Tom Horne Wants Everyone to Know There's No "Direct Evidence" Against Him

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James King
Attorney General Tom Horne
Given the headlines about an FBI investigation into Attorney General Tom Horne, he's requesting the same "media prominence" be given to the fact his accuser said his complaint was not based on "direct evidence."

There ya go.

The news came Monday from the Arizona Capitol Times that Horne was being investigated by the FBI over his alleged involvement in an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign, based on a complaint by one of Horne's employees.

The complaint from Don Dybus -- who works in Horne's Tucson office -- alleges Horne, his brother-in-law, political consultant Nathan Sproul, and one of Horne's current employees, Kathleen Winn, violated various campaign laws.

The complaint claims the firm headed by Sproul, which was running the independent expenditure committee called Business Leaders for Arizona, "provided active and regular campaign advice directly to Horne throughout the election cycle," and collaborated in several other ways -- which would be campaign-law violations.

Dybus' complaint contends Winn was also part of BLA, and was hired by AG Horne "[i]n exchange for Winn's fundraising and other work at BLA."

The complaint also claims Horne was coordinating with his brother-in-law to funnel money into BLA.

"Using the public information obtained from [the Secretary of State's] website and comparing that to publicly known facts surrounding the Attorney General, it is undeniable that a full investigation is warranted," Dybus says in his complaint. "This complaint is by no means exhaustive of the facts showing conspiracy, collusion, and coordination by the parties named. Rather, this complaint contains sufficient information to tell persons of common sense and reason that laws have most likely been violated by the Attorney General."

Now Horne's combating the allegations with Dybus' indirect quote to the Cap Times that he's basing the allegations on inferences he made, not direct evidence.

That led Horne to use the phrase "direct evidence" six times in his press release -- which can be read in full here.

"I have been smeared on the front page of every major newspaper in Arizona and on TV and radio newscasts on the basis of 'no direct evidence,'" Horne says. "These accusations are outrageous, untrue, and were made nearly a year and a half after the election. In the interest of accuracy and fairness, I would ask that the same media prominence be given to Dybus' admission that he had no direct evidence."

Horne also previously released a more formal response to the allegations -- found here -- in which he pretty much rejects the entire complaint, but also added a stab at his 2010 opponent, Democrat Felicia Rotellini.

Horne says Rotellini was friendly with what he calls a "front group" that spent money on attack ads against him.

"The irony of the present inquiry is that I went much further than many other candidates to stay far away from the line that separates campaigns from independent campaigns," he says.

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Coz
Coz

Every time I see that picture of Horne I think to myself Hornes got to be saying, Yukky, Yuck, look at me, the fools voted me into office.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

"depends on the definition of what Is....is..."

Thanks Tom

Anon
Anon

Contact Law Prof. Kathleen Ridolfi for her take on this situation. Law students need to get up to speed. What is going on in Arizona should be a required one year law school course.

http://www.veritasinitiative.o...

Anon
Anon

People are sitting in Arizona's prisons for years in cases where there was NO EVIDENCE. Their lives and careers ruined, families destroyed, children left to fend for themselves (with helpful Arizona waiting to "take care" of them, educate them and provide strong community support (tongue in cheek).  So until all those lives are restored the AG can suffer the same fate. Arizona "eats" its own.  A very destructive state created by those in "control".

Anon
Anon

The AG is in the highest "position of trust" -- top prosecutor in the state. He deserves the same treatment the Arizona justice system gives others in the same "position of trust" -- SOP (standard operating procedure) in Arizona --- the prosecutors feed the media  (see Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander disciplinary hearings to see how prosecutors operate), the defendant is "guilty until proven innocent".  No intent in Arizona. No due process. This should be a teaching lesson for why criminal justice reform is needed. It's time to end absolute immunity for prosecutors and get the justice system back in balance. First offense, non-violent = 75 years in an Arizona prison. Is this the 2nd or 3rd strike?  Federal laws may be more lenient than Arizona's statutes.

EleanorRigby
EleanorRigby

And wow, it just gets better and better. Everyone of these fucking repubs who have locked up and run this state like a third world dictatorship, are fucking criminals. The definition of a repub politician is someone who already has or will commit a crime in the future. What a fucking "exceptional" country as the repubs like to remind us. Yes, in deed because in some other countries these criminals would go to jail and there families who live off of their corruption would be put out in the streets. Now that would be exceptional

Rebel Diaz
Rebel Diaz

Whistle blowers always have something important to inform the public. Even if that person cannot provide actual evidence. It doesn't mean this case should be swept under the rug and quietly tucked away.

Native Guns
Native Guns

If Mr. Horns believed that he is innocent of any ethical wrongdoings. Then I'm wondering why James Keppel abruptly left his circle all so suddenly.

We'll have to allow the F.B.I. to complete it's criminal investigation into Tom Horns.

Coz
Coz

Funny how those that suffer are not the politicians in Arizona, only the normal people isn't it.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Coughlin / high ground lobbyist / CCA / ALEC might be able to help.

Anon
Anon

Will someone ask ASU Law professor Twist, who wrote Arizona's criminal statutes, 3-strikes laws, truth-in-sentencing and his proudest accomplishment -- mandatory minimum sentencing -- his take on all this? Hang 'em in the town square has been Arizona's SOP.

Anon
Anon

EleanorRigby, You're spot-on!  Though I would have used harsher language.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I'm going to guess that Horne directed Mr. Keppel to fire Don Dybus and Keppel refused, not wanting to be a part of the charade. Horne made a public statement recently that the complaint was filed, "by a disgruntled employee who was about to be fired".

It appears Mr. Dybus is still employed and is seeking 'whistle blower' protection and it appears that Mr. Keppel told Horne to put his job where the sun doesn't shine.

Pure speculation on my part, of course.

Anon
Anon

Dybus is nothing compared to those who should have been fired, indicted and sent to prison in the Fiesta Bowl scam!!

Anon
Anon

THINK FIESTA BOWL!  Fraud, corruption, conflict of interest and more and nothing happens to those involved??  Isn't this the AG's job to take care of this?  While, MCAO Montgomery passed the buck to the legislators --- where his "prosecutor lobbyists" live daily paid for by the taxpayers -- to handle it. Like any of them would?  Anyone else would be zip-tied taken to jail, tasered and hopefully not be killed in the process -- think Marty Atencio.  Arizona is a Third World dictatorship. It's long overdue the FBI / DOJ and help the "people" of Arizona who have suffered under years of reign of terror.

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