District Attorney D’Antonio Releases Report on Deleted E-mails Under Prior Administration

Third Judicial District Attorney, Mark D’Antonio released an “Administrative Investigative Report” of missing e-mails and destruction of computer hard drives by former District Attorney employees.  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:

Amy Orlando
Amy Orlando

“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.  Also very troubling is that one of the few e-mails that were found during this investigation reveals  the former District Attorney and current Department of Public Safety General Counsel, Amy Orlando, ordered staff to make it difficult for my incoming administration to apply for more than $200,000  of federal grants under the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative.”

“That e-mail clearly shows a mind set to put politics above public safety and justice. I made a commitment to the people of Doña Ana County and New Mexico that politics would have no place in my decision making and that all citizens would have free and open access to their District Attorney’s Office. I want to take this opportunity to reassure the people that the inappropriate behavior and activities that took place prior to my taking office are not occurring now and will not be tolerated under my watch.”

Final Administrative Report Click Here.