Andrew Thomas, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander: The Disbarment Hearings


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John Gleason, a state-appointed investigator, began opening statements this morning in the disciplinary hearings against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The hearings that may result in the disbarment of former Maricopa County Andrew Thomas begin this morning with opening statements from each side.

Thomas and two of his ex-henchwomen, former deputy county attorneys Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander, are in for the fight of their professional lives as an investigator with the state Supreme Court presents evidence of the trio's alleged ethical violations.

The large, wood-paneled courtroom on the fourth floor of the state court building, 1501 West Washington Street, is starting to fill up with lawyers, interested parties (there's the Wild-West-moustached Earl Wilcox and his wife, County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, in an aisle seat on one row), members of the news media and, apparently, a few members of the public just here for the show. The rows are about half-full, though -- this isn't exactly going to be the Blue Man Show in Vegas, but we're expecting the first day proceedings to be worth hearing.

The gavel just came down and the State Bar's Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil asks the lawyers and parties to introduce themselves.

Aubuchon and her Montana attorney, Ed Moriarity, is here, but not Andrew Thomas, the chicken.

The reason for the hearings, which are neither a criminal or civil trial, but sort of resembles one: The former county attorney and his former two deputies messed up but good.

From the bad indictments of County Supervisors Wilcox and Don Stapley, to the accusation without evidence that a Superior Court Judge committed bribery, Thomas allegedly bent legal ethics to retaliate against his political foes.

John Gleason, the state-appointed lawyer who investigated the former county attorney and his cronies, is first up.

We'll cover his and others' opening statements this morning on this blog, so stay tuned for updates.

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WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Aubuchon's lawyer looks like working "pro bono" puts him at the top pay for his qualifications!  The guy came off like a real bumpkin.

And with the hearing not starting until 11am, you think Alexander would have had time to wash and comb her hair!  She looked like she'd just rolled out of bed.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Listening now. According to the lawyers for Aubuchon and Alexander, the girls have been nothing more than legal girl scouts and each should be given "Humanitarian of the Year" awards.

Yawn....

Yodabama
Yodabama

Let the games begin!  This is a warmup for the party we've all been waiting for, Pearce's going away party.  Thomas will begin his walk thru the gauntlet of shame escorted by two of his minions.... more to follow !!!!!!!!!!!!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I found it interesting that Thomas himself was a no-show in the morning session.

The little boy stayed home and cried while kicking his feet, I guess!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

It only makes sense that the defendant did not show up when you consider that it is Thomas. 

I have always felt that Thomas was a pompous little wimp.  Wanting to be a bully and acting like a bully, but without the toughness to back it up.  He would go hit the big kid, then scurry back behind his momma's skirt and taunt the big kid from his position of safety.  Thomas was real tough with AARPaio and Henderbulk playing the part of momma's skirt. 

Momma is not there to protect you now Andy.  Grow up, Man up, Show up!

Jason
Jason

Ray:

Judge O'Neil's name is William, not Thomas.

Jason
Jason

Of course Candy Andy won't show up. He is a coward. Like Pearce and the Flaccid Fool of MCSO.

Let's hope that Judge O'Neil makes the right decision and disbars these sleazy, corrupt, unethical, undisciplined, mentally unstable cowardly attroneys.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

if i ever need a lawyer , ,please remind me not to go to Montana in search of one ...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I was hoping I was the only one with that impression of the guy. You know the old expression, "The lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client". In this case it might be, "The client who has hired this lawyer is indeed herself a fool". In fact, that may be the very reason she was fired from MCAO and she is facing disbarment. But what do we simpletons know?

Ideas
Ideas

Is Rachel related to President Nixon ?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Do you occasionally hear Kermit the Frog show up when Rachel's attorney orients his head just so?

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Ray, is it true that even if they get dis-barred, they just have to pass the exam again to get back?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"Thomas was real tough with AARPaio and Henderbulk playing the part of momma'sskirt. "

Gerry,Since these 2 are "MEMBERS" of the MCSO command staff, don't you mean DADDY"S skirts?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Jason, Mr. Stern is known to nap while typing. Be gentle...

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Whoops. Fixed now. I'm gonna pretend that didn't happen...

Jason
Jason

Oops: I meant to say attorneys.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

You be better off with an elk from Montana!  I mean, really, she could have found a better lawyer on the back of the yellow pages!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

He's the same guy that is handling the claims by Blimp and the wicked witch from the east, I think.  He's hoping to score some racoon hunting money with those cases....  He needs a new cap!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Are you by chance referring to nose structure from the profile view?  I will acknowledge that she did not look very well put together today.  It probably was a rough weekend and not because of 9-11, but because of 9-12.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I thought it was my computer!  But I guess it wasn't!  I guess it's not easy for him to be so green!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Now that you mention it.... I also thought it interesting when we heard a cell phone buzzing and Ms. Aubuchon went to the podium and retrieved it. Seems odd that a lawyer would have need for a cell phone while addressing the court. But, like you Gerry, I don't play the role on telly, either.

vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

They can reapply in 5 years.  It involves both retaking the bar exam (which isn't THAT hard) and passing the character and fitness board, which will be more of a challenge.  They will have to prove their rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence.  Almost no one gets back in after being disbarred (although some keep trying).

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I read someplace that they can't re-take the test for 5 years.  We can hope they'll be convicted felons by then.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I think it is 5 years, retake the exam and state your case for readmission.  I don't believe there is any guarantee of approval.  Just my take on it.  I am not a lawyer and I don't play on on TV either.

Yodabama
Yodabama

After 5 years (on skidrow hopefully!)

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

As you wish shadeaux14.  The conclusion of my metaphor is the same.  :-)

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

All this time I've had a visual of Raymond Burr associated with your screen name... such a disappointment..

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