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Secret Settlements Scrutinized | The Line

1920 Line Secret Settlements

November 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss State Auditor Brian Colón’s special audit of questionable legal settlements in the final days of Governor Susana Martinez’s second term. News of the settlements first surfaced in 2018. Colón says many of those settlements were approved with little examination or scrutiny and totaled in the millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
H. Diane Snyder, former State Senator

For Further Reading:
State Auditor Alleges ‘Abuse of Power’ in Secret SettlementsThe Albuquerque Journal

State Auditor Says Millions Shelled Out in Secret Settlement When Governor Martinez Was in OfficeKOAT

$1.7 Million Paid in Confidential State SettlementsKRQE

 

 

 

The Line: New Constitutional Amendment Proposed for Public Safety

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May 24, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the perception by many Burqueños that the city is a dangerous place in which to live, and debate Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez’s proposed constitutional amendment that would make it easier to detain certain people accused of a crime before they’re found guilty.

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First

For Further Reading:

BernCo DA unveils plan for defendant detention – by Katy Barnitz and Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal

District Attorney Torrez introduces pretrial detention proposal – Rebecca Atkins, KRQE

Albuquerque shaken by crime – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

State Police role in ABQ questioned – by Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal