Former Maricopa County Attorney defiant at disbarment ruling

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he is the victim of the very corruption he fought as the county attorney.

Thomas, speaking publically for the first time since a state bar tribunal stripped him of his law license says, “The rule of law is no more in Maricopa County.”

Surrounded by Tea Party supporters and a handful of detractors, Thomas says a “constitutional crisis” exists in the judiciary.

Thomas and two former aides, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander, were disciplined after a panel found clear and convincing evidence they had prosecuted political enemies without any evidence and committed perjury.

Thomas and Aubuchon were disbarred. Alexander's law license was suspended for six months and a day.

Thomas angrily denounced the decision saying, “As a result of what happened yesterday, our system of justice has been destroyed. I did my job and we were stymied every step of the way.”

He attributes the ethics investigation to a state bar and judiciary angry because his investigations uncovered evidence implicating senior judges and other friends of the court in corrupt behavior.

Thomas has not yet decided to appeal but he has decided to launch an initiative attacking corruption and reforming government.

He denied he and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conspired to indict and arrest former Superior Court Judge Gary Donahue without any probable cause the jurist had committed any crime.

That incident is thought to be part of a U.S. Department of Justice abuse of power investigation of Arpaio.

Thomas says he has not yet been contacted by federal investigators.

Thomas vowed to continue fighting. He says, “Other men far greater than I have gone to jail in defense of principles they believe in and so they would not kowtow to a corrupt order. People like Gandhi, Dr King. People who stood for something, and I will tell you that there are some things that are worth fighting for and someone has to clean up this town. I’m going to stand firm.”