Panel picked for Andrew Thomas' discipline case

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A three-member panel has been selected to hear the attorney-discipline hearing against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The hearing that begins Sept. 12 will be overseen by Presiding Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil, Scottsdale attorney Mark Sifferman and the Rev. John C.N. Hall, who is the rector of an Episcopal church in Chandler.

Thomas is accused of basing a lawsuit and criminal investigations of county officials on his animosity toward them.

He says he was trying to root out corruption.

If Thomas is found to have violated the professional rules of conduct, he could face a wide range of punishments, including an informal reprimand, censure, suspension or disbarment.

The court order announcing the selection of the panel was made public Tuesday.