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Just a brief note and links to complement earlier posts by Stephen D and blue aardvark.

This March 27, 2011 press release from the State Bar of Arizona gives details on the why's and wherefore's of the Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander ethics investigation.

This High Profile Case Update from the Arizona Judicial Branch is a link to all pertinent documents.

Note that the Arizona State Bar does the investigation and prosecution of ethics complaints but the Arizona Supreme Court decides the sanctions.

In this case the State Bar of Arizona spent $577,467.78 to investigate and prosecute this case. That money comes solely from dues paid to the State Bar by attorneys who are members of the State Bar.

The State Bar of Arizona is NOT a government body, although the Arizona Supreme Court provides oversight. Yes, the State Bar of Arizona is one of those self-policing entities, but let me assure you that every ethics complaint made by a member of the public against an attorney in Arizona is investigated.

The noose tightens. Can you feel it, Sheriff Joe?

I can't tell you how relieved it makes me feel that the news from Arizona is good for a change.

Not trying to steal anyone's thunder, just trying to provide a little background.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    OK. And now we begin the part of the show where we pull out individual words and phrases of the commenter to try to determine the "real" meaning of the comment.... let the games begin.

    by hillbrook green on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 12:12:26 PM PDT

  •  The County has also spent more than $735,000 (4+ / 0-)

    just preparing for Arpaio's DOJ court date this July (link). Of course, that's small change when you consider the guy has already cost taxpayers more than $50 million in lawsuits.

    Joe & Andy, couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of thugs.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 02:02:21 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the information (1+ / 0-)
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    JVolvo

    Can the bar association seek redress for costs?

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 03:19:46 PM PDT

    •  I'm not a member of the Bar... (3+ / 0-)
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      Cartoon Peril, JVolvo, blue aardvark

      but I know quite a few. I would guess not. In my view, this is the price they pay for being essentially self-regulated. The State Bar of Arizona, as I said above, investigates all complaints about attorneys in the state related to their practice of the law. It finances this self-regulation through assessing the members a considerable yearly charge - dues. In order to practice law in Arizona you have to be a member of the State Bar (with one narrow exception).

      Under this system, if you feel an attorney has done something unethical, you can get him investigated and prosecuted (if deemed proper by State Bar) without cost. The Arizona Supreme Court decides on the sanctions against the offending attorney as they did in this case.

      This way, even if someone has no money, they can file a complaint against their attorney at no cost. Which they do. A lot. And if I am not mistaken, an attorney can lodge a complaint against a fellow attorney at no cost. And it will be investigated and the attorney who is accused has to defend themselves at their own cost. Although I am sure they have a procedure for discouraging frivolous charges.  

      I'll check on it, though and get back to you. I'll be seeing a whole posse of attorneys and judges tonight, as a matter of fact.

      I'll be the arm candy, my usual role.

      OK. And now we begin the part of the show where we pull out individual words and phrases of the commenter to try to determine the "real" meaning of the comment.... let the games begin.

      by hillbrook green on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 04:36:09 PM PDT

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    •  the prevailing opinion is (2+ / 0-)
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      JVolvo, blue aardvark

      that yes, the State Bar can seek restitution.

      However, that is sometimes easier said than done,

      OK. And now we begin the part of the show where we pull out individual words and phrases of the commenter to try to determine the "real" meaning of the comment.... let the games begin.

      by hillbrook green on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 08:45:49 PM PDT

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