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The Latest: Governor: Lawmaker should ‘do the right thing’

July 9, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a New Mexico state lawmaker accused of drunken driving (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says no one is above the law and that elected officials should be held to a higher standard.

She made the comments during a news conference Tuesday when asked whether state Sen. Richard Martinez’s constituents would be better served if he resigned.

Martinez, a Democrat from Espanola, was accused of drunken driving after crashing into another vehicle June 28. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated DWI.

Without calling for Martinez’s resignation, Lujan Grisham said she hopes the longtime lawmaker thinks about his position as chair of the Senate judiciary committee as well as the message that the case sends to a community besieged by crime related to alcohol and drugs.

She says she hopeful Martinez “does the right thing.”

Martinez has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

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1 a.m.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office plans to prosecute the case of a state lawmaker accused of drunken driving — a move that comes in response to a request from the local district attorney.

Marco Serna, who is the district attorney in the state’s First Judicial District, asked the attorney general in a letter last week to take the case of Sen. Richard Martinez, a Democrat from Espanola.

Serna has recused himself to avoid what a spokesman described as “even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

Serna’s jurisdiction includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties.

Martinez pleaded not guilty last week to aggravated DWI.

He was arrested and released after a June 28 collision at an intersection in Espanola, where police say his SUV struck the back of another vehicle.

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