PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors set a date for the embattled assessor, Paul Petersen, to appeal his four-month suspension.
The supervisors also announced that the newly appointed Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel will investigate whether Petersen neglected his office after his arrest last month on human smuggling and fraud charges.
The board's decision comes one day after Petersen's attorneys demanded the County turn over text messages, attendance records, computer records, and other documents from the supervisors and other elected officials.
Bill Gates, chairman of the board, said they will comply with most of the demands except for Petersen's request to subpoena certain witnesses.
Gates said the County Attorney's investigation will be completed before Petersen makes his case before the board on Dec. 11.
Lawyers for Petersen say the suspension last month was illegal. They say they don't expect the county supervisors will change their minds, but they must go through the formal appeal before it before filing a lawsuit seeking to reinstate the Republican assessor.
The county supervisors last month declared that Petersen had neglected his duties and suspended him without pay for 120 days.
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Authorities arrested Petersen last month on accusations that be ran an illegal adoption scheme and faces dozens of charges in three states. Prosecutors in three states say Petersen brought pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the United States and paid them to give up their babies for adoption. He's pleaded not guilty.