Andrew Thomas, David Hendershott and Lisa Aubuchon File $60M Claim Vs. Maricopa County

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Andrew Thomas is seeking $23.5 million in his claim against Maricopa County

Unreal.


The same people responsible for tens of millions in claims being filed against Maricopa County are now drooling after their own pot of gold.


Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and David Hendershott, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's former right-hand man have filed a notice of claim along with Thomas' former lackey, Lisa Aubuchon, for a combined total of $60 million.


Aubuchon had already filed a $10 million claim; she's revised that to $22.5 million. Andrew Thomas, who quit the job voters gave him and failed in his bid to become state Attorney General, has the gall to seek $23.5 million from taxpayers. And Hendershott, the infamous Chief Deputy now under investigation following a co-worker's allegations of corruption and abuse of power, wants $14 million.


All this is on top of about $56 million in claims and lawsuits filed by the people who feel they were wronged by the actions of Thomas, Aubuchon, Hendershott and Arpaio.


We're skeptical that County Supervisors, staff members and judges deserve multi-million-dollar payoffs for their troubles. True, it makes sense that they shouldn't be stuck with massive legal fees because of the weak, unproven and largely discredited conspiracy theories leveled against them by Thomas and Hendershott.


But with the addition of such huge claims by the very people who helped make this mess, the situation looks more like a total farce. Or worse -- arguably, it's an attack on taxpayers by our elected officials and those who worked for them, a bold attempt to raid the treasury.


We've published the claim below and believe you'll find it's overflowing with the same delusional arguments that Thomas and Hendershott tried unsuccessfully to run past several judges.


Not surprisingly, amidst all the BS in this claim, at least one bald-faced lie is evident: 

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Lisa Aubuchon

The claim states:


In December of 2008, the Maricopa Board of Supervisors voted to "fire" claimant Thomas and to hire other lawyers as their counsel. They later voted to "fire" Thomas from handling county litigation. ... Both votes were illegal acts, as stated in the Arizona Court of Appeals in Romley Vs. Daughton, handed down in November 2010.

As you can read for yourself, the November ruling from the appeals court doesn't state that. It does, however, state:

Accordingly, we agree with the trial court that the Board acted lawfully on December 5, 2008, in retaining outside counsel for this category of advice and representation.

Media reports noted at the time that the Court of Appeals ruling does require the Board of Supervisors to negotiate a return to the typical practice of using the elected county attorney for civil litigation.

We called Thomas and Hendershott's Montana lawyer, (yeah, that's right, Montana), Edward Moriarity and asked him to point out where in the ruling the appellate court judges "stated" that anything the Board of Supervisors did was illegal.

Moriarity grew flustered, poor guy, and asked us what gave us the right to call and badger him over the question.

$60 million, that's what.

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XSoldier
XSoldier

Gee, I wonder why Hendy is claiming, among other things, "damaged health?" Last I checked, he weighed a metric ton, is a double-dipper, and is out on administrativ leave from the MCSO.

Lisa Aubuchon will NEVER win her claim that she had to cash out her retirement fund and her job back at MCAO. The ONLY reason I know this is because I retained her (I don't have a lot of money, and she was cheap) for legal counsel to help with a potentially high profile case and she divulged all this to me. She blames Romley and Monty for all her problems, and is absolutely loyal to Candy Dandy Thomas.

Candy Ass Thomas is upset that the citizens of the State of Arizona refused to put his sorry ass in the AZ AG's office. Gee I wonder why we didn't put him there? Maybe because he is an ineffective lawyer? He charged a judge with 3 felonies without evidence? He charged his own clients with felonies, despite conflicts of interest? He CLAIMS he reduced illegal immigration, but that is a federal issue. What did this dumbass do in the years he was CA? I know I would never approve his claim.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry, sad as it may be I was not surprised to see this action.

These three 'plaintiffs' live in their own world of make believe law, simply because they've been allowed to do so for so many years by the Board of Supervisors (defendants?) and the taxpayers (defendants?) and the voters (defendants?). I voted for the Flaccid Fool of MCSO in 2004, along with thomas, simply because I had just moved to Arizona and didn't take the time to do research on the candidates. Rick Romley endorsed Thomas that year and is now a potential defendant in yet another action that may be filed.

I haven't voted for them since 2004. obviously, but SO MANY voters simply don't take the time to conduct research before voting. Some simply vote party line, not even understanding what their party might stand for, but simply because it's family tradition to be a 'whatever'. Can you imagine a Kennedy registering as a Republican?

Anyway, these Three Goobers have been handed what they deserve, but none of the three is smart enough to take their spanking and walk away with whatever pride they might still have. They feel the need to further victimize those who voted for them and/or stood behind them while they were allegedly doing their jobs.

In my opinion Hendershott is the poster boy of failed law enforcement, at it's best. He seems to be very 'dirty' in all he does and he likely should have been terminated long ago, but was allowed by a weak minded politician parading (literally) as sheriff. He took the shots for the Flaccid Fool when necessary and now is saying he was victimized by the rest of the world. In fact, he is now involved (in my opinion) in yet another conspiracy with the Flaccid Fool to take yet another fall as the result of the Munnell (sic?) memo with allegations supposedly being investigated by Pinal County S.O. The same sheriff department that authenticated the Puroll debacle as a justified use of deadly force.

I can't say enough about Lisa Aubuchon. She seems to be certifiably nuts. She seems to live in her own world of law and believes if she says something long enough it will become law, regardless of established law and constitutional parameters.

Andy. Again, a dream world. Enough said.

These three nimrods spent years using their interpretation of law, or perhaps a fictional law, to victimize us. Now they are suing us for fighting back.

It will cost US a lot of taxpayer money but I am anticipating these actions will die a painful death.

Justice would be served to see all three of them doing the perp walk. The very walk they have imposed on so many victims over the years.

Donepayingtaxes
Donepayingtaxes

I am in no way condoning Mr. Loughner's deplorable actions, but god damn it Jared, there were better targets for you to choose from... just sayin' is all.This is why I'm not paying what I owe in taxes.

Veracity
Veracity

The sickening part here is all of you, including the newtimes, thinking that you have all the answers and know the whole story. It appears to me that one side is right in this ordeal and one is wrong...those two sides being MCSO/MCAO in one corner, and the Supes with their minions in the other...but how can anyone know at this point who is right? If you base your entire opinion on the newtimes, you can be sure that you're wrong.

It seems to me that the one sure thing that will come out of this filing is the truth. Now, the county can't just award themselves big settlements and declare themselves victorious. It will have to be settled in court, where the truth in all it's glory will shine.

There will be plenty of crow to eat. The only question is who gets the big helpings? Will it be you?

guest
guest

Three words come to mind: TAR AND FEATHERS.

Clarity
Clarity

These claims strike me as quite obviously frivolous, but more appropriately "Offensive"!

"Offensive" being the key thought here, since this group of individuals are responsiblefor a tremendous amount of offensive, ethically and morally bankrupt actions, statementsand merit-less accusations against others. Even illegal in some instances.

Going outside of Arizonas available legal representative pool suggests the possibilitythat few, if any, legal professionals are willing to take on these matters based on theirlack of merit.

There is no question, in my opinion, that these new filings are nothing more thanoutrageous behaviors designed to further obfuscate the strongly apparent culpabilitywhich I see as quite obvious by these culprits.

I also believe that these actions could be an attempt to create a legal conundrum, oran orchestrated attempt at developing a legal conflict in order to bar imminent orforthcoming future legal indictments.

The thought that creating a legal conflict of interest could bar them from being prosecuted is whimsical and twisted, since this strategy is a terribly weak attemptat judicial deflection through counter filings. In other words a badly authored attempt at engineering a potential future legal tort based on very bad thinkingand certainly illogical strategy.

As far as offensive is concerned, this is just par for the course, it seems theseindividuals continue to suffer from a well known criminal dilemma called recidivism.

Recidivistic behavior is what this is in my opinion. Just piling on more offense to an already growing list of legal problems faced by those who have alreadycaused grievous harm to others deliberately.

It also strikes me as something the Sheriff would do! I would not be surprisedat all if the Sheriff had some influence in this.

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when this meeting took place!

I see this as a slap in the face to the trail of victims these individuals haveleft in their wake.

Simply horrendous, shocking and really quite sickening.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Even comparing the shopping lists of damages between the 3 shows some strange thoughts in the damages sought. For example, Crybaby Andy is asking for only a fraction of the damages for emotional distress that his more portly amigos are claiming. I would have thought that Andy would be way out if front on that line item.

Health problems: Andy could have it wrapped up in Misc damages, but he is not claiming health issues. Hendershott claims the need for constant medical supervision for his "problems." He went out with knee problems before he was placed on paid leave. I suppose that is stress related, but more from the weight supported and not so much from the mental stress.

I still don't get why they would combine their claims unless they need to show solidarity. To me in appears that they have rehearsed their stories and probably have a common strategy.

The greatest wrong claimed against Hendershott is an allegation made to AZPOST regarding his behavior. Note that now Hendy claims that he was going to go to ask the court to release GJ materials to the county risk assessment teams. Changing stories don't help your case.

One final thought: Reading the 3 in 1 claim made me think that maybe Rachel Alexander has prepared the claim. It had some of her hallmark scattered thinking. Is the Montana Attorney licensed or allowed to practice law in AZ? Does filing a claim count as practice? Are the requirements different for filing a suit?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Their claim seems to make a point of saying that all of the county personnel that wronged these three did so while acting within the official duties of the county employment. Notably, none of the three seek to sue anybody personally, just the county. Could this be a start at getting themselves off the hook personally. Maybe there is an underlying statement of "Maybe it was wrong, but I did it for the county, just like you did."

SeriouslyConfused
SeriouslyConfused

I'm scratching my head trying to decide what Thomas and company's motives are for filing the notice of claim. I'm coming up with three possibilities.

1. They're actually delusional, honestly feel they've been wronged, and are trying to be "justly" compensated.

2. They're hoping that by demanding $60 million they'll force the county to go to trial where they can then present whatever "evidence" they have against Wilcox, Stapley, etc., thereby convincing us all that they were right all along.

3. They're hoping that by demanding this exorbitant amount, they can prevent the other claims against them from being settled so quickly, somehow preventing the county from paying the others (Wilcox, Stapley, etc...).

Anybody have any thoughts?

SHOCKED & PISSED
SHOCKED & PISSED

"Mr. Thomas's action in standing up to public corruption in Maricopa County and the retaliation and assault on his reputation he has suffered (yes, whoever wrote the claim didn't proof it and/or is incompetent) as a result played a substantial role in his defeat. He has continued to suffer grave injuries..."

Imagine, Thomas has the BA!!s to claim damages from us because he lost the AG primary. What damages, he ALMOST won for god's sake. And it states right there in the claim "Thomas's actions" were the "cause."

Aubuchon's claims that she didn't "profit" from her misdeeds therefore didn't do anything wrong is just lame. SHE want us to pay HER for HER abusing the power of HER job position. Maybe SHE can blame the majority of the baseless cases SHE attempted to prosecute on Thomas. But, SHE really screwed up when SHE sent the case to Daisy Flores the day after Thomas resigned. WHO made that decision Lisa?

And Hendershot's for lack of professionalism, morals, ethics, he wants us to pay HIM? FAT CHANCE! (pun intended)

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Would not a local attorney love to have a case representing three esteemed and highly regarded former top members of the law enforcement community. Why would they have to go all the way to Montana?

Maybe it has to do when 300 or so Phoenix attorneys protested Andrew Thomas and his actions against the courts and judges.

Seriously, this is a case that I could imagine attorneys fighting over who gets to take it to trial. For the current three plaintiffs, they have to go to Montana?

If someone wants to sue over character assassination, read between the lines.

Stacy
Stacy

These fucking clowns are unreal... totally unreal. I can not believe for one second that they actually believe the bull shit on their very claim. And two of 'em are lawyers? OMG! No wonder under Thomas' tenure the county had a trail win rate, and I'm not talking plea deals.. trail wins.. ugh.

Those three remind me of the Three Stooges. Bunch of clowns.

seethetruth
seethetruth

Delusional!! unbelievable!! To think that these demented people were running our justice system. They deserve to be put away immediately and for the rest of their lives.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I read the claim earlier on AZ Central. What I noticed was the poorly written claim and the Montana attorney. Hopefully the two are not related.

I am not sure what Hendershott is claiming. He is not even out of work right now. He is still being overpaid while on leave from another matter.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I like what you say about Andy's dream world. He has an image of what the world should be. I don't like his image. Then when it does not work out that way, Andy has an image that justifies his actions. The voices in his head must drive him nuts.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

The ones really eating crow are the taxpayers who will foot the bill for living in this bass-ackwards state.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Your points are well taken. However, while the New Times has led the media in uncovering such information, it is clearly not a unique source, nor is it a comprehensive source. For the bar investigations, the justice department investigations, and others, the New Times is not "evidence." I don't think any rational person would believe that something is true just because it is in the New Times. In reporting and blogging, the New Times has proffered a variety of positions based on their review of available evidence and for the most part, their a priori predictions have been quite correct. Holes in their analyses are often acknowledged and later filled.

The greater truth I have seen so far is the FACT that all of these corruption investigations fell apart. All were started by an apparent political motive. The "tips" that allegedly started them have never been documented. The evidence is so lacking that cases can't stand and can barely be indicted without misleading grand jurors. Other than press releases and perp walks, virtually no evidence has been proffered to support any of these wide spread corruption allegations.

I believe it is very clear based on available evidence and lack of other evidence that Arpaio, Thomas, Aubuchon, and Hendershott are not white knights.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

In the most regressive state in the country, this is not shocking.

Stacy
Stacy

(Meant to say.. Trial win-rate of less than 20%)

Stacy
Stacy

Don't forget that on top of being on leave with pay.. he's also receiving a pension.. he's DOUBLE-DIPPING !! I think some concerned tax payer should sue the crap out of those three clowns.

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