More Hypocrisy From Thomas: "Very Unusual" for a Judge to Attach Newspaper Article to Complaint -- Yet Two of Thomas' "Anti-Corruption" Cases Began That Way

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Part Two of the morning testimony by former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas brought out even more of Thomas' apparently hypocritical thought processes.

We say hypocritical because it's difficult for us to believe that Thomas believes the words coming out of his mouth.

As we noted in our last post about today's hearing, Thomas claims that when a retired judge ruled against him, it was due to bias, but when he ruled for Thomas, it was because the judge didn't have enough "guts" to act on his bias. Crazy, right?

Well, we're getting a belly full of that line of thinking today.

Thomas just told the State Bar's disciplinary panel that it was "very unusual" for a judge to attach a newspaper article to a Bar complaint. The article in question was "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution", which was about the trumped-up charges against and arrest of New Times executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

It was "particularly" unusual that the paper in question was New Times, he quipped.

But really, he shouldn't think attaching articles to complaints is all that odd: Two of the major "anti-corruption" cases he tried to prosecute, the Mary Rose Wilcox case and the so-called "bug sweep" case were based initially on journalistic works.

The case against County Supervisor Wilcox, according to search warrants, began after an unnamed tipster (who could have been Sheriff Arpaio himself, for all we know) told investigators about a Phoenix Magazine article that described potential crimes. While the article by former New Times scribe Terry Greene Sterling was eyebrow-raising and made Wilcox look sleazy, the story didn't hold up so well as a criminal case. After a judge ruled that Thomas had a conflict in the Wilcox case, the charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence of a crime.

The bug-sweep case, in which County Supervisor Andy Kunasek was accused (and later exonerated) of improperly spending $14,000 in county funds, began with a 2009 Arizona Republic article.

Thomas' office attempted to prosecute both of those cases, despite their journalistic origins.

Now he's gonna complain that a judge can't do the same thing he did?

What a crock.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.