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Thomas loses bid to appoint special prosecutors

A request by Maricopa County prosecutors to appoint special prosecutors to press criminal cases against three county officials was denied Jan. 27.

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This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Assessor's Office shows Assessor Paul Petersen. Petersen has been indicted in an adoption fraud case, accused of arranging for dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give their children up for adoption. Utah also has charged him on multiple felony counts, including human smuggling, sale of a child and communications fraud. (Maricopa County Assessor's Office via AP)

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