Goddard Urges Federal Government Not to File Immigration Lawsuit, Vows Vigorous Defense if Suit is Brought

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- May 28, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today urged lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department not to file a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law.

In a meeting at the Attorney General’s Office, Goddard told the federal government’s lawyers that Arizona “needs solutions not lawsuits.” He said that if the federal government decides to bring a lawsuit, “Arizona will fight back.” The new law will take effect July 29.

Goddard Joins Supreme Court Brief Against Demonstrations at Military Funerals and Calls on Legislature to Act

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 29, 2010) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his office will join the multi-state amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court Case of Snyder v. Phelps. The brief opposes protests at military funerals and supports the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.

Terry Goddard Announces New Team to Expand Prosecution of Border Crime

(Tucson, Ariz. -- May 26, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the expansion of his Office’s border crime enforcement efforts through the creation of Arizona’s first Border Crime Prosecution Team, made possible by his $94 million recovery earlier this year from Western Union.

The 10-12 person team will be headquartered in Tucson, partially at the federal government’s Intelligence and Operations Coordination Center (IOCC), and will consist of investigators and prosecutors dedicated to fighting border-related crime.

Consumer Alert: Goddard Warns Consumers about Credit Union Text Message, Phone Solicitation Scam

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 25, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers about a “phishing” scam purported to be from Credit Union West, a Glendale-based financial institution, requesting personal information.  Over the last several months, the Attorney General’s Office has seen an increase in calls regarding this particular scam.

Federal Government to Increase Border Funding, Deploy National Guard, Goddard Says

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- May 25, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that he has been informed by high-ranking administration officials that President Obama will ask Congress for a $500 million supplemental appropriation for enhanced border security and will immediately deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The $500 million appropriation will fund additional law enforcement personnel and state of the art border technology, Goddard said. Details of both decisions have not been released but will be announced soon. 

Scottsdale Office Manager Given Jail Term for Embezzling over $265,000

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 19, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Kacee Sissener, 29, of San Diego, Calif., and formerly of Scottsdale, has been sentenced to two years in the Maricopa County Jail for embezzling over $265,000 from a Scottsdale medical practice. She was extradited to Arizona last year to face criminal charges here.

Goddard Hosting English and Spanish Foreclosure Prevention Programs For Homeowners in Yuma County

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 18, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today invited Yuma County homeowners to participate in one of two foreclosure prevention webinars on Thursday, May 27. The first webinar will be conducted in Spanish and will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by a second webinar in English from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Terry Goddard Applauds High Court's Ruling on Sexually Dangerous Inmates

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- May 17, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard commended the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today that reversed a lower court ruling and affirmed the right of federal officials to hold inmates considered "sexually dangerous" after their prison terms end.

Goddard joined a multi-state amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court last year in support of the federal law. That brief noted that the 21 states, including Arizona, had already enacted sex offender civil commitment laws similar to the federal law.