Prosecutors lose case against former Secretary of State

NM prosecutors lose corruption case

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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