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Goddard Announces Agreement to Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors in Wal-Mart Stores

(PHOENIX, AZ—September 30, 2003)   Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that he and the Attorneys General of 42 other states have reached an agreement under which Wal-Mart will implement new policies and procedures to reduce tobacco sales to minors. The agreement will affect Wal-Mart stores throughout the  nation, including all 53 Wal-Mart, SAM’S CLUB, and Supercenter stores in Arizona. 

"I am committed to reducing underage smoking.  Today’s agreement is an important step designed to keep cigarettes out of children’s hands," said Goddard.  

Goddard Statement on Do Not Call Ruling

(Phoenix, AZ— September 24, 2003)  Today’s District Court ruling in Oklahoma to block the Do Not Call registry is the equivalent of slamming down the phone on 900,000 Arizona consumers who registered on the federal Do Not Call lists. 

Some states have their own Do Not Call registries.  However, Arizona’s list is tied directly to the federal list.  Because of today’s ruling, our state list is now in limbo. 

Panduro Sentenced to 42 Years and 6 Months

(Phoenix, AZ— September 22, 2003) Thanks to the efforts of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Foreign Prosecutions Unit, a Mexican court sentenced Antonio Perez Panduro to 42 years and 6 months in prison for the murders of Tammy Manuel and Evelyn Jackson in Chandler in 1982.   

After killing the women, Panduro fled to Mexico.  He was recently arrested in Colima, Colima, Mexico. With the assistance of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Panduro was tried, convicted and sentenced in Mexico.  

Public Invited to Meet the Attorney General and Pick Up Consumer Information Attorney General opens satellite office in Sun City to Help Senior Citizens with Consumer Complaints

(Phoenix, AZ – September 19, 2003)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will officially open his Sun City Satellite Office on Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. 

The satellite office will serve as a repository for information on consumer rights, telemarketing fraud, and consumer scams. As well, specially trained volunteers will provide consumer complaint forms and offer some assistance in completing those forms. 

Attorney General Goddard Outlines Services for Hispanic Seniors at September 16 Event

(Phoenix, AZ – September 12, 2003)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will address minority senior citizens and prominent Hispanic leaders on Tuesday, September 16 at the Marcos de Niza Senior Center in Phoenix. 

Goddard will talk about new initiatives at the Attorney General’s Office designed to protect vulnerable Arizonans, specifically a program called “Alerta! Este Alerta!”. Goddard will also unveil plans for a new satellite office serving the inner city neighborhoods. 

Goddard Announces Victory Against R.J. Reynolds in Suite Over "Winston Cup" Outdoor Advertising

(Phoenix, AZ – September 10, 2003)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that the State has prevailed against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the Arizona Court of Appeals in a suit accusing Reynolds of violating the advertising restrictions of the tobacco "Master Settlement Agreement" (MSA) in connection with Reynolds’ "Winston Cup" advertising.   

Haro Sentenced to 4 Life Terms for Involvement in Drug Ring

(Phoenix, AZ—September 10, 2003) Convicted Yuma drug dealer Noel Haro was sentenced to two 20-year sentences and four concurrent life sentences yesterday after a jury found Haro to be a “serious drug offender.” 

Haro was also sentenced to 12 years on 11 other drug-related charges, and ordered to pay nearly $1.5M for investigation and prosecution costs and fines. 

Clark Guilty of First Degree Murder in Slaying of Flagstaff Police Officer

(Phoenix, AZ – September 3, 2003)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Eric Michael Clark has been found guilty of first degree murder in the slaying of Flagstaff policeman Jeff Moritz. Officer Moritz was shot to death by Clark on Ruary 00, 200?.

Judge H. Jeffrey Coker reached the verdict yesterday. Judge Coker rejected the guilty but insane defense. Clark will be sentenced by Judge Coker on October 2 in Coconino County Court. 

Yuma Drug Bust Leads to Forfeiture: Yuma County Law Enforcement to Get Check for $126,632

(Phoenix, AZ—September 2, 2003) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that forfeitures from a cocaine and marijuana smuggling organization in Yuma have resulted in a $126,632.78payment to Yuma law enforcement agencies. 

The smuggling organization, with Yuma County, AZ and Fresno, CA locations, was operated by the Gonzalez brothers: Alberto Gutierrez, Ismael, Gabriel, Pablo and Jaime. Also involved were Ricardo Carranza, Linda Francisca Gonzalez, and Martha Sestiaga Gonzalez. The cocaine and marijuana was smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.