Andrew Thomas Submits Grand Jury Transcripts From Stapley and Wilcox Cases in Bar Discipline Case; Documents Sealed

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Andrew Thomas, former Maricopa County Attorney, is preparing for his upcoming hearing this fall before the State Bar's Presiding Disciplinary Judge. He could lose his law license.

In preparation for his upcoming discipline hearing this fall, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has submitted grand jury transcripts from his failed prosecutions of two County Supervisors.

Because of secrecy rules about the doings of grand juries, the State Bar's presiding disciplinary judge, William O'Neil, ordered the documents regarding Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox sealed. As New Times writer James King mentioned earlier this month, Thomas' defense appears to be nothing more than his continued offensive on the Supes -- despite the fact that his previous attempts to prove wrongdoing on their part ended in failure.

Thomas also attached a copy of the recent opinion by Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores about the second criminal case against Stapley, which is kind of weird. While Flores wrote in that document that she could have proved Stapley committed some crimes, she also made it clear that Thomas' dishonest actions in the case made the crimes impossible to prosecute.

 

The grand jury indictments of Wilcox and Stapley (in his 2008 criminal case), meanwhile, appear to support the old maxim that a grand jury could indict a ham sandwich.

Thomas and his former henchwoman, Lisa Aubuchon, did a shoddy job presenting their evidence to the grand jury in the first Stapley case -- they got their indictment despite the fact that the underlying campaign-finance-disclosure law on which they based the case wasn't really a law. Also damning to Thomas was State Bar investigator John Gleason's research that seems to prove Thomas knew the statute of limitations had expired on the counts against Stapley before the case was brought to the grand jury.

As mentioned in the above link about Wilcox, the Gila County Attorney stated that the Wilcox case had an "utter lack of motive or evidence of any unlawful economic or political benefit from the financial disclosure omissions."

New Times came to the same conclusion soon after Wilcox's first indictment. A second indictment of Wilcox wasn't much better.

The grand jury exhibits are meant to support a motionfor partial summary judgment that Thomas filed recently to support the idea that he had probable cause to prosecute Stapley and Wilcox. He wants O'Neil to make an official ruling that backs the idea.


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Arpaio's redheaded step-child
Arpaio's redheaded step-child

This Bitch never says die, does he ?

Mr. Thomas, we would like you to do something constructive with your pitiable law school loser self.Go get a job at McDonalds. They can always use another clown."May I supersize that your order?".That's not so tough, now, is it ???

Clarrity
Clarrity

Repeating a fantasy over and over and over again still does not make it true.

Most children learn this by the age of 14 or 15, I would hope.Apparently Thomas thinks that regurgitating mertiless, previously adjudicated and dismissed fantasies will help his cause.

Unfortunately for Thomas, it will only serve to demonstrate to the panel whateveryone else already knows. That repeating a fantasy still does not make it true.

Jason
Jason

"Also damning to Thomas was State Bar investigator John Gleason research that seems to prove Thomas knew the statute of limitations had expired on the counts against Stapley before the case was ever brought to the grand jury."

Aubuchon has told me (I made the unfortunate mistake of putting her on retainer for a legal dispute I was having. Currently she is still my lawyer of record.) that both she and Thomas knew that they had charged Stapley outside the statute of limitations and did not care.

I wonder how the disciplinary proceedings will play into the federal GJ looking into abuse of power investigation supposedly being conducted by the feds and the lawsuits and notices of claim stemming from these bullshit disputes?

anon
anon

Did'nt Lisa { I ate my ethics books } Aubuchon use the same strategy at Merit Board hearing?

Drdagon
Drdagon

As as a current student of law, I am in a quandry over what thomas's strategy is. Is his council so stupid or s thomas leading his council by the nose because he doesn't know any better. Thus far I can only figure he has ssome bizarre tactic up his sleeve but this is the common course for thomas.

teknik1200
teknik1200

sounds like he's setting himself up to get shot down hard and fast.  what a joke, he appears to be insane with these antics.

Native Guns
Native Guns

When Candy-Ass was a law student. He didn't have to learn a thing while in law school. All he had to do was bully the nerds to do his dirty work for him. Some say he is "Scut Farkus" in the classic Christmas flick: "A Christmas Story".

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