On Tuesday, July 5, hearings began for former New Mexico state Senator Phil Griego (D). Griego, who served from 1996 to 2015, is facing nine criminal charges, including three counts of fraud; one count each of perjury, tampering with public records, financial disclosure violations, and bribery and solicitation; and two counts of "violating the ethical principles of public service." These charges were the result of a complaint that Griego received over $50,000 in the sale of a state-owned building but did not disclose that information. Griego pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Michael Benjamin