Former BFA President William Crotts, 61, and general counsel Thomas Grabinski, 46, were found guilty of multiple counts of fraud and illegally conducting an enterprise. They each face a maximum of 46 years behind bars.
Five other defendants in the case have pleaded guilty since indictments were issued in 2001.
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, whose office prosecuted the case, press-released: "These verdicts are a victory for thousands of victims who believed the promises made by the defendants. They had their faith shattered and faced the possible loss of all their retirement investments. This case makes it clear that no matter how rich or powerful or well-connected you are, if you defraud investors, you are going to be prosecuted and convicted."
Lopez, who left the Pima County Attorney's Office shortly before copping a plea in a federal prescription-drug abuse case, told police after Stidham's brutal murder that Schwartz had often talked about his desire to see Stidham dead. She subsequently lost her contract for indigent defense work for the county and remains under investigation by the State Bar of Arizona.
Also popped for drunk driving last week: actor/director Mel Gibson, who went into a tirade against Jews as he was being taken into custody. According to the entertainment Web site TMZ.com, Gibson asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy who arrested him if he was Jewish and said: "Fucking Jews. ... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He also attempted to escape, called a female officer "sugar tits" and complained that "my life is fucked." That's for sure--even though we don't think the alcohol is to blame.
After the incident, Gibson released the obligatory apologetic statement: "I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said."
Gibson entered rehab earlier this week, although it remained unclear whether it would include treatment for anti-Semitism.
The "fully functional robot," which requires a minimum bid of $1,125, "is in good operational condition. Cosmetically the robot is fair. It was painted 12 years ago and could use some touch-up."
Unfortunately for The Range, which has been looking for a fully functional robot for years, bidders are limited to law-enforcement agencies.
The windfall means the state's rainy-day fund is now filled to the maximum $648.3 million.
Lawmakers could have used the surplus to expand highways in our rapidly growing state, but decided big tax cuts for the wealthiest Arizonans were a better way to go.
But lawmakers did set aside $307 million for highway construction. The bad news: Six out of every 10 dollars will be spent in Maricopa, while Pima County is expected to get 16 percent of the money, or $49 million, according to The Associated Press.