Ringside Seat: Cockfighting raid records could bite King

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Ringside Seat

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 9:45 pm | Updated: 9:14 am, Mon Jun 30, 2014.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her Democratic challenger, Gary King, both say they are committed to openness in government. Yet both have been sued by critics who allege that they refused to release emails pertaining to the public’s business.

Allegations of unwarranted secrecy are about to get worse for King, the state attorney general, who is supposed to enforce New Mexico’s public records law. An old case against him regarding controversial cockfighting raids has come home to roost.

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  • Fred Stokes posted at 7:45 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 94

    There does not appear to be any evidence that the ranchers were would-be cockfighters.

  • Fred Stokes posted at 7:42 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 94

    Everyone knew King was an incompetent do-nothing. Now we now he is a criminal..

  • Michael Grimler posted at 4:21 pm on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    shooter Posts: 190

    Time to stick a fork into Mr. King.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 6:16 pm on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 190

    You couldn't invent this stuff and can't wait for it to be turned into a made for TV mini-series except It is a matter of fact and soon to be court record. And with yet more to be released e-mails from our, head in the sand, AG's Office, it could only get better. And yet another case of CYA and plausable deniability. In anycase Brothers and Sisters get ready to write a BIG check on this one. Ms Ferugson should also be held accountable for impersonating a law enforcement Officer and sent a bill for the completely unnecessary expenses she caused and sued personally for the violation of individuals rights and the destruction of personal property. The Health Dept should also sight her for public endangerment with the unnecessary killing of the chickens and leaving behind their caucases .

  • Patricio R. Downs posted at 3:37 pm on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Patricio Downs Posts: 41

    Funny how things like this story - as well as the story about HSD having engaged in contracts with the Arizona behavioral health providers - are coming out now, rather than a few weeks before Election Day.

    Just a friendly reminder that you get the government you vote for. [innocent]

  • Chris Mechels posted at 1:35 pm on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 68

    Here's another example of King's record, involving a former Santa Fe Police Officer, Michael Eiskant, now being sued in Federal Court.

    http://www.abqjournal.com/218434/news/ santa-fe-sued-over-excops-actions.html

    King turned a felony charge into a wrist slap, and Eiskant walked off with full retirement benefits. Now we get to pay for the lawsuit, and settlement.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:24 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    "How do you think the New Mexican became privy to this information?"

    Why does it matter "how" the information came forth? Seems like it was becoming public via the court case brought by Marcy Britton. If you support government officials' ability to keep secret their activities as public-servants, you probably respect Governor Martinez' efforts to withhold her office's records in various cases presently.

  • Handymark posted at 9:25 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Handymark Posts: 7

    “If I had ever been aware that Ms. Ferguson had represented herself as having any authority flowing from the Attorney General’s Office or the task force I would have immediately demanded that she cease such representations, and I would have informed any relevant law enforcement agencies of same,” King stated in the affidavit.

    “I did not have any knowledge at the time of the alleged raid on the Marins’ ranch that Ms. Ferguson or the task force had violated or were violating anyone’s constitutional rights.” He sounds a lot like 0bama or Sgt. Schulz..

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:49 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    King was “the worst attorney general” - Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman

    King should “consider recusing himself from office…” – The New Mexican

    Gary King - “If I had ever been aware...”

  • Chris Mechels posted at 8:13 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 68

    My own experience with AG Gary King supports the fact that he has no regard for the law, and just sort of stumbles along on opinions, and misuse of his staff and office.

    On 29 January 2014 I served Gary King with an Open Meetings Act complaint, in his capacity as Chair of the Law Enforcement Academy Board. The letter established that the Board had committed a number of serious violations of the OMA is 2014 Board meetings. It requested a response from the BOARD to this complaint.

    King, without my consent, deflected my complaint to the AG office and treated it as a OMA complaint to the AG office itself. I never filed a complaint to the AG office, and this handling was inappropriate. The attorney assigned to "investigate" a complaint that I never filed with the AG also served as Counsel to the Board, thus has a direct conflict of interest.

    I continue to get stone walled by the AG on their "investigation" of this OMA complaint, and of course have no response from the LEA Board.

    Yet another case where King misused his powers as AG, and LEA Board Chair, to conceal illegal actions by his office and himself. He is shameless, with no regard for the law. His 8 years as AG show this repeatedly. He belongs in jail, not in the Governor's office.

  • lizasantafe posted at 6:25 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    lizasantafe Posts: 6

    Ah, politics! Let the games begin! How do you think the New Mexican became privy to this information? I'll bet it comes from somewhere in the Martinez camp. As for me, I still think getting her out of office is better for NM. As an educator, the havoc she has wreaked and continues to inflict upon educators and their students in this state is unconscionable. She and her Ed. Secretary Designate have done enough damage and it is time for a different philosophy.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:45 pm on Sun, Jun 29, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    Wow. What a "get", Milan. This story's got legs. Surely there's more photos of the raids floating around. Can't wait to hear PETA's opinion on who's the bigger offender; the would-be cock fighters, or the government's ham-fisted bozos who confiscated and murdered the birds. Democrats are gonna wish this story had come out before the primary. That other front-runner dude looks a lot better now. Doh!


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