More Nonsense From Thomas: Claims TV Reporter Revealed News of Lawyer's County Clients, but Judge had Ruled on Issue Months Prior

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TV reporter Josh Bernstein is one of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' heroes.


New setting, same old story.

Under oath while on the stand this morning in the his disciplinary "trial," former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas claimed that a TV reporter gave his office a great tip in its quest to investigate county "corruption."

The former Channel 15 (KNXV-TV) reporter, Josh Bernstein, did an "investigation" and found out about an attorney-client relationship "we weren't aware of" between the Superior Court and local lawyer Tom Irvine, Thomas testified.

Thomas has been trying to make as much hay as possible with the small, unspecific clues he and Sheriff Joe Arpaio later claimed were evidence of major malfeasance. Under questioning this morning from his lawyer, Brian Holohan, Thomas explained his suspicions about Irvine and the county's new court tower, (which is now under construction.)

Thomas and Lisa Aubuchon, the former county attorney's go-to gal who's also facing disbarment in these proceedings, have already described how they believed that Irvine was bilking the county out of big bucks, due to his being hired by the Superior Court to work on the construction project's planning.

After mentioning that he had "people complaining to the newspaper" about the court-tower project, he described Bernstein's helpful involvement.

But Thomas again appears to be simply repeating a tired story while overlooking known facts.

As former New Times scribe Sarah Fenske (now editor of the L.A. Weekly,) reported in February of 2010, Aubuchon even filed a special action in court about Bernstein's supposed revelation, which the news outlet published in June of 2009. Here's an excerpt from Bernstein's report:


Documents obtained exclusively by the ABC15 Investigators reveal Irvine and his firm are representing both the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who are funding the project, and the Maricopa County Superior Court, that will occupy the building.


In fact, Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe had in February of 2009 ruled on the very issue of Irvine's clients. From Fenske's article:


Judge Donahoe also found that Irvine's firm didn't have a conflict. Yes, his firm represented both the court on construction issues and the county on this matter. But whether Irvine's firm had "a potential conflict of interest in representing the Board," Donahoe wrote, "is a matter between [the firm] and the Board."

Just another piece of evidence that Thomas and Aubuchon, and not their accusers, are the ones who don't have their stories straight.


Thomas is now back on the stand after the morning break. Click here, then hit the link for the live proceedings.



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15 comments
seeking the truth
seeking the truth

These people get more disgusting with each passing hour. There are no words to describe the sickness and revulsion we feel for the Maricopa County Attorney's office, the Sheriff's office and its elected officials and their partners in crime. They ALL belong in prison for decades -- just as they hand out to the "ordinary" people.

David Saint
David Saint

lol how surprising he used Arpaio's pet boy's "report" (if you call that joke a reporter)...yes, the same reporter who has donated to arpaios re-election campaign, and who Arpaio routinely used  in cases like the smearing of Dan Saban in 04. Didnt that guy get fired by KNXV by the way, for his actions regarding the bias reporting he did for joe?

Jason
Jason

Disbar Thomas and the Miscreants. Save us all the expense and embarrassment of this taxpayer-funded circus.

Former Republican
Former Republican

The resurrection of a TV reporter's sound bytes used?? The local TV media helped create the destruction the state is now facing as they have treated the news like entertainment -- laughing with sheriff arpaio, who is a sick demented monster. The sheriff is NOT a joke. Any talking head or anchor new person who treats him with a sense of humor is acting irresponsibly. Bernstein was taken seriously?? The level the Maricopa County Attorney's office has conducted itself for years is truly disturbing. The hearings have cast the much needed harsh spotlight it deserves. More is on its way.

Gdog816
Gdog816

This specific circus is paid for by the State Bar of Arizona.  The real "taxpayer" funded circus will start when the law suits get settled, the bills come in for defending the miscreants and...and in the center ring.....the "taxpayers" who voted in this whole group of "law providers" in the great Police State of Maricopa get to pay a much higher price - the loss of justice and the rule of law. 

teknik1200
teknik1200

and ideally he'll start paying his own legal fees or he'll get a public defender when he appeals.

if a public defender is good enough for the general public I see know reason as to why Dandy Candy needs his high dollar public funded defense attorneys.

If anyones bilking the tax payers of of money it's Andrew himself.

He should be prosecuting himself.

Jason
Jason

The bills HAVE come in. $700K just to defend these three moronic imbeciles. $100K to settle Judge Fields' lawsuit. This ain't over, not by a long shot.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Not to mention the destruction of lives, families, children and their future which all society will pay the price. 

Jason
Jason

Yep. But Candy Andy will say that he's not guilty.

He should be prosecuted by the very people who voted for this corrupt moron.

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