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Attorney: Babeu’s ex-lover denies hacking allegations (access required)

Attorneys for the ex-boyfriend of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu proclaimed their client’s innocence today, saying he never hacked into the lawman’s campaign websites.

Adnan Horan, attorney for Jose Orozco, a Mexican citizen who claimed in a news article that Babeu threatened him with deportation after their relationship disintegrated, held a news conference announcing Orozco’s denial of any wrongdoing, but Orozco was absent and Horan answered few questions.

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Babeu shops investigation into allegations against him (access required)

After a flurry of announcements and a press conference late today, confusion reigned over who would investigate allegations involving Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s and his gay ex-lover.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office announced today that Attorney General Tom Horne will handle the investigation. Earlier in the day, Babeu said he wanted Gila County officials to conduct the investigation, but they declined.

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When do private issues become public matter?

The report published by Phoenix New Times detailing threats supposedly made by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to an ex-boyfriend should prompt some reflection on an important question: When does the private become a public matter, and was the New Times justified in also revealing personal details about Babeu’s love life?

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Babeu facing long odds after gay outing

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu built a reputation as a rising, conservative star by taking a hardline stance against illegal immigration, attacking the Obama administration and appearing alongside Sen. John McCain in a 2010 re-election ad in which McCain urged federal officials to just "complete the danged fence."

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Babeu defends sending naked picture to ex-boyfriend

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu today emphatically denied allegations that he or his attorney threatened to deport a jilted ex-lover after their relationship soured, as a Phoenix newspaper reported on Friday, and said he plans to remain sheriff and continue his campaign for higher office.

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