SANTA FE (KRQE) – It was a small victory in court Thursday for Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Duran is accused of stealing money and trying to cover it up to feed a gambling habit.
In court Duran’s attorney argued she needs more time to investigate the dozens of charges and mount a defense. The judge agreed.
The district court judge decided to push back Dianna Duran’s preliminary hearing by about 30 days.
It’s a small win for the Secretary of State; her attorney, Erlinda Johnson, wanted a 60 day delay.
She argued she needs more time to sift through the more than 20,000 documents in the case, that the Attorney General says proves Duran was siphoning money from her campaign war chest to spend at casinos, while trying to cover it all up.
Although Duran’s attorney fought for a longer delay, she believes this is enough time to not only prepare for the preliminary hearing, but possibly avoid it altogether.
“It is our position that there is some evidence that was gathered unlawfully so we will be presenting that and arguing that in court,” said Johnson.
Prosecutors think it’s just stall tactics.
The preliminary hearing which was scheduled for late October is now set to begin December first. The preliminary hearing will decide if there’s enough evidence to take Duran to trial.
This all comes as lawmakers look into impeaching the secretary of state.