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The Public Downfall of Andrew Thomas


Former county attorney Andrew Thomas, seen regularly with Sheriff Joe Arpaio over the years, has nearly gone AWOL. We used to see him on the news every week, but lately, he's been making news.

Under investigation for misusing his office, Thomas could lose his law license, but he's fighting back with lawsuits of his own.

In the end there could be a lot of losers in this, but none bigger than the taxpayers of Maricopa County who will likely foot a very large bill.

Andrew Thomas sat down with us to talk about his life now. He went from wielding a lot of power to holding almost none. He planned on becoming attorney general but lost.

"When it turned out that I hadn't won... you've got to recalibrate. So I hadn't planned on going into private practice extensively until then," he says.

So is he able to make a good living even after losing the race?

"There are an awful lot of people who don't pay much attention to that [politics]. And if they need a lawyer they need to go to and look me up and I'll be there."

Whether he will be able to represent those clients is up in the air.

An independent investigation accused Thomas and his office of more than 30 ethics violations, including going after his political enemies just to burden and embarrass them, and intimidating judges.

The investigation recommended that Andrew Thomas be disbarred for abusing his power. Ironically he now believes he's the victim of just that.

"It's not so fun when you have people who are angry at you who are trying to settle political scores.
I'm getting served with lawsuits against my wife and me at my home. By these people, by supervisors."

But when he sat down with us, he seemed almost unfazed by it all.

"Life as 'citizen Thomas' is a good life. I'm happy to say, we all have our challenges and I've got four kiddos to ferry around," he says.

Many of the victims of Thomas' bogus investigations have sued and Maricopa County will likely pay out tens of millions of dollars.

And now Thomas is suing the people of Maricopa County. He's part of a $60 million lawsuit.
We asked him how he could do that to the county he once served.

"What am I supposed to do? I'm 44 years old. I've got a wife and four children, am I supposed to say 'ok you can have my bar license even though I acted in good faith at every occasion in these matters as the duly-elected county attorney?' Twice elected… it is very regrettable and very unfortunate that I've been reduced to this."

Thomas says the Supreme Court-appointed investigator from Colorado who recommends he be disbarred can't legally practice law in Arizona.

Don Stapley, one of the victims of Thomas' lawsuits, appeared on FOX 10 News back in December and said Thomas needs to own up to what he did wrong and face the facts.

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