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County Attorney declines to answer protest questions during interview

Posted at 6:46 PM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 22:50:15-04

In a one-on-one interview with ABC15, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel declined to answer specific questions about what she knew about her office’s role in falsely charging protesters a criminal street gang.

Adel said it would be unethical and inappropriate for her to discuss any facts about the cases because the protesters have filed lawsuits.


ABC15 has been requesting interviews with Adel since the station launched its Politically Charged investigation in February.

Adel refused those requests over a seven-month period citing an outside review she ordered to looking into ABC15’s reporting.

RELATED: ABC15 special report reveals depth of Phoenix, MCAO corruption in protest cases

ABC15’s investigation led to the dismissal of nearly 40 protest cases and is now a key focus in a Department of Justice pattern-of-practice probe into the Phoenix Police Department.

On Thursday, Adel granted ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing a 10-minute interview.

Watch the full interview below:

County Attorney Allister Adel declines to answer protest questions during interview

Contact ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing at