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Petersen in talks with Maricopa County on resigning amid adoption scandal

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Negotiations continued over the weekend after the release of an investigative report

Paul Petersen (right) leaves the Maricopa County Courthouse in December with his attorney.
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By Brahm Resnik | 12 News

Attorneys for Maricopa County and suspended County Assessor Paul Petersen have been in talks for several weeks about Petersen resigning in exchange for a portion of his pay or benefits, 12 News has learned. 

News of the talks comes ahead of the County Board’s hearing Wednesday on Petersen’s appeal of a four-month unpaid suspension imposed by the board.

Petersen has entered not-guilty pleas to more than five-dozen felony charges in a three-state baby-selling scheme.  

Emails obtained by 12 News reveal the settlement talks between Petersen and the county began before Thanksgiving.

There is no guarantee they’ll strike a deal. In fact, the most recent e-mails suggest the two sides are far apart.


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