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Suspension stayed for ex-Maricopa County prosecutor

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

A former Maricopa County prosecutor whose law license was suspended has received at stay from the Arizona Supreme Court’s disciplinary panel.

An ethics panel suspended Rachel Alexander’s license on April 10 for six months plus one day. The suspension took effect last Thursday.

Alexander asked that her suspension be stayed pending her appeal. The panel agreed Monday.

Alexander pushed an unsuccessful racketeering lawsuit against county officials on behalf of then-County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The suit accused county officials, judges and others of conspiring to hinder an investigation into construction of a new court building in downtown Phoenix and an investigation of a county official.

The panel found Alexander, Thomas and another prosecutor abused their powers in filing the case as a way to retaliate against the targets of the lawsuit.

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