Andrew Thomas Reduced Plea Bargains; Tom Horne Agreed To One

Thomas V.  Horne
Conservative v. Liberal
Reduced Plea Bargains v. Agreed to One

PHOENIX, ARIZONA. June 7, 2010 – There are many contrasts in the race for Attorney General.  A conservative border hawk in Andrew Thomas versus a liberal supporter of amnesty like Tom Horne.  And there’s another.  While Maricopa County AttorneyThomas seriously curtailed plea bargains, a step he believes played a key role in reducing crime, Tom Horne on the other hand actually had to agree to a plea bargain himself.
Horne received a total of seven speeding tickets from law enforcement in an 18-month period including a criminal charge just three years ago, including one in a school zone.
“Andrew Thomas reduced plea bargains as County Attorney. Tom Horne plea bargained his criminal speeding ticket,” said long-time prosecutor and Thomas supporter Barnett Lotstein.  “This is an embarrassing record for someone running to beArizona’s top law enforcement official.”
The criminal charge filed against Tom Horne:
Court records show that on the morning of Sunday, October 21, 2007, Officer T. Mataele of the Scottsdale Police Departmentclocked a Jaguar automobile speeding 27 miles per hour above the posted speed limit of 45 mph on Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Officer T. Mataele pulled the vehicle over.  The driver presented a driver’s license identifying himself as Thomas Charles Horne, date of birth 3/28/1945.  (Although there are many individuals named Thomas Horne, the date of birth shows the individual is, in fact, AG candidate Tom Horne.)
Officer Mataele issued a criminal citation to Horne, charging him with violating A.R.S. 28-701.02 A2.   This is a CRIMINAL charge (not civil) that subjected Horne to a maximum possible sentence of six (6) months in jail, three (3) years probation and a $2,500 fine.
On October 20, 2007, a criminal arraignment was set for Horne.  On November 8, 2007, defense attorney Jeffrey A. Van Norman filed a Notice of Appearance to the court indicating that he would be representing defendant Horne.
On January 8, 2008, after negotiations between Van Norman and the Scottsdale prosecutor’s office, Horne was granted a plea bargain for the criminal charge he faced.  The Scottsdale prosecutor agreed to drop the criminal traffic offense charge against Horne for violating A.R.S. 28-701.02.A2 in exchange for Horne pleading guilty to a civil offense of violating A.R.S. 28-701A.
The plea bargain was granted despite the fact that the civil charge of A.R.S. 28-701A normally applies to drivers going 16 to 20 miles per hour above the speed limit.  Horne was going 27 miles per hour above the speed limit.  In any case, this reduced charge enabled Horne to escape having a criminal traffic conviction on his record and avoid jail time.
To obtain a high-resolution, downloadable copy of Tom Horne’s criminal citation, plea bargain agreement, click here.
Former Representative Cal Holman was killed on the same street by speeders going slower than Horne — less than a month before the plea bargain was granted to Horne
On December 28, 2007, drivers Travis Aronica and Robert Van Brakel were speeding 25 miles above the posted speed limit on Scottsdale Road when they struck Holman’s Camaro, throwing his body 75 feet in the air and killing him.  See the story here.
Horne was caught driving 27 miles above the posted speed limit on Scottsdale Road – so Horne was driving even faster than Aronica and Van Brakel.
Horne’s criminal charge resulted from pattern of reckless conduct — Horne received seven traffic citations in an 18-month period.
On Friday, August 21, 2009, the Arizona Republic broke a story reporting that Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne received six photo radar tickets in 18 months, including one for speeding in a school zone.
However, if you combine (1) Horne’s six photo radar tickets with the (2) never-before-reported criminal speeding offense, Horne received SEVEN known traffic citations in an 18-month period.
As can best be determined, seven traffic citations in just 18 months is a record for any statewide elected official anywhere.
To view a complete listing of Horne’s seven traffic citations, go here.
While Horne was receiving a plea bargain for himself, Thomas was reducing plea bargains
Andrew Thomas ran for Maricopa County Attorney six years ago pledging to end plea bargaining as we know it for serious violent criminals. While many in the legal establishment raised questions about how he could fulfill this vow, Thomas made good on his promise. During Thomas’ tenure as County Attorney, defendants charged with one of the most serious violent crimes in Arizona’s criminal code—homicide, sexual assault, armed robbery, arson—were presented a simple choice: they can either plead guilty to the highest charge (the “Lead”) and take due punishment for their crime, or go to trial and possibly face worse consequences.
This policy, known as “Plead-to-the-Lead,” had dramatic positive results.  Crime rates dropped 19 percent in Maricopa County, even as the population grew 11 percent. This drop happened even though Arizona was one of the fastest-growing states in the nation. Effective work by police agencies has played an important role in drop.
By imposing tough penalties and sending more criminals to prison, Thomas’s office took these offenders off the streets and made them unable to victimize other people. In other words, more time, less crime.
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  1. Pragmatic Conservative says

    I don’t have a horse in this race until after the primary but it would seem that a speeding ticket which a lot of us have gotten lately wouldn’t disqualify someone for AG.

  2. 20/30 GOP says

    This is probably what Thomas’ campaign is saying in light of today’s recent Supreme Court decision to put a hold on matching funds:

    Game Over Man!

  3. Yeah, right. says

    Um, Brett Mecum.

    Need anybody say more?

    Andy is dead meat.

    Where were the criminal charges then?

    Oh yeah. Declined to even prosecute.

    Epic Fail Barnett.


  4. Criminal Attorney says

    I don’t know anyone who has gotten 7 speeding tickets within 18 months. Not a single person. That is *INEXCUSABLE.* Especially for someone trying to run for a law enforcement leadership position.

    Brett Mecum was prosecuted in Justice Court, by Justice of the Peace John Keegan, famous for letting all photo radar criminal speeding tickets go. Not sure who the prosecutors were but they did their job, the decision was up to Keegan. What I think is strange is how Mecum’s ticket for criminally speeding 109 mph ended up in Keegan’s court — the only judge in the county who dismisses all photo radar tickets. Sure seems coincidental.

  5. The Mole says

    No way can we support a Democrat that changed parties to run. He might have done a reasonable job as Superintendent of Schools, although I did hear test scores were down, but he is NOT a prosecutor. In fact it looks like the most time he spent in a criminal trial was as a defendant.

    Like Goddard, Horne likes the illegals. Even though he tried to feign support for SB1070 we know he supports spending our money to give illegals free education.

    Thomas is the only one in the race with the guts to get this State back on track after Goddard made us such a joke.

  6. Jane 001 says

    Horne was getting roughly one speeding ticket every other month. That’s the behavior of someone who thinks he’s above the law, and it matters a great deal more when that someone is asking for the AG position.

  7. Andy Thomas needs to learn how to write a press release. This is a very tedious read. And why bring Cal into this? I really don’t like using dead PC’s in press releases.

    I just hope this isn’t Andy’s main strategy against Horne because it seems pretty weak, and doesn’t really seem like a strategy.

    Now with Horne able to buy the election it is critical that Andy get his act together, and do it very soon.

    Yeah, right: You make even less sense than this press release.

  8. Another ridiculous post with big,bold, highly charged headlines and absolutely no support. Considering the heavy opposition to photo radar on this site, it makes the use of such an unconstitutional means of public persecution even more hypocritical.

    Just and FYI….
    Tom Horne is a Harvard Law School grad, was a Special Prosecutor for the AG’s office with excellent reviews on his duties there, was a practicing lawyer for over 30 years, and has extensive trial experience.

    Another important note…Tom Horne, successfully, has gone to court to save this state millions in challenging Nappy and Goddard in their blatant refusal to protect the taxpayers in the Flores case. Thomas has gone to court and cost us millions based on his very purposeful violation of public trust…and will again. Federal trials are expensive!

  9. Jane 001 says

    Anyone who’s seen the AZ state budget, knows that Tom Horne presided over roughly 20% of the State’s revenue and the most corrupt gang of administrators in the nation with DISMAL results. That’s not called saving money anyway you spin it.

    What’s so ridiculous here is that after the second notice, Horne still didn’t have sense enough to slow down in radar zones. All the camera locations were online. How does a “smart” attorney like that overlook such mundane details?

  10. Ann Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:12 am
    Just and FYI….

    Tom Horne is a Harvard Law School grad

    Not a plus.

  11. Hey wanumba….check out Andy Thomas’ educational background. I guess you will be voting for Lujan.

  12. Steve Calabrese says

    I gotta disagree with the Mole’s assertion that “Horne likes illegals” – he’s been working THREE YEARS to stop the busing of illegals to public schools by the border, and he is also one of the driving forces for banning the teaching of “La Raza’s” racist hate propaganda in Tucson schools.

  13. Obama is also a Harvard grad.

  14. Jack Hammer says


    That’s a position Horne arrived at when he decided to run for A.G.

    Prior to that he could’ve cared less about educating illegals at the taxpayer’s expense.

    He’s essentially a graduate from the “Convenient Conservative School”
    founded by John McCain!

  15. The truth is that Mr. Horne and his son together had some camera speeding tickets. However, Mr. Horne paid his,(as did his son) and he is amongst the 20% of Arizonan’s who do. He is also honest about his mistakes unlike Andrew Thomas, for when he opens his mouth the lies and deception start to ooze; unfortunately Mr. Andrew Thomas is the last to know he’s the alcoholic! (Figuratively speaking) And he who is without sin may cast the first stone. Like none of you above have ever received a speeding ticket. Please. Keep talking so society can see just how ignorant some within the human race can be. Honestly !!
    Eevie Shaw ~ Reporting the Truth Because Arizona Deserves It!!

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