Former state officials’ defamation lawsuit will proceed

 

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A Maricopa County judge this week refused to dismiss a case against the state brought by Charlie Loftus and Tim Jeffries for defamatory statements made in a DPS audit of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The judge did find in favor of the state on its argument many of the claims made in the report were not about Loftus, but the department as a whole.

The audit was conducted last year in response to claims Jeffries, who at the time served as director of the Department of Economic Security, had ordered and Loftus, as the chief law enforcement officer, to stockpile weapons and ammunition and Loftus had done so.

Jeffries, Loftus and others were relieved of duty by Governor Doug Ducey.

Information from ADI News Services

 

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