The Arizona Supreme Court appointed J. Scott Rhodes to serve as an independent counsel for the State Bar of Arizona to investigate allegations that Thomas engaged in unethical behavior in his prosecution of county officials. Thomas has asked Rhodes, who made a campaign contribution to Thomas' rival in the last election and is employed by the law firm that has represented the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, to recuse himself, said reporter Josh Bernstein.
Rose told Bernstein that the county attorney's complaints don't appear to represent a clear conflict of interest. "I just don't think a $390 campaign contribution really infects the integrity of justice." Rose said.
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After spending most of his career focusing on antitrust, regulation and legal ethics, Rose changed direction. His primary scholarly interests now involve medieval and early modern English legal history, and his research focuses on the history and regulation of the legal profession and the operation of the medieval legal system. Rose has also written on early defamation law, medieval prisons, and the historiography of legal history. Rose, who joined the faculty in 1968 and was an Associate Dean from 1987-90, teaches Legal History, Antitrust, Contracts and Legal Ethics, and has received numerous teaching awards. He is a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar and a Faculty Fellow in the College of Law's Center for Law, Science & Innovation, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at ASU. Rose is the author of numerous articles on legal history, antitrust, economic and occupational regulation, and legal ethics.