Today's written ruling by the three-person panel that calls for the disbarment of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his "special assistant" Lisa Aubuchon should be mandatory reading, and not just for lawyers.It is profound in fact and happens to be beautifully written.One example of ... More >>
Lisa Aubuchon, former deputy county attorney, testifies yesterday in the State Bar disciplinary proceedings. She stands to lose her law license after allegedly fudging the attempted prosecutions of county officials.Lisa Aubuchon lives in an alternative universe.True, we may have watched too many ... More >>
We watched the morning news a bit ago as onetime Disney superstar turned train wreck Lindsay Lohan slipped in the back door of the Los Angeles County morgue to do ghoulish penance for whatever it was that got her on probation.Rachel Alexander's testimony yesterday was the proverbial train wreck.L ... More >>
Quite a sight yesterday afternoon in downtown Phoenix.
The entire workforce of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office--it numbers in the hundreds--took to the streets (Jefferson, to be exact) as one, and trooped north a block or two to the Orpheum Theatre for a big meeting,
It w ... More >>
Norm Davis, a steady-as-she-goes gent we dealt with when he presided as the chief judge in both Juvenile and Family Court, started his five-year term today as the presiding judge of Maricopa County Superior Court.
What we like about Judge Davis (that's a photo of him from a few ... More >>
As county attorney, Andrew Thomas hired Ogletree Deakins to defend the sheriff's office from a grand jury investigation.You can file this one under "WTF??!?!"Turns out Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's favorite law firm, which specializes in employment law, was brought in to help with both the ... More >>
Was Lisa Aubuchon involved in the decision to charge Ray Stern? Her personnel file says yes.In October 2007, New Times reporter Ray Stern was cited with a criminal charge for supposedly raising his voice while in the office of a lawyer working for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office -- and ... More >>
Just because Andrew Thomas resigned as county attorney does not mean we have to stop using our favorite non-mustachioed picture of him.So who thinks they could be a better county attorney than Andrew Thomas, who resigned the post to run for Attorney General? Anyone? Anyone?Okay, that's prob ... More >>
We first remember hearing about Sally Wells when she was a line prosecutor working for former Maricopa County Rick Romley.
We heard she was ethical, tough when necessary, always cordial and fast on her feet in court.
One criminal-defense attorney noted some years ago that Well ... More >>
Josh Bernstein needs to find his shovel, says his boss.
Yikes. We're working overtime today to make sure the boss doesn't send us a memo like the one Josh Bernstein over at ABC-15 recently received. To paraphrase:
Stop smooching Sheriff Arpaio's rear-end and start kick ... More >>
Stymied by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, County Attorney Andrew Thomas now threatens to conduct the investigation and possible prosecution of Don Stapley in his own office. Again.Remember, the first case against Stapley traveled from Thomas' office to the Yavapai County Attorney's ... More >>
Barbara Mundell, Maricopa County's presiding judge, recently fired two of her court commissioners, Wes Peterson and David Anderson. Unlike Superior Court judges, commissioners, who have similar responsibilities, are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the presiding judge -- and can be fir ... More >>