Attorney general backs sentence against New Mexico official

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas reviews documents related to a lawsuit against one of the nation's largest nursing home chains in his office in Albuquerque N.M., on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Balderas said he decided to pursue the lawsuit following a months' long review of the merits of the case to ensure it was in the best interest of New Mexicans. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
(AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

SANTA FE (AP) – New Mexico’s attorney general is urging a judge to uphold probation requirements against disgraced former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

The attorney general’s office on Tuesday objected in writing to Duran’s request to reconsider, reduce or eliminate probation requirements that she speak four times a month to civic groups or schools, perform community service work and obtain authorization for in-state travel.

Duran’s attorney says the public speaking amounts to public shaming rather than rehabilitation, and that Duran will be in danger judging from threatening online comments.

The attorney general says there are no credible threats against Duran and that speaking will help her and her audience.

Duran has pleaded guilty to felony charges for using campaign donations to fuel a gambling spree. She has served a one-month jail sentence.

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