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Lawyer to remain on Thomas’ discipline case

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his former deputy Lisa Aubuchon listen as Presiding Supreme Court Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil explains the details and procedure of the misconduct complaint brought against them by the State Bar of Arizona, which seeks to remove their licenses to practice law. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his former deputy Lisa Aubuchon listen as Presiding Supreme Court Disciplinary Judge William O

The lawyer representing former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas in attorney-discipline case has decided to continue representing the former prosecutor.

Thomas’ attorney, Don Wilson, had asked a judge to let him withdraw from the case because he said he had no assurances he would paid.

Wilson made the request after Thomas used $100,000 allocated from Maricopa County to his defense.

County officials have since agreed to pay Thomas’ legal expenses in the future.

Wilson now tells the judge that he will continue as Thomas’ attorney.

Thomas is accused of basing criminal investigations of county officials on his animosity toward them.

Thomas says he was trying to root out corruption.

Thomas could face an informal reprimand, censure, suspension or disbarment if found to have violated the professional rules of conduct.

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