Attorney General Terry Goddard Agrees to Consent Decree with Le Mirage

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 24, 2004)  The Attorney General’s Office has entered into a consent decree with LeMirage, an Arizona Limited partnership and LeMirage Investment Corporation for failing to design and construct 80 ground floor apartment units accessible for residents with mobility impairments as required by the Arizona Fair Housing Act, announced Attorney General Terry Goddard.

The Civil Rights Division found that among other things:

Human Smugglers Headed to Jail

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 22, 2004)  Three men who pled guilty earlier this year to human smuggling are headed to jail for their crimes.  The three men were recently sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court for smuggling a person across the border and then holding the victim hostage while seeking payment from his family.

Phelps Dodge Settles with Arizona and EPA for $1.4 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 21, 2004)  The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Attorney General’s Office have settled a joint lawsuit against Phelps Dodge Corporation for environmental violations committed at its Sierrita mine, located near Tucson. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the lawsuit, and will share the $1.4 million penalty assessed for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act. The environmental violations alleged in the joint lawsuit were committed by Phelps Dodge’s predecessor, Cypress Sierrita Corporation.

Terry Goddard to meet with the Department of Energy, Responds to FTC Gasoline Letter

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 21, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will meet with Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Mark Maddox and Deputy Assistant Secretary Howard Gruenstecht on July 23 to discuss gasoline issues affecting Arizona and Western States consumers.  Friday’s agenda will include the following topics:

Attorney General Terry Goddard Settles with Check Agencies of Arizona, Inc., DBA Check Center

(Tucson, Ariz. – June 16, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Attorney General’s Office entered into a consent judgment with Check Agencies of Arizona, Inc., dba Check Center, a Delaware Corporation, and its president, Michael S. Weinstein.  Check Agencies and Michael S. Weinstein cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s Office in this investigation.

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Against Arizona in Hibbs v. Winn et al.

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 14, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that tax credits can be challenged in federal court.

“Unfortunately, the Court’s decision is part of a continuing erosion of states’ rights,” Goddard said.  “I am disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court in this decision did not support our federal system or the congressional intent expressed in the Tax Injunction Act, that state courts should have the last word on challenges to state tax actions.”