Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

AG Balderas Secures Early Dismissal of Former Secretary of State’s IPRA Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2019

Contact: Matt Baca (505) 270-7148

Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a recent district court
order entering summary judgment against former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, declaring that
as a matter of law there was no basis for her Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) lawsuit
against the Office of the Attorney General. Herrerra alleged that the Office violated IPRA, and the
Court found that she “failed to provide any reliable evidence” to support her allegations.
“Public agencies should absolutely comply with the rule of law and be transparent to the public,
and this ruling is an important confirmation of my office’s dedication to those principles,” said
Attorney General Balderas. “Public officials, current and former, also have a burden to strongly
consider the impact frivolous lawsuits have on our already overburdened courts that should be
focusing on keeping communities safe and bringing access to justice to New Mexicans who truly
need it.”

Raul Torrez

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