- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego is waiving his right to a court arraignment on newly confirmed charges of fraud, bribery and perjury as the criminal corruption case moves toward trial.

The decision means Griego will no longer appear this week at a state district court in Albuquerque.

State prosecutors allege Griego used his position as a senator to profit from the 2014 sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe by pushing approval of the transaction through the Legislature without proper disclosure.

State District Court Judge Brett Loveless says evidence is sufficient to move forward with nine counts against Griego. Griego previously pleaded not guilty.

Griego resigned from the Senate last year amid a Senate ethics investigation.

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