Decision in State Bar Disciplinary Case Not Expected 'Til Spring; Andrew Thomas, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander Face Punishment

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State Bar Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil, the same guy who stopped Andrew Thomas' bogus prosecution of Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, will now help decide whether Thomas can keep practicing law in Arizona.
The Arizona State Bar's independent counsel team rested its case today in the disciplinary proceeding against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his former employees.

The Bar's lawyers announced their decision after Thomas gave his second day of testimony in the case that could cost him his law license. Lawyers for Thomas and former deputy county attorneys Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander, meanwhile, will continue to call witnesses into next week. They're defending against charges that they acted unethically while waging a legal war against their political enemies.

Jennifer Liewer, spokeswoman for the state Supreme Court, says next week probably will be the last week of the hearings. We spoke to her about what will happen next. But the upshot is this:

Word on what punishment, if any, Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander get won't be announced until sometime this coming spring.

Thomas and Aubuchon face possible disbarment, which means they would no longer be able to practice law in Arizona. (Can you say, "Want fries with that?")

Alexander faces suspension of her license, possible for a few years.

The disciplinary system isn't quite like a trial -- there won't be any in-court closing arguments, Liewer says.

After the trio's defense rests, each side will start preparing a written brief containing their closing-argument "proposed conclusions of law and findings of fact." The Bar's Disciplinary Judge, William O'Neil, will set a schedule for when those should be turned in, and that schedule will be released to the public.

But the two sides -- the State Bar on one, the former prosecutors on the other -- won't turn in their briefs simultaneously. The Bar team will submit its report first, and then the defense gets to reply later; O'Neil will set the dates for each submittal. Bar lawyers will have the last word -- they'll get to turn in one more reply to the defense's brief.

After that final brief, the Bar's hearing panel -- including O'Neil -- will have 30 days to file its own findings and suggest punishment, if necessary.

With the holiday season approaching, Liewer says, this will all will probably occur in the "first few months of 2012," with the panel's decision being announced in the spring.

The disciplinary panel's decision will be final. But within 10 days of the decision, Thomas, Aubuchon and Alexander can appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court. And you can bet they will.

This means the public will have plenty of time to go over the archived videos on the state Supreme Court's website, in case anybody wants to see any hearings they missed over the last several weeks. Here's the link.

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Jason
Jason

Candy Andy and the Miscreants will be disbarred. It's been a long time coming, but sorely needed if Arizona hopes to regain any sanity by ridding itself of the corruption in this state.

AZGregory
AZGregory

You want to see what a true sociopath looks like, just watch the recordings of Thomas testifying. I followed a good bit of it live and it was sickening.  The man has not conscience.  Worse, he honestly seems to believe that he is so smart that he can just say whatever bullshit he wants and make it sound like reality.  He couldn't rely upon the advice of his top professional staff deputy, a career prosecutor, because the Board of Supervisors set his salary and he was thus untrustworthy. With that standard, it of course means he alone in the Office can be trusted. This incredible stretch to come up with imagined possible bias, while saying that he personally had no bias or conflict of interest whatsoever against his political enemies whom he was pursuing and judges who ruled against his is pathetic.  The worst part was watching him with a straight face try to justify accusing squeaky clean and reputable superior court judges of "bribery" based upon literally the fact that they ruled against him. In his world, anyone who stood in his way of pursuing marginal and ultimately time-barred actions against Stapley, by just doing their job and ruling on cases before them, are by definition part of a racketeering enterprise. Thomas truly lives in bizzarro world. I am pretty sure he is the kind of sociopathic personality who would be able to take a polygraph test and could lie about whether night is day and not raise a flutter on the machine. The scariest thing is that his sociopathic delusions seem to have become the norm for political writing on conservative Arizona blogs. It is hard to know whether folks who read these blogs are so stupid that they actually believe this crap or whether they all understand that in bizzarro world, truth or a semblance of reality is not important.  Fortunately, the Az State Bar does not live in this same bizzarro world and they are likely to yank Thomas' license for at least a year or two and possibly more.

Www
Www

Just curious, does anybody know if there is also an appeal process that they can file to delay the final decision?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Not quite as much fun as the Meacham impeachment and not nearly as much daytime entertainment as the Watergate hearings, but it was good to watch those wankers sweat and squirm.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mike, you killed me with this one. I had never heard the term, 'wankers'. Don't know why, especially since I've spent some time in the outback in Australia... but yes, they were certainly squirming.

Again, however, let's give credit to those law enforcement officers who employed the integrity, knowledge, expertise, and GUTS to so NO to the MCAO misfits when they were trying to file against Judge Donahoe and had no probable cause to justify the direct filing.

AND, then they came forward and testified.

The same will very likely happen to the MCSO sheriff. Soon.

Eleanor
Eleanor

I completely agree with you on this. Thanks for saying it.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

In defense of the panel and the time it will take to rule, there are 10-20 THOUSAND pages of exhibits they will have to read.  And it's not like reading a good novel that keeps you reading at night.  They will need to back up the rulings with direct references to the exhibits, so that Candy et al can't claim they didn't back up their claims.

hildy
hildy

Why are so many sheriffs fat...and have such murderous, control issues?http://www.familylawcourts.com...

Andrew Thom Ass
Andrew Thom Ass

The reason is that there's always 20 cameras on him at any given time.  They say the mera always adds 10 pounds, so that's like 200 extra pounds!

gdog816
gdog816

I just can't recall...my fat assistant was in charge of murderous control issues and...I don't recall how I got so fat and stupid but I'm sure someone in my office is in charge of that too, but I just don't recall who it is, but I am sure of one thing: the court camera angle needs to be adjusted by about 12.75 degrees to get the best shot of my "good side".  See you at the next crime sweep where I will have 50 sheriffs, 10 TV cameras, my crime sweep podium, a couple tanks, at least 2 command centers, 5 SWAT teams and 4 makeup artist so I can raid the maid service at the Best Western on Baseline.  Oh yeah, the other thing I can't recall...the last time I shampooed...

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