Andrew Thomas Mans Up, Says He'll Drop $47 Million Claim; (The Fact That His Case Sucked May Have Played a Role in Decision)

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Andrew Thomas announced that he's dropping $47 million in claims against the county and state. But, really, he had a great case.

Former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, having previously submitted $47 million in claims against the state and county, has now apparently decided to man up.

Though he was fully prepared to soak the taxpayers for tens of millions, he now realizes -- according to an e-mail he sent to Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts -- that either A) He's too proud to take public money in these tough times, or B) He's achieved victory without the payoff.

Thomas, who faces disbarment in a State Bar disciplinary action later this month, told Roberts that he's dropping his claims because "somebody should lead by example in this time of economic crisis."

Besides, he added, county leaders have decided to keep using public money to pay for his legal defense in the Bar proceedings, and that matter was "at the heart" of his notices of claim.

That's total bull, of course.

As can be read in the $23.5 million notice of claim he filed with the county in January (he also wanted a similar amount from the state), Thomas believed the claim "is his only remaining way of seeking justice, clearing his name, and upholding the rule of law in the county he served and still calls home."

Since that was really the "heart" of his claim, what could make him want to drop the case now?

The answer that makes the most sense is that his lawyer decided there was no way this case was going to be worth the work. Without any decent prospect of a multi-million-dollar payout, the only sensible option was to pull out.

To Thomas, who left office early only to lose the state Attorney General's seat to Tom Horne, quitting is a reflex.

Oh, and along the same lines, we noticed today that Thomas has taken down the Web site for the little law firm he launched last November. That $5.99 a month hosting fee can really be a bitch.

We're curious what you think:




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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thomas basically enacted a fair and reasonable settlement.  The county is nice enough to accept the terms that Thomas proposed without argument. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

If he had a lick of sense in the first place he would never have partnered with the shurf and that other dunderhead, Hendershott.

He made his bed, now he is having to sleep in it. Bet it smells like a lot of bovine excrement.

TheChef
TheChef

Actually, this almost certainly means the CCA Sugar Daddy is ready to cut bait in Arizona. Look for Marshmallow Mouth to run out of cash soon as well. The only one that'll have any pocket money will be AZ's modern version of Soapy Smith. Aka, the Joe Show. Hopefully the voters will toss that con out in the next election too.

Gonzo di Dottore
Gonzo di Dottore

sucking up - trying to add some mitigating factors to the bar charges

85014
85014

I think he's posturing to try to save his Attorney license. If he's disbarred, he'll make an excellent paralegal in Mississippi.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Thomas  needs to accept his fate    whether is censure   or disbarment ............  HE DONE THE CRIME ........ NOW HE NEEDS TO BE A MAN AND ACCEPT PUNSHMENT..... THIS "RULE OF LAW " THAT ALL THESE SLEEZY POLITITIONS  KEEP  SPOUTING IS  JUST POLITICAL BULL  SHIT............  RULE OF LAW TO THEM  MEANS THEIR WAY

Vic
Vic

Don't care what the reason is, it's done.  Now, how about you two sitting on the county board, no need to punish the taxpayers who are your employers by the way.Do the right thing.

BoneBoy
BoneBoy

Next stop, hopefully, for Candie is jail.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

More likely, Thomas knew he would lose and doesn't have the money for a lawyer to even bring this to court.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Bovine Excrement = Henderpoop.

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