I invested all of $5 in the record-breaking Mega Millions lottery but I knew that my one in 280,000 chance of being struck by lightning playing golf was far better than the one in 176 million to win the $656 Mega Millions Jackpot.
But tomorrow, April 10, 2012, Presiding Disciplinary Judge William J. O’Neil is supposed to rule on whether former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas keeps or loses his law license. And even if a lightning storm were forecast for tomorrow, I wouldn’t give ‘a plugged nickel’ for Thomas’s chances. From what I understand, Judge O’Neil has earned a reputation for being tough.
So I’d put Thomas’s odds at much better than even of getting his ticket pulled tomorrow. Ditto on the imposition of similar heavy discipline on Andrew Thomas cohort Lisa Aubuchon who local wags think will also be disbarred. Attorney Rachel Alexander, the other Thomas deputy will likely face a more sparing rod.
But in any event, as in most U.S. jurisdictions, disbarment isn’t permanent – not even in Arizona. After five years, a disbarred Arizona lawyer can retake the Bar exam and apply for reinstatement assuming there’s been evidence of rehabilitation. (I last blogged about the Andrew Thomas case in October).
But in the meantime, given that a segment of the Arizona populace has always thought the State Bar prosecution of Andrew Thomas was politically motivated because of Thomas’s strident anti-illegal immigrant stance and his conservative views, who’s to say that Thomas can’t start his next chapter without a law degree and run for state office to become another proud member of Arizona‘s “Meth Lab Of Democracy.”
So come what may, the weather forecast for Phoenix tomorrow still calls for sun with zero precipitation, a high of 92, and no lightning in the offing.
And oh by the way, unlike that woman who claimed she won Mega Millions but now says she lost the ticket, I never had the ticket. And I didn’t win Mega Millions.
Credit: Intercloud lightnings over Toulouse (France) at Wikimedia Commons by original data: Sebastien D’ARCO, animate: <a href=”//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Koba-chan” title=”User:Koba-chan”>Koba-chan</a> – original source is <a href=”//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lightnings_sequence_2.jpg” title=”File:Lightnings sequence 2.jpg”>Image:Lightnings sequence 2.jpg</a>, animated by me., <a title=”Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5″ href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5″>CC BY-SA 2.5</a>, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1044915; School boy birching by Hans Holbein the Younger, image is in the public domain due to its age, also under via Wikipedia Commons and a United States public domain tag.