Wilcox Lawyer Part Two: Now Wants Guarantee Tucson Judge in Case Won't be Accused of Conspiracy

The lawyer for indicted Maricopa County Supervior Mary Rose Wilcox wants a guarantee that County Attorney Andrew Thomas won't accuse the Pima judge assigned to the case of conspiring against him.

In a motion filed today, attorney Colin Campbell asks the Superior Court to force Thomas to state publicly he won't try to kick Pima Superior Court Judge John Leonardo off the Wilcox case, accuse him of being part of the alleged conspiracy because of his upcoming rulings, or accuse anyone of conspiracy because he was assigned to the case.

On Friday, Campbell filed a motion to dismiss in the case which we covered in a post earlier today.

But as Campbell admits, he and Leonardo know each other.

We're not sure who will decide this issue -- it appears that Leonardo will.

Campbell's motion states that Maricopa Judge Gary Donahoe was slapped with a criminal complaint because of his rulings, and there's no chance of Wilcox getting a fair trial if Leonardo has to worry about the same thing happening to him.

Seems to us that Thomas can safely make his public guarantee of no legal action against Leonardo, then let the chips fall where they may as far as Leonardo's rulings on the Wilcox case. If Thomas later feels like he got screwed, he still can say during his campaign for state Attorney General that Leonardo was, indeed, part of the conspiracy.


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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.