After years of controversy and months after he could have become Arizona's Attorney General, disciplinary hearings for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas are now scheduled for September and October 2011.
The hearings will also consider the professional fate of his former deputies, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander.
All three face sanction and at least two of them could be disbarred as a result of overly aggressive pursuit of what many perceived to be political vendettas.
Local media outlets petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court for permission to provide live broadcast video of the hearings, which are expected to take at least 25 days. Thomas, Aubuchon and Alexander all responded by asking the court to deny that request. The court said, "Let the Sun shine in!"
If the three attorneys now wish to avoid that public spectacle, they may agree to settle their case(s). A settlement conference deadline of June 30th has been set. Will they face the music willingly or face extended media coverage of their fight to continue the practice of law?