Defense attorney Monnica Garcia, who has been working with Sam Bregman in the defense of former officer Keith Sandy, said in a written motion and oral argument that both McGinn and Brandenburg should be sanctioned for violating rules of professional conduct barring potentially prejudicial pretrial comments about a pending case.
Attached to the request were three exhibits: an article from the Albuquerque Free Press nearly a year ago, a BuzzFeed piece published online last month, and an Albuquerque Journal article in which Brandenburg responded to statements she allegedly made in the BuzzFeed article.
Speaking to the Journal, Brandenburg denied ever calling Mayor Richard Berry a “psychopath,” as the article reported. The BuzzFeed reporter stood by the quote.
Brandenburg also said publicly that she worried for her and her family’s safety after her office decided to bring charges against Sandy and then-officer Dominique Perez in the fatal March 2014 shooting of James Boyd in the Sandia foothills, and that she and Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden no longer speak.