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Court nixes damages against NM attorney general

April 27, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has overturned damages against Attorney General Gary King for withholding public records requested by a lawyer handling a pay discrimination case against King.

The court ruled Thursday that a district judge in Albuquerque failed to provide evidence to support the $100-a-day damages against the attorney general in 2011. However, King still faces the prospect of damages if the case goes back to the judge for a revised order.

The damages were to accrue until King provided records requested by Albuquerque lawyer Daniel Faber, who estimated Friday that they had reached about $61,000 by the time all the materials were released.

King spokesman Phil Sisneros said the attorney general’s office calculated the damages to be about $15,300, and that it doesn’t think Faber is entitled to damages for the time “between the first and last production” of records.

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