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04/2010

Terry Goddard Presents 2010 Victims’ Rights Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 19, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today presented his Office’s 2010 Distinguished Service Awards to victims’ rights leaders in Arizona for their outstanding service to crime victims.

“Today we pay special tribute to those who provide services to crime victims and have shown leadership, innovation, and commitment to improving services,” Goddard said.  “These men and women are shining examples of the extraordinary efforts made every day to be sure that victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect."

Terry Goddard Asks President for Tougher Immigration Laws and Border Enforcement

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- April 20, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued two substantive letters urging action to strengthen federal immigration laws and border security. 

In a letter to the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, Goddard gave his support for the cattlemen's call to make the act of crossing the nation's borders illegally a federal felony.  

"In the post-9/11 world, our nation's security requires strict laws against, and stern punishments for, those who try to cross our borders undetected," Goddard wrote. 

Media Advisory: Terry Goddard to Host 2010 Peace Officers' Memorial Events

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 30, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard will host events May 1-3 to honor Arizona peace officers killed in the line of duty over the past year.

The fallen officers being honored this year are:

    Officer Chris Marano of the Arizona Department of Public Safety
    Lieutenant Eric Shuhandler of the Gilbert Police Department
    Officer David Wayne Johnson of the Phoenix Police Department

Reminder: Terry Goddard to Host Anti-Crime University in Oro Valley

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 30, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will be hosting a Senior Anti-Crime University at the Pima Community College in Oro Valley on Friday, May 7.   

The Senior Anti-Crime Universities are designed to teach attendees to detect scams against seniors and help others to avoid frauds and abuse. Each university offers a half-day of classes in consumer identity theft, life care planning/health care directives, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, financial exploitation, elder abuse and neglect, Internet safety and charitable giving.

Less Publicized Actions Can Do More to Secure Border, Goddard Says

(Phoenix, Ariz -- April 28, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard has written a "My Turn" column regarding the current debate over Arizona's new immigration law.  
 


As the misguided immigration bill signed by Gov. Brewer continues to generate controversy, a pair of much less publicized events in the past few days promise to have a far bigger impact on securing our border with Mexico.

Terry Goddard Honored by Law Enforcement Group for Outstanding Service

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 26, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard has received the 2010 Outstanding Service Award presented by the Region VI of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

This award is given to a public servant who is at the forefront of providing solutions to law enforcement and the community. It was presented Saturday night at the NOBLE Awards Banquet in Tempe.  

Terry Goddard Applauds Bill to Regulate Stored Value Cards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 23, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that would impose tough new regulations on stored value devices, money-transfer method widely used by Mexican drug cartels.

Goddard joined Giffords and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik at a press conference this morning in Tucson to announce the measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.)  

DTO believed responsible for bringing over 40,000 pounds of marijuana into Arizona; 34 arrested

TUCSON, Ariz. – Federal, state, and local officials today announced arrests and charges against a Mexican drug trafficking organization believed responsible for moving at least 40,000 pounds of marijuana through southern Arizona, primarily through Cochise County.  The organization employed advanced counter-surveillance, ramp trucks to overcome vehicle barriers at the border, and hidden vehicle compartments.  

Terry Goddard Issues Statement on Signing of Immigration Bill

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- April 23, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued the following statement in response to the Governor signing Senate Bill 1070 into law: 

"The bill the Governor just signed does nothing to secure our border or make us safer from the cartel violence behind most border crime," Goddard said. "We need stronger penalties against illegal entry, and I have made specific recommendations to the President for real federal border reform."

Restaurant Owner, Managers Sentenced in Unpaid Overtime Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 21, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of the owner and managers of two Phoenix area restaurants who were accused of failing to pay overtime wages to employees and then scheming to make it appear the workers had been paid. 

The two restaurants, both named Pinata Nueva, are located in Anthem and Scottsdale. The Scottsdale business was recently sold and is under new ownership. 

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