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

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The State Bar of Arizona spent $616,571 for the disciplinary proceedings related to former Maricopa County Andrew Thomas' unethical acts.

Rick DeBruhl, spokesman for the lawyers' organization, says the State Bar came up with the final bill total today. As our previous story today on the topic of Thomas relates, Thomas, Lisa Aubuchon, and Rachel Alexander have agreed on a restitution repayment amount of $101,294 of the total.

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

The latest number shows how much the proceedings actually cost -- and how little of it the punished lawyers are asked to pay. Not that slapping them with a bigger bill would have made a difference: We assume Thomas and Aubuchon, having been stripped of their law licenses, have no intention of paying their fair share of the $101,294, and would find it difficult if not impossible to do so if they did want to pay it.

But there's a valid reason why the State Bar is letting the trio off with a fraction of the total costs.

The $616,571 bill includes payment to John Gleason, the Colorado attorney who "prosecuted" the Bar case before a three-member panel that included the state's Disciplinary Judge, William O'Neil.

Gleason charged the Bar a discounted fee for his time, but it still added up. And being from out-of-state, Gleason incurred plenty of expenses for travel and other costs. He stayed at the Arizona Biltmore each night he was in town, though at a heavily discounted rate of $89 a night.

Had the proceedings been handled all "in-house," the bill -- and, therefore, the restitution amount for the unethical prosecutors -- would have been much lower. The Bar told the Arizona Supreme Court it would have been "perfectly capable" of handling the proceedings in-house but that it might be better to seek outside counsel to avoid the slightest appearance of a conflict of interest.

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch initially picked a local attorney, J. Scott Rhodes, to do the honors. But Thomas' defense team balked because Rhodes had once donated $390 to the campaign of Thomas' opponent in the race for county attorney. That's when Gleason was called in.

DeBruhl says the bill was paid by the State Bar, vis-a-vis its members' dues. Active lawyers in Arizona pay $460 a year in dues. (The Bar's considering raising thd fee in 2014, much to the ire some of the state's lawyers, it should be noted.)

Still, it's clear that Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander could have been stuck with a much higher bill.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

What kind of state allows a disgraced, disbarred ex-County Attorney / DA to run for Governor? This is unacceptable in a civilized society and democracy. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"Still, it's clear that Thomas, Aubuchon, and Alexander could have been stuck with a much higher bill."


In zero-tolerance Arizona driven by these power abusers, they deserve prison time, like they handed out in their over 200,000 felony cases in one term in office. So what did they accomplish with all the destruction they caused for thousands of families, children and the legacy that they left for the taxpayers which will last for decades and generations?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Stupid Repuglycans are as Stupid Repuglycans do!


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rod.quigley
rod.quigley

Yeah, but putting up with Sheriff Joke, his MCSO thugs and his doting geriatric constituents just cost us $3.75 million with no sign of the end of his senile temper tantrums...so why worry about his young chihuahua Thomas or the eternal underachievers...the State Bar?  Hopefully he will run for governor and they will go bankrupt!

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

I can't find a betting line on who pays first, Horne, Thomas, Aubuchon, or Alexander. peace

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I think these odious cretins should repay the $617K it cost to actually prosecute their sorry asses.

Brian Schaefer
Brian Schaefer

I like how the piece is written as if the Bar Association is a department of government.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

The bar should not rest until the unindicted co-conspirator is disciplined as well. We all know who that is. Without identifying him directly, I'll just say that he did bad things to the former owners of Village Voice Media.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I suppose it makes sense for the Bar to recoup some of it's cost of 'prosecution', but isn't that really the underlying intent for the Bar in the first place? What are the chances that any of the $101K will actually be repaid?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

This will make GREAT campaign ads for anyone running against Candy Andy for Gov.  Does Candy still carry around a 2x4?

zengphoo
zengphoo

Sounds like a big ole crazy mess to me dude.


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rickaz59
rickaz59

Is that a birthmark, or does he have a hole in his head?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@rod.quigley Make that 7.25 mill, with just two settlements last week.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 These losers won't be able to pay back even the $101k that they agreed to.  I wouldn't hire any of them to clean porta-potties...

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@TommyCollins 

I would imagine they will be filing Bankruptcy's soon.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@TommyCollins just like anybody else who gets arrested, if they can not afford an attorney, one will be provided for them. they chose to pass on the attorney that was offered to them and chose someone else. they should be on the hook for the full amount. until they lost their licenses, they would have expected their full fees also

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@TommyCollins You ever seen an ice cube in the middle of Central Ave in July? The chances are almost as good as that ice cube lasting 2 hours!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Yes. There are two federal statutes that deal with abuse of power by public officials.

They are 18 USC 241 and 18 USC 242.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows $7.25m does NOT include legal fees. thats just the settlement cost itself

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows cleaning porta-potties would be appropriate............they'd still be chasing up after a real big piece of crap

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