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Deadline extended for deciding case against Thomas

Deadline extended for deciding case against Thomas

CREATED Feb 29, 2012

Web Producer: Adriana Desiderio

PHOENIX (AP) - A three-person panel considering the attorney discipline case against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has a month longer to issue its decision.
   
A decision had previously been expected this week or next, but a court order released Wednesday extended the deadline for deciding the case until April 2.
   
Thomas is accused of bringing criminal cases against two county officials to embarrass them and charging a judge with bribery when Thomas knew the charges were false.
   
All three cases collapsed in court.
   
Thomas contends that he was trying to root out corruption in county government.
   
If found to have violated ethical rules, Thomas could face a wide range of punishments.
   
The possible punishments include a reprimand, suspension or disbarment.

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