FLAGSTAFF – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that Victor Varela, a former Flagstaff mayoral candidate, has been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts, including Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, Presentment of False Instrument for Filing, and Signing of Petitions Violation.
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that his administration has now secured well over $100 million in restitution for Arizona consumers since he took office in 2015, which exceeds the total restitution awards secured by the AG’s Office from 2000-2014 combined.
TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 62-year-old Randy Allen Jumper, of Incline Village, Nev., was sentenced on Monday to three years of probation for voting twice by mail in the 2016 General Election. As a part of his sentencing, the Court revoked Jumper's right to vote in Arizona. He is also prohibited from re-registering to vote while on probation.
PHOENIX - The Office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (AGO) recently launched its Election Integrity Unit (EIU) webpage that includes a new online election complaint form. With the 2020 elections underway, the AGO created this webpage to provide the public with a “one-stop shop” for reporting Arizona election-related concerns.
TEMPE - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that 20-year-old Michael William Spatz, of Tempe, was charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and Molestation of a Child.
Spatz is accused of sexually abusing an 11-month-old male child on multiple occasions in Gilbert, Arizona, and recording himself committing the abuse. These videos were allegedly distributed by Spatz and have since been discovered in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Spatz was arrested at his home in Tempe, Arizona, on June 26, 2020.
AGO Will Seek Relief from AZ Supreme Court Regarding Tucson’s “Off-Cycle” Election Date Ordinance
PHOENIX – The Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) released its findings in the SB 1487 investigation of whether the City of Tucson’s ordinance, which calls for elections for city council and city ballot measures to be held “off-cycle” in 2021 rather than on the statewide election dates in 2022, violates state law. The AGO has determined that the ordinance (11731), enacted on February 19, 2020, may violate state law.
PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the promotion of John Johnson as the new Division Chief of the Criminal Division. Additionally, Virginia Herrera-Gonzales will now be the Division Chief of Child and Family Protection Division. Current Criminal Division Chief Paul Ahler will serve in a new role as the Deputy Division Chief of the Criminal Division.
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) has reached a settlement to conclude a lawsuit challenging the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry’s (ADCRR) lethal injection procedures. The settlement allows Arizona to move one step closer to ensuring justice is
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) to vacate the stay recently granted by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and proceed with the federal government's planned execution of Wesley Ira Purkey this Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 today, upholding the authority of states to bind presidential electors to the state's popular vote when casting their Electoral College ballots. The case involved combined legal challenges from Colorado and Washington where both states removed or sanctioned rogue "faithless" electors who defied the will of the state's voters by voting for another candidate during the 2016 presidential election.