Andrew Thomas: County Supervisors and Judges Were "Openly Thumbing Their Nose at the Law"


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Andrew Thomas said he had no animosity toward County Supervisor Don Stapley, who he had charged in December 2008 with 118 counts related to Stapley's alleged failure to disclose some business deals on officials forms.

Andrew Thomas certainly seems to believe his own theories as he defends himself today against a State Bar complaint that could cost him his law license.

In the former Maricopa County Attorney's world, County Supervisor Don Stapley is "corrupt," whose motive to commit crimes was the money he was being paid by Conley Wolfswinkle, a developer with a felony record.

He says a judge deliberately held up a request his office made to take another judge, whom Thomas says was biased, off the first Stapley criminal case. Various judges acted in "concert" to "essentially provide protection" for Stapley. A warning by a retired judge working for the State Bar that Thomas was dangerously close to a violation of conflict-of-interest rules was "intimidating" him.

"I thought we were seeing a travesty unfolding in our courts," Thomas told the Bar's disciplinary panel and State Bar independent counsel Jamie Sudler.


He compared what he saw to "Third World" governments.

Thomas was very concerned about all sorts of matters involving a cabal of county officials, judges, bureaucrats and local lawyers, he explained while on the stand.

One of those things was a "tip" he'd heard about now-retired Judge Barbara Mundell being "pressured" by Stapley to hire lawyer Tom Irvine as a "space planner" for a new court tower under construction.

Irvine made a small fortune for the job, apparently. But as we learned from Thomas' co-defendant in the trial-like Bar proceeding, Lisa Aubuchon, the county attorney's office believed Irvine was scamming the county even though Irvine has extensive experience as a construction lawyer.

Thomas said his chief assistant, Phil MacDonnell, relayed to him the tip about Mundell. MacDonnell, in turn, had heard it from lawyer Jack LaSota, who testified this week that he didn't know where he heard it from.

Sounds like a bunch of BS, right? Well, not to Thomas. It's one of the sandy foundations to his theorized grand conspiracy, outlined in a racketeering case eventually filed against his political enemies.

Thomas said he couldn't recall if he knew how LaSota found out about the tip.

 

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17 comments
Jason
Jason

If anyone created a third world government, it was Candy Andy and the Miscreants.

Aubuchon knew full well she and Candy charged Stapley outside the statute of limitations. This is the final showdown between ethical and completely corrupt.

The best thing for Judge O'Neil & Co. to do is just disbar all three corrupt imbeciles.  

Former Republican
Former Republican

"He (Thomas) compared what he saw to "Third World" governments."  Thomas described well, the state of Arizona.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Definitely the best reality show in Arizona or the Southwest for that matter..

Former Republican
Former Republican

Your title needs to be corrected to read: "Andrew Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander "openly thumbing their noses at the law".

Coz
Coz

So Candy Dandy Thomas, hows it feel to be Bozo I Can't Recall Arpaio's Bitch Boy ?

Coz
Coz

The only real travesty to Maricrapola Tax Payers is Thomas, Arpaio and Pearce.

Former Republican
Former Republican

As we see it, ex-DA/County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his hench-women used their power like Third World tyrants -- nothing but a reign of terror on Maricopa County and the state of Arizona. 

LOOK IN THE MIRROR THOMAS/AUBUCHON/ALEXANDER/WELLS/ARPAIO/HENDERSHOTT et al..

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

"I see dead people and conspiracies EVERYWHERE!"

-Candy Dandy

David Saint
David Saint

Oh dear LORD Romney..did you really put Aubuchon up for a judgeship!?!?!!?!?!

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Reggie VV
Reggie VV

We, in Arizona, should be glad we have such wonderful Republican public servants looking out for our interests, Andy Thomas, Tom Horne, Joe Arpaio, Jan Brewer, Russell Pearce, Paul Babeu, Junior Potatoe.  The almightly please help us.

Coz
Coz

Pretty amazing stuff...

Isn't it funny how everyone that testified can remember Arpaio being part of the conversations and meetings....except Bozo I can't Recall Arpaio.

Thomas law career over
Thomas law career over

Andy Thomas is no longer a Republican or any other kind of servant...to lump Tom Horne in with that group is an error.

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