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Stiff Adoption Scheme Term Sought for Arizona ex-politician

Arizona prosecutors are seeking the stiffest possible prison sentence for a former metro Phoenix politician convicted in an illegal adoption scheme ? one that could land him behind bars for as many as 18 years. The prosecutors have not publicly disclosed precisely how many years in prison they will seek for Paul Peterson, a Republican […]
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Report lists economic benefits of early prison release

A report detailing economic benefits of proposed expanded earned release credits gives a look into a possible new middle ground in the debate on revamping Arizona?s prison system. The report by Rounds Consulting Group analyzed the earned release credits proposal in the 2020 Second Chances, Rehabilitation and Public Safety Act ballot initiative, which didn?t make […]
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Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa County assessor for six years and […]
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Adoption lawyer gets 6 years

Adoption attorney Paul Petersen on Tuesday was sentenced in federal court for running a human trafficking ring in which he paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the United States and give up their babies for adoption. Petersen, of Mesa, Ariz., received a prison sentence of six years and two months. He […]
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Ex-Arizona politician gets 6 years in adoption scheme

A former Arizona politician who admitted running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands was sentenced in Arkansas to six years in federal prison. It was the first of three punishments he?ll face for arranging adoptions prohibited by an international compact. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as metro […]
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