Judge orders New Mexico Legislature to release records

Phil Griego
Phil Griego

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district court judge is ordering New Mexico’s Legislature to turn over 15 subpoenaed documents to prosecutors as they pursue fraud charges against a former senator.

The order was released Tuesday and resolves part of a standoff between the attorney general’s office and legal advisers to the Legislature who contend that recent subpoenas of documents and testimony may threaten the integrity of the law-making process. The order also says communications between attorneys and a legislative ethics committee are privileged and need not be released.

Prosecutors have accused former Democratic Sen. Phil Griego of using his role as a legislator to profit from the 2014 sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe. Griego has pleaded not guilty to charges including fraud, bribery and tampering with public records.

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