The case had all the makings of a big-screen legal thriller, and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham decided to publicize it.
Her press secretary distributed a news release highlighting Lujan Grisham granting clemency to a former drug trafficker who escaped from a suspected serial killer. The chilling story generated headlines for the governor, who’s in the midst of a reelection campaign.
Aside from the morsel about a woman eluding a killer, then turning her life around, there wasn’t much news in Lujan Grisham’s news release. The governor’s announcement didn’t even identify the other five people to whom she granted clemency.