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4:53 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

King Drops Investigation Of Former Secretary Of State

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says no criminal charges will be filed against embattled former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, bringing to a close a three-year investigation.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that King sent a letter to Herrera earlier this month saying he concluded there wasn't a sufficient basis to proceed with a criminal investigation.

Herrera was accused by former top officials in her office of wrongdoing, including ordering employees to collect signatures for her re-election campaign.

Herrera says she's happy the investigation over. She says the allegations were politically motivated and hurt her career.

The Democrat lost her re-election bid in 2010 and says she was passed over for an elections-related job in Georgia because of the allegations and the investigation.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com


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