- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Dona Ana County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil against two county commissioners over claims that they tried to curtail his right to free speech.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/27uhO9c ) that Vigil’s 2014 lawsuit alleges commissioners Billy Garrett and Wayne Hancock retaliated against him because he publicly criticized the commission over issues, such as staffing and pay levels.

But the judge agreed with the commissioners in his decision Friday.

Garrett and Hancock had filed a motion to dismiss the suit, arguing that they are entitled to qualified immunity and that Vigil failed to make a viable case for liability.

Vigil’s attorney declined to comment on the decision, but said he and Vigil will continue to “explore our options.”

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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