Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Five Arizona Inmates Affected by U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

(Phoenix, Ariz. - March 1, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today responded to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the  Missouri case Roper v. Simmons, where the court decision now bars capital punishment for defendants who were under age 18 at the time they committed first-degree murder.  

The 5-4 decision, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, affects five Arizona defendants who have been sentenced to death and who are currently awaiting state or federal appellate action: Tonatihu Aguilar, Levi Jackson, Kenneth Laird, Martin Soto-Fong, and James Davolt.  

Meth Cooker Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 7, 2005)  Algene Brown, a Gilbert man, was sentenced Friday to 23 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine drugs in the presence of children.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dennis Dairman cited the danger of exposing six children to methamphetamines, one of whom has Downs Syndrome and the lack of adequate remorse as factors in sentencing Brown.

Attorney General Terry Goddard is supporting a bill to reduce meth production in Arizona.  

State Law Enforcement Leaders Come Together to Combat Meth Use

(Phoenix, AZ) Law enforcement officials from across Arizona gathered today to discuss better ways to combat what most see as the state's No. 1 crime problem: the production and use of methamphetamine. The meeting included more than 50 county attorneys, sheriffs and police chiefs.

"We have a very strong consensus that more needs to be done to stop meth cooking in Arizona," said Attorney General Terry Goddard, who convened the meeting.

Attorney General’s Office Offers Training for Volunteer Mediators

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 10, 2005)  The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Division, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court, is offering 40-hour basic mediation courses free of charge to train persons to mediate local court disputes.  These courses are open to all members of the public.  However, in exchange for the free training, those who successfully complete the course must agree to mediate a certain number of court disputes on a pro bono basis. These disputes involve small claims, commercial, and other types of cases.

Scam Alert - Terry Goddard Advises Consumers: “You Did Not Win the Canadian Lottery”

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 11, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans again about a Canadian Lottery scam.  A Canadian lottery telemarketer contacted an 80-year old California resident last week, identifying himself as Chief Auditor Franklin Marshall from Consumer Protection at the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Tucson.  He provided an old address for the office.

Scam Alert: Terry Goddard Cautions Consumers Not to Purchase Globus Media Diagnostic Kits Sold Over the Internet

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 21, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers not to use unapproved home-use diagnostic test kits that have been made available over the Internet by Canadian firm Globus Media.  The manufacturer claims these kits will detect everything from pregnancy to Dengue Fever to marijuana use. 

Goddard cautioned consumers that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved these home-use kits and are not approved for sale in the United States.