Andrew Thomas Could Be Hit With $554,000 Bill for Disciplinary Proceedings; UPDATED

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Andrew Thomas may be on the hook for as much as $296,300 in expenses related to his disbarment.
Andrew Thomas could be forced to pay $554,000 for the disciplinary proceeding that resulted in his disbarment.

(UPDATED: The amount was first filed as $296,300, as we reported earlier today. The State Bar just informed us that an amended bill will be filed tomorrow with the new, higher amount. We'll attach a copy of that statement to this post when we receive it.)

A three-member state Supreme Court disciplinary panel decided to disbar the former Maricopa County Attorney and deputy prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon after a lengthy investigation and weeks of hearings. The law license of another prosecutor, Rachel Alexander, was suspended for six months and a day.

The $554,000 bill prepared by the State Bar of Arizona's independent counsel in the case, John Gleason, represents the "recoverable costs" of the proceedings, out of a total expense of about $577,000. It includes costs for hotel stays, meals, expert witnesses, and other expenses needed to bring the case against Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander.

Aubuchon and Alexander are appealing their punishments, so their bills haven't yet been totaled.

Arguably, Thomas is responsible for the travel-related expenses, since he and his legal team rejected the local attorney originally appointed to serve as investigator, J. Scott Rhodes.

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John Gleason, a regulation attorney for the Colorado Supreme Court, got the job of investigating a State Bar complaint against Thomas after Thomas' lawyers criticized the appointment of a local attorney to the task.
After criticism was raised that Rhodes might be biased in the case. In part because he donated $390 to the campaign of Thomas' Democratic opponent in 2008, Tim Nelson, Rhodes declined the appointment. Rebecca White Berch, former chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, then handed the assignment of investigating the numerous State Bar complaints against Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander to Gleason, an attorney regulation expert who worked with the Colorado Supreme Court.

That meant a lot of out-of-town work for Gleason --some of it downright exciting. Gleason and the co-counsel in the Bar proceedings, James Sudler, were tailed by private investigators who, ironically, were funded with county money. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies also may have followed Gleason, according to an April 14 Arizona Republic article.

Thomas will get a chance to dispute the bill, and state Supreme Court Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil will decide whether he should pay all, some, or none of it.

Disbarring Thomas was the most expensive disciplinary proceeding ever in Arizona. The previous record was set in 2010 in the case of ambulance-chaser Jeffrey Phillips, whose law license was suspended for six months and a day for failing to properly supervise his non-attorney employees as they took payments from clients. In that case, a bill of $31,000 for legal expenses was paid by Phillips.

How doggedly the State Bar will pursue Thomas for the $554,000 bill remains an open question, says Bar spokesman Rick DeBruhl.

After O'Neil makes his ruling on how much of the bill Thomas officially will owe, State Bar President John Phelps and the Bar's general counsel, John Furlong, will decide how -- or if -- the money should be collected, DeBruhl says.

Theoretically, the Bar could try to collect some of the money from Maricopa County, which funded Thomas' defense lawyers during the proceedings.

Thomas won't have much earning potential after his law license gets yanked on May 10, and it seems safe to say his book about his troubles won't produce a jackpot in royalties.

Click here to see the State Bar Statement of Costs and Expenses in the case of Andrew Thomas.

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Clarity
Clarity

Well... Look at it this way, as of May 10th Thomas will have lots of free time to play
Diablo III Online. He can work on leveling up his Barbarian Character starting May 15th
when Diablo III Launches LOL

He will probably do very well, after all it is "Diablo" LOL

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

The Maricopa County Risk Management Director and his top staff should be terminated forthwith if they haven't been already!!!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I would like a story on the position of the County vis a vie  their insurance provider - LOL!!!

Nvgbh
Nvgbh

And let us not forget - The statement of the Republican party giving support to him. Insane!

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Dennis Wilenchik owes Andy a couple million favors.  I'm sure he'll find something to do around the office. 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Now, if we can only make this asshole pay for the lawsuit settlements and judgments personally...Candy Andy will be in DIRE need of Rachel's bankruptcy firm...

Does anyone know if Wilcox is getting the $975,000 settlement proposed by County Manager David Smith? I've been hearing rumors she's getting the cash.

And isn't Rebecca White Berch still the state Supreme Court Chief Justice? She's owed a gargantuan thank you for standing up for the taxpayers of this county and helping to put an end to Candy Andy and the Miscreants and their criminal abuse of power.

Now, let's see the feds take these assholes down. Justice is needed in Maricopa County and the only way to achieve it is through criminal indictments and perp-walks.   
 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

He will form AndyPAC and raise money to donate to causes such as initiatives to rid Maricopa County of Judges.  Of course AndyPAC needs a paralegal and that is a covered overhead expense.

Anon
Anon

Andrew Thomas also needs to pay for the damage he and his henchwomen did to so many innocent people, their families and children, damage and destruction that will last a lifetime and the following generations. 

Rob
Rob

I think Gleason and all those who traveled should have have stayed at MORE expensive hotels.  Yeah, The Biltmore is an ok place, if you're into that sort of thing.  Wasn't the Presidential Casita at the Royal Palms available?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I heard he was naming the book Scorpions for Dinner. Sort of catchy, eh?

Black Heelo
Black Heelo

Sorry, I forgot the profession he is really qualified for, script writer for Sean "I have never worried about facts" Hannity.

guest
guest

the only bill it will pay is his cricket cell phone.

Chuchos
Chuchos

Maybe he can get a loan from Russell Pearce. I hear Pearce might be coming into some cash.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Wouldn't those proceeds be subject to forfeiture as derived from criminal activities? Seems like  there is a law that was designed to keep people in prison from profiting from royalties and so forth related to their crimes.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Maybe he can get one of the jobs his buddy Arpaio has opened up for him. You know, like picking crops, washing dishes, cleaning hotel rooms or trimming palms.

As for "transferable skills," I don't think they've found a suitable replacement for John Gotti yet.

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

 

If necon-sociopaths
like G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North got jobs after conning the whole world, I
am sure Andy Thomas eventually will secure a job with the Koch brothers, or
Dick Cheney’s Hallliburton, or with fellow assassins Erik Prince
and Al Clark of Blackwater USA. They will love
Andy!

Phil
Phil

Since it was found he acted in an illegal way, can't we, Az, take any profits from this book?

jdubden
jdubden

Saying that he won't have much earning potential is a matter of opinion.  I thought reporters were supposed to be objective and report facts, not opinions.  He won't earn money as a practicing lawyer, but have you heard of transferable skills?

Marcy
Marcy

They got a very low rate at the Biltmore honey.  They needed a location with some security as well due to all the goons following them around.

Anon
Anon

PeeOnTea, You're well informed.  You forgot the private prison corporations, after all Thomas was once chief legal counsel for Arizona Department of Corrections... gave him an edge on turning misdemeanors into felonies, made lawyers obscenely rich and grew the felony cases to over 200,000 --- unsustainable by the taxpayers -- but then which of these power abusers ever gave a thought to the people. Now he too can pay his own legal like all the ordinary people of Arizona have to do. Welcome to our world, the one you and your hench-women helped create.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Yeah, he's a proven liar! Which should do him well in a lot of professions. Unfortunately, politics and the law, the two professions where that skill is most valuable,i are off the table for him. Maybe he can become a televangelist or a real estate agent.

Car_del99
Car_del99

The only "skill " he would have is to be a " spokeperson " for the joker.. he will fit right in.. the joker doesn't 
care for truth and niether does Thomas

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

 You bring up a good point, jdub. I should have worded that differently. I won't change the article now, given that you've commented on that phrasing, but if I did, I'd say instead that he might not have as much as earning potential as he would with a law license.

Tomryanlaw
Tomryanlaw

 What transferable skills do you think he has?

Marcy
Marcy

Isn't it ironic that the more someone bleats about being "tough on crime" the more crimes they create with legislation passed by the buddies in the legislature?

Shaggy
Shaggy

 No joker jobs for Andyboy ... Arpiehole has already rolled him out into the bus lane.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Mr. Stern,

According to azcourts.gov., Rebecca White Berch is still the Chief Justice for the state Supreme Court. She's there until 2014. Your article states that Berch is the former Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court.  

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 I heard Thomas was rude as HELL to his administrative staff  - let's hope he's hired by Wolfwsinkel's attorney Leo Beus as a legal secretary! 

Black Heelo
Black Heelo

Being paranoid, he can become a Tea Party paid activist, maybe the campaign chair for Terri Proud, Sylvia Allen, or Gail Griffin.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 Even Pearce and JD Blowhard got jobs as AM radio talk-haters!

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Lying is a pretty transferable skill.....maybe he should be a con man.....oh no wait....he already is.

jdubden
jdubden

Yes, good point.  I'm not saying he has any, but why assume.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Exactly, straight out of rus-SELL pearce and joke arPayaso's playbook.

teknik1200
teknik1200

"accuse your enemy of your own mis-doings."

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thomas is well suited as a Whiner.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I thought former state Attorney General Grant Woods was representing Wolfswinkel. That's what I've been hearing, anyway.  

AZ FAIL
AZ FAIL

Know a few people who worked for the MCAO when Thomas became the boss, who all say the man was a world-class douchenozzle as a boss. He drove a lot of really good people out of the county attorney's office, not just because of his insane politics, but because working for the man was a fucking nightmare. He was rude, and verbally abusive, on a regular basis. It would be true karmic retribution if Candyass had to go to work for the same people he once shit all over as a supervior. A job scrubbing out well-used porta-potties, sucking out grease traps, or something involving a hairnet and "you want fries with that?" sounds about right....  LOL....   

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Yeah, like that Sean guy who sucks Russell Pearce's ass these days.

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