Lisa Aubuchon Files $10 Million Claim Vs. County; Prosecutor Says Her Reputation is Damaged

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Lisa Aubuchon wants $10 million from county taxpayers for her troubles

The deputy county attorney who helped former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas with his most controversial cases has filed a claim against the county for $10 million.

Lisa Aubuchon states in a lengthy claim letter that her reputation has been damaged and future earnings prospects in doubt after smears by Interim County Attorney Rick Romley and others.

By now you're aware of the big news from yesterday about Romley and the release of documents including transcripts of grand jury proceedings, none of which cast Aubuchon and Thomas in a positive light.

Aubuchon says she's been fired from the County Attorney's office improperly, and as retaliation by Romley for attempting to prosecute the same county officials who appointed him to his current position. An investigation into her alleged abuses as a deputy county attorney, plus the public statements about her made by Romley and others, have hurt her mental health, slandered her, and shattered some friendships with co-workers, she claims.

Although she says that evidence shows she's already been fired, former Thomas aide Barnett Lotstein says that's not true -- she's still employed by the office and collecting a paycheck, as far as he knows. (Unlike Lotstein, who really was fired).

Aubuchon's claim targets another former Thomas aide, Phil MacDonnell, (also dismissed soon after Romley took office), the entire Board of Supervisors, County Manager David Smith and others. The claim takes on the feel of a diatribe at times as Aubuchon rehashes aspects of the cases against Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley, and her gut feeling that a conspiracy must be afloat permeates her explanation of the various conflicts of interest involved.

But Aubuchon's letter also -- inadvertently -- gives a critical reader a sense of schadenfreude. The double standard is astonishing. For instance, Aubuchon cries out that "professional decency" should prevent Romley from talking to the news media about allegations against her.

But, in following the plans of Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio's chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, did Aubuchon ever once stop to worry about professional decency? If she had, maybe Judge Gary Donahoe -- once the subject of a bogus criminal investigation led by Aubuchon -- wouldn't be filing a multi-million claim of his own against the county.

Lotstein, who's helping Thomas' campaign for state Attorney General, describes Aubuchon as a "good soldier," adding that he doesn't think she did anything improper.

As a deputy prosecutor, Aubuchon's immune from prosecution for anything she did in her official capacity. Maybe she ought to leave well enough alone.

That being said, it'll be interesting to see if Aubuchon joins the county settlement process so reviled by Hendershott and Thomas or negotiates a separate settlement.

Our take: She doesn't believe in her own BS enough to demand a jury trial.

Aubuchon Notice of Claim

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Anonymous Said:"Ok, I'll be tossing all night if I can't figure this one out.Is her "husband" actually a horse? Kin to "Mr. Ed"? A gift from Turf Paradise?"&WhoKnows Said:"The most interesting part of the letter is the fact that some poor little fool actually married this nutjob!"

You know what? Shut the hell up! You people even don't know this woman or her family you morons, she's my Aunt and its really offensive to start bringing her family into this, her husband is one of the most decent human beings you will ever meet, so back off. If you want to talk about her career or something that actually pertains to this article, then fine, that's you business, but don't go bringing her personal life into this. I am sick and tired of people making these crude comments about her husband, he has absolutely nothing to do with this. So, stop acting like you know ANYTHING about her personal life and leave your opinions about her husband to yourselves, because it really hurts to read this kind of crap posted about my family when you know idea what you're even talking about!

Anonymous Said:"HERE IS SOME BREAKING NEWS FOR YOU FATTIE. You didn't HAVE a reputation that needed saving. YOU destroyed that all by need Barnett Lotstein to say you're an OK gal? Christ, you ARE desperate.DESPERATE, UGLY and ON A LOSING STREAK. Must really suck to be you."&Jester Jackson Said:"I wonder about the type of male that would choose to mate with Lisa Aubuchon. Wide hips?"&Gregg Said:"As a taxpayer of arizona, i resent this ugly bitch trying to get a payday. screw her and her family. as far as im concerned i think this pig should be in prison. her husband has to be a horse. can you imagine being in his shoes and having to wake up every morning to her face. uuggh, thats prison in its own way. go to hell bitch."

Really? Your a classless, pathetic jerks. Fine, have your opinion on the article, but don't use the words "fattie" or "ugly", what are you, in second grade? I'm sorry that your such a bunch of pathetic individuals that you have to go and degrade another human being's appearance to make yourself feel better, people like you disgust me. All of you can go to Hell, because you all here are hurting my family and we haven't even done anything wrong, we just all share the last name, and it's all really offensive. So, I'll say it again, I don't think what you people are saying is right, but you have the right to say it, but at least show the decency to keep her family out of it, because we're all tired of being picked on.

-Amanda Aubuchon

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