Sheriff Arpaio sued for defamation by opponent Paul Penzone

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now being sued by his opponent , Paul Penzone, for defamation.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now being sued by his opponent for defamation.
 
The Sheriff calls the lawsuit a political stunt.
 
The suit stems from TV ads the sheriff is running that claim Paul Penzone was accused of abusing his ex-wife.
 
The ads are running all day and there is no indication they will be taken down.
 
Paul Penzone says the allegations stem from a divorces many years ago. He says they are not true; he and his ex-wife worked things out and the charges were dropped.
 
But Arpaio's campaign says what is in the police reports are fair game.
 
The ad cites a police report from 2003, while Paul Penzone was going through a separation from his then wife.
 
"There has a never been a time in my life where I have hurt or harmed an woman or child including my former wife," said Penzone.
 
Penzone says the issue between he and his wife were resolved and she signed an affidavit claiming the ad was misleading.
 
The case was eventually tossed.
 
"The actions that Arpaio has engaged in constitute defamation and false light of an innocent family," said Penzone's attorney, Jim Holland.
 
The Arpaio campaign responded by showcasing the police reports from the 2003 incident where Glendale police responded to an alleged assault.
 
The ads will likely stay on TV as lawyers for Penzone have no way to get them taken off.
 
Arpaio's lawyers say they plan to countersue.
 
"This lawsuit is a political stunt."
 
Paul Penzone would disagree.
 
"The difference between he and I is that I will fight to protect my family and your own while all he cares about is keeping his office."
 
Both candidates would not take questions on Thursday.
 
Arpaio's campaign plans to spend millions on TV ads leading up to the November election and he is involved in other lawsuits as well.  

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