Andy Thomas and Ed Montini of Arizona Republic Odd Bedfellows?

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We were fairly deluged this morning with e-mails from readers of Arizona Republic columnist E.J Montini about a blog post he did about ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Peyton Thomas.

 

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​"Has E.J. Montini become an apologist for Thomas?" a retired judge wrote us. "I don't understand the purpose of giving [Thomas] a forum for his rants, making him to be the oppressed."

Here is what the veteran daily scribe wrote:

Okay, so Montini gave Thomas a  forum to spew his tiresome venom about the judiciary, one of his longtime whipping boys (see our story here from a few years back about his war against `activist judges,' i.e. those who disagreed with him and his policies for one reason or another).

But the columnist, whose carefully constructed phrasing in his blog post betrayed little in the way of a point of view, did win a nice quote or two from Andy, including this one about the State Bar and its minions:

"They're lighting their torches and holding their pitchforks aloft and demanding what they can get."

Not altogether sure about the metaphors at play there, but it has a good feel to it.

Actually, Andy Thomas as a Rocky-like underdog, as a one-person (not counting his most visible sycophants Lisa Aubuchon, Rachel Alexander, and Barnett Lotstein) corruption-fighting machine who dared battle The Man is going to be a tough sell on any level.

Hell, the dude was The Man.

And there's this little thing called evidence, which in the case of the State Bar of Arizona vs Andrew Thomas is abundant.

It's a hoot listening to Thomas sound like a whiny little boy crying out for "due process" in the administrative case pending against him that may cost him his ticket to practice law.

That from the same guy who decried "legal technicalities" foisted by evildoer criminal-defense attorneys upon beleaguered prosecutors and the "system" in general.

If certain events fall into place against Thomas -- we are speaking of a criminal indictment -- any actual State Bar sanctions against him may in hindsight seem almost quaint.

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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I don't think Mr. Montini was being an apologist for Thomas. I think Mr. Montini simply fed Thomas enough rope to let a fool hang himself.

"They're lighting their torches and holding their pitchforks aloft and demanding what they can get."

That statement by Thomas causes me to conjure a visual of people in white hoods and robes.. Someone needs to explain to Thomas that he appears VERY white, in spite of his recent display of his apparently Hispanic wife.

Thomas seems to be suggesting that the Arizona Bar is akin to the Clan. I don't think the Bar will take lightly such a suggestion.

Mr. Montini is allowing Thomas to show himself for the fool he really is.

Mymovie1111
Mymovie1111

Andy Thomas, Ed Montini and Joe Arpaio all have something corrupt going on for way too long. I've been studing this since 2001. Doesn't make sense how they can get away with inhumane torture to begin with!!! Throw ALL 3 of them in TENT CITY JAILS FOR A FEW YEAR'S WITH SLOP FOOD, HOSE WATER, BUGS AND MICE, WHERE THEY BELONG.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I sincerely hope that Thomas gets an honest hearing. It is time we had one of those associated with Andy's name.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I thought Montini's piece was fair and balanced. Yes the evidence against Thomas is vast, but to balance it out Montini gave Thomas some chance to tell his side. Thomas basically whined rather than present anything of substance. He complains about being spattered but he declined to be interviewed for the investigation. That is his right, but if the world will see that he is right after the evidence is out there, why wait?

Bill
Bill

I like how he complains how bad he is being portrayed in the media and how difficult it will be for him to get a fair hearing. As if he cared about fair hearings for the thousands of poor schmuks he prosecuted over the past six years.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Good point Tommy. She is apparently Hispanic and that is MCSO's threshold of probable cause to claim probable cause in the form of a license plate with alleged dirt on it. Has anybody checked citizenship/immigration papers on Mrs. Thomas? I am not saying anything one way or the other, but since Andy does not believe in women working, it is probable that she has never filled an I-9 or been run through e-verify. She could be slipping under the radar. Again, I am not saying anything one way or the other.

anon
anon

Fair and balanced are not words that can be applied to Andrew Thomas or his henchwomen who enabled his mad reign of terror on the county and the state of Arizona.

anon
anon

Bill, Well said! Thomas bragged about his 200,000 convictions during the primary in his run for state attorney general. Truly disturbing. Arizona will sink under the weight of these convictions.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

anon, to give some relief to your concern, most of those 200K 'convictions' were for immigrants who pleaded guilty to crossing into the United States without proper documents. He learned this spin from the Flaccid Fool of MCSO who counts every person arrested by every other agency and handed over to MCSO as an MCSO 'arrest'.

anon
anon

ps - 200,000 convictions, a conservative guess of those who are innocent = 10% which is estimated at 20,000 possible wrongful convictions. Thomas used a wrecking ball with peoples' lives for his political and personal gain. How do these lives get put back together?

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