Monday, November 20, 2017

Ninth Circuit Justices Grill Maricopa County Attorney In Alexander Appeal

Last week, the case of Lisa Aubuchon v. County of Maricopa was considered by a three judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case involves former Maricopa County Attorney employees, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander, who allege a breach of contract and retaliation by the County.
Justices Nguyen, Hurwitz, and Eaton heard oral arguments in the appeal by Aubuchon and Alexander of a summary judgment in their case against Maricopa County in which they allege a breach of contract under state law and First Amendment retaliation in connection with their State Bar disciplinary proceedings.
Despite receiving assurances from then-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, that the cost of any disciplinary action in connection with their duties would be covered by the County, the two women were later denied that benefit by the County.
It is widely believed that Alexander and Aubuchon are still suffering from retaliation by associates of former members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, for the women’s roles in representing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, along with his attorney and their boss, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

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