Ariz. court to rule on ex-prosecutor's disbarment

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Lisa Aubuchon By Jennifer Thomas Lisa Aubuchon By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the disbarment of a former Maricopa County prosecutor for her role in pushing failed investigations of public officials in court.

The Supreme Court denied former Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon's (AWE'-bah-shawn) appeal of an attorney disciplinary panel's 2012 order that she be disbarred

Aubuchon and ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas were disbarred for what the disciplinary panel ruled was ethical misconduct during a yearslong battle with county officials.

The disciplinary panel had said Aubuchon and Thomas knowingly filed false bribery charges against a judge.

The Supreme Court's ruling said the record clearly shows that Aubuchon abused the public trust, misused the justice system and failed to fulfill the responsibilities of a prosecutor.

Thomas did not appeal his disbarment.

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