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Maricopa County won't decide before Christmas whether to reinstate an elected official who was suspended when he was accused of directing an international human smuggling scheme. 

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The Maricopa County Assessor accused of paying women from a poor Pacific island nation to give their babies up for adoption in the United States has made an appeal to keep his job.

Petersen Gets Dec. 11 Hearing To Contest Suspension

Nov 14, 2019
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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a December 11 hearing for Assessor Paul D. Petersen to appeal his suspension amid human smuggling and other charges.  Lawyers for Petersen say the suspension last month was illegal.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has suspended an elected official accused of running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands brought to the U.S. to give birth for adoptions. The board voted unanimously Monday to suspend Assessor Paul D. Petersen without pay for up to 120 days.