Andrew Thomas, Lisa Aubuchon, and Rachel Alexander Ordered to Pay Back Discipline Costs

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Image: Ray Stern
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas, Lisa Aubuchon, and Rachel Alexander have been ordered to pay back $101,294 in restitution for the cost of their disciplinary proceedings.

Thomas, a former Maricopa County Attorney, and Aubuchon, his go-to deputy, were disbarred last year in high-profile proceedings that followed several years of intrigue and corruption committed with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A three-member panel that included the state's Disciplinary Judge, William O'Neil, found that Arpaio and Thomas launched unethical attacks on their county political enemies with the help of Aubuchon.

See also:
-Andrew Thomas Could Be Hit With $554,000 Bill for Disciplinary Proceedings
-Dave Hendershott, Lisa Aubuchon and Lawyer Ed Moriarity Face Large Sanctions

Though the panel likened the actions of Thomas and Arpaio to an "unholy collaboration," the sheriff was re-elected in 2012 to a sixth term. Punishment fell on Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander, who ran afoul of state ethics rules for lawyers.

Alexander received a lesser punishment of suspension of her law license for six months and a day for her role in pushing a flaky racketeering lawsuit against county leaders, judges, and lawyers.

The restitution order, signed December 16 by Judge O'Neil, is a lot less than the $554,000 bill the State Bar of Arizona submitted last year for its successful effort in "prosecuting" the prosecutors. But the six-digit figure is unquestionably onerous for the trio, whose ability to pay it is hampered by their derailed careers.

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Lisa Aubuchon
The bad prosecutors and the State Bar agreed on the new amount several days before O'Neil approved it. State rules allow bills for disciplinary restitution to be lowered as necessary, and the fact that the trio was ready to accept their fate and sign any restitution order was seen as "good cause" for a cost reduction.

"The hearing panel recognizes that the costs and expenses [are] likely greater than those actually incurred," states the four-page approval order.

Thomas is running for governor, with chances of winning somewhere south of former gubernatorial candidate Cary Dolego. He's been writing for a right-wing think-tank, and we imagine he must be almost done by now with a book about his troubles.

Aubuchon, unlike Thomas, appealed her disbarment. But she was shot down in September by the Arizona Supreme Court, leaving her with no law license and plenty of bills to pay.

Alexander, meanwhile, of the Intellectual Conservative blog, moved in with her mom in Seattle, and in January was blog-begging for money to pay for her cat's surgery. Alexander also appealed her sanctions and had the "one day" part of her punishment cut, making it easier for her to someday regain her law license.

The trio must pay the $101,293.75 in restitution "jointly and severally," a legal phrase that means each person is liable for the whole thing, not just one-third of it. In other words, if Alexander -- who still has a chance at being an Arizona lawyer again -- pays $33,000 and the other two pay nothing, Alexander's still not off the hook. Without help from her former buddies, theoretically, she'd have to pay the entire amount herself for the restitution to be considered cleared.

This rule zapped Alexander when she re-applied to be a lawyer earlier this month. Her 25-page application is mainly filled with certifications proving she's taken the required Continuing Legal Education classes. The State Bar of Arizona, in a five-page rebuttal on December 16, rejected her application because the restitution hasn't yet been paid.

UPDATE: Disciplining Andrew Thomas and Others Cost State Bar a Total of $616,571

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robert_graham
robert_graham

It seems you don't mind taxpayer money being wasted as long as it benefits you. 

coolcrosby
coolcrosby

It would be interesting to see the spreadsheet on precisely what Maricopa County and Arizona have paid in total for the honor of having Sheriff Arpaio.  Does anyone really know?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Is it true that the inflatable hippo on Alexander's website is named "Hendershott"?


He too should have faced real charges following the disbarment of Candy and his airhead groupies....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO what law firm in their right mind would hire any of these fools?

Alexander should consider a move to information technology....given she has no hope as a lawyer in Arizona and is more useful designing and building websites. (Actually, Alexander sounds like a perfect match for Robert aka JAFfy.)

Thomas and Aubuchon deserve a federal prison cell for violations of 18 USC 241 and 18 USC 242.

BTW hey Rachel, do ya still think I'm the reincarnation of Doors singer Jim Morrison? (think young lion images from 1967.)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 BURN !!


... O' Glorious Day !!


cassityg32
cassityg32

And Arpaio comes away with his job in tact & a fat & growing bank account....ya, seems totally right.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

What's funny is that Alexander is so broke she can't buy shampoo for her hair, and to get her law licence back, $100k needs to be paid to the court!


I wonder how she pays for her "Incompetent Crackpot" website!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Nice.

I'm popping a cold bottle of bubbly for the occasion. Any takers?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Couldn't happen to 3 better assholes.

Unless of course the bigger asshole Arpaio was in included.

Merry Christmas, ASSHOLES !

rickaz59
rickaz59

Andrew Thomas is just one of many notable graduates of Harvard Law School.


Barack Obama.  Mitt Romney.  Chief Justice John Roberts.  Ted Cruz.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Karma does indeed come home sometimes!:-) The only thing a right winger truly loves is their money, second is their belief they own god, third that no one know their inner demons!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'm jus' wonderin'... did this ghastly trio ever think that maybe they could profit financially from their serial misdeeds?

FrightNight
FrightNight

Am I the only one who finds it odd that Arpaio's attorneys were disciplined but Arpaio wasn't, yet they were engaged in the same actions? Tells me a lot about the State Bar's motives, considering the Justice Department cleared both Arpaio and Thomas of any wrongdoing here. You know who is laughing all the way to the bank? The officials they tried to prosecute. We all know how corrupt most of them are, including Don Stapley who got caught doing the exact same crime Jesse Jackson, Jr., did, yet Jackson is serving 2.5 years in the federal pen while Stapley's cronies at the supervisors' office awarded him a $3.5 million judgment for "stress" over being prosecuted. Bravo, Stapley, nicely done on the taxpayers' dime. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 While for some MCSO employees, they should have to pay the country and not the other way around, as their work is so bad!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham Jaffy, did you send a card to congratulate the NT's guys for WINNING over the Joker for Joke's CLEAR violation of their constitutional rights?  And you have a picture of Snow you worship for finally getting the Joker the baby sitter he so desperately needs!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO Robert, do you know the GEICO commercial featuring the talking camel?

You remind me of the talking camel. You're here to annoy the rest of us.

Aww come on I know you can hear me.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_graham 

What I like about you Jaffy is you're never afraid to show just what a f-ing moron you are !

NWEng
NWEng

@robert_grahamSeems like you don't mind violating the constitutional rights of American citizens as long as it benefits you and your kind.  Please, please, tell us again about the Constitution and how you and your kind are just enforcing the laws, and then we can discuss the $50M+ that's been paid out for all the well documented Arpaio/Thomas/Hendershott fuck-ups over the years.  Again, how do people reconcile fawning over the Constitution in public and then wiping your ass with it in private?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham And those funds are being waisted by the Joker and MCSO!  Thanks for proving how lost you are, Jaffy!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@coolcrosby If you include his illegal use of dedicated jail funds, the costs of the Joker to AZ taxpayers is near or above $200 MILLION.  Heck, the jail funds thing by itself was $99.5 Mil!

And $17M so far, just on settlements in the Joker's and and Thomas's witch hunt against county officials.

Jukes
Jukes

@cassityg32 Good point.  You'd think these youngish conservatives would be bitter about the old man by now. 

gtnoriega
gtnoriega

@cassityg32 He has to die sooner or later.  Maybe we'll get lucky and he will return to the state he came from.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cassityg32 ... and THE VOTERS of Maricopa keep RE-Electing that lowlife racist bigoted criminals piece of crap.


Go figure.


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham 

Translation = wah wah wah - perfect for you AND your avatar


Someone get Robert his pacifier and a change of diapers

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Pipe down Robert. No one asked you.

Now run along and let the adults have a conversation.

FrightNight
FrightNight

@eric.nelson745 That's a good point. These government attorneys would have gotten nothing out of successful prosecutions, particularly the underlings who aren't trying to run for higher office, they wouldn't have even gotten fame since they're behind the scenes. Makes me even more convinced the Bar prosecution was all political, like valleynative suggests. I am still trying to figure out how I can get in on the gravy train, the supervisors are handing out million dollar settlements for stress like they're candy. There has to be something I can claim that Sheriff Arpaio wrongly did to me.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@FrightNight


Guess you missed the memo, Arpaio via the county/city was fined millions I a lost civil suit recently with a newspaper, the fact is Arpaio has some mighty powerful friends somewhere, and sadly a majority of the county voters who are not to bright, they cheer him when he exhibits his sadistic tendencies to rival the Marquis De Sade towards his inmate charges, but alas all these folks are like two peas in one pod and they all are getting their karma some will get on earth as these two unfit attorneys did and Arpaio will one day get his due likely in the after life!

coolcrosby
coolcrosby

@WhoKnows @coolcrosby --does that include all the legal fees to outside counsel?  BTW, thanks for replying; this is fascinating that the taxpayers who are supposed to be so conservative put up with this profligate spender of their treasure.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Gt, I have it on good word that Arpaio is NOT welcome in Massachusetts, the state he came from. It's too liberal for him, plus the home prices are too steep.

He might be welcome in South Carolina. Better weather, lower housing market, etc.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @cassityg32 They seem to like him and his policies and vote their conscience.  So, keep flinging verbal assaults and the rest of Maricopa will keep voting.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

ethics can't be taught. either you are an ethical person or you are not.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Concerned, yes Harvard Law University does in fact teach ethics. I asked a friend of mine who graduated and is an ethical attorney.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO Flyer maybe Arpaio will be on the changing table next to Robert.....

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@FrightNight @eric.nelson745 So, in other words, you don't live in Maricopa County and never followed the events leading up to the actions by the State Bar.  I'd bet the videos from the trial are still on line.  Watch them, as they will clear up your confusion!

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@robert_grahamcracker


Arpaio at his age might escape earth karma for his sins, hatreds, prejudices, wrongs but no one escapes the grim reaper he comes for us all one day, and then the final judgment before Jesus where money, fancy lawyers, political connections mean nothing!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Don't forget the DOJ's racial profiling suit against the spiteful old man. That's costing taxpayers God only knows WhoKnows.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@coolcrosby @WhoKnows Nope, just settlements.  And for example, in the racial profiling case that Joke lost, there ar about $7m in legal fees to just the plaintiff., and the county probably spent as much or more on defence..

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Wouldn't surprise me one bit NWEng. I heard he owns some property there but I have no way to confirm that.

NWEng
NWEng

@MaskedMagician1967

"It's too liberal for him, plus the home prices are too steep."

I'm sure he's managed to sock away enough to afford a home in MA, that's one of the the issues Lacey and Larkin were speculating on when they were arrested by the MCSO goon squad back in 2007.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@whateveryousay @DonkeyHotay @cassityg32 You must not live here,as the joker won by the skin of his teeth in the last election, and people SEE he ignored 400 sex crime in favor of TV Time, and he ADMITTED to ILLEGALLY spending $99.5 MILLION of dedicated jail funds.  Then there was the ruling by Judge Snow. 


They ONLY people that still support the Joke need help eating their jello...

Jukes
Jukes

@MaskedMagician1967 I think some of them take the classes to figure out how to skirt the law better and create the "appearance" of being ethical.  Same with law students at Yale.  They take the ethics classes and laugh.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@WhoKnows@vagabond545454@FrightNight


In one news article it was reported at $44 million and tend of millions pending! I guess one would have to serve all of Arizona citizens green bologna twice a day to make them pennies he saves equal this waste!:-) It is incalculable how much Arpaio will cost till he is out of office!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@FrightNight @WhoKnows @TommyCollins  

"Bob Barr and Robert Driscoll, two prominent national attorneys who are actually worthy of respect, testified that the RICO lawsuit had merit against the supervisors and judges."

and more respected legal experts said that there was NO BACKING OR PROOF for the rico suit.


Again, watch the vidoes of the disbarment hearings.  "Col Sanders" is a real hoot, BTW! (but he doesn't know it..)

gtnoriega
gtnoriega

@FrightNight@NWEng He's probably well connected?  Being in tight with the right people makes all the difference as you know.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Jukes well put. and you would have figured with all the other sacrificial lambs he has left in order to keep himself clear of things..........they should have seen it coming too

FrightNight
FrightNight

@WhoKnows @FrightNight @TommyCollins I've tried to follow this, because I don't like Sheriff Arpaio. Here's where I get confused: Bob Barr and Robert Driscoll, two prominent national attorneys who are actually worthy of respect, testified that the RICO lawsuit had merit against the supervisors and judges. How do you explain that? If so, shouldn't they be disbarred also? Driscoll took over the RICO suit from Thomas. It is very confusing. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@FrightNight @TommyCollins Because the CA and his two stooges TOOK A VERY ACTIVE PART in the actions, including generating the FALSE RICO claim against a county Judge!  The videos from the disbarment hearings are probably still on line, and you REALLY need to watch them and see what happened in the series of WITCH HUNTS by the Joker and the CA's office.

FrightNight
FrightNight

@TommyCollins I don't understand why attorneys are held responsible for the actions of their client here? Seems a bit absurd, does anyone really think Arpaio can be controlled? Never liked Romley, now that's one attorney who is slimier than slimy. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@FrightNight

Yes, I can. The shurf is subordinate in all legal matters to the county attorney and his staff. While the shurf was indeed being corrupt in his actions it was the duty of the county attorney to "Just say NO", as Mr. Romley did when he was acting county attorney after Thomas resigned. Thomas and company had the responsibility to reel in the antics of the shurf and not only failed to do so, they became a part of the corruption and legal misdeeds, thus the disbarment actions taken against them. The county attorney and state attorney general SHOULD have taken criminal actions against the shurf, but chose not to...

Thus, the Elderly Elected Official continues his criminal ways, smiling the whole way, battling flu and loss of memory as convenient.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@FrightNight@NWEng 

Lawyers are not elected officials.  They're disciplined by a board selected based on proven merit over long careers of service.

Elected officials are disciplined by other elected officials or by the voters, so a blowhard showman like Arpaio can get away with a lot of nonsense.

 

FrightNight
FrightNight

@NWEng I'm smiply trying to figure out why Arpaio is still a powerful Sheriff in charge, making a great salary and still in demand for public appearances, while his attorneys have lost their careers and it looks like all their money. Can anyone explain the difference to me?

NWEng
NWEng

@FrightNight@vagabond545454@robert_grahamcracker

Who are you, really?  You've been apologizing for Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander as if they just got mixed up with the wrong kids from school.  They weren't no-names as you attempt to suggest, they were the elected county attorney and a deputy who were complicit in this constitution violating cluster fuck.  They didn't get picked on by the county sups and state bar, they earned the punishments they received by their own actions.

FrightNight
FrightNight

@vagabond545454 @robert_grahamcracker I feel sorry for the attorneys. They're relatively no-names, but they get targeted while Arpaio continues as if nothing happened. What is wrong with this picture? I get that powerful officials hate Arpaio, and since they can't touch him, they go after his underlings to send him a message. Their real beef is with Arpaio so their fight should be at the ballot box, not targeting his attorneys which does nothing to him. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows@robert_grahamcracker 

It's not that the don't understand.  It's the nature of political party members to assume that any accusations leveled at a member of their party is politically motivated and untrue.  

People don't join political parties because they like having to think for themselves, after all.

 

 

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