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Criminal or civil?

SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Supreme Court determined that the Legislature did not intend for portions of the state’s Governmental Conduct Act to be punished as criminal violations. The question arose because a county treasurer allegedly used his position to pressure people into sexual relationships; the law speaks of “ethical principles” and “aspirational expressions” rather than criminal statutes.

Read the ruling here.

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