Tom Horne, Self-Defamer, Hits Critics with Defamation SLAPP Suit (w/Update)

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As I've said before about Arizona's ethically-challenged Attorney General Tom Horne, you can tell a man from Harvard, but you can't tell him much. Which is no doubt why the Harvard-grad persists in some of the dumbest, self-destructive activity possible for a public official, barring that of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, natch.

Take the AG's latest stunt: suing the non-profit Arizona Public Integrity Alliance for defamation over a TV ad currently running, which encourages Horne to do the right thing and pay back the $400,000 that two county attorney's have determined was illegally used on his behalf to help him win the general election in 2010.

Defamation? Are you kidding me? How is it possible to defame a bucket of slime, who pleaded no contest to a vehicular hit and run, hired his alleged mistress as an Assistant Attorney General for $108,000, is accused of coordinating with an independent expenditure committee in violation of state law, and was investigated by the FBI for alleged obstruction of justice and alleged witness tampering, among various other alleged misdeeds?

APIA's new and improved ad: Horne was a sleaze, and still is one!

But a suit filed Friday on Horne's behalf by Scottsdale attorney Sandra Slaton -- whose firm has been listed as an approved vendor with the AG's office -- claims the impossible. That Horne was defamed by AZPIA's ad, which initially, incorrectly stated that Horne was still under investigation by the FBI.

Read Horne's laughable "defamation" suit against APIA.

As I pointed out when I first reported on the ad, my understanding was and is that the FBI investigation is past tense. The U.S. Attorney's Office did not bring criminal charges against Horne, and neither did Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Though if you ask me, both entities wimped out.

AZPIA's attorney Kory Langhofer told me at the time that he had done due diligence before the ad aired by contacting the FBI, which he said gave him their standard reply of not being able to confirm or deny an investigation.

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Slaton, listed with the AG's office as one of the "awarded firms for CY2012"

Langhofer now tells me that Horne's attorney hit Cox cable with a letter demanding that the ads be taken down. AZPIA has since changed the ads to say that Horne "was under FBI investigation," a rather minor point, considering what Horne is alleged to have done while in office.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Tom Horne should file a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, as well.

abuseofpower
abuseofpower

the ag office needs a through cleaning out. The attorneys would go to the Board of Nursing and prosecuting them are the worst and most worthless. ,

at the bon meeting today an out of state attorney said the BOn and the AG are way to harsh on nurses in Arizona.

marcy
marcy

For those people who slander Mr Horne by calling him a dirty, no good, scum bag, thief I'll have you know that Mr Horne showers at least twice a week and it is absolutely slanderous to call him dirty.

DNichols
DNichols

Wasn't Hornes "Vehicular Hit, and Run", shortly after his extramarital "Testicular Hit, and Run with Chenal"?

No wonder this "Bucket of Slime" didn't stop, and obey the LAW!

He didn't want lucky Mrs. Horne to catch him at Chenals?!

I thought if this P.O.S. didn't pay back the Four Hundred Thousand illgotton Dollars, he would be hit with a triple fine?!!

Fine the Worthless Crooked Son of a Bitch Thief!

Sorry for telling the "Truth" Horne.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Anyone else notice that HornieBoi looks a bit like the Toronto mayor?  They are both crazy and unethical Canadians after all!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Gawd almighty Horne's an even bigger narcissistic douchebag than I originally thought.

Next voting season my vote's going to the person who I think best represents Arizona and that would be Felecia Rotellini.

Do us all a favor Horne and resign. Just like Nixon did in 1974.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

i think i know where this came from.......................Tom was probably reading an article about him and there was a typo in it.  he probably thought they were calling him a "Saint" and he ran with it.................what they were really saying was he was a "Stain"..    a little spell check would have prevented this

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

If the Phoenix New Times hasn't been named in the suit they should be.  Arpaio should file a defamation suit against the New Times too.

sslaw
sslaw

I am proud and honored to have the privilege of representing Tom Horne.  Sandra Slaton

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Isn't Arizona Public Integrity Alliance supposed to be a right wing group? That makes this even better. In fighting before the primary. 

They did  pull the old ad off YouTube (or made it private so it is no longer viewable).

StacyP
StacyP

Tom Horne should file a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General's Office. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I'm not clear. Was this filed as a Notice of Intent, or was it filed as the action?

leonardclark
leonardclark

 Stand with you Arizona Public Integrity Alliance !

Thank you to Mr. Lemons for put the light of day on this politician who is now trying to stifle by intimidation the free speech of citizens ! What a tyrant !!!!!!!!!!

Leonard Clark

Arizona native

11-19th, 2013

leonardclark
leonardclark

Stand with you Arizona Public Integrity Alliance !

Leonard Clark

Arizona native

11-19th, 2013

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

I don't find him more dishonest or lacking in integrity any more than I already did. What reputation is he talking about???

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

You've taken this whole sordid mess to a disastrous level, Tommy. Disastrous for all Arizonans. Now for once, please do the right thing and resign. I know it's hard, but you must for the good of the state.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Mr. Lemons is correct, be careful what you wish for. If the tard would pay the 400k he owes, most of this would go away. At least Ford admits to his wrong doings. peace

phxjustice
phxjustice

The silver lining in this suit is that now AG Horne can be deposed by the APIA.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

What a piece of cow du^g Horne is. So you gonna sue me for a factual statement? Resign Horne, NOW!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

If he had any ethics at all, he'd sue the person who has done the most to "defame" him and that would be himself.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@abuseofpower Nurses are at risk in AZ -- discarded without a second thought. They mislead new nurses coming into this broken system. 

DNichols
DNichols

No shit 3D coming at you.

Some one called him "Baby Face" I think that fits him well.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, this latest round of bullshit has NOTHING to do with Arpaio.

Ya know the 1st Amendment allows for free press (NT) and free speech (again, NT).

Plus if memory serves the Old Fool is being sued by NT (Mike Manning is NT's lawyer) for violations of the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  yeah? big problem though..................when he pleaded guilty, he threw his sanctimonious self image defense right out the door 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@sslaw  too bad there probably isnt a jury that would agree with you. congrats, you just found the golden goose................its almost like hitting the lottery.

malacorazon
malacorazon

@sslaw kinda of a Gotti-Cutler thing you got going on there.  Maybe a judge can fix that.

leonardclark
leonardclark

Oh...and I know you will come after me Tommy but don't worry....your kind of arrogant unconstitutional and unethical behaviour will not be stopped from coming out to the public !

Leonard Clark

The DamnLIberal

and Arizona Native 

11-19-13

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Eleanor_Holguin  his reputation for being a delusional crooked unethical scumbag............................thank god he is able to salvage that rep every time he does ANYTHING...............now no one can damage that rep

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Mike, don't bother wasting your valuable time on a fool like Robert.

He still hasn't taken you up on your offer to tour the border, to the best of my knowledge.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@stephen.lemons Thanks. The link from the story wasn't working earlier. Might have been the browser I was using, not sure. I've read the mush they call a complaint. Interesting they are asking for compensatory and punitive damages... I expect this 'action' has about as much longevity as an ice cube in hell...

I have to believe this is yet the latest bully tactic. Since paragraph one says specifically this is a 'personal' issue I would think that no taxpayer monies can be used to fund this façade.

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