Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is speaking out for the first time about being disbarred.
Protesters clashed with supporters at Thomas' news conference.
A judge ruled to disbar him for pursuing politically motivated investigations with no probable cause.
A state bar panel found him in violation of more than two dozen rules of ethics.
He insists he's the victim of corruption.
"Arizona, after what happened yesterday, has become Mexico," said Thomas at the news conference. "The people of this community need to understand what happened yesterday when my law license was targeted."
Thomas said he was an honest prosecutor who was unjustly smeared and tarnished.
The sanctions against him and his two prosecutors are set to begin in a month, but they could be delayed if Thomas appeals to the state Supreme Court.
Disbarred Arizona Attorney Claims He's a Victim of Corruption