Lawsuits

Maria Brandon Testifies on Retaliation by Ex-Bosses at Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Maria Brandon's federal wrongful-firing complaint is a messy leftover of years of infighting among Maricopa County officials.

But unlike lawsuits that have resulted in millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded settlement payouts to former county leaders and judges, this one's gone to trial.

The veteran lawyer accuses her former bosses at the County Attorney's Office of retaliating against and firing her in 2011, essentially because she was too good at her job defending Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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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.