Tom Horne Settles Lawsuit by Former Investigator for Nearly $100K (w/Update)

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Former Arizona Attorney General investigator Meg Hinchey today settled her claim against the state, Attorney General Tom Horne, and Horne chief deputy Rick Bistrow for nearly $100,000.

Hinchey filed suit in January 2013, claiming Horne and Bistrow retaliated against her in response to her blowing the whistle to the FBI on alleged campaign finance shenanigans by Horne.

Those allegations, the FBI probe of Horne's office, and the subsequent fallout cost Horne a shot at the Ninth Floor.

See, a couple of years ago, Horne had been gearing up to run for governor in the 2014 Republican primary.

After the scandal broke in October 2012, Horne decided to run for re-election instead.

Currently, he's battling a primary challenge from former state gaming director Mark Brnovich.

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Horne, pondering his political demise . . .

As part of today's deal, Hinchey will be paid $99,999.

She also has agreed to dismiss her claims against Horne and Bistrow, which leaves the state of Arizona holding the bag for the $100K.

In her original 2012 notice of claim to the state, Hinchey had asked for $10 million not to sue.

AG spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham denied that the settlement indicated an admission of wrongdoing by Horne and Bistrow.

"Tom Horne and Rick Bistrow opposed settling this case because they expected to win at trial," Grisham said via e-mail.

"Decisions for the state are made by the Department of Administration," she added. "The rule is that to settle a case for $100,000 or more the state would need Horne's consent, which he would not give. The Department of Administration therefore agreed to settle the case for $99,999, because it did not need the consent of Horne."

Hinchey issued the following statement through her attorney Suzanne Dallimore:

"This has been a long and difficult process and I am glad that it is over. This was never about money, contrary to what some think. All I have asked for from the beginning is included in the settlement agreement and now I would just like to move past this."

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Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie
Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie

It's shocking that our schools are in the state they are considering THIS guy was in charge of them. What a slime ball.

Barbara Primous Jackson
Barbara Primous Jackson

How he was ever elected in the first place is beyond my comprehension. He was horrible in his position for the board of Education, how did voters actually think he was going to do a great job as AG?

azwillie
azwillie

Where is the verdict on Horne's trial for campaign finance violations. He asked two Republican buddies to run the investigation and they BOTH found him GUILTY and they belong to the same party.


It only took them about a week to reach their verdicts but Horne's last trial has been over for weeks with no verdict announced.


Do they really think we are so stupid we will forget about this if they don't announce the verdict?

theloushow
theloushow

Horne didn't settle anything.  It was settled for him by the Department of Administration.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

I am so glad I live in Pima county, we have this whacko crooked attorney general to contend with but we do not have Arpaio....aka Marquis De Sade!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Thanks Mr Horne for costing the state $100K in taxpayers money to pay for your corruption and bullshit.

You're a piss poor attorney General. I doubt anyone will vote for you in any election.

Then again, this state hired people like John Kavanagh, Joe Arpaio, Candy Andy Thomas, etc. So I wouldn't put it past anyone to vote for your sorry ass.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Damn, being a lemming is getting to be expensive.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

...and once again the leadership of this State says FU, we can do whatever we want and the tax payers can pick up the tab for our corruption..

AzNtv1
AzNtv1

Taxpayers on the hook again for these idiots we continue to elect.  Stupid is as stupid does folks.  Wake the F up Arizona!!!

Brandon Brian
Brandon Brian

Chop his head off in time square with the rest of these crooks

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

We need to put Horne on a plane with Justin Bieber and deport both these criminals back to Canada!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

this might put a crimp in the $400,000 he still has to repay.............i dont think his sister can loan him  another hundred thousand.................(does he have a brother or another sister??)

CaptainAmerica
CaptainAmerica

@theloushow  So that Horne could avoid full embarrassment. DOA wouldn't settle if there wasn't something there. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows  which would be the bigger punishment..............being on a plane to Canada with Bieber, or being on a plane to Canada with Horne? either way it should have been one of the levels of hell in Dante's "Inferno"


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Eleanor_Holguin  stupidity



the voters stupidity

sometimes..........you just cant fix stupid

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  Ted Cruz MUST be included!!  He can help by reading "Green egss and criminals" on the plane to distract from what a fool he his!

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