A student senator in the Student Senate at the University of Arizona, Klahr v. Winterble, 418 P.2d 404, 412 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1966);
A sheriff and his deputies, Godbehere v. Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., 162 Ariz. 335, 343 (Ariz. 1989).
Public Figures and Limited-Purpose Public Figures
In Arizona, to classify a person as a public figure, the person must have achieved “‘such pervasive fame or notoriety that he becomes a public figure for all purposes and in all contexts.” Dombey, 150 Ariz. at 480 (quoting Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 351 (1974).
The Arizona Supreme Court has recognized that an individual may become a limited-purpose public figure for a certain event or controversy when he “‘voluntarily injects himself or is drawn into a particular public controversy. . . .’” Id. (quoting Gertz, 418 U.S. at 351).
In determining whether a person is a limited-purpose public figure, Arizona courts will consider whether the person has “‘thrust himself or his views into public controversy to influence others’” and whether the person’s “‘position with respect to matters of public concern gives him access to the media on a regular and continuing basis.’” Id. at 483 (quoting Hutchinson v. Proxmire, 443 U.S. 111, 135 (1979).