Andrew Thomas' Lawyer, Don Wilson, Complains About Sheriff Arpaio's Weak Memory and Nails Coffin of Thomas' Political Future

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Don Wilson, Andrew Thomas' lawyer, says no reasonable person would think Thomas could ever again hold public office.

Don Wilson, Andrew Thomas' attorney in the former Maricopa County Attorney's disciplinary proceedings, disses Sheriff Joe Arpaio's memory and his client's political future in a new interview.

We found Wilson's Tuesday interview with KJZZ quite comical, in places, (after learning about it from one of our sharp readers, that is).

Thomas' lawyer, in answer to why his client should continue to hold a law license, responds that the former prosecutor couldn't abuse his power because he no longer holds office -- "and I think any reasonable person assumes he never will again."

Bah-bam!

Wilson seems to acknowledge that even his best efforts during the fall State Bar disciplinary proceedings couldn't make Thomas look good enough to be elected to an HOA board.

But Wilson gets serious when talk turns to Arpaio's performance on the witness stand at the proceedings.

Wilson says:


I don't know if dismayed is the right word, but it's unfortunate that Sheriff Arpaio didn't have a better memory.

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If even a portion of former Chief Deputy Hendershott's testimony is to be believed, Sheriff Arpaio knew more, but unfortunately was not able to recall.


Wilson doesn't elaborate on exactly what he thinks Arpaio should have said, but there's no question that Arpaio's testimony was full of all-too-convenient memory lapses.

Interviewer Mark Brodie asks Wilson if he was surprised at Arpaio's testimony, and Wilson answers, "yes."

Considering how long Arpaio's been sheriff and the seriousness of the investigations conducted by his and Thomas' offices, "it would seem to me that he would have a better memory."

Wilson believes that even a suspension, rather than disbarment on allegations of ethical and potential criminal violations, would be unacceptable to Thomas.

"He feels the evidence is that he didn't do anything inappropriate or unethical," Wilson says, adding that Thomas will appeal any decision by the Bar's disciplinary panel that goes against his client.

Wilson and lawyers for the other respondents in the Bar's proceedings, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander, are scheduled to turn in their closing arguments by mid-January.

A decision by the disciplinary panel is expected by late February.

Catch the whole KJZZ interview here.


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Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

The MCAO is the most powerful position in the state. It has been corrupted for years by abuse of power which will harm Arizona people and taxpayers for decades. The Thomas troika were puppets for whom? And who is left standing as the world watches a murder taking place in the Maricopa County jail intake area on Dec. 22, 2011. Thomas and his hench-women should be indicted and incarcerated along with the MCSO sheriff!!

Gwmwllc
Gwmwllc

Since when is the mass exodus of the citizens of one country to another country considered "illegal immigration" instead of occupation of the country. When the Huns invaded countries, I don't beleive they were called "undocumented migrants". Do you?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Realistically, the possibility of Thomas holding office again in the future has NOTHING to do with his fitness for bar certification.  He is not being disbarred so he can never prosecute again.  He is being disbarred because he has demonstrated that he has the personal integrity and challenged (make that discarded) ethics of a 79 year old Sheriff named Aarpaio.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Thomas does NOT serve the people but himself. He is not fit for any position involving the safety and well-being of human beings -- man, woman or child. He exposes the GOP for what it is. He like Montgomery were cherry-picked by a cruel, inhumane monster. See Dec. 22nd "murder" at arpaio's jail.  Its time to end this reign of terror on the community, the county and the state of Arizona!  Truly horrific and tragic.

Joe and his fool no one
Joe and his fool no one

Somebody should give "Sheriff" Joe an autobiography of Harry S. Truman and the desk sign which reads "The Buck Stops Here."  But old slimy Joe wouldn't or can't read and the senile populations of the Sun Cities will believe his every word.

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Jason
Jason

 "and I think any reasonable person assumes he never will again."This is perhaps the most truthful statement to emerge from the state Bar hearings. Candy Andy and his gang of miscreants will more than likely be disbarred.

I hope the info I provided to the USAO regarding the abuses of power investigation (courtesy of Lisa Aubuchon, of course), helps get the Old Fool & Co indicted.

Wondering
Wondering

There is something totally amazing in this whole thing for me. Through everything that has gone down the only one left still with a job is Arpaio! How the hell is this possible. The whole crooked kingdom came crashing down and he is still holding pressers every day. I am at a total loss as to how screwed up our system is

Bnbk
Bnbk

If these corrupt criminals are allowed to retain their law license,what's to stop them from moving to another state & victimizing that states citizens & running for office.All these criminals should be doing jail time is what they should be doing.Disbarment is not enough.

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

Maricopa County residents need to stand up against payment for attorneys for ANY appeal brought on by Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander.  The total costs just to bring the case to a bar trial were astronomical - and I CANNOT IMAGINE as a taxpayer having to bear the burden of an appeal.  Thomas didn't even attend the hearings that WE PAID FOR...except for the one day he testified.  So there they are ....sticking it to the taxpayer over and over again.  The appeal MUST be on their life savings...not  ours.

Wanumba
Wanumba

Andrew Thomas is a slimy little reprobate.

Put him in the cell next to Arpaio, and tase them frequently.

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

There Arpaio sat, in the witness stand for Andy's hearing, unable to remember because his diaper was full and leaking. The only thing Arpaio could think of was where was his daddy Henderschitt at, cause baby Joey needed a change..........LOL

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"He feels the evidence is that he didn't do anything inappropriate or unethical..."  Wilson seems to distance himself from Thomas' position here.  Can Andy understand the term Hot Potato?  Even Ted Bundy's lawyers did not distance themselves like this.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"...and I think any reasonable person assumes he never will again."  Finally, some truth coming from the Thomas camp.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

It was bad enough that the taxpayers had to pay to defend this unethical slob, I just hope to hell we don't have to pay for his appeals!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thomas hitched his wagon to arpaio and arpaio discarded him when andy was of no further use. Simple really.

Never trust a man who is unaccountable as arpaio has been for 50 years.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

I don't care what is "unacceptable" to Thomas.  I don't think he gave a shit about what was "unacceptable" in what he was doing with Arpaio.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

What is the point of your post?  It is about as related to the article as a tampons by mail website would be.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Arpaio reports to us citizens. The buck stops with us. We get to pay for his crap.

Coz
Coz

The system rewards politicians that are criminals.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Wondering, That's what allowing a sheriff to "control" a state for two decades. Time for term limits for County Sheriffs and County Attorneys. There is a reason they didn't want the new court tower built -- the old court houses have been rigged for decades and hold all "their" secrets and SOP. Why do you think they defended the MCSO "detention officer" who swiped the defense lawyers' documents behind her back at a Sentencing? Why the drama and fuss? Who were they really protecting, as the MCAO prosecutor sat there unfazed?

teknik1200
teknik1200

I say we bring a class action suit against the three of them, and also Arpaio.

They knew what they were doing when they started this, they should have to pay for their actions.  They were not representing the will of the people with these politically motivated attacks.  They were representing the will of themselves on the tax payer dime.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Inappropriate and unethical are the words Thomas used for everyone else except himself, as he sat in judgment playing God with peoples' lives. There are hundreds of thousands of his victims out there.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

The "Taxpayers" elected this snake and now are reaping the "rewards" of their decision.

Too bad we can't bill everyone who voted for him for the cost of his total lack of ethics.

Don't like it? Too bad. Make better decisions about who to vote for and just maybe these situations won't occur in the future.

Anon
Anon

Gerry_C, The description of a politician. 

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

You are right on this for sure.  Then the corrupt politicians reward their corrupt underlings. And the beat goes on.......

Anon
Anon

shadeaux, Your comment is spot-on!  That's what you get when you vote "party" rather than what's best for the people.

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