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Ex-Thomas aide Alexander asks for delay of punishment, prepares to sue county

Rachel Alexander, former deputy Maricopa County attorney. (Photo by Evan Wyloge)

Rachel Alexander, a former aide to ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, asked the court today to postpone the suspension of her law license.

Alexander filed a motion to stay her suspension while she appeals the punishment. The State Bar of Arizona has agreed to the postponement, which still must be approved by a disciplinary judge.

Under the agreement, Alexander must work under the supervision of a mentor attorney. Attorney Clint Bolick, who heads up the Goldwater Institute’s litigation division, has agreed to be her mentor.

Alexander also said she would file paperwork today, known as a legal claim, which would allow her to sue Maricopa County over its refusal to pay for the appeal of her suspension. She is asking for $64,000 to cover two months of legal fees for her attorney.

Alexander is being represented by attorney David Delozier, a Republican who is running for a Legislative District 28 House seat.

A disciplinary panel suspended Alexander’s law license for six months and one day for her role in prosecuting a racketeering case against county supervisors, judges and others. Thomas and former Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon, the lead prosecutor in the controversial case, were disbarred after the panel concluded that they launched a baseless and politically motivated case against enemies at the county.

Suspensions longer than six months require attorneys to reapply for their licenses.

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