Rachel Alexander Files Claim Vs Maricopa County for $67,000 -- the Cost of Legal Fees for Her Appeal of Law-License Suspension; Wilcox Wins $975,000 Settlement

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Rachel Alexander, (right)has filed a claim against the county for $67,000 to cover the cost of appealing the suspension of her law license.

Rachel Alexander, acolyte of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, has filed a notice of claim against Maricopa County for $67,000 to cover the legal fees of the appeal of her law-license suspension.

Alexander, along with Thomas and former deputy county attorney Lisa Aubuchon, was disciplined for their bad ethics in a lengthy legal fight with county officials. Thomas and Aubuchon were disbarred, while Alexander had her license suspended for six months and a day.

Though the suspension went into effect yesterday, Alexander is also requesting a stay on that punishment until her appeal process is exhausted.


Aubuchon was granted a temporary stay on her disbarment until May 30, when the state Supreme Court will decide whether to stay the disbarment until Aubuchon's appeal is done.

Thomas, playing martyr, decided not to appeal his disbarment.

A week after the April 10 discipline order against the trio, the county Board of Supervisors decided not to pay for the legal fees for any appeal by Alexander or Aubuchon.

Alexander says in her notice of claim, released today by the county, that she was blind-sided by that decision and that her bankruptcy law firm has suffered as she's tried to handle the legal work for her appeal.

"The vast amount of negative media coverage has also devastated my business," she writes.

Bummer. But Alexander could hardly expect the news media to ignore her role in the discredited RICO suit against county players, the subsequent State Bar investigation, and her high-profile spanking by the Arizona Supreme Court's disciplinary panel.

She writes in the claim that she was led to believe by her former counsel, who was taking cues from County Risk Manager Rocky Armfield, that her appeal would be funded by the county. Relying on that advice, she turned down three separate offers for a settlement in the disciplinary matter, including one that would have required her only to take a few law classes.

We wonder why she didn't take that settlement. Surely, she couldn't have believed the disciplinary panel would let her off the hook for working on the crappy racketeering suit. Or maybe she still high on the punchbowl-full of Thomas' Kool-Aid she drank.

When she filed an amended complaint against the entire Board of Supervisors and others, she wrote: Even a cursory read of the proposed amended complaint will reveal that (the claims) are not frivolous and are brought in good faith to combat widespread corruption."

That was pure nonsense.



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WhoKnows
WhoKnows

How is it that Alexander still has ads for her "law firm" on her website, as her legal license is suspended?  That is illegal!

Remember when that Philips guy had his suspended and they not only had to find a lawyer named "Phillips" to run the firm, but the firm had to change it's name (what used to be "Phillips and Associates")

Lose your license
Lose your license

Alexander your lucky they didn't take your license for the rest of your life

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I read on azcentral.com that Aubuchon got a stay of her law license while she appeals the decision to the state Supreme Court.

What legal expenses has Rachel "I use MCSO shurf hair oil for hairgel" Alexander incurred that requires Maricopa County taxpayers to pay her $67,000 in damages? As far as I'm concerned, she needs to pay the state Bar expenses out of her own pocket. She is not entitled to recoup monetary damages because she decided to abuse her power as a prosecutor and as a lawyer.  

I knew Wilcox would get the cash. I bet now that she got her settlement, courtesy of county taxpayers, she will retire from the Board of Supervisors.

Now, if we can just get the feds to indict, life may return to sanity.  

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

Rachel Alexander needs to pay her own legal fees like every other individual and taxpayer. Welcome to our world of lawyers at $600.00 per hour!  Rachel Alexander belongs in prison for the damage and destruction she has caused innocent people and families with her blogs about the MCAO clients and defendents -- there for ALL posterity, like porn where individuals in Arizona are sentenced to over 200 years.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

As Alexander doesn't have a "stay" on her punishment, if she works as a "lawyer" in her bankruptcy firm, isn't she breaking the law?  Has she talked to a "client" in the lat 2 days?

Lock her up if she's practiced law since her license was suspended!

And please, make her wash her hair!

M13amarillas
M13amarillas

If Mary Rose Wilcox was a true servant of the public as she states, She should accept a settlement of $1.00, frame it, and be content that justice has been served to her and to the public!  This fleecing of Maricopa County citizens is just as wrong as what the Sheriff has done and is doing.  Where is your Pride and Civic duty Mary?

Wanumba
Wanumba

Rachel...go to Supercuts and spend $15 to make you look less like that crazy woman that owns 15 cats.

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

She shouldn't have made her decision on accepting a settlement based on who was paying for the lawyers fees. Obviously Alexander didn't care the outcome only that it wasn't her money being spent.

Concerned Taxpayer
Concerned Taxpayer

It's not surprising that Alexander & Co. want to get what they can from the County, but why do the Board of Supervisors keep ripping us off, too?
 

Guest
Guest

Really?  A million dollar payday? Are you serious? Who isn't lined up at the trough?

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

So the media is to blame for Alexander's problems, apparently she thinks she bears no personal responsibility for the consequences for her actions.

All the more reason why her suspension should be upheld.

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

Viva Mary Rose! make them Maricopa County bigots pay for voting into office them racist pigs!  More mula for Mary Rose!  wheeee!!!!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Point 1. It wasn't the "vast amount of negative media coverage" that ruined her business. It was her vast lack of ethics and honesty that ruined her business.

Point 2. "She writes in the claim that she was led to believe by her former
counsel, who was taking cues from County Risk Manager Rocky Armfield,
that her appeal would be funded by the
 county. "
She, above all people, should know better than to listen to a lawyer.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Mary Rose continues bilking the county, what a surprise.

Gusto
Gusto

I don't get it; people released from long prison sentences for murder - when proven innocent by DNA - get NOTHING except their freedom. How the hell does this bitch figure she's entitled to a payout... especially considering she was found GUILTY???????????/

There are tons of people who have lost everything - homes, families, jobs, life savings - in situations where they were innocent, went to trial, and proven innocent.

Our law provides NO repayment even if you are innocent!

It's a tragedy that the right wingers have really painted themselves in a corner. They won't step one foot forward to decry this Alexander travesty. Wish it would be just THEIR tax dollars at work.

mwmike
mwmike

We all owe a great deal of thanks and gratitude to Supervisor Wilcox. Thanks to her efforts and a great deal of courage in the face of blatant political corruption, these lying, cheating, criminals have been stopped from their vicious vendettas. 

Coz
Coz

Life will never return to any sanity in Arizona as long as those in charge stay in charge.

wherewasi
wherewasi

As I understand it, Rachel wants the $67,000 from the County to fund her appeal of her bar suspension.  As I previously said, if she turned down 3 settlement offers from the County based on her lawyer's opinion that the County would probably pay for her appeal, her beef is with her attorney for ill-advising her, not with the County.  I don't think she's entitled to a dime.  She had the opportunity to admit her mistakes and get a slap on the wrist.  She should have said "Yes, Sir!  I was wrong and I'll take a class or two to rectify my deficiencies.  Thank you very much for pointing this out.  I will do better next time!"  Of course, her lawyer was guaranteed funding for her defense and wanted to get paid by the County so he advised her to keep fighting so he could keep billing.  Again, her beef is with her lawyer, not us.

Mary Rose Wilcox - hum.   I think she was entitled to reimbursement of her out-of-pocket legal fees to fight the charges that were ultimately dismissed.  Perhaps a pocket full of chump change for her time and trouble as well.  I think that almost a million dollars was WAY too much.  If it were punitive damages that came out of Arpaio, Hendershott, Thomas and Aubuchon's pockets, fine.  But I was against their vendetta all along, so why should I pay her "pain and suffering" damages?

She has indicated that she is running again for her Supervisor seat.  I don't think she'll go away now that she's got a healthy bank account.

Something else scary - Lester Pearce is running for Stapley's vacated seat.  We could use a few well placed lightening bolts this summer!

Anon
Anon

What makes Rachel Alexander any different than those she helped convict and get sentenced for decades (non-violent, first offenders) except they are innocent and she is guilty?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

"And please, make her wash her hair!"

That would require a HAZMAT suit, guts, and a shitload of Pert Plus...

Bnbk
Bnbk

Excellent idea,too bad it will never happen.

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

you insult the lady w/15 cats by comparing Alexander with her. I'm sure the cat lady puts way more effort into her look.

wherewasi
wherewasi

If she is upset that she declined three settlement offers based on her attorney's opinion that the County would probably pay for her appeal, her beef is with her attorney, not the County.

Coz
Coz

Thats all they know how to do, suck off the tax payers tit.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Not Surprised, you're gonna make me reach for my vodka...

teknik1200
teknik1200

sure there was negative coverage.  that's what happens when you are lying dirty scum.

reputation?  should of thought about that while bringing bogus cases on political enemies in a country designed to protect us from overzealous enforcement.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

And it was your boss the MCSO shurf who allowed Mary Rose to bilk the county.

Open your eyes YPS,  and get a clue.

Coz
Coz

No shit, she's another worthless POS

Conservative American
Conservative American

Which bitch are you talking about?

If it's Rachel, she thinks she is due it because the county is on the hook for defending its employees when they are sued for how they perform their jobs.  We paid for her defense at the hearing.

IIRC, however, the county has stated it will not pay for an appeal.

Bnbk
Bnbk

What everyone must remember,is that Wilcox was the lone Democrat on the Maricopa Board of Superslimers. Hell maybe Wilcox just might find it in her heart to cover Alexander's legal bill. Na,I wouldn't either.................. Hell,it's hard for a lone Dem to have any effect on any bullshit decisions that the bunch of corrupt Republi-Cons made........Still,I say a nice size donation to a worthwhile charity would be a good gesture.......Not gonna hold my breath. 

Coz
Coz

Bullshit

Conservative American
Conservative American

Yea ... but no.

What courage?

Arpaio and Thomas ran over the BoS for years ... decades for Arpaio.

She only stepped up when it became personal.  The $950k, tax-free, is thanks enough.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Agree completely. Especially about the Wilcox settlement.

But if it was up to Wilcox and Colin Campbell, her lawyer, we'd be paying for a trial and who knows how much taxpayer cash she'd get?

I doubt Rachel will win her BS case.

And yes, a few well-placed lightening bolts would be nice...

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Rachel didn't help convict anyone.

She has absolutely no trial experience. She has absolutely no actual legal experience.

Rachel couldn't convict a fly even if she tried.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Well, yes, at least I do wash my hair!

wherewasi
wherewasi

Unless you want to see her bare...

LOL.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Arpaio is as big an ass as Wilcox is. Open my eyes? To what?

Come at me with something intelligible or refrain from responding to my posts. All you do is muck up the conversation with your mindless dribble.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 The county paid for her defense.  She lost.  We are not responsible to pay for more when she's been found GUILTY.

And BTW, you know that the County is already looking to recoup their costs from Thomas?  As "breaking the law" was not part of Candy's job description, and therefore shouldn't be paid for by the taxpayers!

Coz
Coz

Exactly, she and the rest of the scum on the Board of Supervisors did absolutely nothing when Arpaio has been fucking people for years, nothing at all, until they themselves became the targets.

Piss on Wilcox and the rest of the B  of S slimeballs.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

David Smith is no longer County Manager.

Even when he was County Manager, he had full legal authority to negotiate the settlement. Apparently what was at issue is ARS 11-626.

Judge Wake ruled that the statute did not apply. MontyPug says it does because Wilcox had filed a notice of claim pursuant to ARS 12-821.01.

Regardless, Wilcox got the cash. I think $975K was exorbitant. She personally should've received her money back for retaining and paying Mr. Campbell, definitely. Judge Leonardo ruled that Candy Andy and the Miscreants were prosecuting her for political reasons and that the prosecution itself violated ARS 38-502. Hence my reasoning for the reimbursement of legal expenses. Anything more than that, a jury should've concluded was fair.   

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

She would have received nothing. No jury in the world would have given her a dime. The BoS are in collusion with David Smith to bilk the county.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

And you know that how?

Rachel, I'm sorry I'm not available. I need half a bottle of Absolut Vodka just to stomach looking at you. Even as I write this, I have the ELO's "Evil Woman" song playing.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

And at least you don't use oil from the scalp of the MCSO shurf as hairgel.

And yes, I wash my hair too...

wherewasi
wherewasi

Jason, 

Don't blame me!  Not Surprised mentioned the "bare" thing first!

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Liz, you're gonna make me reach for my vodka...

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

It was Arpaio who allowed Wilcox to bilk the county. If he hadn't signed his name to the RICO lawsuit (Wilcox was a defendant in that. Remember the big press conference he and Thomas held to tell everyone they had filed the suit?)

That's what I was attempting to tell you, YPS. it's your boss' fault that Wilcox even sued to begin with.

Conservative American
Conservative American

No, the county is not looking to recoup its expenses - the State Bar is.

The 1.54MM we spent on their representation is gone.  Period.

What the Bar wants is the cost of bringing in, at Thomas' request, outside counsel.  The Bar pays the fees, but Thomas is expected to pay the travel related expenses, including the hotel costs.

It's confusing at times ...

Coz
Coz

Yea, me too.

SantiagoJJJr
SantiagoJJJr

 I would be one of those people you speak of.....

Conservative American
Conservative American

Peace. Amen. Pass the ammunition. (or at least a voter registration card ...)

Coz
Coz

 ...and I do agree what Bozo Joe did to Wilcox was wrong, but she sure doesn't deserve $975,000.00, that's for sure.

There have been many other people fucked a lot harder by Arpaio and got nothing but chump change for their pain and suffering if anything at all.

Coz
Coz

One can only hope that all these self serving BS politicians get kicked to the curb in the next election cycle...

The unfortunate thing is, all that will be elected is the next set of self serving slimeballs.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

What Arpaio and Thomas did to Wilcox was wrong.

But you're spot on about the supervisors' complicity, including Wilcox, that allowed Arpaio to run amok for years.   And yes, they only protested after they themselves became targets.

Given this, my opinion is Wilcox was due her legal fees and a small settlement for whatever hardships she suffered, keeping in mind, her complicity helped build the monster that bit her.

I have felt up to today, Wilcox would be re-elected yet again.

Hopefully this 1 million dollar payout will turn enough of her supporters against her and we'll finally be well rid of her.

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