Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Terry Goddard Salutes Selection of Luke AFB for F-35 Pilot Training

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 29, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended the selection of Luke Air Force Base as a training base for the next generation of Air Force jets, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

"The Air Force's choice of Luke is terrific news for the citizens of Arizona," Goddard said. "Since its opening in 1941, Luke has played a vital role in our nation's security and our state's economy. It has earned its status as one of America's premier air bases. Its choice for the F-35 promises to continue its prominent mission far into the future." 

Terry Goddard Commends Supreme Court for Upholding Death Sentence

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 2, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended the Arizona Supreme Court for upholding the death penalty against Joshua Idelfonso Villalobos, now 28, in the 2004 murder of five-year-old Ashley Molina.

According to court documents, Villalobos lived with Annette Verdugo, five-year-old Ashley Molina (Verdugo’s daughter), and the couple’s two-year-old daughter.  On January 3, 2004, Villalobos and Ashley Molina picked Verdugo up at work in Phoenix and took her to dinner.  Ashley did not eat and complained about stomach pains.

Goddard Warns Consumers about ‘Skimmers’ on Gas Pumps, ATMs

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 16, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers about credit and debit card “skimming” which has become increasingly prevalent in Arizona in recent months. Skimming involves the use of an inconspicuous electronic device that thieves can install on gas pumps or bank ATMs. Essentially, these small devices record your credit or debit card number off the magnetic strip on the card as you pay for your gas. Thieves then use the stolen card numbers to make fraudulent purchases.

Terry Goddard Commends Steps to Beef Up Border Security, But Says Much Stronger Effort Needed to Dismantle Cartels

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 19, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today called federal actions to strengthen security along the Mexican border a step in the right direction, but he said the Obama administration needs to place much greater emphasis on defeating the Mexico-based cartels that control drug-smuggling and human-trafficking into Arizona.

Terry Goddard to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Illegal Immigration

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 21, 2010) Because of his leadership in the fight against the criminal cartels based in Mexico, Attorney General Terry Goddard has been invited to testify Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., at a congressional hearing on efforts to reduce illegal immigration into the United States. 

The hearing will be held by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism. The hearing is titled “Enhancing the Department of Homeland Security’s Efforts to Disrupt Alien Smuggling Across our Borders.” 

Attorney General’s Office Honored with Two Prestigious Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 21, 2010)  The Arizona Attorney General’s Office was honored with two major awards from the Conference of Western Attorney’s General (CWAG), which concludes its summer meeting today in Santa Fe, N. M. 

Assistant Attorney General Bill Richards received the Jim Jones Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of a lawyer on the staff of a CWAG member state, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office website ( ) won the award for Best Overall Website. 

Goddard Urges Congress to Follow Arizona's Lead in Fighting Cartels

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 22, 2010) Testifying at a congressional hearing today in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Terry Goddard urged the federal government to intensify its efforts to take down the Mexican drug cartels and to utilize techniques developed by his Office to disrupt the flow of money that funds their violent operations.

Defeating the cartels would be the best way to reduce illegal immigration into the United States, Goddard said, because they control the smuggling of both humans and drugs across the Mexican border.