State Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Filing a False Financial Disclosure, Agrees to Resign

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 25, 2006) Arizona State Treasurer David Petersen today pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to one count of knowingly filing a false or incomplete financial disclosure statement.

Petersen will be sentenced within 30 days of today’s hearing. He agreed to resign from office before or at the time of sentencing.

Terry Goddard Announces DVDs with Anti-Smoking PSAs

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 24, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Weinstein Company will insert anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) on its DVDs where smoking is depicted. Responding to a written request last month from 41 state Attorneys General, The Weinstein Company becomes the first motion picture company to insert an anti-smoking message.

The PSA, produced by the American Legacy Foundation, will appear with the December 2006 release of “Clerks II.”

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Decision on Voter ID Rules

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 20, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stay Arizona’s voter identification rules. This ruling allows the state to continue implementing the voting rules contained in Proposition 200, which voters approved in 2004.

“This decision eliminates all confusion about what rules will be followed for the Nov. 7 general election,” Goddard said.

New Mexico Man Sentenced in Child Exploitation Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 20, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Robert Dennis Bixler, 49, of Socorro, New Mexico was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of luring before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Cathy Holt.

By statute, Bixler is required to serve the entire 17 years. Following his prison sentence, he will be placed on lifetime probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Terry Goddard Vows to Continue Human Smuggling Prosecutions

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 18, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard said a lawsuit filed today will not deter his office’s longstanding fight against human smuggling and coyotes operating in Arizona.

Goddard was responding to a lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that seeks to recover money transfers seized by the Attorney General’s Office and restrict the scope of human smuggling investigations. The lawsuit was filed by three out-of-state individuals to recover money seized in Western Union wire transfers.

Terry Goddard Petitions U.S. Supreme Court on Voter ID Rules

Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 13, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Arizona to continue implementing the voter identification and registration rules contained in Proposition 200, approved by voters in 2004. The 30-page application was filed with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the justice assigned to hear emergency petitions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.