Maricopa County Attorney files lawsuit against Board of Supervisors


A lawsuit has been filed by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  The law suit challenges the decision of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to obtain legal advise from private attorneys (instead of Thomas) while Thomas’ office is prosecuting Don Stapley – a sitting supervisor.  While most first year law students and even non-lawyers would recognize the inherent conflict of interest in this situation, Thomas is seeking a court order requiring the Board to continue using his office as their attorney.  In other words, Thomas seeks to criminally prosecute a member of the Board while he provides legal advice to the board on other pending matters.

Of course, this is not the first scandal regarding the county attorney’s office.  In the infamous “New Times” prosecution, Thomas hired his former employer to be a special prosecutor.  Notwithstanding the piles of taxpayer money that his ex boss collected for handling that matter, the case was ultimately dismissed by Thomas.

Mr. Stapley is accused of withholding information pertaining to his financial and real estate dealings.

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