He once was Arizona’s chief law enforcement official.
But in recent months, as a private defense attorney, Tom Horne has taken the cases of people who accuse police officers of brutality. That includes a couple who had guns pulled on them and their children during an investigation into shoplifting.
Horne filed a notice of claim in June on behalf of Dravon Ames and his fiancée, Iesha Harper — the couple at the center of the May 27 viral video encounter.
Horne has also taken up two other cases involving Phoenix police actions. Horne has represented the family of Jacob Harris, who was shot and killed by police in January.He also has represented Edward Brown, who was shot in the back by Phoenix officers and was left paralyzed.
In taking on these cases, Horne has allied himself with the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a community activist with a flair for the dramatic and a magnet for controversy.
Horne said Maupin has told him why he selects him for various cases. “When I want to win,” Horne quoted Maupin as saying, “I’ll give it to Tom.”