Door open for victim lawsuits
It’s not just Obama.
An Arizona Supreme Court disciplinary panel voted Monday to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. According to TPM Muckraker:
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.
Arpaio and Thomas are also facing a lawsuit from, among others, retired Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe over bogus criminal charges filed in 2009 reports the Phoenix New Times Blogs.
Yesterday, U. S. District judge Neil Wake ruled that “Arpaio, Thomas and their aides weren’t acting as true law officers” in a trumped up RICO suit against county officials, and hence are not immune from lawsuits. The judge said trial by press conference can be defamation reports the Phoenix New Times Blogs:
The negative claims about the judges and county employees by Arpaio and Thomas were not “merely opinion,” Wake ruled. Because the alleged facts were often distributed to the public in the form of news releases, and because the releases came from the highest authorities in county law enforcement, “the Court concludes that an average person could see the allegedly defamatory statements as implying facts.”
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