Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hospital Deal Spurs Call for Investigation.

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

Grand Jury Requested In Lincoln County

CARRIZOZO Lincoln County residents are asking a state District Court judge to impanel a grand jury to investigate whether county commissioners violated state law in awarding a hospital management contract.

If state District Court Judge Frank Wilson decides after a hearing Thursday in Carrizozo to impanel the grand jury, county commissioners could face criminal charges for actions the state Attorney General's Office has so far declined to prosecute.

"If it goes to a grand jury, there's going to be a lot of problems," said Lincoln County Commissioner Leo Martinez, who has sided with those seeking a grand jury. …

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