This isn’t the first time in the past several months the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office has had a problem with media coverage and criticism it has received.
As it has begun doing in recent months, the NMAGO has taken to the blogosphere to explain, well… in the words of AG spokesman Phil Sisneros:
Perhaps everyone can benefit from the rest of the story in this case and maybe, just maybe…gain a better understanding of what has taken place in the Jerome Block, Jr. case.
Sisneros writes that a lot of people think Block Jr. should have received a harsher punishment than he did as spelled out in the plea agreement that calls for participation in the drug court program and a chance to avoid prison time if completed successfully. Block Jr. will also never again run for public office and criminal charges against his father were dropped. Writes Sisneros:
And yes, charges against his father Block, Sr. will be dropped in relation to the misuse of campaign finance money from several years back…why? Because Jerome Block, Jr. took responsibility for committing the crime.
Here is one more fact…Jerome Block, Jr. is a first time offender. I think any reasonable person would agree that this was the best possible outcome for the state of New Mexico and for the cause of justice. Unfortunately, some folks still subscribe to the theory that facts should not get in the way of a story.
Here are some related links over the past few days:
- AG’s Blog: Facts in the Block Prosecution
- New Mexican: Jerome Block Jr. resigns from PRC in plea deal
- New Mexican: PRC mulls makeover amid Block aftermath
- NMPolitics.net: Block’s plea bargain isn’t much of a deterrent
- AG’s statement from Wednesday