Watch Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas Spin; Disciplinary Proceedings Continue

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Want to hear a former Maricopa County attorney try to explain a conspiracy for which he has no good evidence about? Watch now.
​Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is back on the stand this morning in the State Bar's disciplinary proceeding against him.

Here's the link to the state Supreme Court's Web page on the hearings. Click there, then click on the live proceeding. Don't forget -- later you can access Thomas' testimony in the archive section.

This is the second day of testimony by Thomas. If you want to catch up, read our blog posts from yesterday, some of which contain specific reference points in the archive videos for your convenience.

Thomas is off to a good start today -- already neck deep in his bull crap.




For instance, he just said he had "specific, credible tips" about
possible "graft" and corruption -- yet the disciplinary panel has
already heard how weak, unspecific and not-very-credible those tips were.

We'll also point you to today's article in the Arizona Repub, if you haven't already seen it, by Michael Kiefer and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez. We especially like this part:



When Thomas took the witness stand on Wednesday to discuss the matter, his recollection of events varied widely from what Arizona Republic reporters saw - and wrote - when he announced charges against the judge in December 2009.

On Wednesday, Thomas said he had only invited the media to attend the hearing and was surprised the hearing did not take place. In 2009, however, he claimed the judge should have canceled the hearing when a judicial complaint was filed against him or after he was named as a defendant in the racketeering suit.

To hold the hearing, Thomas told reporters at the time, would have been an ongoing criminal act, giving the impression that he did file the charges to stop the hearing.

Much of Thomas' testimony, as we pointed out yesterday, (and in a similar way to the testimony earlier this week by another target of the State Bar's proceeding, Lisa Aubuchon), holds up like Swiss cheese -- on a Phoenix sidewalk in July.

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seeking the truth
seeking the truth

Prosecutorial misconduct tour going national. Where's Arizona on the list? 

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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I wonder if anyone else lives in his universe.... he doesn't seem to live in ours..

Jason
Jason

Aubuchon and Alexander apparently live in his universe. They support his corruption and mental sickness.

Anon
Anon

Tommy, Your comment is spot on.

Coz
Coz

Wish someone would just plug that hot seat into 220 volts and be done with it.

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???Why isn't Obwama dealing with this

teknik1200
teknik1200

what exactly does any of this exactly have to do with politicians abusing power and prosecuting people for political reasons?

Coz
Coz

Nothing, the poster is an idiot.

Jason
Jason

Candy Andy trying to explain the "conspiracy" is like Pearce trying to explain the sham candidate.

All Candy does is babble rather incoherently. Like mbsanchez and a few other Candy/Flaccid Fool/Pearce supporters.

Candy will be disbarred. It's just a matter of time, but a long time coming.

Anon
Anon

Ray, Outstanding reporting! Thanks for the links to the AZ SC site which should be included in all articles on the hearings. The public from around the country is growing and many don't know these links exist. The AZ Supreme Court website is well done.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

You're welcome. I'd like to second your praise about the court's Web site. The links are easy to find and the videos work great. A masterpiece of open government. 

Former Republican
Former Republican

When you write about Thomas and his slime, don't leave Rachel Alexander and Lisa Aubuchon (former child support enforcer) out of the picture. This is a reminder of their tactics using the media/global internet to convict and destroy defendants cases.

"Classically Liberal: Prosecutor tries to force teenage boy to register as sex offender for showing Playboy magazine to a friend.

http://freestudents.blogspot.c...

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I wonder how many slime cleaners they will need to clean the witness box when Andy is done.

Jason
Jason

There aren't enough slime cleaners in the universe to clean that witness box, shadeaux.

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