Andy Thomas' Flunky Rachel Alexander -- Now Facing Suspension of Her Law License -- Teaches Course for State Bar "Ethics Credits"

You may remember the name Rachel Alexander, a former "special assistant"
deputy county attorney under Andrew Peyton Thomas, her kindred ideological spirit

 

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Rachel Alexander in a undated photo
Alexander now finds her law license in serious jeopardy with the State Bar of Arizona, which recently filed a complaint against her, Thomas, and that ubiquitous loser of a prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon.

To sum up, the Bar is alleging that Alexander did some seriously unethical and incompetent things while working directly for Thomas.

So what gives about Alexander's recent gig as an "instructor" at a seminar in Scottsdale entitled "Social Media CLE For Lawyers?"

"CLE" stands for Continuing Legal Education. Arizona attorneys are supposed to take 15 hours annually of classes, seminars, including at least three hours studying "professional responsibility, which includes instruction in legal and judicial ethics, professionalism, and malpractice prevention."

Smallish print in the brochure for Alexander's February 24 seminar pointed out that it "qualifies for two hours of Continuing Legal Education...Ethics Credits with the Arizona State Bar."

Huh?

From what we saw of Alexander's work for Thomas/Aubuchon in their ill-fated federal RICO lawsuit against a slew of county politicians and judges, the words ethical and Rachel Alexander shouldn't be used in the same sentence unless there's an "un" attached to it.

Until she became enmeshed in that misguided RICO case, Alexander mainly was known around the County Attorney's Office for being a pal of Thomas' and for what she didn't do --which was actual County Attorney's Office work.

Instead, this well-compensated government employee apparently spent hours on end working on "Intellectual Conservative," the predictably right-wing screed of a Web site she runs with her brother,

The RICO case quickly went away in spring 2010, soon followed by Alexander, who quit the County Attorney's Office about the same time as did Thomas (he ran for Arizona Attorney General, and lost by a whisker to eventual winner Tom Horne in the Republican primary).

Last month, the State Bar charged Thomas, ex-deputy attorney Aubuchon, and Alexander with myriad ethics violations in their relentless and unsubstantiated legal attacks against Maricopa County's judiciary and legislative branches.

Among the kinder things that independent State Bar counsel John S. Gleason wrote in an 82-page complaint:

"Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander each failed to provide competent representation in the RICO action...There were no facts that supported the RICO complaint. Alexander's attempts to prolong and continue the case were based on incompetent reasoning."

We spoke with State Bar spokesman Rick DeBruhl about Alexander's CLE ethics-credit seminar -- $100 per person at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites.

"Is it ironic? Oh, yeah," DeBruhl told us.

He noted that the Bar does not pre-certify CLE classes, which means Alexander and seminar sponsor RIghtNowSocialMedia.com shouldn't have guaranteed Ethics credits ahead of time.

"Many people who should know better just don't realize that this State Bar audits these seminars after the fact to make sure they were adequate," he said. "The Bar reserves the right to say that a seminar doesn't qualify for CLE credit for whatever reason, Rachel Alexander is not the first person not to have known that." 

Interestingly, DeBruhl said the Bar has no requirements on who may or may not teach a CLE class -- a disbarred lawyer telling war stories about what not to do, or what have you, may fit the bill. 

As for social networking and the legal profession, DeBruhl called it a hot topic, and mentioned a fairly recent opinion rendered by the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

The question was, is it okay for a judge to add as Facebook "friends" lawyers who may appear in his or her court, and vice-versa.

Their answer: No.

That issue is unlikely to arise between Rachel Alexander and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe -- one of the prime targets of the Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander triad.



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Anon
Anon

IT'S TIME TO END IMMUNITY FOR PROSECUTORS AND SEND THEM TO PRISON WHEN THEY COMMIT PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT THAT DESTROYS A PERSON'S LIFE.

Car_del99
Car_del99

How can she teach something she doesn't know anything about ? or lacks ?

Lenny
Lenny

uhh "shakes head" rae chill ax and her is teaching ethics "choking" and who would be dumb enough to sign up for a course taught by mis break ethic s violations ????

desparate. chilling, dandys next , anyone want to pay to listen to his big bag of wind????destroyed lives the az bar needs to step up to the plate and grow a set and set an example of these two . disbar . and send a message , if you think you can run wild and do as you please answer to no one sociopathic attorney this is what will happen to you. I'd get my money back , like a buying a investment course from bernie madoff.

XSoldier
XSoldier

When I first read this article last night on my cell phone, I nearly gagged on my drink due to it being so hilarious.

Rachel Alexander should hang her head in shame for being so deep in Candy Ass Thomas' pocket. It is both her fault and his that she is facing suspension.

When she's reinstated, maybe she can go work for Phillips & Associates. I hear they're hiring suspended lawyers.

Ms Info
Ms Info

The website says: "This seminar qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education, both Ethics Credits, with the Arizona State Bar." Emphasis added.

From the looks of the website information about the course, I can pretty much guarantee you that there was not 2 hours of ethics education provided. So the allegation is, at best, poor word choice or, at worst, deceptive advertising.

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

It's time the State Bar of Arizona raise the standards for lawyers and prosecutors equal to that of a doctor, nurse or other professionals whose lives are destroyed with the first set of mug shots given to the media. These prosecutors have been allowed to remain for years of abuse of power destroying innocent lives on a daily basis. Thomas bragged about his 200,000 convictions (took office Jan. 2005) which has been nothing but a reign of terror on the community and the state. Thank them for the bloated Corrections budget with no end in sight in the mass industrial prison complex they helped create.

justiceseeker
justiceseeker

A reminder of the horrific 2007 the troika created for many ordinary people whose lives were shredded with their "media convictions" ...

ABC's Jim Avila's Interview With Andrew Thomas, District Attorney, Maricopa County - ABC Newshttp://abcnews.go.com/2020/sto...

Classically Liberal: They couldn't win in court so they smear a teen in the press. The Matt Bandy case returns.http://freestudents.blogspot.c...

Lisa Aubuchon Wanted "Hundreds" of Teens Interviewed During Dale Fushek Case, Probe Transcript Reveals - Phoenixhttp://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Terribly, terribly ironic that someone so incompetent would attempt to teach an ethics class.I can't imagine the room will be buzzing when attorneys looking for continuing education find out WHO the supposed teacher is.

Alexander is a flunkie

rbtiger21
rbtiger21

It is clear to me as I am sure that it is clear to many that someone is desperately trying to take Rachel down, but the big question is why. What makes someone hate so bad?

craig
craig

Thomas lost in the primary not the general election.

Whinnynaynay
Whinnynaynay

Rachel Alexander is a beauty matched with intelligence and grace...Rachel Alexander, the thoroughbred filly, that is.

Anon
Anon

XS, Well said. You named a truly stellar law firm for ex-prosecutors like aUbuchon, rAchel and maybe Andrew Thomas could fill in for Jeff Phillips while he's suspended and manage the firm like he managed the MCAO.

Anon
Anon

Who in Arizona knows what ethics means much less teach it?

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

... the damage they created is more then just the judges and elected officials they targeted, they've destroyed the integrity of the justice system and courts.

justiceseeker
justiceseeker

It's time to end immunity for prosecutors. Once they have to face they same draconian sentencing they want for others, then the over-zealous and malicious prosecutions will end, along with the financial and political gain. They created and perpetuated a moral panic that destroyed many innocent lives ... following in the footsteps of Bakersfield, CA DA Ed Jagels who helped create California into a prison state - where Incarceration is #1, Education #49, using witch hunts and moral panic to get "easy" convictions, money and power destroying innocent lives in the process. No punishment is harsh enough for the "troika" and their puppetiers.

"WITCH HUNT" award-winning documentary, Executive produced and Narrated by Sean Pennhttp://witchhuntmovie.com/

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It's not likely there will be disclosure on the seminar schedule... so unless a prospective attendee happens to know about her, or does a search ahead of time...

SeeForYourself
SeeForYourself

Hate has nothing to do with it, rbtiger21. It's a matter of ensuring that people who practice law do so ethically, and it's also more important than that. This particular lawyer, Rachel Alexander, abused her position as a deputy county attorney by pressing a baseless lawsuit that attacked the perceived opponents of Andrew Thomas and Joe Arpaio -- a lawsuit that was an attempt to eliminate those opponents and confer all power over county government to Thomas and Arpaio. This wasn't just unethical; it was an attempt to illegally usurp power and negate democracy. Alexander, Aubuchon, and Thomas, at the very least, should lose their licenses to practice law. For trying to take away the power of your vote, they deserve to go to prison.

XSoldier
XSoldier

That someone would be her mentally unstable former boss, Candy Ass Thomas. It's clear she did not have the intestinal fortitude to tell him that his RICO lawsuit was bullshit and is thus one of the many reasons we taxpayers are getting ready to foot the bill for more than $46M in lawsuit payouts and settlements.

Why? Because she was too busy playing pocket pool with her buddy Candy Ass Thomas to actually do her job as a deputy county attorney and now that she's facing suspension of her law license, her buddy Candy is nowhere to be found to help save her.

Karma is sweet
Karma is sweet

Arrogance, deliberate indifference to people and the law, and the malicious prosecution using the internet as a weapon to destroy and harm others are reasons enough. Why does she and the troika lack even a speck of conscience or soul?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Vengeance, I suppose. There are those who think she should have to eat what she has been known to dish out. I hope that answer helps.

As far as her teaching a law class, I learned some very good lessons from some very bad sergeants when I was a police officer. I kept those lessons in mind when I promoted and found that they really helped me not make the same mistakes those bad sergeants had, time and again...

I suppose a good lawyer taking such a CLE course will see through the smoke and mirrors... and for all I know she may know law really well.

Coz
Coz

Absolutely, prosecutors have for way to long been allowed to fuck peoples lives up without merit and walk away with the attitude, Oh well.

The should be personally held accountable for all damages and legal fee's they put people through that are found innocent or when charges are dropped.

They have the power and the resources to fuck with someone all they want and they abuse them on a daily basis.

Fuck the justice system, it's nothing more than a sick joke.

Anon
Anon

Wow! Well said. We couldn't agree more. If a "touch" can send someone to prison in Arizona for 17 years then it's time prosecutors face the same time they want for those they choose to maliciously convict.

A-good-cop
A-good-cop

Yea Tommy...you learned to be an asshole. You're a washed-up loser.

Coz
Coz

Washed up loser, Hardly, you don't even know the man.

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