Appeals court dismisses suit by former Sunland Park official

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SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a former Sunland Park mayor pro tem who claimed New Mexico State Police invaded his privacy.

The Denver-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said Daniel Salinas “alleged insufficient facts” to show he was harmed by the alleged misconduct.

Salinas’ lawsuit cited the inclusion of his birth date, Social Security number and home address in a criminal complaint filed against him and news media coverage that included publication of the complaint.

Salinas won a 2012 mayoral race but was prevented from taking office after he was charged with extortion for allegedly secretly recording his opponent receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.

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