Tom Horne Caves at Mention of Tom Ryan's Name, Calls off SLAPP Suit (w/Update)

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Please see the update at the end of this post.

Yep, Chandler attorney Tom Ryan was rarin' to start writing up subpoenas in his new role as legal counsel for the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance, the group being SLAPP-sued by Attorney General Tom Horne in the world's dumbest "defamation" case ever.

But wouldn't you know it, not long after Ryan declared to me that he would take the case off AZPIA lawyer Kory Langhofer's hands and pursue a vigorous defense against Horne for free, the AG calls the suit quits.

See also:
Tom Horne, Elections Law Violator, Files Election Law Complaint: Irony Alert

Seems the journos at the Arizona Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet have the same info regarding there being a "settlement" in the works.

The YS header reads, "Source: Anti-Horne Group Settles Lawsuit." Though, of course, Horne brought the lawsuit, not AZPIA.

See, the point of the suit was to drain the coffers of AZPIA, to punish the organization for airing the ad, which initially, incorrectly stated that an FBI investigation of Horne was ongoing.

That probe ended a year ago, and AZPIA quickly altered the content of its ad to correct the error.

But as soon as Ryan, the Irish wolfhound of elections law, leapt onto the scene, Horne and his attorney Sandra Slaton knew they were in trouble. Big trouble.


AZPIA's ad, long may it run...

Ryan had offered his services to AZPIA pro bono. Not only would there be no draining of the AZPIA coffers, Ryan is a tireless legal dervish who would have no problemo subpoena-ing, in short order: the AG's cell phone records, his e-mails and text messages and those of his associates, Horne's union suit, Camen Chenal's bathwater, you name it.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"Is or was" under FBI investigation?  It's all the same to us. If any ordinary people were under investigation, they would be sitting in jail waiting for trial to prove their innocence. In Arizona there is NO presumption of innocence -- SOP. The defendant has to prove their innocence -- policy driven by the "top" prosecutors in the state. They don't like it when their own policies bite them in the butt.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Excellent article. TOM RYAN FOR MARICOPA COUNTY ATTORNEY! THE MCAO NEEDS MAJOR HOUSECLEANING AFTER ANDREW THOMAS/AUBUCHON/ALEXANDER ABUSE OF POWER. MCAO Montgomery chooses to ignore it, like it never happened. 

We need Tom Ryan to finish the job he started at The Lawyers's Protest - 2009.Rortellini can clean out the AG's office.

DNichols
DNichols

Excellent article: Thanks again New Times for standing Strong against one of Arizona's current Corrupt Political Ring.

Arizona would sure be a "Better "place with out the corrupt Politicians/Powerful the New Times has the COURAGE to stand against.

However I think Chenals "Bath Water" would probably be very disgusting?

Wonder what Horny thinks?!!

George2
George2

Someone has finally stood up against Horne.  What a pit bull.

nomoreabuseofpower
nomoreabuseofpower

I'd vote for him . especially since he is willing to do this on his own time.

the  power abusers are after money in a big way.

we need more lawyers like Ryan . CLEAN House at the AG!! and the judges who are backing their crazy cases they are bringing before them . !

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

TOM RYAN FOR MARICOPA COUNTY ATTORNEY! THE MCAO NEEDS MAJOR HOUSECLEANING AFTER ANDREW THOMAS/AUBUCHON/ALEXANDER ABUSE OF POWER. MCAO Montgomery chooses to ignore it, like it never happened. We need Tom Ryan to finish the job he started at The Lawyers's Protest - 2009.Rortellini can clean out the AG's office.

nomoreabuseofpower
nomoreabuseofpower

concerned citizen , I am glad you brought these links here to everyone's attention.

they work for the public, the public needs to know what is going on.

when corruption is going on expose them    treat them like prisoners, do the crime serve the time, no different.

nomoreabuseofpower
nomoreabuseofpower

great article , Mr Lemons. Please keep this going, and watch those attorneys  who are under tom horne, and how they operate. unethical abuse of power. keep watching and reporting . thanks!!

nomoreabuseofpower
nomoreabuseofpower

the same exact reasons given here for Center Of Prosecutorial Integrity , "punish for_____________, Drain financially . ___________

are the same reasons this very office is attacking nurses and taking away their careers. Putting them of probation for bogus reasons , so they cant work.  

Punish nurses  for speaking up, and make them hire  private attorneys and drain financially while the state of Arizona is paying for Joey Ridenour unethical practices  at the Board of Nursing office  "public safety , public safety"  .    ABUSE OF POWER and using tax payers money to do it.

tom Horne was afraid he would be stuck with the legals fees and have to pay for the team that went after him is why he backed out. And it would be VERY likely. antislapp laws are strict, but not as strict as most states.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Its sucks Tom Horny Dog got off so easy on this. The corrupt prick needs to be exposed as much as much as possible for being the slimeball he is.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Draft Tom Ryan for County Attorney, 2016! Better yet, he should take Hornes job. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

It may simply be that Horne was planning to use public funds to pay for this lawsuit and once it was made public he didn't want to pay it himself, or from his campaign funds, which likely will be $400K lighter in coming days.

Or, it may be that he thinks he got the publicity he needed from the filing and it doesn't need to go any further. For someone with his level of education he doesn't seem very intelligent, at least from a distance.

car_del99
car_del99

So, it turned out like the COYOTE and the ROADRUNNER ,  and as usual the Roadrunner won 

ROADRUNNER = RYAN

COYOTE= HORNE

BEEP BEEP...............................


enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Tom Horne was barred by SEC from stock exchange due to some shenanigans, so this story is not to surprising, it was brought up during his campaign and he seemed to laugh off the scandals as nothing but if one has unethical mind set, feels he is above the law this position he has is perfect for this kind of mentality!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"Press Release: Center for Prosecutor Integrity Calls on Prosecutors to Root out Misconduct After AZ Report of Widespread Unethical Practices" | Wrongful Convictions Blog

http://bit.ly/1dOfw8z  

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"UNDER INVESTIGATION, UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL RESIGNS"


By DAN FROSCH Published: November 21, 2013

DENVER — "Utah’s embattled attorney general, John Swallow, resigned Thursday amid persistent questions about whether he had committed widespread ethics violations, saying the legal fight had become too costly.

“This is a somber day,” Mr. Swallow said at a news conference at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City. “I have vigorously maintained my innocence of all allegations.”

Pressure had been mounting for months on Mr. Swallow to resign. Among other investigations, a special state legislative committee and the lieutenant governor’s office have been looking into whether he had given preferential treatment to donors and failed to disclose business conflicts of interest." 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/us/politics/under-investigation-utah-attorney-general-resigns.html?_r=0


Folks, Time to wake up and vote in the Primary, where sleaze-bags get elected.  

Top prosecutors have the awesome power of determining who lives and who dies, who remains in prison for decades at taxpayer expense. And most importantly, work daily to take your rights away.

Which of Arizona's top prosecutors would you trust with your life or those of your loved ones, as they continue to play power games with your tax dollars?  They are shameless and a disgrace to the non-existant justice system in Arizona. 

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

The Alliance just wants to get Horne out of the way before the primary so he doesn't get knocked off by Rotellini in the 2014 general election.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

this theory looks to be a bit of a leap with little evidence to support it.

the mere fact that a retraction, apology and settlement exist allow one to dismiss this story as fiction.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

hahaha.. just like the cockroach he is Horne scurries when someone shines a light on him

Nicely done Mr Lemons and Mr Ryan!

leonardclark
leonardclark

Thank you Mr. Lemons for continually shining the light on these self-righteous and hypocritical politicians who think they don't have to practice what the preach !

LeonardClark

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

TOM RYAN FOR MARICOPA COUNTY ATTORNEY. TIME TO END THE ENTRENCHED MISCONDUCT IN THE MCAO. ROTELLINI CAN DO THE SAME AT THE AG'S OFFICE.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Center for Prosecutor Integrity to Establish ‘Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct’ | Wrongful Convictions Blog

http://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2013/11/22/center-for-prosecutor-integrity-to-establish-registry-of-prosecutorial-misconduct/

“Over the last decade, the American public has become disburbed about prosecutors who ignore ethical standards in a head-long rush to convict,” notes CPI spokesperson Sheryl Hutter. “Now, advocates of reform will be able to identify patterns, assess trends, and compare jurisdictions.”

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, 42% of wrongful convictions arise from misconduct by prosecutors and other government officials."

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Texas: Ex-prosecutor jailed in wrongful conviction case


http://www.azcentral.com/news/free/20131113texas-prosecutor-jailed-wrongful-conviction-case.html?odyssey=obinsite
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:54 PM

GEORGETOWN, Texas —" A former Texas prosecutor has begun serving a 10-day jail term for his role in sending an innocent man to prison for nearly 25 years.

Ken Anderson was booked into the Williamson County Jail in Georgetown on Tuesday for criminal contempt of court in the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton for the fatal 1986 beating of Morton’s wife.

The charge stemmed from Morton’s 1987 trial when Anderson, who was then Williamson County district attorney, withheld evidence that could have cleared Morton.

Morton’s attorneys said Anderson withheld statements from Morton’s young son, who witnessed the killing and said Morton wasn’t responsible, and neighbors who reported seeing another man near the Morton home before the slaying.

Anderson also will be disbarred and must serve 500 hours of community service."

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

or the alliance prefers someone with ethics holds the position.

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