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Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon likely to be fired

A controversial prosecutor faces imminent firing after a five-month inquiry into her role in filing criminal charges and a civil suit against judges and county officials on behalf of then-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The Arizona Republic has learned Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon was sent a "pre-termination letter" last week, an initial step in the firing process.

Aubuchon has been on paid administrative leave since April, when Thomas resigned as county attorney to make a failed run for Arizona attorney general.

Interim County Attorney Rick Romley fired two high-ranking prosecutors from Thomas' tenure when he took office. The other prosecutors served at the pleasure of the county attorney. Aubuchon, however, was protected as a "merit" employee and could be fired only for cause. Romley ordered an internal investigation into her conduct.

Aubuchon has until today to respond to facts stated in the pre-termination letter. The office would not reveal those details.

Aubuchon is entitled to a meeting with top officials within the County Attorney's Office to plead her case. Barring last-minute evidence, she likely will be fired.

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