The chief prosecutor in Phoenix, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, lashed out at the news media yesterday after a television reporter published an online link to public documents that listed Thomas’ home address and the names of his wife and children, the Arizona Republic reports. On Monday, a Channel 12 (KPNX) reporter published the link in a story on azcentral.com, the Web site shared by Channel 12 and The Arizona Republic. The link and the story were removed yesterday when Republic editors became aware of Thomas’ concerns.
The incident follows a media storm surrounding the arrest of two newspaper executives that began with a Phoenix New Times reporter who published Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s address online. Yesterday, Thomas reminded reporters that he dismissed a felony case against New Times reporters for publishing Arpaio’s home address. A state law prohibits publishing a law enforcement officer’s personal information. Thomas claimed that the latest online story put him and his family at risk. “I have been the target of credible threats in the past,” he said, adding that his house would now be kept under armed guard. The article by 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik did not actually give Thomas’ address. Instead, it showed that it and those of other elected officials, are easily obtained from government Web sites. He linked the story to documents that Arpaio and Thomas filed with the county.