Maricopa County Craziness

Andrew Thomas Deadline to Appeal Disbarment is Tuesday; Rachel Alexander May Sue County Over Defense Costs


Disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to file an appeal to his disbarment order.

The failed politician lost his law license after a disciplinary panel of the state Supreme Court found he had committed perjury, filed charges he knew were outside of the statute of limitations, framed a Superior Court judge with bogus criminal charges, and abused his power.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was also implicated in what the disciplinary panel labeled an apparent criminal conspiracy against their political enemies.

The state Supreme Court had previously announced that the deadline to file an appeal was tomorrow, but corrected that information today.

Two of Thomas' former henchwomen, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander, were also punished after a lengthy and at-times dramatic State Bar investigation. Aubuchon was also disbarred; she filed an appeal last week. Alexander's law license was suspended for six months and a day.

The county Board of Supervisors decided this week not to fund defense lawyers for any appeals that Thomas or Alexander might launch. The county has already spent about $1.5 million defending the corrupt trio. Aubuchon's defense costs were covered by her pro-bono Montana attorney, Ed Moriarity.

Alexander, who also has until Tuesday to appeal, has indicated she may sue over the county's decision not to pay anything further to her lawyers, according to an article in yesterday's Arizona Capitol Times.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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