ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Santa Fe Reporter newspaper filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Gov. Susana Martinez illegally withheld public documents and selectively ignored requests for information because the governor disliked the weekly paper’s coverage.
The Reporter, in a 22-page complaint filed in state District Court in Santa Fe, said Martinez on multiple occasions has illegally shielded public documents required for release under the state Inspection of Public Records Act.
“This lawsuit is every bit about the fact that she is not disclosing documents she has. That’s our leading point,” said Daniel Yohalem, an attorney representing the Reporter.
In cases in which documents are released, the Reporter cited frequent delays – as long as 87 days in one case – despite state law that requires reasonable document requests be provided within 15 days.