Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




New Mexico Man Sentenced in Child Exploitation Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 20, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Robert Dennis Bixler, 49, of Socorro, New Mexico was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of luring before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Cathy Holt.

By statute, Bixler is required to serve the entire 17 years. Following his prison sentence, he will be placed on lifetime probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Decision on Voter ID Rules


(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 20, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stay Arizona’s voter identification rules. This ruling allows the state to continue implementing the voting rules contained in Proposition 200, which voters approved in 2004.

“This decision eliminates all confusion about what rules will be followed for the Nov. 7 general election,” Goddard said.

Terry Goddard Announces DVDs with Anti-Smoking PSAs

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 24, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Weinstein Company will insert anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) on its DVDs where smoking is depicted. Responding to a written request last month from 41 state Attorneys General, The Weinstein Company becomes the first motion picture company to insert an anti-smoking message.

The PSA, produced by the American Legacy Foundation, will appear with the December 2006 release of “Clerks II.”

State Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Filing a False Financial Disclosure, Agrees to Resign

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 25, 2006) Arizona State Treasurer David Petersen today pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to one count of knowingly filing a false or incomplete financial disclosure statement.

Petersen will be sentenced within 30 days of today’s hearing. He agreed to resign from office before or at the time of sentencing.