ARIZONA NEWS

Paul Penzone files defamation suit against sheriff opponent Joe Arpaio

Sep 29, 2016, 2:56 PM | Updated: Sep 30, 2016, 12:31 pm

PHOENIX — Paul Penzone filed a defamation lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday over an attack ad that alleges Penzone assaulted his ex-wife.

“There has never been a time in my life where I have ever hurt or harmed anybody, including my ex-wife,” Penzone said during a press conference to announce the lawsuit.

The ad is based on a dispute between Penzone and his ex-wife, Susan Hubbard. Both Penzone and Hubbard sought an order of protection after the dispute, though the orders were later removed. Both have sworn that nothing occurred and that emotions simply ran high.

Arpaio’s ad minces no words and clearly states that “Penzone assaulted his ex-wife.”

“What is most personal is that you can pretend that it’s targeting me, but it’s not,” Penzone told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos after announcing the suit. “It’s targeted at those I love most.”

However, an attorney for Arpaio said Penzone’s attorneys were informed of the ad and its content prior to its release. They were told to notify Arpaio’s campaign of any falsities in the ad and never received a response.

Penzone told Mac & Gaydos that claim was untrue.

Arpaio’s attorney said the ad was based on public records and was reviewed for accuracy prior to being released.

Penzone said the ad is one of “one of the most unethical and irresponsible” things Arpaio has done in his political career.

The lawsuit names Arpaio as the defendant. If he loses the suit, he will be made to pay damages from his own pocket, Holland said.

Arpaio’s attorney said Arpaio would file a counterclaim against Penzone. His campaign spokesman, Chad Williams, also joined Mac & Gaydos.

Prior to the suit being filed, KTAR legal analyst Monica Lindstrom wrote that Penzone’s suit will likely seek a court injunction to pull the commercial from television, but he would first have to prove it is defamatory, was inspired by malicious intent and damages are deserved.

Penzone told Mac & Gaydos that the lawsuit is about defending his character.

(Editor’s note: Penzone has been a contributor to KTAR.com and a frequent guest on the air.)

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Phoenix Rescue Mission...

KTAR.com

Phoenix Rescue Mission readies annual heat relief campaign

With the summer heat nearing, Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching its annual heat relief campaign to assist unhoused and at-risk individuals.

1 hour ago

(AP Photo)...

KTAR.com

Northbound Loop 101 on-ramp at Shea Boulevard to close for 2 months

The northbound Loop 101 on-ramp at Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale is scheduled to be closed for approximately 60 days, starting Monday.

3 hours ago

Hildale, Utah, is pictured sitting at the base of Red Rock Cliff mountains, with its sister city, C...

Associated Press

Guilty plea by leader of polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out

A guilty plea by the leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out.

5 hours ago

Picture of the Mitsubishi Montero that Phoenix police suspect hit an 11-year-old girl in a crosswal...

Damon Allred

Hit-and-run suspect sought in Phoenix after injuring child walking in crosswalk

Officers are searching for a hit-and-run suspect who hit an 11-year-old girl walking in a school crosswalk on Friday, Phoenix PD said.

8 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

KTAR.com

2 men die, another critically injured in south Phoenix shooting

Detectives are investigating a shooting that left two dead and another seriously injured in south Phoenix, police said.

10 hours ago

Rattlesnake activity...

Nick Borgia

Warmer temperatures leads to increased rattlesnake activity in the Valley

The Banner Poison and Drug Information Center has seen an increase in rattlesnake activity in the Valley due to warmer weather.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Paul Penzone files defamation suit against sheriff opponent Joe Arpaio