Category: News

County Assessor Paul Petersen suspended following arrest in adoption fraud ring

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has just voted unanimously to suspend County Assessor Paul Petersen for 120 days without pay. The decision comes following Petersen’s arrest earlier this month for allegedly running an international adoption ring. Arizona’s Family on Monday obtained the results of an?audit of Petersen’s county office?that was completed by the?Maricopa County […]
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Records Show Petersen?s Firm Planned Native Adoption, Raising Legal Questions

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who’s facing possible prison time for an adoption scheme involving pregnant Marshallese women, helped facilitate at least one planned placement of a Native American baby, according to documents obtained by?Phoenix New Times. Emails to the adoptive family from the director of Bright Star Adoptions, an adoption firm for which Petersen […]
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Accuser smeared in wake of lawmaker?s expulsion

Despite having cast a?historical vote?to expel Yuma Republican Don Shooter on February 1, some lawmakers in the Arizona House of Representatives tried to put one of his victims ? a colleague of theirs ? on trial. Shooter was?expelled by a vote of 56-3, including his own no vote, making him one of only three lawmakers […]
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Less is more when it comes to putting people in jail

As someone who has lived in Phoenix since the early 1990s, I have always had a little bias when it comes to comparing Phoenix and Tucson ? you know, because we?re bigger. Where in a single day can you play a world-class golf course, spend an excessive amount of money at a ?fashion mall,? and […]
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Rep. Shooter sexually harassed women, created hostile work environment, investigator finds

A House investigation confirmed today that there is ?credible evidence? Republican Rep. Don Shooter violated a sexual harassment policy and created a hostile working environment at the Capitol. After the allegations against Shooter surfaced, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard suspended Shooter from his powerful position as the chairman of the House Appropriations committee. Mesnard?said today?Shooter will […]
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Scottsdale sign-walkers could feel looser reins

Scottsdale’s ordinance restricting “sign-walkers” to private property could be coming to an end with the likely passage of an amendment by the Arizona Legislature. A 2008 state law requires all municipalities to allow sign-walkers, such as those dressed like the Statue of Liberty outside tax-filing offices or those who spin signs in a showman-like fashion […]
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Don Stapley?s New Criminal Defense Attorney Used to do what Andy Thomas Never Did ? Prosecute Major Crimes

Supervisor Don Stapley, one of two Maricopa County supes?under criminal indictment, has hired a new defense attorney?to defend him against the?latest set?of charges he faces from County Attorney Andrew Thomas. ?His name is Kurt Altman (pictured), and he earned his stripes as a feisty and?successful major-felony prosecutor for about 14 years before switching to?criminal-defense work […]
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