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The Latest: Jury picked in lawmaker’s corruption trial

October 30, 2017

FILE- In this April 4, 2016, file photo, former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego, left, and his attorney Tom Clark, center, walk out of an arraignment in Santa Fe District Court in Santa Fe, N.M. Griego, a Democrat who is accused of using his former position as a lawmaker and his acumen as a real estate broker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe via complex interactions with a state agency, allied lawmakers and a public buildings commission, goes on trial next week on corruption charges in a high-stakes showdown with state prosecutors. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, file)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

A jury has been selected in the trial of former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego on accusations he used his elected position to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected Monday for the trial at state district court in Santa Fe.

Griego has pleaded not guilty in response to eight charges that include bribery, fraud, perjury, unlawful interest in a public contract and violation of ethical principles of service.

The 69-year-old defendant resigned from the Legislature in 2015 after a Senate Ethics Committee investigation cited apparent violations of state constitutional provisions and a Senate ethics code.

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10:00 a.m.

Jury selection has begun in the trial of former state Sen. Phil Griego on corruption charges tied to the sale of a state building in 2014.

Scores of potential jurors arrived Monday at a state district courthouse in Santa Fe as Attorney General Hector Balderas pressed forward with eight criminal charges against the former Democratic lawmaker from San Jose.

Griego is denying allegations that he used his former position as a state legislator to earn a $50,000 commission on the sale of a state building in downtown Santa Fe to owners of an upscale inn.

Opening arguments may take place as soon as Tuesday.

Griego resigned from the Legislature in the wake of a Senate Ethics Commission investigation that outlined conflicts with Senate rules and state constitutional provisions.

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