Phoenix New Times

Feb 23, 2012

Attorney: Babeu’s ex-lover denies hacking allegations

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 d[...]

Feb 23, 2012

Polling shows Babeu slipping in CD4, Pinal

In the wake of the allegations late last week, Babeu has seen his support in the CD4 race begin to erode, most noticeably in Pinal County.

Feb 21, 2012

Babeu shops investigation into allegations against him

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 inve[...]

Feb 21, 2012

Babeu campaign manager responds to criticism

After failing to connect with our reporter yesterday, Babeu attorney and campaign manager Chris DeRose took umbrage with the criticism of the campaign’s response to the New Times article alleging the sheriff tried to extort silence out of his former lover.

Feb 20, 2012

Babeu’s ‘outing’ pushes Arizona to top of states with gay candidates for Congress

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s weekend confirmation that he is gay makes him the fourth openly gay or bisexual candidate seeking a congressional seat in Arizona this year.

Feb 20, 2012

Politicos give Babeu’s handling of allegations poor marks

Public relations veterans say Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his campaign team made political miscalculations when the lawman called a press conference to publicly reveal that he is gay and refute allegations that he threatened an ex-lover with deportation.

Feb 20, 2012

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?

Feb 20, 2012

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."

Feb 18, 2012

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.

Jun 10, 2011

Court says New Times editors’ suit over arrest by sheriff’s office can proceed

A federal appeals court Thursday said a Maricopa County special prosecutor can be sued by two Phoenix New Times editors who said they were arrested after running stories criticizing Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other county officials.

Jun 1, 2011

Arpaio is dangerous and needs to go

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is dangerous. He needs to go.

Arpaio’s suggestion that he knew nothing of the gross mismanagement by his underlings like Dave Henderschott is not credible. Arpaio surrounds himself with sycophants like Henderschott who share Arpaio’s disdain for anyone who would criticize the office. Arpaio cannot now distance himself from these decisions.

Dec 2, 2010

Pinal County deputy suspended over drug cartel comments

A deputy who came under scrutiny earlier this year after claiming he was wounded by drug smugglers in the Arizona desert has been suspended over comments he made to a weekly Phoenix newspaper, the Pinal County sheriff's office said Wednesday.