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Paul Petersen faces new legal hurdle in adoption scandal: Paying his lawyers

Posted by   /  November 26, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

AG Brnovich gets order to seize Petersen’s and wife’s assets worth up to $1.46 million. With cash and properties frozen, attorney says: ‘How can he defend himself’? Paul Petersen (right) leaves the county courthouse with his attorney after pleading not guilty to numerous child trafficking charges involved in an alleged adoption scam./12 News video Author […]

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See Utah houses Paul Petersen owned and some Marshallese women stayed

Posted by   /  November 19, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Authorities say Petersen has for years run an adoption law practice in Mesa that involves bringing women from the Marshall Islands, pictured, to the U.S. to give birth Padlocks and dirty diapers: New owner describes house where Marshallese women stayed Bu Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic Alanna Mabey didn’t know the man who owned her West […]

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Paul Petersen, accused of human smuggling, makes first court appearance in Utah

Posted by   /  November 15, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Paul Petersen (right) and his Utah attorney  leave court following an initial appearance on charges filed in the state Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Prosecutors in three states say Petersen brought pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the United States and paid them to give up their babies for adoption. He’s pleaded […]

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Petersen drags top county officials into legal battle to get his job back

Posted by   /  November 13, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Paul Petersen was sworn as county assessor in 2018. Lawyers for the suspended county assessor want to know how much time Sheriff Paul Penzone, County Board members and others spend on the job Author Brahm Resnik | 12 News Attorneys for Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen are dragging top county officials into their bid to […]

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Petersen’s ‘sickening’ adoption scheme could get him excommunicated

Posted by   /  November 10, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Paul Petersen exits Maricopa County Courthouse after pleading not guilty to 30-plus charges regarding trafficking of women in an adoption scheme covering 3 states. By Robert Anglen | Arizona Republic  A top leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints denounced Paul Petersen’s adoption scheme as “sickening.” Ronald Rasband, a member of the […]

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Suspended Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen pleads not guilty in adoption scheme

Posted by   /  November 5, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Featured News  /  No Comments

Paul Petersen speaks with an attorney at his court appearance Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged illegal adoption scheme./Tom Tingle/Arizona Republic By Jessica Boehm/Arizona Republic  Suspended Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen pleaded not guilty during his first Arizona court appearance Tuesday morning.  Petersen faces 32 felony charges in Maricopa County […]

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County Board to meet on potential successor for Assessor Paul Petersen after adoption scheme indictment, suspension

Posted by   /  October 30, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Maricopa County Court and complex. Wikipedia By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will meet later today to discuss a potential replacement for Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen. The County Board suspended Petersen after he was indicted in three states as part of an adoption scheme investigation. Petersen […]

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Judge reduces Petersen’s bail with caveat in Utah adoption scheme

Posted by   /  October 27, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Paul D. Petersen, 44, is being held in a federal custody in Arizona By Dennis Romboy | KSL  A judge substantially reduced the bail Friday for an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme in three states and smuggling at least 40 pregnant women to Utah from the Marshall Islands. Paul D. […]

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County board starts process to suspend Petersen from office

Posted by   /  October 23, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times Maricopa County Assessor and alleged child trafficker Paul Petersen will find out if he is suspended without pay from his elected post when the county board of supervisors votes on October 28. Petersen is facing felony charges in three states, including Arizona, for running an illegal adoption fraud […]

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Ducey says fix needed to address rare situations like Petersen’s

Posted by   /  October 22, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

The Maricopa County Board (shown) will vote Wednesday on taking action on Assessor Paul Petersen, jailed for 2 weeks on charges of baby trafficking. The board has considered suspending Petersen, 12 News reports. By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Arizona needs some sort of law or procedure to oust elected […]

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