Andrew Thomas Exploits Victims of Probate-Court Scandals in Apparent Attempt to Gain Sympathy After Disbarment

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Image: Ray Stern
Andrew Thomas and Patti Gomes.

Andrew Thomas is a failed politician in serious need of good publicity.

After being disbarred in April for unethical acts as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas also wants to strike back at the judiciary system, which he feels screwed him over.

So now, he's putting himself on public display as the face of judicial reform, backing a proposition which will appear on the November 2012 ballot and makes changes in the judge-selection system.

But there are a few problems with the idea of Thomas as judicial-corruption fighter.

Foremost is the fact that he was disbarred because he is, in a word, corrupt. Using powerful forces of law enforcement, and with Sheriff Joe Arpaio at his side, he attacked judges, county leaders and members of the Board of Supervisors with whom he'd had disputes.

Secondly, he's just piggybacking on the work of others.

Proposition 115, the ballot measure he's now backing, was referred to the ballot by the Legislature. It's not like he organized petition gatherers or raised money for it.

Then there's the odd fact that he's railing against the judiciary by using a proposition that is supported by the judiciary and the State Bar of Arizona.

He was told of that fact at the news conference Thomas held today at the State Capitol about the proposition.

"That is surprising," he remarked.

He really shouldn't have been surprised. The State Bar and Arizona Judicial Council are on-the-record for their support of the measure, which tweaks the way the State Bar helps select judges, raises the retirement age of judges from 70 to 75 and makes other changes.

At the Capitol, Thomas said he suspected their support was a "face-saving" move because the "Legislature was poised to do something more draconian if they didn't support it."

He's right about that, it seems. But the support by his enemies makes for poor drama. It adds a "who cares" element to his post-disbarment political career.

The biggest problem with Thomas trying to be a leader of this reform effort is Thomas' exploitation of the victims of Arizona's sometimes-hellish probate-court system.

The notion that he's just another victim is simply unbelievable.

Thomas brought along Dennis Ball, Clair DiPardo, Jayme Mason and Patti Gomes to the news conference, each of whom had horrific stories to tell of greedy lawyers, incompetent or "corrupt" judges and devious fiduciary companies.

Their tales -- some of which have been told in news reports and online memoirs -- are about elderly or supposedly incompetent people who were swindled out of big bucks while lawyers and private fiduciaries got rich.

But they have nothing in common with Thomas, who was disbarred by a three-member panel after a lengthy investigation and series of public hearings.

Thomas pulled out his old theory that the entire judiciary is corrupt, which led to the probate-court victims' problems and his own downfall. The victims at the press conference are buying into this idea.

"He's also a victim of those judges," said DiPardo, when asked why a disbarred county attorney was a good choice to lead their fight.

Asked why she thought that, DiPardo mentioned the affidavit by Mark Dixon that we wrote about yesterday, in which Dixon claims that the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Judge who heard the Thomas case, William O'Neil, was biased against Thomas. Dennis Ball also referred to Dixon's affidavit, handing out a printout of a conservative blog's article about Dixon. Yet Dixon's claims, if they are to be believed, don't refute the mounds of evidence presented at the hearings.

If some judges are corrupt, we asked Ball, what about powerful county attorneys who charge people with felonies despite a lack of evidence of any crime?

Ball, who's running for president of the United States this year, had to admit that didn't sound good, either.

While county attorney, Thomas did make an effort to reform the merit-selection system for judges. But so have local lawmakers who don't carry the same baggage as Thomas.

At this point, with the support from the judiciary, the State Bar and passionate victims of a probate-court system badly in need of reform, it's hard to see how Prop 115 could fail -- unless voters believe that Andrew Thomas has something to do with it.

"In every system, there are always ways you can improve it," says Jennifer Liewer, spokeswoman for the Arizona Supreme Court. "(Prop. 115) was a compromise made with several groups."

The prop doesn't specifically address the probate-court system. Other bills passed by the State Legislature last year attempt to do that.

Liewer says probate-court cases are similar to those in family court, in that it's very difficult to sort out the "very different, personal situation," especially when a family member is unable to represent himself or herself.

One person that Prop 115 advocates can't count on for support, apparently, is Sheriff Arpaio.

After the opening of the new Maricopa County Court Tower in February, Arpaio was asked by a KJZZ reporter whether he still considered it a symbol of a corrupt judiciary.

"That was yesterday, today is today," Arpaio answered.



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LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Fuck off Candy.

I am sick and tired of you whining and crying over your disbarment. You are not a victim but a perpetrator of crimes and criminal acts.

I hope you get stuck with your disbarment bill. Then I hope the feds nail your sorry ass to the wall. Maybe life in prison with no chance of parole will shut your yap.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Thomas ........  you better   close your  crooked mouth and stay off of the tv ........  what you did with your  sleeze bag buddy  Arpaio rises to federal prison time ....AND IT STILL MIGHT ......

mark dixon
mark dixon

Mr. Stern,

In my affidavit I stated, "This affidavit is not written to prove the guilt or innocence of anyone person. As far as the disbarment hearings of Andrew Thomas and his subordinates, I have no opinion regarding their guilt or innocence in the matter, I have not reviewed the evidence. What I do believe and know as fact is that William O'Neill is not impartial in the matter, he had a predetermined path and agenda, he went into this position with the premeditated purpose of convicting and disbarring the individuals involved."

In so far as problems in the Pinal County Superior Court System I, among many others, have had tremendous problems getting justice and a fair shake.  Please review the following documents showing cases just involving myself, god how many more are out there.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/9505... judicary and commission on judicial conduct is very apathetic at best towards the rights of individuals and the meaning of "black letter law".  A few times it is flat out corruption, sometimes it is indifference and a lot of times it is just being lazy.  Judicial reform is a necessity if we are to have any chance now or in the future for a fair and unbias hearing in your inevitable day in court.Lets not forget though that there are a lot of very good judges in the system.  I have been in front of  the Hon. Kevin D. White in Pinal County for family law issues.  Judge White has always tried his very best to be that impartial judge.  No I have not liked all his rulings, but that is my right.  However I did understand them and why he made them, he followed the law.  I for one do respect Judge White for his unbias and fair rulings even in the face of controversy.Finaly, I have nothing to gain from comming forward, there is no personal gain for me to be had.  The statements I am making are going to cost me dearly, now and in the future.  No one speaks out against the system without paying the price, but the price is worth it, at least to me.  Mark Dixon

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9505...
The judicary and commission on judicial conduct is very apathetic at best towards the rights of individuals and the meaning of "black letter law".  A few times it is flat out corruption, sometimes it is indifference and a lot of times it is just being lazy.  Judicial reform is a necessity if we are to have any chance now or in the future for a fair and unbias hearing in your inevitable day in court.
Lets not forget though that there are a lot of very good judges in the system.  I have been in front of  the Hon. Kevin D. White in Pinal County for family law issues.  Judge White has always tried his very best to be that impartial judge.  No I have not liked all his rulings, but that is my right.  However I did understand them and why he made them, he followed the law.  I for one do respect Judge White for his unbias and fair rulings even in the face of controversy.
Finaly, I have nothing to gain from comming forward, there is no personal gain for me to be had.  The statements I am making are going to cost me dearly, now and in the future.  No one speaks out against the system without paying the price, but the price is worth it, at least to me. 
Mark Dixon

Bd10157
Bd10157

 Thank You Mark Dixon-
 
 Like others, all of us have been personally impacted by Arizona's Corrupt Judiciary!
 Investigations by Title 38 Section 311 Articiles 7-8 are warranted into the Misconduct
 by those who sit on the Bench and take an Oath to Protect the Constitutional guarantees
 of the People.  William J. O'neal has proven himself dishonorable and warrants
 impeachment and removal from the Bench.  He also has proven himself to be prosecuted
 by the Attorney General of Arizona if he has the Courage to do what "Must Be Done!"

Dr Richard Cordero Esq
Dr Richard Cordero Esq

It is a basic
principle of legislative action that no bill should be introduced for
consideration by a legislative body until a study or an investigation has been
conducted to establish the facts at the root of the problem to be addressed
through the subsequent drafting of a bill. The facts should justify the
exercise of legislative power; preconceived ideas and hidden interests should
not. This stands to reason.

 

If the
purpose of the news conference ever was to address the problem of allegedly
corrupt judiciary and judges, let alone the specific problem of corruption and
abuse in the probate court system, then the news conference should have
demanded as its first priority public hearings to determine whether there is
any judicial corruption and, if so, its nature and extent.

 

Corruption as
a fact needs to be established first.

 

To that end,
the news conference should have called for hearings to be conducted by people
who have no vested interest in the outcome of the investigation. This would
exclude, obviously, people that are or have been judges or employees of the
judiciary, and people that have recommended, endorsed, supported, nominated,
confirmed, or appointed any judge, or opposed his or her becoming a judge, for
it is equally obvious that those people have an interest in finding them not
corrupt or corrupt, respectively.

 

The bill in
question is mostly prospective in character, that is, it deals with how to
select judges in future. It is also going to be implemented by the very same
people that are most responsible for putting in place and overseeing the
allegedly corrupt judiciary and judges.

 

Consequently,
to pretend that that the bill is going to be effective in solving the problem
of current judicial corruption, which it does not even intend to expose and
eliminate, or that it will eventually have that unintended, secondary effect is
beyond naïve…unless this was known and supporting the bill was never intended
to have that effect at all and is merely a means of achieving a different
objective.

 

In either
case, no relief from the passage of the bill can reasonably be expected by the
current victims of abuse in probate court and all those that will follow them
there and in the rest of the allegedly corrupt judiciary at the hands of its
current judges and those similarly placed on the bench.

 

For a
discussion of this issue and a proposal for journalists and others interested
in an honest judiciary:

 

1) to expose
objective evidence of judicial wrongdoing so coordinated and routine as to have
become the judiciary's institutionalized modus operandi; and

 

2) to channel
the ensuing outrage of Arizonians as well as the national public toward turning
coordinated judicial wrongdoing into a decisive presidential campaign issue that
leads to significant judicial reform see

http://Judicial-Discipline-Ref....

 

Dr. Richard Cordero,
Esq.

Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@gmail.com

Xtrmescrpio
Xtrmescrpio

Dude, you are so way off its pathetic! Starting with the picture at the very top. The female in the picture is Clair Dipardo, not Patti Gomes. You were corrected on that who's who 3 times and still didn't get it..... just like you don't get the whole picture here. Things you quote in this and most of your other article are so often exaggerated, twisted, or just outright lies its no wonder your paper is for free; no one would ever pay money for it. You take a small group of compassionate people trying to get a message out to the public for a positive change in a corrupt and messed up state and twist it into your opportunity to scrutinize somebody you obviously don't like. How do you even sleep at night?

teknik1200
teknik1200

what a disgusting disgrace to the constitution of the united states, to think being joe's henchman and attempting to take out your foes without reason, arresting people for purely political motives while helping the real corruption dig in deep for a nice long ride.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

 Sorry, Andrew. I had the wrong picture in there. The one with Patti Gomes is now up there.

Bd10157
Bd10157

 Thank You!  Andrew Thomas is a HERO for standing up to Judicial Misconduct in Maricopa County. I do not believe he or his legal staff would have filed complaints against
the accused without their being "probable cause" for criminal acts that followed with County & State Officials.  Probate Abuse in Arizona is just one of the many abuses ongoing in Maricopa County, Arizona being sustained by the State Bar, State Judicial
Commission & State Supreme Court.  The taxpayers are being fleeced by a toxic system
of Judicial Misconduct & Acts Contrary to the Rule Of Law that Impact the families of this
County & State.  Cook County, IL has now been overtaken by Maricopa County, Arizona.

BOYCOTT ARIZONA~!

Slicksterzz
Slicksterzz

 Correction: Andrew Thomas IS Judicial Misconduct in Maricopa County.

teknik1200
teknik1200

um, you had to copy/paste that from someplace?

you can't even make up your own drivel?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Lay off the crystal methamphetamine.

Candy is a delusional pieceof shit. He's proven  it. Repeatedly.

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