Petersen in talks with Maricopa County on resigning amid adoption scandal

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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