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Thomas challenges State Bar’s case against him

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, right, with his wife Ann Estrada Thomas at his side, says a formal attorney-discipline case launched against him is a political witch hunt on behalf of the state's legal establishment during a press conference in front of the Arizona Supreme Court building Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Phoenix.  A judge ruled Monday that there's enough evidence to launch a case against Thomas for alleging basing a lawsuit and investigations of county officials on his personal animosity toward them. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, right, with his wife Ann Estrada Thomas at his side, says a formal attorney-discipline case launched against him is a political witch hunt on behalf of the state's legal establishment. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is back in the news.

Thomas has filed motions before the presiding disciplinary judge of the Arizona Supreme Court attacking the legitimacy of the State Bar of Arizona’s case to have him disbarred.

Thomas was formally charged Feb. 3 with ethics violations after a lengthy investigation.

The state Bar licenses and polices attorneys. It has accused Thomas and two of his former deputies with conflicts of interest and filing criminal and civil cases without probable cause or sufficient evidence.

The Arizona Republic says the allegations stem from Thomas’ political and legal fights with other county officials.

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