Andrew Thomas and Lisa Aubuchon Disbarred -- Read Panel's Opinion Here

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Andrew Thomas, former Maricopa County Attorney, was disbarred today.

Andrew Thomas, former Maricopa County Attorney, was disbarred this morning by the three-member disciplinary panel of the Arizona State Supreme Court.

So was his former deputy, Lisa Aubuchon.

Former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander's law license was suspended for six months and one day.

The disciplinary panel dismissed a few charges, but it found "clear and convincing evidence" that Thomas and Aubuchon abused their prosecutorial powers while trying to prosecute county Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley, Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, and others. The panel found that Thomas and Aubuchon launched unethical attacks on their political enemies.

Thomas and Aubuchon's attempted prosecutions were not in the interests of justice; often they were only aimed at embarrassing or burdening their enemies, the panel found.

Scroll down to read the panel's opinion.

Thomas and Aubuchon acted with dishonesty and failed to cooperate with the State Bar, the panel found.

Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander skipped this morning's hearing.

The panel's decision can be appealed by all three.

Click here to read the disbarment document for Andrew Thomas and Lisa Aubuchon.

The ruling by the disciplinary panel means that Thomas and Aubuchon are stripped of their law licenses for five years. The licenses are not automatically reinstated after that period, either.

Thomas will need to reapply with the State Bar and show evidence that he's been rehabilitated, says ethics attorney Denise Quinterri, a former Bar Counsel for the Arizona State Bar. The reapplication process will be rigorous, she says.

"He can't just come in and say 'You're right, I'm sorry,'" Quinterri says.

Though Thomas and Aubuchon lose only their Arizona law licenses, Quinterri says it's unlikely another state will accept them as lawyers -- not without, again, evidence they've been "rehabilitated."

The extra day on top of the six-month suspension for Alexander has a special meaning under State Bar rules -- it means that she also has to go through a tough reapplication process to regain her license.

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kathleen.phillips58
kathleen.phillips58

I worked for 2 different atty general's....bob corbin & grant woods & the gov of nv grant sawyer... & what happened to me is unbelievable....i was convicted of stealing my own security camera's when i help a friend...one of the a.g.'s i worked for is now a judge. virginia richter.  i could not defend myself because i was diagnosed with colon cancer & a rare blood disorder, which i did not get treatment in jail, so, i just said fine, guilty, so i could live & get blood from john c. lincoln hospital.  here i have spent 28 years as a legal secretary & paralegal for a.g.'s ofc. x.gov in nevada and i have a criminal record (felony) because no one could help me....this is soooooooooooo   wrong....i am so sick and do not know what to do. if my father were still alive (he passed in 07 in scottsdale) he would have fought for me where i could not..i cannot believe this & andrew thomas needed the #;s just like trying to take down the mary w/the board & she won...THANK GOD....

kathleen.phillips58
kathleen.phillips58

I worked for 2 different atty general's....bob corbin & grant woods & the gov of nv grant sawyer... & what happened to me is unbelievable....i was convicted of stealing my own security camera's when i help a friend...one of the a.g.'s i worked for is now a judge. virginia richter.  i could not defend myself because i was diagnosed with colon cancer & a rare blood disorder, which i did not get treatment in jail, so, i just said fine, guilty, so i could live & get blood from john c. lincoln hospital.  here i have spent 28 years as a legal secretary & paralegal for a.g.'s ofc. x.gov in nevada and i have a criminal record (felony) because no one could help me....this is soooooooooooo   wrong....i am so sick and do not know what to do. if my father were still alive (he passed in 07 in scottsdale) he would have fought for me where i could not..i cannot believe this & andrew thomas needed the #;s just like trying to take down the mary w/the board & she won...THANK GOD....

kathleen.phillips58
kathleen.phillips58

I worked for 2 different atty general's....bob corbin & grant woods & the gov of nv grant sawyer... & what happened to me is unbelievable....i was convicted of stealing my own security camera's when i help a friend...one of the a.g.'s i worked for is now a judge. virginia richter.  i could not defend myself because i was diagnosed with colon cancer & a rare blood disorder, which i did not get treatment in jail, so, i just said fine, guilty, so i could live & get blood from john c. lincoln hospital.  here i have spent 28 years as a legal secretary & paralegal for a.g.'s ofc. x.gov in nevada and i have a criminal record (felony) because no one could help me....this is soooooooooooo   wrong....i am so sick and do not know what to do. if my father were still alive (he passed in 07 in scottsdale) he would have fought for me where i could not..i cannot believe this & andrew thomas needed the #;s just like trying to take down the mary w/the board & she won...THANK GOD....

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The Prosecutor on Trial: Ex-Maricopa County Attorney Faces Disbarment for Political Acts - Magazine - ABA Journal

 

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_prosecutor_on_trial_ex-maricopa_co._atty_faces_disbarment_for_political/

 

Comment:  Danae Bright-Shimp Mar 27, 2012 4:09 PM CDT

"Arrangement? Really?? My God, they are talking a politico-judicial pseudo-dictatorship in Arizona and you want to move a paragraph or two? Clearly, your priorities need to be re-visited…....

 

That this could happen in America today is downright frightening. Okay, perhaps I’m being somewhat naive, but for it to be so public and so pervasive! What the hell are the citizens of Arizona doing while this plays out, sitting on their hands, thinking that it will magically go away when Dorothy clicks her red heels together??

 

People, people, people, we have to get it together and let our voices be heard NOW! It is inexcusable that this has grown to the proportions that it has…. I mean Arpaio has had a stranglehold on the “Justice” system in Arizona for years, it’s played out on the television for all to see, he has panned for the cameras, and yet they vote him back in again, year after year, And then when the big stuff (like this investigation for instance) hits the fan, they stand there, wringing their hands and wondering who is gonna take care of this mess ? Really?? 

 

I grew up in Tucson, back in the day when you were proud to mention names like Udall and Goldwater-oh, how I long for those days! Today, I’m reticent to mention my home State, simply or fear that people will assume that I’m some sort of ignorant racist, right out the gate!

Arizona, I weep for you…...."

 

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

did these three  bottom feeders really think they would get a free pass ?????? the outcome was  inevitable..........  only ...........ALEXANDER  should have been disbarred too ..........her hands are just as dirty ......   SHE USED THE INTERNET TO DO HER DIRTY WORK....

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Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander raped the justice system of Arizona and those whose lives they destroyed during their reign of terror on people.

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Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander raped the justice system of Arizona and those whose lives they destroying during their reign of terror on people.

Sarka Hulpachova
Sarka Hulpachova

Look at all the scavengers here. Everybody cheering up to a person's failing. He got voted in, and tried to fight the corruption. Guess, your excitement over his failure to fight the wind mills is what you all need in your lives.

Mandymarie7835
Mandymarie7835

Pride goeth before a fall.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Get the plank out of your own eye so that you can see to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye.

If this person wants his license back EVER, he better shut up NOW! He needs to learn his place.

Now how about those 200,000 felony cases he prosecuted the same way?  Those poor people didn't have access to the same legal representation and knowledge about the system as Mary Jo Wilcox and Don Stapley.  Justice won't be complete until every last one of those cases is revisited.

Jane Ninke
Jane Ninke

Grand juries did find enough evidence to proceed with cases against Stapley and Wilcox. From reports and exidence they were involved in something illegal. Wilcox has a long history of being accused of wrong doings. It can't all be bogus. This state has a long history of corrupt officials. I think Thomas was trying to fight corruption but he may have went to far. It would be interesting to read the actual case files.

DR
DR

Hang them all high in Central Park starting with Joe Piehole and anyone else that has ever conspired with him and Candy Andy.

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TAKING USA BACK

THAT IS OKAY THAT A GOOD LAWYER GOT DISBARRED AFTER HE WENT AFTER MARY ROSE WILCOX FOR WRONG DOING...  DUE TO HE STANDS WITH ARPIO AND EVERY SINCE SB 1070 SHE AND THE PEOPLE WHERE AFTER HIM DUE TO THEY STAND TOGETHER AFTER THE ILLEGALS THAT DONT BELONG HERE OR DESERVE TO BE HERE DO TO THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THE LAWS AND RULES.. WHY DONT THEY GO BACK TO WHERE THEY ARE FROM AND TAKE WILCOX WITH YOU TO TALK TO YOUR PRESIDENT OF MEXICO TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEM SON THEY DONT COME HERE.. WE DONT WANT THEM AND WHO WE DO RE-ELECT WE WILL MAKE SURE THEY ARE FOR 1070 AS WELL ... WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK AND WE NEED HELP THE CITIZENS OF UNITED STATES..IF YOU DONT HAVE AND AZ I.D, SPEAK ENGLISH AND HAVE A DNA IN THE SYSTEM FOR THE ILLEGAL CRIMINALS AND PAY TAXES THEN YO;U SHOULD NOT BE HERE WE HAVE RULES AND LAWS AND ID AND PASSPORTS TO  LIVE OR VISIT SOMEWHERE ELSE. SO WHY SHOULDN'T THEY.  IT IS BAD ENOUGH US TAX PAYER HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO BE BORN, WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS FOR THEM AND ALL THEIR KIDS AND MAN..THAT THEY DONT REPORT. I SPEAK FROM FACTS I HAVE SEEN THEM AND HEARD THEM AT THE STORE AND DES OFFICE..  SORRY ANDREW THAT YOU HAD TO GO BUT DONT WORRY ROSE WILL BE BEHIND YOU..  PASS AND ENFORCE PROP SB 10701 AND STAND BEHIND YOUR COUNTRY AND TAKE IT BACK... THANK S FOR THE HELP ANDRE WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ARPIO EVEN MORE AND  PAUL B. FOR PIMA COUNTRY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..

Debra Savittieri
Debra Savittieri

OK! I admit it! I threw greasy popcorn balls in the hair of Arpiao and his wife as they sat in front of me at the movies...and- I got a real thrill! ok!  'Forgive me father for I have sinned' but I can't explain the fulfillment I got from watching the greasy popcorn stick to their heads/hair like magnets! Ya have to think- maybe the popcorn belonged there..Everytime I see him now I call him Popcorn ballz.   

AZinDubai
AZinDubai

Happy dance... this made my day!!

ksfrd
ksfrd

The carnage from the devil andrew T and his pack of demons has left murderers on the streets because they made their deals with the devil and injustice has prevailed.  May there be one more day of justice to the devil and his demons where they can screw their sorry asses in the ground like a corkscrew

Aznymg
Aznymg

Yes,Yes,Yes !! Pearce gone ! Babeau gone ! Aubochon gone ! Thomas gone ! Two more to go: Arpaio and Brewer !

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

They should get time for this instead.   Crimes were committed.    Being a lawyer means never having to do time if you're in political office.    It's not right.

Maliban Al Maliban
Maliban Al Maliban

so how many democrats on the screening panel?  looks like a case of obama's revenge through his dem toadies.

Got work for you , Andy
Got work for you , Andy

Hey Andy got a job for you, I am behind at home with my yard work and could use your help, bring Lisa too got yard work for her too

Seeking the Truth...
Seeking the Truth...

We've waited years for this day. Now its their turn to feel what it's like -- what they did to so many innocent "ordinary" people, their families and children -- with reckless abandon. The panel made the right decision though Alexander should also have been disbarred. Her internet comments against defendants as Thomas' blogging queen are on the internet for ALL posterity, not different than child porn, where individuals are sent to prison for decades / life in Arizona. In full force during 2005-2008 -- like a sick game using "technology" for "easy" convictions. 

So who is going to investigate their over 200,000 felony cases for possible wrongful convictions, coercive plea bargains, the over-sentenced?  A conservative estimate of 10% = 20,000 possible innocent people; 1% - 2,000. Where are the wrongful convictions and exonerees following Ray Krone 10 years ago?? An outside independent investigation is needed and should be demanded.

MO
MO

Well it is about time. Why this took so long is beyond me. This got the karma he deserved, but his yang still need to get his...

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

The real travesty of justice was hiring Candy Andy and the Miscreants to a position of power and trust not once but twice.

Now county taxpayers are paying for their clear abuse of power and trust.

This disbarment proceeding and ruling sends a clear message: Abuse your power, and the full weight of the law will come down on you. I hope to hell this is a message that resonates with voters come November.

The only thing that would be sweeter, and this IS sweet, would be seeing a squadron of black Chevrolet Suburbans and a fleet of FBI agents arresting these corrupt criminals after serving them with their federal criminal indictments. 

I sure hope you were paying attention Mr. Montgomery and Mr. Horne, because I highly suspect that you two moronic boobs are next in line to lose your law licenses...

Note to Joe: The feds are coming for you. You'd best be looking over your shoulder and wondering when they're gonna show up... 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Are you one of the sympathetic Tea Party supporters from Thomas and Aubuchon's bullshit press conference?

Thomas wasn't fighting corruption. He was too busy criminally abusing the power of his office and his position. I can't wait until the feds nail his sorry ass to the wall, which, according to my sources, will be within a matter of time.

Debra Savittieri
Debra Savittieri

Sarka: I may be speaking for MOST of us here- but we are Not haters at all. If you would take the  time to read the court  transcripts and depositions (247 pages) you would not of made the remark you did here. We are excited and happy that they stopped Andrew and Aubuchon from their ILLEGAL antics. We are not excited to see anyone go down- but it is always good to be happy when evil and corruption is halted and  the proof of what they did for years is 'written' for us all to see with the public transcripts and the 3 years of (public)  EVIDENCE that was clear and consice which without a shadow of a doubt proved both (and more)  showed years of hideous crimes they inflicted on others...To call us scavengers is like calling you a BUZARD wanting to eat us. Please read the transcripts. We accept your appology thru your lack of thought and obviously knowing you have not read the evidence to make such a dumb comment.

Anon
Anon

"Now how about those 200,000 felony cases he prosecuted the same way?  Those poor people didn't have access to the same legal representation and knowledge about the system as Mary Jo Wilcox and Don Stapley.  Justice won't be complete until every last one of those cases is revisited."

This is the job of the Maricopa County Attorney to open these cases, as Dallas DA Craig Watkins did when he took over the office following a corrupt DA who sent hundreds of innocent people to prison in Texas who spent decades behind bars. It is time to reform Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing so the prosecutors and bad lawyers can't hide the cases they failed to do anything but take the huge legal fees for the lawyers and "easy" convictions for prosecutors for financial and political gain. Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander are the example as we have now seen and heard for years and months of hearings.  There has been NO JUSTICE in Arizona for these defendents buried alive behind the walls of a broken prison system.

Seeking the Truth
Seeking the Truth

Mandymarie7835, You hit this out of the ball park!  The best comment to date.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

If Thomas was truly fighting corruption, why did 2 Republican county attorneys, Yavapai County's Sheila Polk and Gila County's Daisy Flores, rule that the cases against both Stapley and Wilcox were too tainted to prosecute?

If Thomas truly wanted to fight corruption, he should have started with his good buddy the MCSO shurf, then he should have taken a good hard look at himself in the mirror. He'd have seen the face of corruption as a reflection. 

Debra Savittieri
Debra Savittieri

Jane Ninke: Andrew was not fighting corruption. Andrew and Aubuchon were clearly as the evidenced PROVED corrupted!  Fighting fire with fire is NOT a winning plan..Shooting the 'bad guys' without evidence that they are bad-is HITLER-ISH!

Anon
Anon

CAPS = no credibility. Your message is lost!

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Nice CAPS, illiterate, numbnuts, cracker!

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Republicans, though some were good, are the reason why Arizona and this country are in the fucking toilet.

Get a clue, amigo.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

The Babbling Bald Idiot of Pinal County is actually not out, yet. He's under at least 3 federal investigations very similar to the ones his good buddy the MCSO shurf is under, though there is no GJ.

Pearce is trying to make a comeback, but it won't work. His narcissism, corruption and mental sickness have been put out on display for all to see.

Thomas and Aubuchon, while they were disbarred, need to be indicted criminally by the feds for abuse of power.

The MCSO shurf is also subject to a criminal abuse of power investigation and needs to be indicted by the feds. 

GED Jan is too much a drunkie to know what's going on. She relies primarily on her puppetteers to run the State of Arizona for her.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

None. Rebecca White Berch,  the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court and a Republican, initiated the investigation, appointed the independent counsel, and ordered a trial. 

Coz
Coz

Dream on.

Coz
Coz

They could be parked outside his house right now :-)

Debra Savittieri
Debra Savittieri

Tom Horne looked like he saw a ghost on TV today. I will be so happy and proud  when they ALL are driven (thrown)  out of office!  The citizens of our State do not realize  how costly it is to keep these people in office..

Debra Savittieri
Debra Savittieri

It makes me want to cry some of the thousands of things this UGLY, Devilish and Hitlerish couple- Andrew Thomas and Aubuchon did to so many people!
 I only hope that they both  run into me in public one day, as they will be begging for mercy just like Mike Conway (America West Airlines CEO) did when I got him in front of the public and ripped him a new ass hole right in front of his kids! *His kids were old enough to hear what I had to say about him..so no hate mail...just voicing my God Given right about people who are the Devils in disguise.

Debra Savittieri
Debra Savittieri

OH! Now I know why Sarka Hulpachova mouthed off the ignorant and personal comment that she blew out of her butt on this site to us ...One simple  word might explain her dumb comment- FOREIGNER...mail order Bride maybe? Appears her brain has been too long in a 'coma' yoga position.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

3 down (Pearce, Bundgaard and Thomas), many more to go...

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Nice apostrophes and complete lack of sentence structure, dogbiter.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

:-)

Now if they were at Wells Fargo dragging the Old Fool's fat ass out in a pair of handcuffs...

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Tom Horne should be worried about the federal investigation into Hatch Act violations perpetrated by his state Attorney General campaign staff...

Oh wait, this is coming from a "man" who was banned for life by the Securities and Exchange Commission for securities fraud in 1970...

Jesus voters in this state are incompetent...

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