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AZ Supreme Court hears case of drug-sniffing canine (access required)

About four years ago, police led a drug-sniffing dog to the garage of Jose Salvador Guillen, asked his wife for permission to enter the garage and then detected an odor of marijuana. Police, who were acting on a tip they had received eight months prior, obtained a search warrant and discovered bales of marijuana inside freezers in the garage. Guillen was later arrested and charged with possession of four pounds of the illegal narcotic.

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Martin says Goddard is throwing ‘legal temper tantrum’ (access required)

The Attorney General's Office may not be providing many legal services to the Treasurer's Office anymore, and state Treasurer Dean Martin had some sharp words for Attorney General Terry Goddard over the dispute. "He said he's not our attorney anymore," Martin said. "It's like a legal temper tantrum."

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Operation Los Tusa dismantles marijuana syndicate

The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Oct. 26 that it has indicted 21 people in connection with a marijuana-smuggling operation based in Pinal County. Attorney General Terry Goddard, along with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, sent out a media release noting that Operation Los Tusa has dismantled a syndicate responsible for smuggling thousands of pounds of marijuana into Arizona during the past three years.

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Some agencies avoid submitting reduction reports (access required)

When drafting reports to show the impact of 15 percent cuts to their budgets, some state agencies described how their services would be gutted. Some simply explained why such cuts aren't feasible. And others, such as the Governor's Office, which ordered the reports, don't seem to know where to even make the cuts.

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Rabago will decide on AG race by year’s end

Assistant Attorney General Vince Rabago acknowledged that he is among the ever expanding group of people who are eying the 2010 AG's race. Rabago, an assistant AG in Attorney General Terry Goddard's Tucson office, has not yet filed an exploratory committee or made a decision to run, but said he will decide by the end of the year.

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AG lays off 29, expects to save $2M

Twenty-nine employees of the Arizona Attorney General's Office will be out of a job by the end of the month. In a press release sent July 20, Attorney General Terry Goddard noted that twelve attorneys and 17 supporting staff members would be trimmed from the office. Criminal investigator positions were not affected.

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Fund sweep illegal; ag groups vindicated

A consortium of agricultural interests claimed victory July 9 after a judge ruled the Arizona Legislature acted illegally last year when it swept $160,000 from accounts that held voluntary, private contributions. The lawsuit targeted former Gov. Janet Napolitano, State Treasurer ...

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