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06/2007

Campagnolo, Howe Honored by State Bar Association

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 29, 2007) Assistant Attorneys General Theodore Campagnolo and Randall Howe were honored today during the 74th annual State Bar Association Convention at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale.

Campagnolo, Chief Counsel of the Arizona Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Section, was presented with the Special Merit award. This award is given to State Bar members who have provided outstanding service to the Bar by furthering public understanding of the legal system.

Former Arizona Priest Arrested on State Sex Abuse Charges in Spain

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 4, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Spanish National Police arrested Father Jorge Washington Cordova Hernandez Sunday in Guadarrama, Spain, on sex abuse charges while he was attending a seminar. Guadarrama is located near Madrid.

In 2005, Cordova, 51, was accused of sexually abusing two minors during his assignment to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma from 1988 to 1991. He was indicted on 10 counts of sexual abuse, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Cordova fled to Ecuador, where his home diocese is located.

Terry Goddard Reports Almost 1 in 4 Tobacco Retailers Sold to Minors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 6, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that a month-long series of inspections found that nearly one in four Arizona retailers illegally sold tobacco products to people under 18 years old.

Statistics from the “Counter Strike” campaign conducted throughout Arizona show that 23 percent of retailers in five counties violated the law by selling tobacco products to minors.

Terry Goddard Announces 13 Indicted for Making False IDs

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 6, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced indictments against 13 defendants on charges of manufacturing false identification documents, including Social Security cards, Arizona Driver’s Licenses, Resident Alien Cards and other counterfeit documents. Charges also included trafficking in stolen vehicles, selling counterfeit DVD movies and weapons possession.

Attorney General's Office Transferring Cases to Avoid Ethical Conflict

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- June 12, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard said today his office will turn over all criminal cases involving the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to other prosecution agencies to avoid an ethical conflict.

The action has been made necessary by the Sheriff’s Office’s ongoing investigation of a payment made to the Attorney General's Office last year by the State Treasurer's Office.

Terry Goddard Announces $5.5 Million Oral Contraceptive Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 12, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $5.5 million multi-state settlement with New Jersey-based Warner Chilcott, maker of the oral contraceptive Ovcon. The settlement resolves a 2005 federal lawsuit alleging that Warner Chilcott and Barr Pharmaceuticals agreed to keep Barr’s generic version of Ovcon off the market. Goddard joined 33 other state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia in this settlement.

Terry Goddard to Speak on Elder Abuse

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 14, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard will help kick off the Break the Silence campaign, an effort to increase awareness of elder abuse, on Friday, June 15. Goddard will join members of the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance at 9:30 a.m. to talk about work done by the Attorney General's Office to prevent and prosecute elder abuse and financial exploitation.

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