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Ex-politician in adoption scheme to be sentenced in 3 months

U.S. prosecutors in Arkansas will seek a 10-year prison sentence for a former Arizona politician who acknowledged running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands. Prosecutors say Paul Petersen defrauded state courts, violated an international adoption compact and took advantage of mothers and adoptive families for his own profit. […]
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Ex-assessor Petersen to be sentenced in Arizona, 2 other states

U.S. prosecutors in Arkansas will seek a 10-year prison sentence for a former Arizona politician who acknowledged running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands. Prosecutors say Paul Petersen defrauded state courts, violated an international adoption compact and took advantage of mothers and adoptive families for his own profit. […]
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Former Arizona Official Pleads Guilty in Adoption Scheme

A former elected official in Arizona who paid pregnant women as much as $10,000 to travel to the United States illegally to give up their newborn children for adoption pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a federal human smuggling conspiracy charge, the authorities said. The former official, Paul D. Petersen of Mesa, Ariz., a private adoption […]
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Prostitution Camp provided women for Petersen adoptions

A prostitution camp in the Marshall Islands provided many of the birth mothers caught up in former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen?s allegedly illegal adoption business, according to statements attributed to his co-defendant in a warrant to seize his assets. When she was arrested in August, Lynwood Jennet, Petersen?s co-defendant in his criminal case and […]
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Rep. Blackman renews fight for change in sentencing laws

Rep. Walter Blackman, a 22-year Army veteran, has been in combat. Any flack he takes in the Legislature, he said, doesn?t quite compare. The Snowflake Republican is bringing this attitude into the forthcoming legislative session as he prepares to fight for a suite of bills that would reimagine how police treat low-level offenders and increase […]
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Maricopa County assessor pleads not guilty in adoption scandal

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen pleaded not guilty in the Arizona adoption scandal Tuesday morning.? The arraignment hearing at the Maricopa County Superior Court was Petersen?s first court appearance after being indicted in early Oct. 2019. Lynwood Jennet was also indicted along with Petersen.? According to his Initial Release document, Petersen faces 32 charges: one […]
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