It seems only fitting that another day and another new story regarding the investigations into the county political intrigue is revealed. Today we hear that the special prosecutor appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court, Mr. John Gleeson, to review matters concerning ex-county attorney Andrew Thomas and his then deputy Lisa Aubuchon has been tailed.
And without hesitation the legal firm representing Ms. Aubuchon has responded. Mr. Dennis Wilenchik admitted to his firm having participated in tailing Mr. Gleeson to find-out who he was talking to, what he was investigating, as well as where he was staying. Stating that; “there’s nothing illegal about it. We have a right to protect our client to find out what the investigator’s doing. We haven’t done anything to intimidate him.”
Quite right, there is nothing illegal about what they are perpetrating upon someone appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court, but to say it is ethical would be a stretch. In doing so the perception is that Ms. Aubuchon has something to be concerned with, as her legal team is tailing a special prosecutor, much like dictators do in third-world countries in order to implicate their opponents and adversaries to issues that are irrelevant to the subject at hand.
Of course no new news regarding this investigation would be complete without some issue regarding Sheriff Arpaio coming to light and in this case a letter from Sheriff Joe to Mr. Gleeson, expressing “concern about the nature of our investigation.” Tell us it isn’t so Joe; what right have you to make any inquiry that doesn’t concern you? Coming from Sheriff Joe seems odd as he is the last person to cooperate with anyone or anything that is not in his interest, which only adds to the intrigue. Why would Sheriff Joe be concerned about the nature of the investigation, is it to protect a puppet; someone who has done his bidding, ensuring that loose lips don’t sink his ship? Apparently Joe had some time to make the inquiries, taking a moment away from planning his next round-up, the only matter that concerns him as true crime is something he obviously considers to be the task of him minions and the police forces of the municipalities, besides with Andrew Thomas now gone from the office of County Attorney he has no one to Pal around with, which must make his days seem long and confusing.
Is all of this any wonder why the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court ordered the inquiry into Mr. Thomas’ behavior, and why the State Bar asked that an outside investigator be appointed? The court made a good move by appointing someone that was not tainted by either the Maricopa Board of Supervisors or the offices of either Mr. Thomas or Sheriff Joe. All of whom are interested in the investigation and what it entails although it seems as though Sheriff Joe and both Mr. Thomas and Ms. Aubuchon apparently have greater interest as they felt compelled enough to partake in investigating the investigator – not to unlike a Keystone Cop movie.
And so the plot thickens and the web continues to expand, tangling everything within its reach.
It’s hard to imagine that Sheriff Joe has yet to file some sort of suit against Mr. Wilenchik just as he has against everyone else that has merely skirted along the fringes of ethical behavior. But again; this is in Sheriff Joe’s best interest, thus he is obliged to look the other way, at least until the heat gets a little to close to him in which case he will pursue matters accordingly so as to vindicate himself of any collaboration with respect to those who may fall beneath the bus, incidentally – that would be the bus that the Board of Supervisors confiscated from him as he had failed to obtain their written release in which to purchase the bus.
As for Mr. Wilenchik’s statement regarding their right to tail Mr. Gleeson and the legality of doing so; would the public expect anything less from an attorney? This is beginning to appear like a work site or manufacturing plant where they raise a message board commemorating how many days without an incident, apparently our county politician are not safety minded and thus can only go a day or two at the most. Has someone bothered to call OSHA? It appears as though they may be one of the few government agencies who have lacked introduction into this fray.
And what of Ms. Aubuchon’s recently filed lawsuit claiming her reputation has been smeared? Good luck in selling that one to a jury of your peers, with each step she takes either her, or her legal team, appear to only implicate hers more, but only within the legal boundaries that she can. Stay tuned fair citizens of Maricopa County as the week isn’t over just yet!