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Thomas faces deadline for appealing disbarment

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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 4:02 pm

A former Arizona prosecutor disbarred for failed public corruption investigations against two county officials and a judge faces a Tuesday deadline for saying whether he’ll appeal the decision to take away his law license.

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he’s still considering whether to appeal the decision. County officials have since told Thomas that they won’t fund his appeal.

An ethics panel of the Arizona courts found that Thomas’ office wrongfully criminally charged the three officials to embarrass them.

The panel concluded that Thomas and a deputy prosecutor violated criminal intimidation and perjury laws in knowingly bringing false bribery charges against the judge.

Thomas has defended the three prosecutions as necessary for rooting out corruption in county government.

Critics say the three cases were trumped up.

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