Diplomacy talks kept Bill Richardson from Santa Fe hearing

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson did not show up at a municipal court hearing last month because he was meeting about an American detained in North Korea.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that court documents in Richardson’s hit-and-run case were unsealed Friday.

The records reveal that Richardson, who is former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was scheduled to meet with North Korea’s ambassador to the U.S. and another official in New York City on the same day.

According to documents, Richardson was dealing with “a highly sensitive security issue involving a detained American.”

A judge granted a motion by his attorney to seal the documents for 30 days.

Richardson pleaded no contest to a hit-and-run charge.

He must pay $56 in court costs and complete a defensive driving class.

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