County won’t defend Thomas in disbarment appeal
Published: April 18, 2012 at 9:53 am
The county won’t defend former Maricopa County Andrew Thomas and two former prosecutors if they appeal an ethics panel decision to take away their law licenses.
Thomas has until Friday to appeal last week’s ruling.
Thomas and deputy prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon were disbarred last week. Her lawyer said earlier this week she will appeal. Another former prosecutor, Rachel Alexander, was suspended from practicing law for six months.
The panel concluded in part that Aubuchon and Thomas had broken criminal intimidation and perjury laws in knowingly bringing false bribery charges against a judge.
County Manager David Smith told The Arizona Republic that all three have been told the county won’t fund their appeals.
Thomas says he pursued cases against the judge and two county officials to root out corruption.
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