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And disbarred for things he did in concert with Sheriff Joe.

In a Phoenix courtroom filled with fellow lawyers and some of his biggest critics on Tuesday, the former Arizona prosecutor who served for years as Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s right-hand man was stripped of his license to practice law.

A three-member panel of the State Bar of Arizona ruled that ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas abused his powers as a prosecutor to target his political enemies. Because of that, they ruled he would be disbarred.

One of Thomas’ top aides, Lisa Aubuchon, was also disbarred for her role in the misconduct. A second aide, Rachel Alexander, had her law license suspended for six months.

TPM

It appears that while Sheriff Joe was busy being tough on brown people while ignoring child molesters, he was also being tough on anyone who opposed him politically.

Investigators with the State Bar of Arizona said somewhere along the way he became obsessed with his political enemies. He turned disagreements over policy into a full-fledged attempt to see his opponents jailed and disgraced.

With Arpaio’s help, investigators said, Thomas used the powers of his office to target his opponents with criminal investigations. He had some arrested and some charged with crimes. The evidence he and Arpaio used in the process was often questionable. The charges rarely stuck.

The noose tightens a little tighter around the wattled neck of Sheriff Joe. I think he'll probably be retiring soon to spend more time with his collection of pink underwear.

AlyoshaKaramazov has more details.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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