Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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05/2005

Terry Goddard Joins U.S. Supreme Court Brief on Behalf of Reporters

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 25, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard is joining a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of two journalists facing jail sentences for refusing to disclose confidential sources.

The case stems from a grand jury investigation into who revealed the identity of CIA official Valerie Plame two years ago.  She was first named by Robert Novak in his syndicated newspaper column. Disclosing an undercover intelligence officer's name can be a federal crime. 

Husband, Wife Sentenced in Elder Abuse Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2005)   Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Jennifer Elizabeth Johnson, 41, and her husband Philip Wayne Johnson, 37, were sentenced to seven years supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution in an abuse case involving Jennifer Johnson’s grandmother and her trust fund.  Additionally, Jennifer Johnson was ordered to forfeit all benefits with respect to her grandmother’s estate.

Apache County Sheriff Indicted

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2005)  The State Grand Jury today issued a felony indictment against Apache County Sheriff Brian Hounshell.  He is charged with two counts of misuse of public monies, one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count of theft. 

The charges stem from an investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office into allegations that Hounshell misappropriated from Apache County more than $8,000 in public monies and equipment for his own personal use or benefit between 2000 and 2004.

A copy of the indictment is attached.

Terry Goddard Calls on Congress to Protect Residents from Identity Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 26, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today called on the Arizona Congressional delegation to help protect Arizona residents from identity theft by removing Social Security numbers from Medicare, Veteran’s and Department of Defense cards.  Goddard shared his letter with seniors at the Desert West Senior Center in West Phoenix.

“Action to remove these numbers is seriously overdue,” Goddard said. “Keeping them on Medicare cards is doing identity thieves a big favor.”  

Terry Goddard Applauds Court Order to Protect FLDS Trust

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 27, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended a court decision that suspends the trustees and effectively freezes the assets of the United Effort Plan (UEP) trust in the nation's largest polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border. The trust controls property and assets, estimated to total more than $100 million, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale. Utah. The suspended trustees include FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.  

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