Thomas Defends Shoddy Conspiracy Case; Struggles to Explain Why "Biased" Judge Ruled in His Favor

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Andrew Thomas explains his thought processes behind his aggressive prosecutions of county officials.

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said in a disciplinary hearing against him today that he doesn't know why a judge he thought was "biased" made a major ruling in Thomas' favor.

Thomas has maintained throughout his fight with county officials that retired Judge Kenneth Fields, who was assigned to cover Thomas' attempted prosecution of County Supervisor Don Stapley, was heavily biased against him.

Like Aubuchon's testimony from yesterday, Thomas displays a mysterious faith in his weak conspiracy theory against the officials. He maintained an unshakeable belief in things that seem contrary to established facts: He says a bar complaint by Fields was against him, even though Fields targeted one of Thomas' special prosecutors, and not Thomas, in the complaint.

"It implicated me, potentially," he explained.

(Click here to watch now on the state Supreme Court's Web site.)
He stated that although a racketeering complaint against the Board of Supervisors, judges and others states that he's one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs (he's also a plaintiff), he really wasn't the plaintiffs' attorney.

The first 90 minutes of testimony by former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas started off slow, but it picked up in the last 20 or so.

One of the most interesting exchanges occurred just before the mid-morning break.

Bar counsel Jamie Sudler explained to Thomas that Fields had the opportunity to rule against Thomas and squash the criminal case against County Supervisor Don Stapley before it really got started. Stapley's lawyers had filed a motion to kick Thomas off the case due to an alleged conflict of interest. Fields ruled that Thomas could prosecute Stapley.

Thomas put forward his personal theory why the "biased" Fields ruled in his favor:

"The law was so obvious, he didn't have the guts to ignore it," Thomas said smugly. "He waited till later to scuttle the case."

This makes darned little sense. If Fields was so biased, if he'd been hand-picked by other judges to do the Stapley case precisely because he was biased and might let Stapley off, it seems sound even for us non-lawyers to think it would have been cleaner to do it before the evidence against Stapley could be presented, and before Stapley's defense (the offense, rather) could get rolling.

As it happened, Fields ruled for Stapley when he saw the law didn't support the case. (The Board of Supervisors had never properly adopted the financial disclosure rules that Stapley was accused of breaking.)

Of course, Thomas doesn't think the law behind that ruling was "so obvious" that Fields couldn't ignore it. He doesn't agree with that decision by Fields, like he agrees with the other one.

Yet perhaps he should, considering Fields ruling to dismiss counts against Stapley was held up on appeal. Amazingly, Thomas admitted he never even bothered to read that appellate court ruling.

Okay, they're back on now, and Thomas is back to struggling to explain why now-retired Superior Court Judge Anna Baca was part of a criminal conspiracy, despite the fact that his only evidence for that criminal behavior were some judicial decisions she made. Those decisions, on their own, weren't necessarily evidence, Thomas says, echoing a refrain similar to that of Aubuchon's in her testimony yesterday.


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good read. I would say when giving advice to self pleasure to the bible you should recommend passages from Songs of Solomon. Some of that is pretty graphic.

Coz
Coz

Pretty amazing stuff...

Isn't it funny how everyone that testified can remember Arpaio being part of the conversations and meetings....except Bozo I can't Recall Arpaio.

Coz
Coz

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

VazToo
VazToo

lol, well if that isnt proof that the US Kangaro oCourt system is not bought and paid for, I dont know what is lol. real-anon.at.tc

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

As Custer said at the Washita massacre of Black Kettle's peaceful camp, regarding the killing of women and children:  "This is a legal action."  Of course, he got his.  Can we hope the same for these criminals/murderers.  There is a website created by former MCSO employees detailing the blood on their hands.  Can someone post the name.  Nuff said.

Coz
Coz

What a putz Thomas is.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

Normal fascist behavior.  Read your history, past and present.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Andy Thomas squirming in his seat for all the world to see. 

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

Oops, misspelled a name.  freudian slip?

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

Could this be Asspaio's colon cancer, spreading upwards from his pendejos?

libraryblogger
libraryblogger

..."Thomas displays a mysterious faith in his weak conspiracy theory against the officials. He maintained an unshakeable belief in things that seem contrary to established facts:"...Chinese Wall

David Saint
David Saint

Andy likes to use the term "the taxpayers money", like he was looking out for our money and how it was spent..Then why did he give his former boss contracts worth more than 4 million dollars during his tenure, ignored and never audited MCSO nor the jail commissary funds, jail funds, etc..if anyone is deserving of a RICO suit/charge, its definitely Arpaio.  His actions, covering up murders by his employees to avoid embarrassment and losing elections, because he doesnt want a new sheriff auditing the books and finding out just how much he has embezzled in his capacity as sheriff. Lets not also forget all the moneys Arpaio makes from speaking engagements.  (see Lisa, thats worthy of a RICO suit, and it alleges facts, not rumors)

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

maybe he has some pendejos bothering him, as well

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Best comeback I have read on this entire matter.. You are ON POINT!!!!

Anon
Anon

David Saint, Great public service speaking out and speaking the truth. You hit this out of the ball park!

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