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Ibc Reply to Closing Args

Ibc Reply to Closing Args

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JohnS.GleasonJamesS.SudlerKimE.IkelerAlanC.ObyeMarieE.NakagawaIndependentBarCounselColoradoSupremeCourtOfficeofAttorneyRegulationCounsel1560Broadway,Suite1800Denver,Colorado80202(303)866-6400
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BEFORETHEPRESIDINGDISCIPLINARYJUDGEOFTHESTATEBAROFARIZONA
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CaseNo.PDJ2011-9002IntheMatterofMembersoftheStateBarofArizona,
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INDEPENDENTBARCOUNSEL'SREPLYTOCLOSINGARGUMENTS
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ANDREWP.THOMAS,BarNo.014069,LISAM.AUBUCHON,BarNo.013141,andRACHELR.ALEXANDER,BarNo.020092
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IndependentBarCounsel,JohnS.Gleason,respectfullysubmitshisReplytoThomas'sPostHearingMemorandum;Aubuchon'sFinalArgument,FindingsofFact,ConclusionsofLaw,andResponsestoProposedSanctions;andAlexander'sClosingArgument.ThisReplycombinesIBC'spositionsoneachRespondent'sarguments.Insummary,theevidenceisclearandconvincingthatThomasandAubuchonshouldbedisbarredandAlexandersuspended.NothingthatRespondentsarguedintheirClosinghaschangedthisconclusion.Respondentscausedimmensedamagetothelegalsystem,theintegrityofthelawprofession,andthelivesofindividuals.Furthermore,notoneRespondenthastakenanyresponsibilityfortheiractionsorexpressedanyremorse.Respondentsmustbesanctionedtoprotectthepublic.TheorganizationofthisReplyissetoutinthefollowingTableofContents.
 
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GeneralPrinciples......................3a.Respondentsmisunderstandtheterm"political"...........................3b.Culpablementalstateisnotanissueformanyruleviolations......4c.AubuchonandThomasdonothavetobechargedwithorconvictedofacrimetobeliableunderER8.4(b)6d.Standardofproof7The
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case7a.Thomas'smisconduct....................................................................7b.Aubuchon'smisconduct13TheRICOcase.....................15a.Thomas'smisconduct15b.Aubuchon'smisconduct19c.Alexander'smisconduct..............................................................19Thomas'smisconductin200626a.ConflictofinterestinadvisingtheBoard26b.2006newsrelease27ThomasandAubuchon'smisconductin
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a.ThomasandAubuchonviolatedER4.4(a)28b.ThomasviolatedER8.4(d)-statuteoflimitations29c.AubuchonviolatedER8.4(d)-statuteoflimitations30d.Thomas'sconflictofinterestinchargingStapleyandAubuchon'sliability31ThomasandAubuchon'smisconductinDecember2008andearly200932a.Lettersinterferingwithattorney-clientrelationshipbetweentheBoardandIrvine32b.Grandjurysubpoenaducestecum-December200833
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Respondentsmisunderstandtheterm"political"
IntheComplaint,IBCallegesthatRespondentscommittedmisconductbaseduponpoliticalmotives.'InresponsestoIBC'sClosingArgument,RespondentsstatethereisnoevidencethattheyactedwithapoliticalmotivationorthatAubuchonorAlexanderwere"political"persons.IBC'spositionthatRespondentsactedpoliticallyisnotbasedonRespondents'partisanviews.Instead,IBCarguesthatRespondents'disagreementswithBoard,County,andjudicialdecisionsdrovemuchofRespondents'misconduct.Themeaningofpoliticalactionisnotrestrictedtopartisanactions.Politicsrefersto"thepolicies,goals,oraffairsofagovernmentorofthegroups
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study,structure,oraffairsofgovernment,politics,orthestate."TheAmericanHeritageDictionary
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oftheEnglishLanguage1015(NewCollegeed.1980).Inthisbroaderdefinitionofpolitics,itdoes
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notmatterthatRespondentshadnocareerambitionsinpoliticsorthattheywereRepublicanorDemocrat.EvidenceshowsthatRespondentsdisagreedwithBoardandCountydecisionsandreactedinwaysthatviolatedtheArizonaRulesofProfessionalConduct.TheevidenceisoverwhelmingthatRespondentsactedbasedupontheirviewofthepoliticalsituationinMaricopaCounty.ThebestevidenceofthisistheRICOComplaintitself,which
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ThomasandAubuchondraftedandfiled.TheRICOComplaintisnotavalidlegalcomplaint,but
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ratherapoliticalstatement.
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