(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 29, 2006) The United States Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of Eric Clark for the murder six years ago of Flagstaff Police Officer Jeff Moritz. By a 6-3 vote, the Court rejected Clark’s challenge of Arizona’s insanity defense and other restrictions in Arizona law regarding the use of mental illness evidence in criminal cases.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 28, 2006) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today the filing of two lawsuits against El Paso Natural Gas Company for violations of air quality and hazardous waste regulations.
El Paso owns and operates a natural gas pipeline, which runs partially through Arizona. The settlements were made with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which is represented by the Attorney General’s Office.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 15, 2006) Alvie Copeland Kiles, 45, of Yuma has been sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of Valerie Gunnel. Kiles was also sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for the murders and child abuse of nine-month-old LeCresha Kirkland and five-year-old Shemaeah Gunnel. The sentences were handed down June 13.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a guilty verdict against Brent H. Weidman, former president of Far West Water & Sewer in Yuma, in a case involving the deaths of two Yuma sewer workers five years ago.
A Yuma County jury found Weidman guilty on four of the five counts he faced: two counts of negligent homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 1, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced a $54,000 settlement with the owners of Prieto’s Auto Sales, a used car dealership with three locations in Phoenix.
The settlement requires Prieto’s Auto Sales to pay refunds to victims who filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office, plus attorneys’ fees and investigation costs.