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Defamation Case Involving District 6 State Senator Wendy Rogers Heads To The State Supreme Court

The Arizona Supreme Court will hear a defamation case involving District 6 State Senator Wendy Rogers. The “Arizona Capitol Times” reports Rogers attacked her opponent, former state Senator Steve Smith, in the 2018 Republican primary in multiple ads calling him a “slimy character” and accused Smith of running a modeling agency that advertises on websites linked to sex trafficking. The “Times” reports Pamela Young, owner of the Young Agency and a former employer of Smith, sued Rogers for defamation and false light invasion of privacy. Young’s modeling agency represented models and actors, most were children. The Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s decision in December, ruling for Rogers. Now it’s the state Supreme Court that will hear the case. The high court has not set a date to hear oral arguments.