Mark Goldman, Lawyer Friend of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas Who "Researched" Don Stapley, Seeks Votes in State Bar Election

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Image: State Bar of Arizona, Andrew Thomas testimony video
Mark Goldman's candidate bio on the State Bar of Arizona Web site ran with this picture of Goldman. Below, Goldman at Andrew Thomas' disciplinary hearing in October.

Mark Goldman, the wealthy lawyer buddy of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and disgraced former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, is seeking votes in a State Bar of Arizona election.

He's one of eight candidates vying for the Maricopa County District position on the State Bar's Board of Governors, which oversees Bar operations.

The limo-riding political groupie was -- along with his wife -- Andrew Thomas' No. 1 campaign contributor in the 2004 election, ponying up $10, 810. In return, Thomas gave him a job as a pro bono special deputy county attorney and, says an October 13 Arizona Republic story about Goldman, "gave him an office with a window just outside the agency's blue-carpeted executive suite."

Goldman played a key role in the failed prosecution of County Supervisor Don Stapley, investigating -- he says "researching" -- the financial disclosure records that would become the core of a 118-count felony-and-misdemeanor indictment. Witnesses recalled Goldman handing out printouts he'd made of Stapley's records in early 2007 during a meeting of Arpaio and Thomas' discredited anti-corruption team. The timing would prove crucial in the disciplinary hearings for Thomas and his underlings: The indictment came more than a year after the initial investigation, and was beyond the statute of limitations. Yet Thomas, knowing that, plunged ahead with the prosecution anyway.

Goldman told New Times in December of 2010 that he had "no recollection" of handing out Stapley material in 2007 -- but changed that story on the witness stand during Thomas' disciplinary trial.

Goldman, a Fountain Hills resident like Arpaio, shows up in the investigative report of real corruption by Arpaio's command staff, who used county equipment like their own personal toy box. Goldman, at the apparent request of Arpaio, was once flown in a county chopper to a shooting range for an afternoon guy-fest.

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Mark Goldman played a crucial role in the failed investigation of County Supervisor Don Stapley, as it turned out. Stapley's suing the county for $15 million.

Now Goldman's promoting himself in his State Bar candidate bio as "a lawyer with whom you would like to hang out."

That's sure true for the current county attorney, Bill Montgomery, who hasn't been shy about sniffing around Goldman's wallet region.

"Mark has an impeccable record of honesty..." Goldman writes.

Well, yeah, when his memory is working. And, really, is that photo he ran with his bio an example of honesty?

That's either a 30-year-old picture or Goldman dyed his goatee and bought a Paul Stanley wig.

Arizona lawyers will vote on the candidates in an online election tomorrow.

UPDATE May 29: Goldman loses. David Derickson wins.


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Seeking the Truth
Seeking the Truth

Bar organizations are tax exempt, and their exemptions are invalid if they harm rather than help the public. It's safe to say many lawyers need to be disbarred who were ineffective, failed to do their job hiding under and using Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing to coerce plea bargains, not search for the truth and let their clients sit in prison for decades silenced while move on and up on toward lucrative retirement.

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

With the misleading, ancient photo of Goldman, it appears he is making a mockery of the Arizona Bar. After reading the candidates bios, it appears Mr. Derrickson is by far the most qualified. Since Arizona has continued the mass incarceration of its people and refuses to reform broken criminal justice laws and reform Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws, it is important to have a lawyer leading who fully understands the criminal justice system which leads to mass incarceration of Arizona's people. Who is going to open an investigation on the over 200,000 felony cases disbarred Andrew Thomas and his disbarred "charging" prosecutor, Lisa Aubuchon, for possible wrongful convictions, abuse of power and malicious prosecution besides incompetence?  Who's going to investigate the internet blogging ex-MCAO DCA Rachel Alexander done to "clients" and defendants, commenting in blog articles about them using aliases?The Arizona Bar should be taking the lead for the "ordinary" people whose lives and families were shredded under the troika's reign of terror, just as they took the lead in the abuse of power against the judges, officials and lawyers.The Arizona Bar's hard work to clean house and restore integrity to the legal system has just begun with the long overdue disbarment of Andrew Thomas and Lisa Aubuchon.  After listening to the months of daily disciplinary hearings at the Arizona Supreme Court, Thomas/Aubuchon/Arpaio's "friend", Mark Goldman should not even be allowed to on the list of candidates. Haven't the people of Arizona suffered long enough?

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

With the misleading, ancient photo of Goldman, it appears he is making a mockery of the Arizona Bar. After reading the candidates bios, it appears Mr. Derrickson is by far the most qualified. Since Arizona has continued the mass incarceration of its people and refuses to reform broken criminal justice laws and reform Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws, it is important to have a lawyer leading who fully understands the criminal justice system which leads to mass incarceration of Arizona's people. 

Who is going to open an investigation on the over 200,000 felony cases disbarred Andrew Thomas and his disbarred "charging" prosecutor for possible wrongful convictions, abuse of power and malicious prosecution besides incompetence?  The Arizona Bar should be taking the lead for the "ordinary" people whose lives and families were shredded under the troika's reign of terror, just as they took the lead in the abuse of power against the judges, officials and lawyers.

The Arizona Bar's work is just beginning and Mark Goldman should not even be allowed to on the list of candidates, after hearing him in the months of daily disciplinary hearings at the Arizona Supreme Court. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Goldman should be disbarred.  Just based on what he did with Andy Thomas.

And I bet there is more about this guy that hasn't come out yet!

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

So there are seven other candidates...who are they and what are their records?

Surely there is at least one that has better qualifications and demonstrated ethics than this attorney who not only supported, but actively participated in Arpaio's and Thomas' corruption and abuse of power.

Will bar members reward one attorney involved in some of the same matters/behaviors that they disbarred two others (Thomas and Aubuchon) for?

Coz
Coz

So in other words, Goldman is just another slimeball.

sven
sven

 Looks like the old hippie went bald.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 Goldman is a sellout!  I knew him before law school and the guy was a freedom loving liberal fighting the man - now he holds the man's balls while the system screws it's citizens. 

The real sven
The real sven

  And he now has to wear that corn ball looking monkey suit and square nerd dork tie. lol just another brainwashed tak it in his ass zombiefied sheeple human made in a chemistry lab.

Yawino Picklebrain
Yawino Picklebrain

  Thats what happens when a mellow hippie turns into a greedy yuppie. money changes everything. then comes all the evil to much money causes like big egos selfishness cheating on the wife crime child molestation etc. the list of evil goes on and on.

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