Former School Officials Sentenced

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 31, 2005)  Dr. Jesus B. Greer and Donald Huish pled guilty in Cochise County Superior Court to violations of the Arizona School Finance procurement code on Tuesday, March 29.  Both pled to Class 1 misdemeanors.  Dr. Greer was the longtime Superintendent of the Douglas Unified School District, and Mr. Huish was the District’s Business Manager, and has since left the school district.  The offenses occurred during the summer of 2002, after Dr. Greer’s retirement.

Yavapai Community College Governing Board Violated Open Meeting Law, Attorney General’s Investigation Finds

(Phoenix, Ariz. - March 24, 2005) An investigation by the Attorney General's Office has concluded that the Yavapai Community College District Governing Board in Prescott violated the state Open Meeting Law several times last year when a quorum of the members communicated about board business via email. The investigation found that the board also violated the law by failing to create minutes of board "work sessions." 

Terry Goddard Recommends Arizonans Use Advance Care Directives

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 23, 2005)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded Arizona residents about the importance of having their wishes known about medical care should they become incapacitated.

“Recent news stories remind us how important it is to have your wishes known – for the family as well as the individual – to avoid the anguish we’ve been witnessing,” Goddard said.  “Having your wishes in writing protects your rights and wishes, and provides a valuable gift to your friends and family.”

Scam Alert: Terry Goddard Cautions Consumers Not to Purchase Globus Media Diagnostic Kits Sold Over the Internet

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 21, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers not to use unapproved home-use diagnostic test kits that have been made available over the Internet by Canadian firm Globus Media.  The manufacturer claims these kits will detect everything from pregnancy to Dengue Fever to marijuana use. 

Goddard cautioned consumers that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved these home-use kits and are not approved for sale in the United States.

Scam Alert - Terry Goddard Advises Consumers: “You Did Not Win the Canadian Lottery”

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 11, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans again about a Canadian Lottery scam.  A Canadian lottery telemarketer contacted an 80-year old California resident last week, identifying himself as Chief Auditor Franklin Marshall from Consumer Protection at the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Tucson.  He provided an old address for the office.

Attorney General’s Office Offers Training for Volunteer Mediators

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 10, 2005)  The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Division, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court, is offering 40-hour basic mediation courses free of charge to train persons to mediate local court disputes.  These courses are open to all members of the public.  However, in exchange for the free training, those who successfully complete the course must agree to mediate a certain number of court disputes on a pro bono basis. These disputes involve small claims, commercial, and other types of cases.

State Law Enforcement Leaders Come Together to Combat Meth Use

(Phoenix, AZ) Law enforcement officials from across Arizona gathered today to discuss better ways to combat what most see as the state's No. 1 crime problem: the production and use of methamphetamine. The meeting included more than 50 county attorneys, sheriffs and police chiefs.

"We have a very strong consensus that more needs to be done to stop meth cooking in Arizona," said Attorney General Terry Goddard, who convened the meeting.