New Mexico lawmakers hire lawyer for impeachment case

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A panel of New Mexico lawmakers investigating fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran has hired a lawyer.

The House Special Investigatory Committee announced Tuesday that it has retained former federal prosecutor Robert Gorence.

In 2001, the high-profile Albuquerque lawyer served as special counsel in the state impeachment case of a public regulation commissioner who later resigned.

Duran has been accused of funneling campaign contributions into personal bank accounts and later withdrawing large sums of money while frequenting casinos around the state.

She has pleaded not guilty to state charges.

Committee co-chairs Rep. Zachary Cook and Rep. Gail Chasey said in a statement they were confidence Gorence will do an outstanding job with the panel.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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