Morning Poll: Should Taxpayers Continue to Pick Up Tab for Andrew Thomas Defense?

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Andrew Thomas
Disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas already has blown through $100,000 in taxpayer money he was granted to defend himself in his upcoming state Bar ethics hearing, and he's getting more.

On Friday, the county agreed to continue funding his defense after his attorney, Don Wilson, threatened to quit if there wasn't a guarantee he'd get paid.

How much he was guarenteed is unknown -- Wilson didn't return our call last week.

However, according to emails first obtained by the Arizona Republic through a public records request, county officials discussed spending about $300,000 in taxpayer money on Thomas' defense.

We've asked before and we'll ask again: should taxpayers continue to pick up the tab for Thomas' defense?

Cast your vote below.


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Andy is Dandy
Andy is Dandy

Andy Thomas and his buddies should run the cost of this up to 10 or 15 million dollars just to show us how to work the system one more time, in the process he can start out his career as a gay porn star seeing how he hung out with Black and Fox over at the MCSO and has already  knows how to keep a pornstash clean....

DG
DG

I said it before and I'll say it again:FUCK ANDREW THOMAS!!!!!!!!!!

Roro
Roro

Public Defenders are applicable in criminal cases (6th Amendment right to counsel). The Arizona Bar disciplinary hearings are civil matters that judge an individual's fitness to remain admitted to the Bar and hence a practicing attorney. He should be footing the entire bill for his ethics hearing himself.

Coz
Coz

Giver him a State Paid (Penitentiary Dispatcher), just like everyone else gets that can't afford an attorney. It how they screw everyone else on the justice system.

Michael Demers
Michael Demers

That's not a real mustache, is it?

Gizzard
Gizzard

That mustache was used to keep Hendershott and Arpaio from messing up his lips! A publice defender is enough...or maybe Lisa could help him out.

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The cost of a good fucking

Michael,

The moustache is legit.

Andrew Thomass, however, is a fraud, a phony, and a petulant little punk. Joe Arpaio's redheaded step-child demonstrates every abysmal human characteristic that makes lawyers less trustworthy than car dealers, televangelists and anyone who was born and bred in Arizona.I, myself, am irredeemably offended by this city's completely fucked up position of paying for this man's defense fees. $ 300,000.00 and counting... are you fucking kidding me ?Fuck that little twit !!! Let the little elf defend himself. He is a lawyer, isn't he ?For someone who sought license to prosecute alleged crimes to the fullest extent of his own self importance and leave destroyed any human unfortunate enough to pass into the crosshairs of his unconstitutional legal applications, whether they were truly guilty of any crime or not is too intolerable. This asshole, working in concert with that P.O.S. who passes for our sheriff, set a course to enhance their personal standing and power --- humanity, fair play, constitutional law, honesty, integrity, and humility be damned.

The "City" has no funds for bus service, AHCCCS health care, or even to pay the rank and file police officers for their overtime.

BUT THEY HAVE THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO GIVE TO THIS QUEER FOR HIM TO SQUANDER ON HIS DEFENSE FOR ALL OF THE OUTRAGES OF HIS PATHETIC YEARS AS COUNTY ATTORNEY ?

Michael D.
Michael D.

I think you mean the county instead of the city is paying.

Michael D.
Michael D.

Okay but I guess you mean the taxpayers of Maricopa County.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

No need to criticise his excellent post.    Besides, you're wrong.     It's the people who pay, not the city or the county.

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

He's a private citizen now. Why is he getting anything beyond a PD on the house?

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