Maricopa County Craziness

Andrew Thomas Disqualified From Mary Rose Wilcox Criminal Case; Indictment Dropped

?A judge has tossed Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas off his criminal case against County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, more than agreeing with arguments presented by Wilcox's attorney.

Pima County Judge John Leonardo also dismissed the indictment against Wilcox, leaving the possibility open for a special prosecutor to bring charges in the future.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether any prosecutor will want to pick up this case now, though, after Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk's damning criticism of the corrupt process that led to the Wilcox charges in the first place. 

The bombshell ruling appears to be a serious smackdown, stating that Thomas retaliated against Wilcox for grievances he alleged in a civil racketeering lawsuit filed in December by him and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

One of the reasons for Thomas' obvious conflict of interest, according to the ruling by Leonardo, is his political alliance with Arpaio, "who misused the power of his office to target members of the [Board of Supervisors] for criminal investigation.

Wowsa!

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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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