County attorney faces off with political rivals in court hearing

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – An ongoing political war between Maricopa County's attorney and its board of supervisors comes to a head on Tuesday inside a packed courtroom.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas was made to testify against one of the supervisors he helped indict on fraud and other charges.

Mary Rose Wilcox's attorney wants her criminal charges dismissed and Thomas disqualified as her prosecutor.

Tuesday's hearing is the first time Thomas has been in the courtroom with one of the supervisors he has charged and both Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox were present.

Thomas’ office tired to quash the subpoena to testify but the Pima County judge hearing the case refused and demanded Thomas appear.

Wilcox's attorney argues there is a conflict of interest since Thomas is feuding with Maricopa County judges and the board of supervisors.

The county attorney says he never wanted anything to do with these cases, which is why he sent them to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. The catch is Thomas then asked for the cases back.

The county attorney says he still wants nothing to do with this case and would not have the cases if the board would approve Washington D.C. attorneys to be hired as special counsel.