Thomas calls attorney-discipline case a witch hunt

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says a formal attorney-discipline case launched against him is a political witch hunt on behalf of the state's legal establishment.

A judge ruled Monday that there's enough evidence to launch a case against Thomas for alleging basing a lawsuit and investigations of county officials on his personal animosity toward them.

Thomas denies the allegations and says the discipline case sends a dangerous message to prosecutors that they could lose their law licenses if they go after powerful people.

Thomas had been embroiled in a nasty legal dispute with county officials and judges for two years.

He resigned during the spring to launch his unsuccessful campaign for Arizona attorney general.