A three-person panel is scheduled Tuesday to decide the attorney discipline case against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
Thomas is accused of bringing criminal cases against two county officials to embarrass them and charging a judge with bribery when Thomas knew the charges were false. All three cases collapsed in court.
Thomas contends the investigations that he and his chief ally, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, launched against county officials were aimed at trying to root out corruption.
If found to have violated ethical rules, Thomas could face punishments ranging from a reprimand, suspension or disbarment.
Arpaio wouldn’t face punishments if Thomas is found to have violated ethics rules.
But the panel could provide the first official comment from the state’s legal establishment on the validity of the investigations.