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The Ethics of Prosecutor Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas became the Maricopa County Attorney weeks after the police raid on the Bandys. He directed the prosecution against Matt.
When Thomas came into office he was a young, inexperienced attorney who positioned himself as being tough on crime. Eventually, he became best known for using the power of his office to intimidate and bring criminal charges against political opponents. In another instance, he brought false murder charges against the operator of a day-care center.
He is now in private practice but is being investigated for the ethics violations, including conflicts of interest and possible criminal misconduct he committed while in office. An independent investigator for the State Bar Association has recommended that Thomas be disbarred.
Thomas, Aubuchon to be stripped of legal licenses April 10, 2012
Taxpayers to Continue Footing Bill for Andrew Thomas Defense June 24, 2011
Former Thomas Aide Aubuchon loses appeal March 14, 2011
Cleaning up Thomas's mess: Rose Wilcox case dismissed February 3, 2011
Andrew Thomas files claim vs Arizona February 9, 2011
Andrew Thomas nominated as "Worst Prosecutor of the Year" January 3, 2011
Investigator to recommend disbarment in Thomas ethics case December 6, 2010
State bar probable cause order against Andrew Thomas [pdf] December 6, 2010
Andrew Thomas warned by staff not to pursue charges [Video] November 12, 2010
Andrew Thomas caught burnishing his own Wikipedia page February 28, 2008
Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution October 18, 2007
Doubting Thomas County prosecutors charged a teenager with looking at kiddy porn. Turns out they hadn't done their homework. January 25, 2007
Andrew Thomas on Wikipedia
NY case underscores Wi-Fi privacy dangers
FBI Porn Raid Leaves Innocent Family Reeling
Is your computer a zombie?
Zombie computer on Wikipedia
What is a zombie computer?
How to fix your zombie computer
Why many home users need a zombie-PC fix — but don't know it
Malware on Wikipedia
Computer virus mastermind arrested in Armenia
FBI cracks down (again) on zombie computer armies
The economics of botnets
Articles about Matt Bandy
ABC's Jim Avila interviews Andrew Thomas about the Matt Bandy case
ABC News: Prison time for viewing porn? (print version)
In child-porn case, technology entraps the innocent
Matt Bandy could be you. Or me.
Articles about other wrongful or questionable prosecutions
Matt Bandy is not the only person unjustly charged with child pornography because of a computer that was turned into a "zombie" or "bot" — that is, a computer remotely controlled, without its owner's knowledge or cooperation, by a criminal. It's also possible for a computer user to receive child-porn images via unwanted pop-ups while visiting an adult porn site. (Such images may remain in the computer's cache even after the user has deleted them.) Here are other people who were wrongfully or questionably prosecuted for child porn or other crimes because criminals took over their computers.
Julie Amero — a teacher who faced 40 years in prison because of a zombie computer:
After Amero porn case group sees more fights ahead
Security Watch: Free the Norwich 1
40 Years for porn-infected PC
State of Connecticutt v. Julie Amero
Michael Fiola — A government worker victimized because of a poorly configured state-owned computer
Probe shows kiddie porn rap was bogus
Computer forensics vindicates man fired for possessing child pornography
Massachusetts worker cleared of child porn after malware found on his computer: life still in shambles
Cautionary tale: How a misconfigured laptop ruined a worker's life
Shannon Slater — Mr. Slater was convicted by a jury in 2011 and we take no position on whether he is innocent or guilty. But it appears that prosecutors and the jury never examined evidence that his computer might have received child porn images via pop ups while visiting adult porn sites or by becoming a zombie.
Trial defense suggests zombie computer at work in pornography case
Jury finds man guilty of child porn possession over claim of zombie computer
Julian Green — British man goes to jail and loses child custody on wrongful charges
Porn charges dropped with Trojan horse defense
Trojan horse found responsible for child porn
Serry Winkler — Woman raided because of compromised computer
Computer hacking results in armed police raid