
Georg

This guy is plain nuts.  And who will hire a nut case?

Mandymarie
Mandymarie

With 200,000 felony cases and a 94% conviction rate from the citizens of this state (plus the hundreds of thousands of misdemeanor convictions) and all the families and friends of those who were the subjects of Andrew Thomas' witchhunts, who do you think is going to buy his "book".

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

Who would have thought that after Pierce things couldn't get better.  Andy and the hag will no longer be able to "practice law" or whatever the hell it was that they were practicing.  Let's hear it for the downfall of Sheriff Joe next.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

"he handful pro-Thomas supporters were, generally, the same, ragged, toothless haters..."

Speaks volumes about the current state of the Arizona "Tea Party" that this was the sum total of support they could drum up for their would-be martyr, Andy Thomas.  Snorin' Alliance and a handful of other TeaBagger blogs were all recruiting "patriots" to show up en masse to support Candy Andy. 

At least Thomas didn't ask the media to help him find the evidence that Donahoe had accepted a bribe this time....  Good riddance. 

63mlya
63mlya

Witch Hunts????? This is a prime example of double standards if I ever saw one. Who was on the witch hunt a couple of years ago?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

“I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning."--The Doors Jim Morrison.

 “Could any Hell be more horrible than now, and real?”--Jim Morrison

“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops,
points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and
they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able
to forget me- ever.”--Jim Morrison

“Love cannot save you from your own fate.”--Jim Morrison

 “I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the
soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important
moments.”
Jim Morrison

“I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.” Jim Morrison

And finally...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Ptcabrillo
Ptcabrillo

I have followed, or reviewed, your coverage of Thomas/Aubuchon from around 2006, to the present. Each and every story y'all wrote, each and every prediction, analysis and assessment has proven to be absolutely spot-on.
Two quick questions:
Will you be posting a video of Thomas' April 12, 2012, news conference?
And, uh, would you please send me tomorrow's lottery numbers?

Mandymarie
Mandymarie

I think Arpaio will look real nice in pink underware.

Mandymarie
Mandymarie

Live by the law, die by the law.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Don't be fooled, a man will reap what he sows.
FIRST take the plank out of your own eye so that you might see the speck that is in your neighbor's eye.
Pride goeth before a fall.

Pretty much sums up Andrew Thomas.

Is there corruption is AZ? of course there is. But Mr Thomas was near the top.
He wants to be a "hero" or something. LOL!!!!

Meanwhile back in reality, hundreds of thousands of people got unfair convictions due to this "beast".

I see the time coming, now that Thomas has thrown Aubachon under the bus, that the Feds are going to use Aubachon against Thomas and Arpaio. Watch and see the coward squirm!!

Bruce A.
Bruce A.

Hey, cut the guy a little slack on his first attempt at a new career.  Pretty much everyone bombs their first time on stage doing standup comedy.

Ian Sanderson
Ian Sanderson

He'w writing a book about his experiences?! Can't wait for that pack of lies. Yeah, the title can be: Candy Gandhi

Anon
Anon

Witch-hunts by: Lisa Aubuchon Wanted "Hundreds" of Teens Interviewed During Dale Fushek Case, Probe Transcript Reveals - Phoenix News - Valley Feverhttp://blogs.phoenixnewti... 1 year agoThis is the work of a very sick mind. Father Dale was a great leader, and this was nothing more than a witch hunt. Shame on her and shame on the prosecutors office.2 people liked this. Like ReplyAnon 1 year ago in reply to MichaljoynerMichal, Thanks for speaking out. As we've watched the ongoing witch hunts taking place for years in the Maricopa County Attorney's office and Sheriff's department -- destroying lives everyday at will, I'd take Father Dale as a leader any day over Thomas/Aubuchon/Arpaio and their enablers who have played God with peoples' lives in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona for far too long! These are the officials who belong in prison -- and for decades for the lives they have destroyed, along with Arizona's future. I agree, they are very sick minds.3 people liked this. Liked ReplyAnon 1 year ago in reply to AnonMichal, We find it strange, that those, like Thomas/Aubuchon who profess to "save the children" are the same ones who destroy them. If "interviewing" thousands of children is not child abuse by the government, we don't know what else you would call it. To put them through the horrors these encounters is an unspeakable crime. See this award winning documentary and research the aftermath, "Witch Hunt", the John Stoll story of an innocent man who spent 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.http://www.witchhuntmovie.com Who has created more destruction of childrens' lives, in the name of "helping save" them? Who has created a child abuse/sex abuse industry? Who profits from all this?

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

"Honest prosecutors have been unjustly smeared and punished," he added, oblivious to the obvious irony. "The rule of law is no more in this county." 
Mr. Thomas, We listened to the months of daily hearings. We've heard and read the ruling on the small handful of cases that got you disbarred. You are NOT honest. There are no words to describe the damage and destruction you and your hand-maidens have done to the innocent men, women and children, families and the state of Arizona.  Society and the taxpayers will be paying for the burden you perpetrated upon so many hundreds of thousands of people. You are simply clueless to what you have wrought upon the people. All three of you belong in the prisons you sent non-violent, first offenders to for decades and life sentences. 

DesertDweller79
DesertDweller79

This is hilarious.  I loved when the incredulous woman shouted "Ghandi?!" after Thomas said that.  What a nutcase.  Thomas, obviously, not the clearly awesome bystander mentioned above.   I was quite amused by some of the signs, too.

Now I am looking forward to the criminal indictments.  What's the countdown clock on that look like?

Seeking the Truth
Seeking the Truth

The Matt Bandy story is an example of the Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander witch-hunts for "easy" convictions and political exploitation. 

Reminds of the SOP prosecutor witch-hunts of the early '90's.  Kern County DA Ed Jagels who shredded the innocent lives of children and families, as "child savers" -- what a sick game they all played on the people for the "vote" and $$'s.

http://witchhuntmovie.com

Anon
Anon

Mandymarie, You hit it out of the ball park!  

Jack Seift
Jack Seift

Chad, you must mean Candy Gandhi...

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

I'm surprised sheriff joe wasn't there.  The puppeteer and Andy once again sharing a stage.  Sheriff Joe must have had a depends blowout on the way there.

Anon
Anon

63mlya, They have been on witch-hunts since Thomas got in office Jan. 2005! When the media wasn't paying attention, as innocent peoples' lives were being shredded by their "machine"!

Mike MARTINEZ
Mike MARTINEZ

You're nothing but a dope smoker! No wonder you have the attitudes you do. Put down the pipe and get real, BOY!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

No he wont, but I would still like to see that because he deserves his very our pair.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I wonder what the State of Massachusetts has in terms of the Old Fool's birth certificate?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

ROFL, nice find!  we already knew his parents came here illegally, undocumented, and uninvited, this just adds frosting to the cake.
 

Vicki
Vicki

And he will bomb with his new career as Fiction writer as well.  

Anon
Anon

DD, Hilarious does not describe what we saw. I would use the word "sick" -- straight out of Art of War.

Anon
Anon

Clarity, Thanks for your link and informed comments.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

He is too busy shitting bricks, his depends wont be able to hold the weight so he has to stay close to the toilet.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Mike "Martinez," my ass! You need a good ass-kicking. If you are indeed Latino, your're obviously an embarrassment to your family. A self-hating Latino, like that idiot who always trots out to all the teabagger protests. Maybe that's you?! The guy at the Andy Thomas thing the other day... he wasn't a toothless redneck, he was a toothless Latino spewing racist hatred. Go fuck yourself.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I don't do drugs, asshole. I have the attitudes I have because of clueless, uneducated dumbshits like you spewing your rhetoric and BS and you expect people to believe your sorry ass over the FACTS.

I'm as real as they come, bitch. Now run along little boy back to your mommy's basement and let the grown-ups like me have a real effing conversation. 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Sun Tzu's ghost must be rolling over in his grave...

DesertDweller79
DesertDweller79

 Well, you are probably right.  It isn't right that I should laugh at someone who is clearly mentally ill.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Suck it, fool! Enjoy your life in Arpaio's colon.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Personal attack Adhominem- the direction typically taken by those unable to articulate a legitimate argument.

Nice work, dogbiter.

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