Babeu’s past surfaces in legal arguments around lawsuit over crash

Former Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy Robert Steele/Pinal County photo

By Kevin Reagan | PinalCentral

Public controversies involving former Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu are some of the items attorneys in an ongoing lawsuit against Babeu are trying to preclude in a forthcoming trial.

Babeu is one of the defendants in a civil lawsuit regarding the death of Jeffrey Sorenson, whose car collided with a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office vehicle on Aug. 30, 2012.

Robert Steele, who was terminated from PCSO about a year after the accident, is suspected of driving up to 97 mph on U.S. 60 before hitting Sorenson.

The case was scheduled to go to trial Monday but that trial date was vacated. Instead, attorneys spent Monday afternoon debating which information is relevant for a jury to hear.

Some of that information involved Babeu’s personal life, specifically a 2012 scandal that publicly revealed the former sheriff’s homosexuality.


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