Daniel Kloberdanz Claims Maricopa Deputy Joseph Pellino Beat Him Severely During Arrest Because He's a Lawyer; Seeks $12M in Lawsuit

Real estate lawyer Daniel Kloberdanz isn't a criminal defense expert, but figured he could help an employee who'd called him as she was being investigated for a DUI.

Not long after arriving at the accident scene at Lone Mountain Road and 60th Street in Cave Creek last year, Kloberdanz claims, the lawyer found himself being pummeled by a deputy and accused of a crime that could cost him his career.

Kloberdanz lays out his story in a lawsuit filed on June 12 in Maricopa County Superior Court, which was preceded by a December 2012 claim letter against the county offering to settle the matter for a cool $12,125,000.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.