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Maricopa County Attorney's Office Quietly Closes Criminal Probe Into Horne

Tom Horne
(Photo courtesy of the Office of Arizona Attorney General)
Tom Horne

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has quietly closed a criminal probe into former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne on whether he illegally used office staff on a 2014 re-election campaign.

Horne will not face criminal charges, as confirmed by a County Attorney's Office spokesperson. Prosecutors decided earlier this year there was no reasonable likelihood of convicting Horne on felony charges, and the statute of limitations on misdemeanor charges had passed.

The probe was launched after a Horne staffer claimed that most of her work was for his campaign.

Horne denied the allegations and criticized the County Attorney’s Office for failing to publicly clear him.

He settled a civil investigation by the Arizona Clean Elections Commission on allegations he used office staff for his re-election by paying $10,000 of his own money.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.