Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Richardson hiding more subpoenas?

The Journal reports this morning, link, that their request for public records, specifically regarding any additional federal subpoenas, has been denied by the governor's office.

According to the Journal, they were told

"Any responsive records the Governor's Office may have received would be exempt from disclosure. Such documents would relate to a matter that is or will be before a federal grand jury. This office will not release records of this nature pursuant to the federal rules governing grand juries."
The letter went on to say, "There are also countervailing public policy considerations that warrant denial of your request as well, including but not limited to this Office's effort to cooperate and not unduly interfere with any federal grand jury investigation(s)."
The New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, link, includes an explicit and specific list of exemptions from the requirement for public records surrender. The spirit of the Act is that records are subject to surrender unless they qualify under an exception.

Governor Bill Richardson
apparently thinks he can create
his own exceptions.

If you don't like it, sue him.

You will pay for his lawyers;
however many he decides to
dedicate to his defense.

If you win, you will pay his fine.

Transparent enough for you?

photo Mark Bralley

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