ABA Journal: “Following yesterday’s announcement of felony charges against the presiding criminal court judge [Gary Donahoe] in Maricopa County, some lawyers in Arizona are questioning the ethics of a county attorney involved in bringing the charges and even calling for outside intervention. Such prosecutions of a judge over his rulings on assigned cases are virtually unprecedented, observers tell the Arizona Republic. “This is, in my opinion, an abuse of process,’ says attorney James Belanger of Phoenix, who represents lawyers in ethical matters before the State Bar of Arizona.
See “Andrew Thomas files criminal charges against judge” and “Judge Criminally Charged re Court Rulings in Battle for Control of Ariz. County.” See also the criminal complaint filed by the Maricopa County Attorney. It’s pretty bizarre and very poorly drafted.
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