More Hypocrisy From Thomas: "Very Unusual" for a Judge to Attach Newspaper Article to Complaint -- Yet Two of Thomas' "Anti-Corruption" Cases Began That Way

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Andrew Thomas continues his testimony on Wednesday in the State Bar disciplinary proceeding against him.

Part Two of the morning testimony by former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas brought out even more of Thomas' apparently hypocritical thought processes.

We say hypocritical because it's difficult for us to believe that Thomas believes the words coming out of his mouth.

As we noted in our last post about today's hearing, Thomas claims that when a retired judge ruled against him, it was due to bias, but when he ruled for Thomas, it was because the judge didn't have enough "guts" to act on his bias. Crazy, right?

Well, we're getting a belly full of that line of thinking today.

Thomas just told the State Bar's disciplinary panel that it was "very unusual" for a judge to attach a newspaper article to a Bar complaint. The article in question was "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution", which was about the trumped-up charges against and arrest of New Times executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.


It was "particularly" unusual that the paper in question was New Times, he quipped.

But really, he shouldn't think attaching articles to complaints is all that odd: Two of the major "anti-corruption" cases he tried to prosecute, the Mary Rose Wilcox case and the so-called "bug sweep" case were based initially on journalistic works.

The case against County Supervisor Wilcox, according to search warrants, began after an unnamed tipster (who could have been Sheriff Arpaio himself, for all we know) told investigators about a Phoenix Magazine article that described potential crimes. While the article by former New Times scribe Terry Greene Sterling was eyebrow-raising and made Wilcox look sleazy, the story didn't hold up so well as a criminal case. After a judge ruled that Thomas had a conflict in the Wilcox case, the charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence of a crime.

The bug-sweep case, in which County Supervisor Andy Kunasek was accused (and later exonerated) of improperly spending $14,000 in county funds, began with a 2009 Arizona Republic article.

Thomas' office attempted to prosecute both of those cases, despite their journalistic origins.

Now he's gonna complain that a judge can't do the same thing he did?

What a crock.

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11 comments
Coz
Coz

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

Coz
Coz

Isn't amazing that everyone that's testified can remember having meetings with "Bozo I Can't Recall Arpaio"....except Bozo Joe Arpaio....

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

There is a town in Nevada which is trying to recruit a new city Atty, police chief and 3 police officers. Thomas, Rpiehole, Hendershott, Black and Fox should be shoe-in's to man the Pahrumph Rangers.

Coz
Coz

The more I watch the testimony of Thomas the more it just proves what a toilet Arizona is with it's corrupt leadership.

Hard to believe people actually elect total slimeballs like Thomas, Arpaio and Pearce.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Maybe Arpaio could be ordered to testify standing up at a podium.  That would be his typical blabbermouth environment and the standing position might relieve his case of cranial rectumitis.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I bet the Old Goat can still remember the book signing when he was autographing one of 'his' books for a guy named Scott Norberg... but he can't remember sitting in a meeting planning the overtaking of Maricopa County and the arrest and incarceration of the County Manager, Assistant County Manager, and the Board of Supervisors. He can probably recall every property closing he's had in the last twenty years. He can probably remember all of the various bank accounts where he has directed 'donations' for deposit.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Candy Andy is starting to suffer from selective memory syndrome,starting to take the AARPiehole approach to testifying. Dam,I swear he is graying by the minute.

teknik1200
teknik1200

what is even harder to believe is their unquestioning support.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Coz.. You live in Scaryzona, the State of Constant Stupidity...  I've watched this kind of rampant arrogant ignorance and "good old boy" theocratic politics since I moved there in 1978.  And I still follow them even though I moved to Colorado, in the mountains and 20 miles from the nearest town a short while back.  The GOOD NEWS is action is finally being taken against the corruption.    Albert Einstein was right.. only 2 things are infinite ... the universe and the stupidity of mankind.  He did question infinity related to the universe but he never had doubts about the inifinite stupidity of mankind.

Coz
Coz

Stupid is what stupid does sums up Maricrapola County Voters

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