Feedback from the issue of Thursday, July 17, 2008


State Bar already seems to be caving: Sarah Fenske's article on the Maricopa County Attorney's legal shenanigans to cover his own ass was excellent ("Andrew Thomas' War," June 26). The brazen extent to which this ambitious little prick will go consistently blows my mind!

That Thomas would ask for a protective order to seal not only discredited lawyer Dennis Wilenchik's response but the entire freakin' file cannot be justified. (By the way, can somebody tell me why Wilenchik is still in the county's employ in civil matters when he screwed up so brilliantly in the criminal arena?)

What I want to know is this: Will the Arizona Supreme Court cave in to this legal crap aimed solely at either getting the State Bar of Arizona complaints against Thomas dropped or getting them delayed until after the November election?

What the Supreme Court must do is move swiftly and deny Thomas' claim so that we can find out the truth before voters put this jerk back in the County Attorney's chair.

Reading between the lines, it looks as if the State Bar of Arizona is already caving in to Andy's bullying. No wonder fast-and-loose lawyers like Wilenchik are allowed to run amuck in our state!
Norm Williams, Phoenix

Ernest Calderon is a sell-out: Oh, so Ernest Calderon said what he said because he's getting paid off by Andrew Thomas with public funds? Now isn't that just perfect!

I wondered why a Latino lawyer, and distinguished state Bar president, would support this scumbag, and now I know. Calderon doesn't mind selling out his own kind to work for this Latino-hater as long as he gets his pockets stuffed with greenbacks for his trouble. Your article says he even was paid to write the affidavit in support of Thomas to the state Supreme Court.

Calderon, you're nothing but a whore. You should be ashamed of yourself for backing somebody who, though he may be married to a Latina, has done nothing but bash our people since his arrival on the Maricopa County political scene.

Thomas' racism appeals to the trailer trash and old white people who flock to the polls to vote for anybody they think will keep Hispanics beaten down. We're truly the N-words in this place.
Samuel Valdez, Phoenix

It wouldn't surprise us, either: What do you mean we can't see what Dennis Wilenchik said about the man who made him a special prosecutor in the New Times case?! It would be very interesting to see whether he reveals that Thomas knew full well what was going on with Wilenchik's attempt at influencing a judge, etc.

But we will never know whether Thomas is lying unless the Arizona Bar grows a spine! It wouldn't surprise me to see it turn tail and drop the entire investigation of Thomas and Wilenchik.
M.L. Martinez, Phoenix

Andy would've been tossed by now: We have had enough of the corruption in [this] county and the state of Arizona. Enough of the staged media-circus witch hunts, media convictions, hatred, and bigotry that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Thomas, and their legislative sidekick, Russell Pearce, have created and perpetuated.

Multimillion-dollar lawsuits (a blank check for Arpaio and Thomas at taxpayer expense) are simply unacceptable and outrageous! The average person can no longer afford to pay his own legal fees, much less those of abusive elected officials.

We need a road map to sort through the litigation that Arpaio and Thomas have taken in their effort to tie up the county and state.

They should know that we are conservatives who vote, and abuse of power against the people must be stopped.

If lawyers were held to the same standard as doctors, nurses, teachers, coaches, principals, or superintendents, Andrew Thomas would lose his job immediately, with questions asked later.

Thomas is in the highest position of public trust in the county and can no longer be trusted. Not only are his prosecutors inexperienced, so is Thomas.

Those who have enabled him and remained silent are complicit. The law should be used against Thomas and those who enabled them. Enough is enough in this reign of terror.
Name withheld

Pulitzer for Sarah?: Sarah Fenske's displayed outstanding public service and courage by shedding light on the inner workings of the County Attorney's Office, the Arizona Bar, and the courts. She should win a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage and attention to this very disturbing situation in the county and state.
Name withheld


Chowing down on Joe's B.S. sandwiches: It certainly was a bad couple of weeks for Joe Arpaio. He was made a fool on so many fronts. It isn't surprising that he looked "withered" to The Bird ("Mr. Pitiful," Stephen Lemons, July 3).

How many times can this guy [act like] the stupid asshole he is and not suffer politically? The problem is, right-wingers, rednecks, and old people don't read New Times. Many in this group (who make up the majority of voters around here, I'm afraid) either can't read past fourth-grade level or their eyesight is so bad that they can't see the print in your paper.

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