ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – State prosecutors have lost a legal challenge seeking to revive a public corruption case against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron.
The State Court of Appeals ruled last week that charges against Vigil-Giron were properly dismissed back in 2012 because delays in the case violated her constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Vigil-Giron was indicted in 2009 on charges of fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement for alleged misuse of federal money in a voter education campaign.
A special prosecutor had appealed a Bernalillo County District Court judge’s decision to dismiss the case.
Vigil-Giron was Secretary of State from 1999 to 2006.
Two consultants for the campaign were convicted in a separate federal prosecution.