I was one of the first conservatives to take a stand against Andrew Thomas, and I eventually layed out the full case for why he was unfit to be Attorney General.
I'm not sure how the current case against Thomas will turn out, but I think that the case is legitimate and that the Bar is acting reasonably.
The Bar's targeting of Rachel Alexander is another story. Alexander's role in the debacle was low level and of short duration. She was the attorney assigned to write some of the complaints, but her role seems more like that of an initial scriviner and not a policy or strategy participant. In fact, her immediate supervisor was far more active in the case than she was, yet he is not being targeted. Alexander writes the "Intelectual Conservative" blog, contributes to conservative blogs nationally and is well known in the conservative blogging community.
I've resisted chiming in until the Bar case runs its course, but the coverage of the case took an interesting turn yestersay when Glenn Reynolds--the law professor who writes Instapundit--linked to this article.
Blogging while conservative is not a crime. Fighting against illegal immigration and corruption is not a crime. However, misusing the justice system for purely political purposes is absolutely despicable and the more sunlight that shines in on this issue in Arizona, the more the cockroaches who are persecuting conservatives will start to scatter.
The article argues that the Bar's prosecution of Thomas is overreach--and I'm clearly not trying to make that case. However, I do believe that the prosecution of Alexander is both selective and overreaching.
However, the point of this post is not to argue that the case against Allexander is inappropriate--I think her low-level involvement, the limited duration of her work on the case and the fact that her supervisor--who was extensively involved in the case--was not targeted speaks for itself. The goal of this post is to point out that the Alexander case has gone national and the entire conservative legals community is now paying attention to what's going on in Arizona.