Dona Ana District Attorney says Orlando, staff deleted public records

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Dona Ana County DA Mark D'Antonio

Dona Ana County DA Mark D’Antonio

Dona Ana County’s District Attorney released a report Tuesday alleging that the former district attorney, Amy Orlando, and key staff of her and Susana Martinez’s administration systematically attempted to delete emails and public records, and sabotage border prosecution programs being handed off to D’Antonio, a Democrat who defeated Martinez’s appointee, Amy Orlando.  From the press release:

Third Judicial District Attorney, Mark D’Antonio released an “Administrative InvestigativeReport” of missing e
-mails and destruction of computer hard drives by former District Attorneyemployees. The Report was prompted by difficulty encountered in the District Attorney’s office responding to a request made under the Inspection of
Public Records Act (IPRA).
Mr. D’Antonio issued the following statement:
“It is the policy of my office to respond quickly and thoroughly to public records requests made by any citizen. Unfortunately, we have not been able to comply with a recent IPRA request for e-mail correspondence because it appears that e-mails related to District Attorney business have been intentionally deleted and hard drives may have been destroyed by the prior administration…”
Read the full press release here.
The report says the office brought in forensic analysts from the FBI in an attempt to recover the deleted emails.  They were unsuccessful.
The investigation came in response to allegations that staff of the office used public resources, including a law enforcement database, to conduct background checks on political opponents. More on that from the Santa Fe Reporter’s Justin Horwath here.
The full 19-page report is embedded here for reading.