- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Disgraced former Secretary of State Dianna Duran has called off her request for a reduction in probation requirements under felony convictions for money laundering and embezzlement.

Duran withdrew on Tuesday a request for a court hearing on her probation terms without explanation. She had asked a state district court judge to reconsider her public speaking engagements with civic groups and schools, reduce community service work and loosen restrictions on in-state travel.

The state attorney general’s office opposed the request and applauded the outcome.

Duran completed a 30-day jail sentence in January after resigning from office and acknowledging she used political campaign funds to fuel a gambling spree.

An attorney for Duran had equated the public speaking with public shaming and said Duran would be in danger judging from threatening online comments.

The attorney general’s office said there are no credible threats against Duran and that speaking to civic groups would benefit her and audiences.

At a sentencing hearing in December, District Judge T. Glenn Ellington told Duran she had a long way to go toward personal rehabilitation as an acknowledged gambling addict, as well as toward restoring public trust in government officials.

He assigned Duran lengthy probation terms for breaking the rules she was supposed to uphold as the state’s primary elections and campaign finance regulator.

Duran’s attorney previously asked that community service requirements be reduced from 2,000 hours to 1,000 hours, arguing it would interfere with Duran’s responsibility as a full-time caregiver for three young grandsons.


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