Peter Spaw, Negligent Prosecutor, has Law License Put on Probation in Andrew Thomas Flap

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Peter Spaw, deputy county attorney, will have his law license on probation for two years and will pay a $15,060 fine for working on a bogus federal racketeering suit.
Peter Spaw, the negligent deputy county attorney who helped harass innocent officials with a merit-less racketeering lawsuit, will have his law license put on probation for two years, the state's Disciplinary Judge has ruled.

Spaw, who still has his high-level job as the Maricopa County Attorney's Office Asset Recovery Bureau manager, also agrees to keep his nose clean, take an ethics class and pay a $15,059.55 fine as part of his punishment for the Andrew Thomas-era violations.

See also: Bill Montgomery Wants Peter Spaw, a Disgraced, High-Ranking Deputy County Attorney Who Admits to Severe Violation of Legal Duties, to Get Off Easy

See also: Racketeering Lawsuit Against Maricopa County by Thomas and Arpaio is Weak Conspiracy Theory


His former subordinate, Rachel Alexander, paid a much higher price for working on the racketeering suit launched in 2009 by Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Her law license was suspended for six months and a day, a punishment from which it's tough for any lawyer to recover. Thomas and his go-to gal, Lisa Aubuchon, were disbarred.

In his agreement with the state, Spaw admitted to conduct adverse to justice, incompetency, negligent supervising and filing a case that had no merit.

It looks like our zinger on the current county attorney, Bill Montgomery, is watered down by the approval of the Spaw deal by Disciplinary Judge Bill O'Neil. We'd previously mentioned that Montgomery's belief that two years' probation for Spaw was "appropriate" was tacit approval of Thomas' ethical lapses.

Although we're highly curious whether Montgomery believes that Thomas, Aubuchon, Alexander and Spaw got a raw deal, it's tough to ding him over something for which O'Neil approves.

Still, this Spaw agreement is the perfect chance for Montgomery to come out forcefully against the abuses committed by Thomas -- and, to a lesser extent, by Spaw.

If Montgomery cares, that is.


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Teresa
Teresa

Masked Magician, the Bar prosecutors were asking to suspend Alexander's law license for only 3 months. Judge O'Neil went above and beyond that and sentenced her to 6 months and a day suspension, meaning she has to retake the Bar exam and apply again to practice law. Something smells fishy to me.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

And what do the people of Maricopa County do to the leader of this group of criminals?


Why they elect him to another term as America's most corrupt sheriff.


MORONS!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

MontyPug needs to explain this bullshit to the taxpayers of this county, as we're the true victims of these assholes' abuses.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Judge O'Neil must have forgotten to take his meds because Spaw confessed to Constitutional violations as well as abuse of power under federal law. If anything Spaw and Alexander should swap punishments.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has been the most disgraceful agency in the state for years. If Montgomery does his job as 'minister of justice" and following Arizona's zero tolerance policy for  those in the professions and in positions of public trust, then he should be dealing forcefully with Spaw, like the prosecutors say in court -- "to set an example for others so this doesn't happen again".  

Will see if MCAO Montgomery rules as forcefully for one of his cronies as he does the "ordinary" people caught in the prosecutors' shredding machine of Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that he refuses to reform.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Now that Spaw confessed I think he should have faced the 181-day suspension.

I still fault Alexander for going along with this bullshit though.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Spaw and Rachel Alexander should have been disbarred as well.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Truth,

Rachel got in over her head by pursuing the RICO lawsuit. Even when Spaw told Thomas the suit had no merit he didn't tell Rachel.

I think she should have stood up for the taxpayers by saying no. The fact that Spaw said no but continued to work on it speaks volumes about his character.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

That describes virtually every Republican and TeaBagger in Arizona.

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