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Former Arizona Official Pleads Guilty in Adoption Scheme

Paul D. Petersen charged as much as $30,000 to bring pregnant women into the United States and give up their newborn children for adoption, officials said.
NYTimes.com - Published Also reported by •Seattle Times

Ex-Arizona official pleads guilty to human smuggling charge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arizona official pleaded guilty Wednesday to a human smuggling charge for what prosecutors called his role in running an illegal adoption scheme in three states..
Seattle Times - Published

Ex-official changing plea in Arkansas human trafficking case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arizona official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands is changing his plea in Arkansas. A federal..
Seattle Times - Published

Arizona sues Google over 'deceptive' location tracking

PHOENIX (AP) — Google kept tabs on the whereabouts of its users even if they had turned off location tracking, an Arizona official alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit filed by Attorney..
SeattlePI.com - Published Also reported by •Seattle Times

Arizona elected official charged with alleged adoption scheme

An elected official in Arizona is in jail and charged with more than 60 felonies for allegedly running a multi-state adoption scheme. Prosecutors says Paul Petersen preyed on pregnant women from the..
CBS News - Published Also reported by •FOXNews.com

'The fear that's out there is very real': Arizona official responds to COVID-19 outbreak

Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ give updates on the state's response to COVID-19.  
azcentral.com - Published

Tensions emerge as a top Arizona official discusses tribes' unresolved water claims

Arizona's top water official spoke about tribes' unresolved water claims. Leaders of tribes were unhappy they weren't allowed to speak.  
azcentral.com - Published

Arizona official accused of smuggling mothers to US to give up babies for adoption

Maricopa County Assessor quits amid allegations he told pregnant women 'all you girls work for me, not the other way around'
Independent - Published

Elected Arizona official accused of selling babies in illegal adoption scheme resigns

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who faces dozens of felony charges in three states, resigned from his county job Tuesday.
USATODAY.com - Published

Arizona official charged in adoption smuggling scheme resigns

An Arizona elected official charged with running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands resigned Tuesday, months after the charges were made. 
FOXNews.com - Published

Panel backs suspension of assessor in Arizona adoption case

PHOENIX (AP) — The discovery of thousands of files related to an Arizona elected official’s adoption business on a government laptop cemented a panel’s decision Friday to uphold his suspension..
Seattle Times - Published

ADOT releases song about famous I-17 tree

Arizona's official balladeer, Dolan Ellis, wrote a song about the tree on Interstate 17 that is mysteriously decorated for Christmas every year.  
azcentral.com - Published

Suspended Arizona official appeals to keep his assessor job

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official accused of paying women from a poor Pacific island nation to give their babies for adoption in the United States made an appeal Wednesday to keep his job...
Seattle Times - Published

Arizona official seeks trial delay in human trafficking case

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arizona official charged with running an adoption-fraud scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands has asked an Arkansas court to delay trial for 10 months...
Seattle Times - Published

Uber is at fault for fatal self-driving crash, but it’s not alone

uber is at fault for fatal self-driving crash, but it’s not alone
Image: ABC 15 Federal investigators split the blame for the fatal Uber self-driving crash between the ride-hailing company, the safety driver in the vehicle, the victim, and the state of Arizona in..
The Verge - Published

Lawyers investigate Arizona official in child smuggling case

PHOENIX (AP) — Officials in Arizona have hired two law firms and a former attorney general to investigate an elected county assessor who is trying to keep his job as he defends himself against human..
Seattle Times - Published

Attorney: Man charged in adoption case ‘made happy families’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawyer for an Arizona elected official accused of running an adoption-fraud scheme is pushing back against human smuggling charges, saying his client ran a legal practice and..
Seattle Times - Published

Mormon church leader denounces official’s adoption scheme

PHOENIX (AP) — A leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he is “disgusted” by an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, marking the..
Seattle Times - Published

Arizona official charged in adoption smuggling scheme pleads not guilty, threatens to sue over work suspension

A defiant Arizona elected official charged with running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands has pleaded not guilty and plans to go to court to challenge his work..
FOXNews.com - Published

Marshallese president applauds arrest in adoptions case

PHOENIX (AP) — The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on Thursday applauded U.S. authorities for arresting an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme..
Seattle Times - Published

Lawyer says Arizona official miscast as human smuggler

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for an Arizona elected official charged in three states with facilitating an illegal international adoption scheme said Tuesday prosecutors have miscast his client as a human..
Seattle Times - Published

Paul Petersen's father was an Arizona elected official who resigned after investigation

David Petersen resigned in 2006 as part of an agreement to plead guilty to one count of failing to report income from the group Character First!  
azcentral.com - Published

Arkansas judge: Court to hear 19 adoption scheme cases

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge says his court will decide individual outcomes in 19 adoption cases involving an Arizona official accused of human smuggling. Paul Petersen, a Republican..
Seattle Times - Published

An Arizona elected official ran an illegal adoption scheme: How big was the 'baby mill'?

One of the adoptive parents interviewed by investigators said they had no idea Petersen was processing adoptions for so many women at a time.
USATODAY.com - Published

'Purest form of human trafficking': Arizona official charged in adoption fraud scheme

An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were crammed into houses to..
CTV News - Published Also reported by •azcentral.com

Arizona Official Placed 29 Babies in Adoption Fraud Scheme, Prosecutors Say

Paul D. Petersen, Maricopa County’s assessor, arranged for women from the Marshall Islands to fly to the United States to give birth at taxpayers’ expense, prosecutors said.
NYTimes.com - Published


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