NM's King stands by action in corrupt...

NM's King stands by action in corruption cases

There are 15 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 24, 2011, titled NM's King stands by action in corruption cases. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

State Attorney General Gary King, reacting to critics who claim he is slow and soft on corruption cases, said Friday he has been diligent and ethical every step of the way.

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Phil

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 25, 2011
King said he had “become a globetrotter to help in the fight against human trafficking, going to Geneva, Israel and Mexico among other places.” No doubt he has been a globetrotter, King loves to travel. As reported in other articles, King has travels 9 times to Europe alone. He spends so much time abroad he could be a spokesperson for the airlines. The human trafficking issue was not one where the public was crying out for help. How about issues here in our own state that are overwhelming the taxpayers, like auto theft, drug rings, property theft, and an APD police force that is out of control.
Franklin

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jun 25, 2011
Press conference was a dumb idea, after speaking through Phil Sisneros for 5 years and ducking the press, he comes out when his head is on the chopping block.“King said he was weary of news reports..” Whoopee, he is finally going to resign? Gary, answering to the public is a major portion of being a politician, come down from your throne. Weary really means he is tired of the fact that very recently the press has caught him lying to them about his conflicts and forging signatures. I remember when he got caught accepting $25,000 contribution from a law firm he signed a contract with. He lied to cover that one too.
Don

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Jun 25, 2011
Do-nothing who is living the good life at taxpayers expense.
James F

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jun 25, 2011
“Asked which legislative committee operated in secret, King then altered his statement.” Whoops, the fact checkers were in the room so he had to pull back on his spin job. King has got to go, maybe he should stay in far away countries he seems to prefer to our problems here.
Albert

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 25, 2011
King blames "defense lawyers who had succeeded in shaping public opinion and a press corps that had not consistently reported his side of the story". Oh really,so he feels the press has an obligation to tell his side of the story. They have, and he tells it far too often. What he does not like is when closer scrutiny shows the cracks in his stories. As for defense lawyers, I have only seen one of them make any comments in the press, out of the 3 current corruption cases with 10 defendants. The judge did the talking, he threw King out of a case for having conflicts he said for the last two years didn't exist. He says that now about Bruce Mallot too.
King doubled the amount of public spokespersons he has from the previous Attorney General. He writes one Op-Ed after another, one letter to the editor after another,he leaks info about cases, after saying he can't talk about them. If his office did more work than promoting him, maybe things would be different. He has more so-called public service ads than any public official, he tripled the number of printed brochures than his predecessor's and added a big color picture of himself to all of them (In once case he has his picture 14 times in one taxpayer funded publication); he is the first AG to actually alter the official seal of the AG's office to include his name! His ego knows no bounds. Let me correct that, his political ambitions.
No way

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jun 25, 2011
King said “an army of defense lawyers had succeeded in stalling the case”. Again lies. Stalling would mean nothing is happening. One case is up for review at the supreme court, in another case on March 17 the judge threw King of a case after getting caught prosecuting his own employee and having a conflict over other actions by King (that he denied for two years, but the facts showed otherwise).
In each of three so-called corruption prosecutions, each defendant has only one lawyer who are each in turn working on dozens of cases across the state. Yet King has had four investigators, half a dozen prosecutors, plus their supervisors and support staff, who do nothing but work on these three cases. Lets not forget the contributions of the keen Parry Mason mind of King on their side. He has also used his own staff as so-called witnesses in these cases, as if they could afford to be unbiased.
Steven C

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jun 25, 2011
King said an underlying reason for delays in complex white-collar cases was that the state Legislature was not adequately funding the courts. Another whopper from the master. White collar cases are not heard in a separate white collar court, and the court hears them like any other case. All cases are backed up, but it is not a crisis and certainly has had no special effect on the corruption cases. This comment is one of Gary King’s shameful efforts to pass the blame to someone else for his failings, this time on the judges.
common sense

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Jun 25, 2011
You don't get the Attorney General job in any state without being involved in politics and playing the political game. Why is it that when people like Mr. King are accused of something they blame everything on a political system that they themselves chose to be a part of when it was in their best interest?
lcnative

United States

#9 Jun 25, 2011
How many times during King's tenure have any officials actually been arrested, tried, and convicted for corruption? How many city or county officials have been under investigation? Arrested? I know City and County employees have reported proof of corruption happening here and nothing has ever been done.

Gary King, you are all about politics, always have been, always will be and to deny that- you are only fooling yourself.
Bruce Jr

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jun 25, 2011
Gary King received a $50k campaign contribution in 2010 for his re-election from the Bill Richardson PAC. Need i say more?
common sense

Las Cruces, NM

#11 Jun 25, 2011
A typical politician fully believes no matter what they get themselves into they can always talk their way out of it. This has been demonstrated time and time again by national, state and locally elected politicians.
Bob Onthis

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jun 25, 2011
King got kicked of the Vigil-Giron case after claiming since 2009 he had no conflicts of interest, a big lie. It turned out his attorney staff had written the contract the dispute is about, plus they testified they gave her legal advice daily, also known as an attorney/client relationship. But King was trying to make those same employees into witnesses against Vigil-Giorn. His whole case was based on witnesses who he had the power to hire and fire, that's abuse of power and a conflict under the Bar rules. The surprise is that any lawyer who knows they have a conflict would hold onto the case for years anyway. Did he think he would get away with it, or did he hang onto it so another prosecutor would not find out what he had to hide?
But the major conflict was that he added into the case at the last minute a former employee of the attorney general's, Elizabeth Kupfer, who had campaigned for his opponent and King then fired. Can you imagine him using her former co-workers to investigate her? Thats weird, and illegal.
Alfonso

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Jun 25, 2011
As they say, there are lies, and then there are damn lies. And then there are Attorney General Gay King's lies. Kings whole case on Rebecca is a shambles because he overreached, and led the public to believe he had some goods on her. If he did they would have had a plea already like the Manny case.
He charged her with bribes, kickbacks, and money laundering, then it turned out his lawyers had to admit she never got a penny of the money. He called a bribe that she appeared in the commercials and that that benefited her politically. Hmmm, kind of like how King appears in public funded commercials, Richardson did too, Denish and so on. But when she did it its a crime. What is really a crime is how . Also, the Secretary of States in every state appeared in their own local HAVA commercials.
Personally I think he goes after anyone that may be a future opponent. He tried to find a way to get Pat Lyons, he went after Balderas, he went after Rebecca, all interested in running for higher office like King. He runs the office of the attorney general like Al Capone.
miss old LC

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jun 25, 2011
I agree with lcnative commets. There are plenty of local corruption reported, like the town of Bernalillo credit card scandal, the Jemez School district, the corrections department, and others. King only want the cases that involve a current or former elected official so he can get the free publicity for himself. But he forgot that charging someone with accusations and making a huge deal to the press, is not the same as proving it in a court of law. Anyone can be indicted, it is a rubber stamp process with no representation by the defense.

I remember in March the press reported that there was testimony that the Ms. Kupfer defendant that worked for King in finances blew the whistle on him when he told her to move the money meant to pursue 100 cases he had on his desk of local government corruption, and move it to use only on politicians. And then he not only did it, he added her to the case to shut her up. And she even worked at the attorneys general office, man that has to be a conflict.
burt

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Jun 25, 2011
Gary King, the incompetent "fox" who allowed the scorpion ghost of his father to sting him in the neck in the middle of the political river.

A dumpling, over his head, a water witcher on his way to raw NM desert gully ignominy.

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