Lindsay Lohan (We Mean Rachel Alexander) Thumbing Nose at Panel Through Blog Won't Help "Cause"

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We watched the morning news a bit ago as onetime Disney-superstar-turned-train-wreck Lindsay Lohan slipped in the back door of the Los Angeles County morgue to do ghoulish penance for whatever it was that got her on probation.
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Rachel Alexander's testimony yesterday was the proverbial train wreck.

Lohan landed at the morgue (not in a body bag--yet!) after failing to complete her mandated public-service hours at a women's center. 

The judge didn't take kindly to the troubled actress's failure to do as she had been ordered as part of her earlier sentencing.

Judges tend to be that way.

That leads us to Rachel Alexander, whose testimony at the State Bar of Arizona's disciplinary hearings against her, former Maricopa County Andrew Thomas, and top assistant Lisa Aubuchon are continuing at the Arizona Supreme Court. 

Thomas and Aubuchon face possible disbarment. Lesser-light Alexander is looking at a possible suspension of her law ticket. 

As has been reported ad naseum here and elsewhere, Alexander faces the serious sanctions for her role in the county craziness that included criminal charges (later dropped) against a sitting judge, and a bungled racketeering lawsuit against judges, county supervisors, a law firm and others for allegedly "conspiring" to bring down Thomas, bully-pulpit Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the American Way of Life.

The RICO "case" devised by Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander/Sally Wells et al. was replete with innuendo, uncorroborated political allegations and other fanciful nonsense, also went the way of most waste--down the toilet to oblivion.

Alexander's late-blooming role in that case as a water-carrier for her boss Thomas (an ambitious ideologue with more conspiracy theories floating around his head than a JFK assassination buff) was light years past what her pay grade should have been.

Technically speaking, she's not a bad writer, having honed her skills on the taxpayer's dime publishing snarky blog items, press releases, and predictable right-wing "essays" shilling for Thomas as a "special assistant" deputy county attorney for the five years or so the guy was County Attorney.

(Alexander left the office around the same time as Thomas resigned to run his own barely failed campaign for Arizona Attorney General. She now supposedly is practicing bankruptcy law. Insert joke about "moral bankruptcy" here.)

But she had about as much business signing her name to that ill-conceived and grossly politically motivated amended RICO suit as Shaquille O'Neal had being a Tempe police detective (The suit actually was composed by Aubuchon, under the direct supervision of Mr. Thomas).

What we didn't totally realize until yesterday, however, is that Ms. Alexander is far from the sharpest knife in the proverbial drawer. She's actually as dull as an old butter knife.

With her livelihood as an attorney on the line, we would have thought that she might have boned up on what the RICO case she signed her name to ostensibly was about, and perhaps formulated a coherent thought or two about the alleged legal basis behind it.

In the alternative (a better option, for sure, in this instance), she would have conjured an explanation of some kind for her office's unprecedented and unsubstantiated full-scale legal/political assault on the judicial and executive branches of Maricopa County government.

Clearly, Alexander did neither, opting instead to fumble and stumble through hours of painful-to-watch testimony that certainly hurt her cause with the panel.

Here's the Lohan connection:

Just like poor little Lindsay, Alexander doesn't seem to understand that one should at least feign respect for an institution and its members who will be deciding her immediate professional fate.

Instead, on October 5, she posted a screed on her website, intellectualconservative.com composed by John Hawkins, her pal and editor of RightWingNews.com. 

In part, Hawkins wrote this of the ongoing disciplinary hearings:

"This is nothing but a trumped-up, meritless witch hunt and it is particularly galling to see Rachel Alexander dragged into it since she was a minor player in the legal proceedings. Unfortunately, her blogging has long since made her a juicy political target in Maricopa County. In other words, Rachel Alexander's inclusion despite her tangential involvement in the issue appears to be little more than a shot across the bow of conservative bloggers.

"The message is, `If you're a conservative and stick your head up high to let people know where you stand politically, no matter how far we have to reach, we'll find a way to drag you through the mud.'"

"Blogging while conservative is not a crime. Fighting against illegal immigration and corruption is not a crime. However, misusing the justice system for purely political purposes is absolutely despicable and the more sunlight that shines in on this issue in Arizona, the more the cockroaches who are persecuting conservatives will start to scatter."

Even if Alexander truly believes that she and the others are the "victims" of a meritless, trumped-up "witch hunt," it surely would have been wise of her to tell kindred spirit Hawkins to lay low for awhile on the matter.

Independent State Bar counsel John Gleason made big points at the end of the day when he referred Alexander to her earlier deposition testimony in the case. 

Paraphrasing here, the only remorse that she has expressed is that she got caught.

In the criminal-justice world we often frequent (as an observer!), that lack of remorse often is defined as sociopathy. 

Forget suspensions! 

Forget disbarment!

Perhaps some Lohan-like duty at the Maricopa County morgue is what's in order for the whole crew--Thomas, Aubuchon, Alexander, and a slew of others, especially the conveniently forgetful Sally Wells.


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guiest
guiest

Thomas/Alexander/Aubuchon/Wells ALL should be disbarred and sent to prison, just as they would do to anybody they charged. Until Arizona does a massive house-cleaning of these like-minded, arrogant and narcissist prosecutors in the MCAO, then the integrity of Arizona's justice system hangs in the balance.

Anon
Anon

Before former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander dares to feel like she's been a victim, this is a reminder of the Thomas/Alexander/Aubuchon witch-hunts of the day. Watch Thomas being interviewed by Avila. Thomas sounds like a fool not the states most powerful official, DA/County Attorney, who tossed a wrecking ball across the state.  2007 was a very busy year for his witch-hunts, which continued to escalate to the level of top judges.

ABC's Jim Avila's Interview With Andrew Thomas, District Attorney, Maricopa County - ABC Newshttp://abcnews.go.com/2020...

Anon
Anon

Matt Bandy and typical teenager feel victim to the malicious prosecution under the reign of terror. Rachel Alexander was the driving force of the writing/internet blogs that falsely accused many or undermined their cases with no presumption of innocence. 

 "Prosecutor tries to force teenage boy to register as sex offender for showing Playboy magazine to a friend."http://freestudents.blogspot.c...

Eleanor
Eleanor

After watching this young woman speak (or try to) the other day I found it interesting that she was so naive and inexperienced.  Her maturity level seems pretty minimal for somebody in her position.  No I am not talking about her position under Thomas but the one under him.  I truly got the impression from the way she spoke of Thomas that she is either in love with him or incredibly infatuated with the man.  After seeing the photograph James King posted of the two of the together I see it in both of them.....the immaturity and the infatuation. 

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Aaa5691

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Jason
Jason

If Rachel wasn't a complete and utter dumbass, she and taxpayers wouldn't even be in this situation.

She claims she was inexperienced. Fine. However, that does not excuse her actions in this case.

She claims she relied on the MCAO's RICO expert. If she had, she would've agreed with him and told Candy Andy that the RICO lawsuit was bullshit.  

She claims she would've obtained the evidence to actually win the suit in discovery. News flash Rachel: Before you even CONSIDER filing a lawsuit, you should be able to meet the burden of proof needed to move the case forward.

Here's a smart move Rachel: You just surrender your law license you stupid, clueless bitch. You are too sleazy, unethical, corrupt and mentally sick (just like Pearce) to actually practice law successfully. BTW, what exactly do you know about bankruptcy law?  

Ben Stiler
Ben Stiler

Screw that judge, she's the bitch.  What the hell is wrong with this country?  It seems the legal system is hell bent on turning every other person into a criminal.  I am sick of it, and Lohan didn't do anything so horrible that she deserves to be treated like this.  Order her to get help, yes, but demanding that she do community service in the morgue makes me disgusted with the judge and the legal system. 

Lars
Lars

The saddest part of her testimony is that she doesn't realize that her co-defendants, Thomas and Aubuchon, threw her to the wolves in the RICO case.  After filing a civil complaint in federal court without exercising due diligence in its investigation and preparation, they assigned the case to an "inexperienced" (despite being licensed for almost a decade) attorney who had mostly acted as a political operative and not an attorney during her law career.  Against her were dozens of experienced trial lawyers, and no one could reasonably have expected her to stand up to their legal maneuvers.  She merits some form of discipline for filing an amended complaint without any significant review of the "investigation" conducted by Aubuchon.  She merits some form of probation for not understanding how her actions as an attorney can harm others.  She merits some form of discipline for following their lead in stone-walling the Bar's investigation.  Nonetheless, in the end she is also a victim of Thomas and Aubuchon playing fast and loose with the power of a prosecutor. Sad.

Coz
Coz

Arizona is such a toilet....

donalddgorge
donalddgorge

It is a good decision taken by the judge. This is not a lose situation for Ms. Alexander. It's just not hang suspended or liberal conspiracy, polishing his conservative credentials of the victims.

Toronto Criminal Lawyer

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

Would have to ask the RICO Expert we heard at the Thomas hearings, but from listening to his presentation, we would think the RICO charges should be filed against the MCAO/MCAO and those in the state legislature who collude with them to write laws that tip toward the side of law enforcement/prosecutors against the "people" who they were elected to serve and who pay their salaries, lucrative pensions and benefits. It's time for checks and balances, oversight and accountability. Long overdue. Why no reform or righting wrongs? Because they are all-in-it-together --- raising RICO questions.

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

Paul, Many of us have been following the Thomas/Alexander/Aubuchon "troika" for years, as well as watching and listening to the testimony that has been unfolding daily. It is stunning to hear the gross incompetence of Rachel Alexander unfold. 

No one has described former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander better than you have! The "troika" has used (as standard operating procedure) witch-hunts for years, that have destroyed thousands of lives, families, children, lost professions, "good names" and their future lives, along with the state of Arizona, complicit in "rubber stamping" the over 200,000 felony cases -- operating "one-step-short-of-a gun" for some, they have been murdered in prison.

To listen to Rachel Alexander talk about the RICO lawsuit, like nothing more than pieces of paper, and NOT realize the impact on the lives of the 16 defendants she was charging -- without reading a police report, without asking for it, without investigation (standard operating procedure in the Maricopa County Attorneys office) seemed totally sociopathic and narcissist.  

Rachel Alexander was arrogant enough to think she could to anything to anyone. Her internet writing shows this particularly in 2006-2008.

How they even think they are "victims" is truly sick and disturbing since they held the most power in the state as top prosecutors with absolute immunity and using draconian mandatory minimum sentencing as a "weapon" for "easy" convictions. They operated with NO accountability.  Who were their puppet-masters?Remind Thomas/Alexander/Aubuchon that four decades of a one-party state = tyranny. Thomas/Alexander/Aubuchon/Wells should ALL be disbarred and all sent to prison!  

alehound
alehound

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories. Except in Arizona bitches, lolololol

Bob_aran
Bob_aran

This is a no lose situation for Ms. Alexander. Suspension or no suspension it only serves to polish her conservative victim of liberal conspiracy credentials. If she hasn't already appeared on Hannity or Fox & Friends this should increase her chances. And that will be a stepping stone to "legal expert" appearances. Next thing you know doozy will be patting Ms. Alexander's shoulder and creeping her out.

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

The lack of remorse thing was important because remorse can be a mitigating factor in determining what sanction to impose and lack of remorse or failure to take responsibility can be an aggravating factor in determining the appropriate sanction.

As for her alleged bankruptcy practice, it'd be interesting to know where she got the requisite background to be able to handle such matters competently. When she testified about her background, nothing she's ever done was bankruptcy law.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"In the criminal-justice world we often frequent (as an observer!), that lack of remorse often is defined as sociopathy.

While it's a little more complicated than "Lack of Remorse" alone, several Az elected officials could easily be diagnosed as sociopaths with a generous dose of Narcissistic personality disorder thrown in.Rpirhole and Pearce definitely fit the bill as do Thomas and Aubuchon. Then there's good ol' Jan. Momma of a sociopath and proof that the apple really didn't fall far from the tree.

Diagnosing Alexander might prove problematic because you'd have to find a proctologist qualified to do a psych eval.

Ross
Ross

Is it cast in stone that she is only facing suspension, or can the hearing panel decide on a heavier penalty?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"She's actually as dull as an old butter knife."

Spoon maybe?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I think the infatuation was the something for nothing promotions that Alexander received from Thomas.

Jason
Jason

I hear she has a boyfriend. One has to wonder if Thomas is the unlucky guy.

Then again, if Thomas IS the unlucky guy, he has to explain it to his wife and 4 kids...

Anon
Anon

Well, one could file the RICO charges and investigate later -- forget looking at the police report. Who'll join in?

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

i think there will be many who was sent to jail/prison who will contest their cases . and many may be able to win . if the prosecutors are found to have violated any laws and or ethics ... that is going to be a must watch for in the future , and shall yet cost alot of $$$$$ all ready spent in this mess .

MCSO /MCAO are going to cost tax payers well into years to yet come , see the cost go extended to 2050 at least

Lee62
Lee62

Bob, You're on the right track... "convict for fame" -- well, they all got it now!  

Fox supports prosecutors against the people 24/7Prosecutor convicts for fame - TV talking headhttp://www.thejeffreydesko... "Judge" Jeanine Pirro TV ShowDespite the fact former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro has repeatedly tried to distance herself from Jeff’'s wrongful incarceration by stating that she wasn'’t the DA when he was convicted, she fought all 7 of Jeff’'s appeals though he was arguing his innocence as demonstrated by a negative DNA test; even blocking several attempts to get more sophisticated testing. Pirro'’s prosecutorial misconduct have resulted in five other wrongful conviction cases that were reversed: Kian Khatibi, Anthony DiSimone, Richard DiGuglielmo, Marcia Stein, and Selwyn Days. Seeking to prevent Pirro from remaking her image to falsely depict herself as a noble crime fighter, Jeff led a protest designed to draw attention to her misdeeds. Her show was pulled after one season, caused in part by the protest and follow up actions which resulted in bad ratings, before it was picked up by Fox.

Car_del99
Car_del99

" As for her alleged bankruptcy practice, it'd be interesting to know where she got the requisite background "To her that would be easy to answer she will say ...I  I have heard at the gossip table ,and what I read in the newspapers

Ben Stiler
Ben Stiler

fuck that lack of remorse bullshit...lack of remorse is not a crime, nor is not adequately displaying remorse.  This country is turning into a nation of idiots who can no longer think for themselves at all.

Anon
Anon

It works like this in Arizona (i.e.Phillips & Assoc.) purchase the largest ad in the yellow pages. Someone gets hauled into jail and asks for the phone book (that's if the detective will give them one), then they call that lawyer. The lawyer collects their obscene up-front fee and their work is done. Let the defendant know that they are facing 10 years in prison (i.e. Arizona's harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws), coerce a plea --- case over. The Bail bondsman calls the defendant to reassure them they hired the best and toughest lawyer, and goes in for the kill. Takes over the home and all other assets and just try to get them back!  That's Arizona justice. Who wants to change that gravy train? Rachel Alexander is well-suited for this criminal justice industry scam.

vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

It's only a recommendation, and the hearing panel's determination isn't even final (the Arizona Supreme Court can change it, though it rarely does.)  Still, it would be very unusual for a penalty to exceed that which was requested by the investigator (who is actually prosecuting the case).  It would be like a county attorney asking for a 5 year sentence and getting life.

Anon
Anon

comment from Avila's interview of Thomas, 2007: ajpitt20103:30 AM ESTJan 30, 2008It is a mockery of the Justice System and an abuse of power what this County Attorney has done and continues to do. His geopolitical game of chess is going to back fire on him. He and his cronies have no respect for the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. He is akin to a dictator and bears no shame or responsibility for his fascist antics. Maricopa County will look forward to the hour when Mr. Thomas is no longer County Attorney. Having recently arrested in the middle of the night two executives from a local newspaper for printing information that was their constitutional right under the 1st Amendment Freedom of the Press. As the antics by his office continue to tear away at those beautiful pages of our Constitution."

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

Deniseas, Try bankrupting the state. The officials know this, that's why they are rushing to add 5,000 more private prison beds so they can keep the "people' silenced for decades. That's also why they do not want to reform Arizona draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws that sentence a non-violent, first offender to prison for 75 years for a "touching" in a swimming pool incident. These officials DO NOT want any voices to be heard. Former Judge Donahoe raises the question about how many other people have been innocent and sent to prison. Let's start to investigate this!

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

Well, she's not charged with any crimes. She's charged with unethical behavior. If you or she doesn't like the way the practice of law is regulated, don't be a lawyer. Simple as that. 

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

Congratulations. That wasn't even remotely responsive to my original comment. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Excuse please, there are so many that it's hard to remember them all.

Zuul
Zuul

FYI: Its Vinz Clortho, not Vince : )

Anon
Anon

The above comment was written in 2007. It should be read by all, since it describes perfectly the MCAO standard operating procedure former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his hench-women/men inherited and implemented, escalating it to new levels of abuse of power that can only be described as tyranny.

Today it is late in the year 2011 -- how many thousands of lives they have destroyed? We are only hearing about the handful of top Maricopa County Judges, officials, lawyers, administrators et al -- presented during these hearings. What about the over 200,000 felony cases of the ordinary people? How many were over-sentenced (misdemeanors turned into felonies under Thomas)? How many were innocent? How many were wrongfully convicted and wrongfully imprisoned? And most importantly, who is going to step in to right the wrongs since state has not been good at policing itself?

Eleanor
Eleanor

No problem, Sweety.  I like to make sure his name is out there along with the Tempe Police Chief, Tom Ryff and all his shenanigans.

Bnbk
Bnbk

The list is never ending.

vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

Are you trying to cause me to go through some sort of existential crisis?

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