Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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08/2005

Scottsdale Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Fake IDs and Drug Charge

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 17, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard and Department of Liquor Director Leesa Berens Morrison today announced a plea agreement with Todd Martelle Van Cleave, 23, of Scottsdale. Van Cleave pled guilty to one count of Forgery and one count Possession of Narcotic Drugs.

Van Cleave was indicted by the State Grand Jury for creating a false Michigan driver’s license and selling it for profit. He also pled guilty to possession of cocaine. In return for a plea agreement, a third charge for Illegally Conducting an Enterprise was dropped.

Attorney General's Office Receives Web Site Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. - August 12, 2005)  The Arizona Attorney General’s Office received two awards recognizing its Web site from the Conference of Western Attorneys General at its annual meeting last week. 

“This recognition is particularly satisfying because our staff has worked diligently over the last year to improve the look and convenience of our Web pages,” said Attorney General Terry Goddard.  “We are continuing to look for ways to make the Web site helpful and easy to navigate.”

Goddard Pledges Prompt Action on Voting Rules

(Phoenix, Ariz. - August 12, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today welcomed the submission of proposed voting rules to implement the last part of Proposition 200 and pledged to act on them promptly.  

“The implementation of these voting rules is my top priority,” Goddard said.  “My office will review the Secretary of State’s submission as quickly as possible to ensure the rules protect voters’ the rights while being faithful to Proposition 200.”

Terry Goddard Filing Petition to Place Colorado City School District in Receivership

(Phoenix, Ariz. - August 11, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will file a petition Friday –the first day legally possible – charging Colorado City School District officials with gross financial mismanagement and requesting the School District be placed in receivership.  

“We now have a tool in place to help our children receive the education they need and deserve,” Goddard said. “The financial mismanagement of the Colorado City School District is egregious.  It is time to put its finances in competent hands.”

U.S. Court of Appeals Dismisses Challenge to Proposition 200

(Phoenix, Ariz. - August 9, 2005)  The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today dismissed a lawsuit filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 200.  The court said the plaintiffs had not shown they had been injured by the implementation of the new law.

“I am pleased with the outcome.  The voters made a decision last November, and I promised my office would vigorously defend the constitutionality of the law,” said Attorney General Terry Goddard.  “This decision allows us to continue implementing Proposition 200.”

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