Can Shamed Former County Attorney Andrew Thomas Kiss His Law License Goodbye?

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Former County Attorney Andrew Thomas will testify again today in the state Bar ethics hearing that could end with his disbarment.
Shamed former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas will again today take the stand in the state Bar ethics hearing that could potentially conclude with Thomas saying "buh-bye" to his license to practice law.

Thomas spent the majority of the day yesterday on the stand trying to explain why he charged numerous county officials/political enemies with a variety of trumped-up charges.

As our colleague Ray Stern points out in his report on Thomas' testimony, the former county attorney seemed to have a well-rehearsed answer for everything.

See Stern's post here.

Thomas may have an absurd answer for everything, but any response he may give (while under oath, mind you) doesn't change the facts, which seem to show that he abused his powerful position in the county to try and intimidate anyone who opposed him (and his pal Joe Arpaio) politically.

Thomas is a slippery cat, though, and could possibly escape the hearings with his law license intact.

We want to know what you think: can Thomas kiss his license to practice law goodbye?

Cast your vote below.




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Jason
Jason

Of course Candy Andy should be disbarred. He and Aubuchon abused their position of trust, rather severely I may add.

Alexander, on the other hand, is too clueless and stupid to even know what's going on. She had absolutely no idea that Candy Andy threw her to the wolves when he assigned her to the fictitious "conspiracy" RICO suit, yet she completely and utterly defends his sorry, pathetic, corrupt ass at all costs, including her own law license.

Just disbar all three imbeciles. Save us all the embarrassment and humiliation, as well as the tax dollars.

seeking the truth
seeking the truth

Thomas should be disbarred and sent to prison for the lives he's destroyed with wreckless abandon. His arrogance shows it's time to end absolute immunity for prosecutors.

In 2010, NCIP's Veritas Initiative published the ground-breaking report: Preventable Error: A Report on Prosecutorial Misconduct in California 1997-2009, the most comprehensive statewide study ever undertaken on the misconduct of public prosecutors in state and federal courts.  In summary, the report showed systemic and serial prosecutorial misconduct with little to no accountability. The result being hundreds of years lost for those falsely accused. One such case was our client, Obie Anthony, freed just this month, who spent 17 years in prison wrongfully convicted due to prosecutorial misconduct. Our report listed 10 recommendations for reform in California. NCIP is actively working on furthering those recommendations through additional exploration and study as well as actively working in California to push for statewide reform. Today we are excited to announce that as a result of the national attention our research has garnered, we have been asked for our expertise and leadership in this area and to join forces with the Innocence Project, the Innocence Project New Orleans, and Voices of Innocence for a six state tour where we will be showing state by state evidence of prosecutorial misconduct. This has moved very quickly and I am writing this letter to you from Washington D.C. where we are holding a press conference in Washington D.C. announcing the tour. I have attached the press release which we think you will be interested in, and we will be keeping you posted on any attention this generates. Watch this morning's press conference at www.veritasinitiative.org today after 4 pm PDT, and "like" our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on this and all the latest NCIP and Veritas news. 

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Ask an occupier when he / she plans to occupy Mexico City to protest the Mexican occupation of the US.

F9F Panther
F9F Panther

It never ends with you. In case you didn't read the article, it concerns Andrew Thomas and his ability to continue to practice law, NOT immigration or Mexicans. Carrying around all that hate and discontent has got to be a heavy load. You really need to get a hobby or find a charity that will help your neighbors. You sound like a broken record.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. That would be you, Goober. And obsessive. Get help.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Even without the mustache, his face just has that "please punch me" look about it.

Roro
Roro

A number of years back a Federal Judge, Harry Nixon of Nevada, was convicted of income tax evasion and sent to prison. He refused to resign from the judiciary and continued to draw his salary in prison until he was impeached in the House and tried and found guilty in the Senate, during a trial that was televised.  After he was released from prison a few years later, he was re-admitted to the Nevada bar because he "had to be abkle to make a living."  It says a lot about the legal profession.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Thomas needs to be disbarred and removed from law enforcement and the criminal justice system including ever working in the prison system as well -- where all his over 200,000 felony cases/defendants (victims of his over zealous prosecutions and witch-hunt) are being held in cruel and inhumane conditions of confinement. Many have been murdered, committed suicide, neglected and died unnecessarily. If Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander prevailed in their bogus RICO charges, these defendants would have joined their other victims in Arizona's prisons -- silenced for decades under Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing, to never be heard from again. Thomas talks about lawlessness in the county but fails to look at himself, his own office and those in Arizona's criminal justice "scheme" for $$'s and political gain.The RICO scheme investigation should be directed at the legal and criminal justice of Arizona that starts with draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that the "cabral" uses as a weapon for "easy" convictions to churn huge fees quickly and easily;  then silencing their "victims" in prison for years/decades for non-violent, first offenses.  

"All eating out of the same trough" --a partial list that people need to add to the RICO "scheme" that demands outside investigation.1.  the police      2.  prosecutors who charge felonies without due process or investigation     3.  bail-bondsmen (alliance with lawyers)     4.  asset forfeiture (incentive for law enforcement to seize assets- stopping cars, taking whatever they want then releasing them)    5.  tow-truck scams (taking people's vehicles so they cannot function, moving the vehicles to other town/jurisdiction)     6.  Lawyers who charge huge obscene upfront fees (that lawyers in other states do not charge) for felony cases) knowing they will coerce a plea to a naive client who expects to go to trial because they are innocent. Money the initial lawyers extract from a client, who then has no money left for their appeals, when the most amount of money is needed (not explained from the beginning).    7.  Prosecutors office using the media to convict, taint defendants prior to investigation or their indictment; ugly mug shots placed all over the local media and the internet (global) prior to the outcome of trials and/or where defendants are actively in the court appealing their cases.    8.  Prosecutors using press conferences and news releases to announce to the public in advance, so a defendant was tainted -- tried in the media -- done, over-with.    9.  Experts - many unacceptable in court but pushed by legal system to churn $$'s for the "cabral".    10. Jails/prisons and the mass industrial prison complex Arizona has become and those who profit from it.    11.  Political tactics used to "grow" the system while wasting tax payer $$'s. A handful profit off human misery at the expense of the taxpayers and society.It is troubling that Arizona has the largest scheme going that is destroying the people, self-destructing the state and the Constitution.   Arizona is a failed state driven by corrupt law enforcement elected officials/offices and those in the state legislature who make laws who protect them (absolute immunity) and perpetuate them.   A state legislature who in 2009 passed a law behind closed doors with no public hearings to add 5,000-6,500 PRIVATE prison beds.  The contracts to be signed any day by Arizona Dept. of Corrections Director Chuck Ryan, who along with former ADC Director set up the Abu Ghraib prisons and were there during the 2004 abuse/torture scandal that has harmed America's reputation to this day (torture memos hidden and never addressed, so the torture continues now in America within our own prison system).ALL are at risk visiting or living in Arizona. If you think this is NOT about you -- think again!We applaud Mr. Gleason and Mr. Sudlar for their ability to bring clarity to what has been years of entrenched abuse of power stemming from the Maricopa County Attorney's office and unsnarling point by point how it has operated as standard operating procedure. Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander of ignorant of the Constitution, due process and have an obsession with their power.  We also  thank the Phoenix New Times and all their investigative reporters Stephen Lemons, Paul Rubin, Ray Stern and Sarah Fenske who have spent years documenting the corruption in the Arizona state agencies. It's time to take the money out -- and these serious cases would evaporate. In the meantime, how Arizona can survive the decades of failed leadership and the billions they have cost the state and the loss of productive people/taxpayers is the question. Who will be left to pay for all this damage as Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander have absolutely no regard for. They value power over people  and do not care whose lives they destroy and at what cost.All this and more is a shameful chapter and legacy in Arizona's history and future.  Who is going to right the wrongs?  Who is going to investigate  the hundreds of thousands of mishandled criminal cases in the Maricopa County Attorney's office. This is did disappear because Andrew Thomas/Lisa Aubuchon/Rachel Alexander are no longer there, though the officials and the media would have you believe everything is fine now. It is not. It's just ALL been swept under a rug. Wake up people -- write to the DOJ Integrity and Fraud Divisions and open up Arizona's Pandora's Box.  

Former Republican
Former Republican

PNT - please put space into the list and paragraphs as it was submitted. This is difficult to read. The public needs to read this and submit their thoughts. Thank you.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Thomas needs to be disbarred and removed from law enforcement and the criminal justice system including ever working in the prison system as well -- where all his over 200,000 felony cases/defendants (victims of his over zealous prosecutions and witch-hunt) are being held in cruel and inhumane conditions of confinement. Many have been murdered, committed suicide, neglected and died unnecessarily. If Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander prevailed in their bogus RICO charges, these defendants would have joined their other victims in Arizona's prisons -- silenced for decades under Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing, to never be heard from again. 

Thomas talks about lawlessness in the county but fails to look at himself, his own office and those in Arizona's criminal justice "scheme" for $$'s and political gain.The RICO scheme investigation should be directed at the legal and criminal justice of Arizona that starts with draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that the "cabral" uses as a weapon for "easy" convictions to churn huge fees quickly and easily, then silencing their "victims" in prison for years/decades for non-violent, first offenses.  "All eating out of the same trough" --a partial list that people need to add to the RICO "scheme" that demands outside investigation.1.  the police2.  prosecutors who charge felonies without due process or investigation3.  bail-bondsmen (alliance with lawyers)4.  asset forfeiture (incentive for law enforcement to seize assets- stopping cars, taking whatever they want then releasing them)5.  tow-truck scams (taking people's vehicles so they cannot function, moving the vehicles to other town/jurisdiction)6.  Lawyers who charge huge obscene upfront fees (that lawyers in other states do not charge) for felony cases) knowing they will coerce a plea to a naive client who expects to go to trial because they are innocent. Money the initial lawyers extract from a client, who then has no money left for their appeals, when the most amount of money is needed (not explained from the beginning).7.  Prosecutors office using the media to convict, taint defendants prior to investigation or their indictment; ugly mug shots placed all over the local media and the internet (global) prior to the outcome of trials and/or where defendants are actively in the court appealing their cases.8.  Prosecutors using press conferences and news releases to announce to the public in advance, so a defendant was tainted -- tried in the media -- done, over-with.  9.  Experts - many unacceptable in court but pushed by legal system to churn $$'s for the "cabral".10. Jails/prisons and the mass industrial prison complex Arizona has become and those who profit from it.11.  Political tactics used to "grow" the system while wasting tax payer $$'s. A handful profit off human misery at the expense of the taxpayers and society.It is troubling that Arizona has the largest scheme going that is destroying the people, self-destructing the state and the Constitution. A failed state driven by corrupt law enforcement elected officials/offices and those in the state legislature who make laws who protect them (absolute immunity) and perpetuate them. ALL are at risk visiting or living in Arizona.

We applaud Mr. Gleason and Mr. Sudlar for their ability to bring clarity to what has been years of entrenched abuse of power stemming from the Maricopa County Attorney's office that still needs to deal with the hundreds of thousands of mishandled criminal cases.

Former Republican
Former Republican

PNT, Delete this comment -- it was replaced with the corrected, expanded comment that followed. Thank you. 

James King
James King

Will try. I don't think I have access to delete a comment and we're currently without a web editor. I'll see what I can do.

F9F Panther
F9F Panther

I watched the hearings and was amazed at the arrogance shown by Thomas and Aubuchon. There is no doubt in my mind that if these two do not lose their license to practice law, they will repeat their unethical behavior. Thank God that Thomas was unsuccessful in his bid to become the state's AG. There should be a general review of their time in office to insure that innocent people are not serving time in prison for crimes they did not commit. The county attorney's office under Thomas had very loose interpretations of the law, as we have all witnessed, so I have to wonder if the charges against the BOS was just the tip of the iceberg.

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

F9f Panther. Outstanding comment!  I could have written this myself, word for word. Everything Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander say about the others should be directed at them. They have described "themselves" (the troika) very well, which should also include their partners -- Sheriff Arpaio/Hendershott/Fox/Black et at.

Pecee69
Pecee69

Thomas has no shame, he is delusional, however, even if by some strange happenstance he manages to keep his license to practice law he is done,  who the hell in their right mind would hire him? and he is clearly no longer electable for any kind of office.

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

Pecee69, You ask who would hire Thomas? The corrupt and broken prison system that the prosecutors have built and turned the U.S. into the #1 Jailer-in-the-World -- 2.4 millions adults (not counting juveniles or detention centers). One in 31 are in Corrections, on parole or probation in Arizona. See Pew Report on the States.  Wake up people, you are a prospect for the new private prison corporations taking "control" of Arizona!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

What he did was far worse than ripping off a client or failing to do his job effectively. He abused his position of trust and further damaged an already-weak political process in Maricopa County.  He and his flunkies conspired with Arpaio and his flying monkeys to create an all-powerful political machine that, if successful, would have steam rolled anyone foolish enough  to oppose them. That's what they did. And his logic is that of the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland: assess guilt and then hold the trial.

Anon
Anon

mikefrombisbee, Well said.

Coz
Coz

I checked yes, but going to have to wait and see.

Everybody knows how it works in MariCrapola County and Arizona in general, where the politicians can get away with murder while being protected by they're corrupt co-hearts in crime.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Agree completely Coz. The concept of integrity means nothing to these people.

Anon
Anon

shadeaux and coz, Well said.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

It is a huge step to disbar a lawyer.  It happens at times.  Deputy District (or County) Attorneys have been disbarred from time to time.  Elected prosecutors are disbarred not so frequently.  In my memory, only Nifong of the Duke Lacrosse team fame has been disbarred.  Andrew Thomas seems to have even more damning evidence against him across several cases.  Will he be the second elected prosecutor to be disbarred?  I hope so for the sake of the people and our faith and confidence in our justice system.

People DON'T have a right to expect a soft prosecutor or a hard ass prosecutor or an intelligent and reasonable prosecutor or even a prosecutor that does a good job.  We can change that at election time if we don't like what we have. 

People DO have a right to expect that we have an honest prosecutor that performs his duties with integrity and a focus on justice for the people.  That is what this hearing is all about.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Thomas/Alexander and Aubuchon were in full swing in 2007 when the Duke/Nifong case was in the media, that was the beginning of showing the public what prosecutorial misconduct looked like. It was NOT a rogue or isolated case but one that was entrenched as standard operating procedure. Thomas/Alexander(blogging queen at the time/Aubuchon disregarded the Duke/Nifong case and racheted up their abuse of power leading to going after judges/officials/lawyers/administrators -- the elite of Maricopa County. They escalated abuse of power and their own corruption.

Coz
Coz

After living here Gerry, I neither have respect or faith in the Arizona justice system to ever do the right thing.

Eleanor
Eleanor

If him and Aubuchon don't get disbarred then that will say  a lot about our "justice system".  And I don't mean a lot of good. 

Gizzard
Gizzard

He will always have an income no matter what...his parents have the dough to take care of him and his mistakes.

Eleanor
Eleanor

He can have all the income he wants but the taxpayers shouldn't be paying it.  Look at this fiasco now that we have been watching for weeks.  Saying that.....I can honestly say that I don't mind some of my tax dollars going to watch the circus.  It has been very, enlightening.  It's good to see the corruption put on display.  It gives me some hope that things can be changed in this state.

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