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Pecos Paul, Optic Editor Testify Before Blockgate Grand Jury

March 26, 2009, 12:00 am
By SFR Staff
Is it finally happening? Is the Attorney General's office really trying to prosecute Jerome Block Jr., the Public Regulation Commissioner who lied about his use of public campaign funds during the 2009 election cycle?

Sure sounds like it.

Yesterday, Raam Wong of the Journal reported that Secretary of State Mary Herrera, Deputy SOS Don Francisco Trujillo and Ethics Administrator Tracey Littrell were subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury yesterday in a case marked State v. Jerome D. Block. SFR can now add a few other names to the list.

SFR was the first outlet to report on a $2,500 payment Block made with public campaign money to Wyld Country, San Miguel County Clerk Paul "Pecos Paul" Maez' country-western band. At the time, Block's campaign spokesman Johnathan Valdez swore up and down that the money was for a a legitimate gig. However, Las Vegas Optic editor David Giuliani followed up with  interviews with other members of the band who claimed that, no, the event was a lie. Block admitted as much days later.

Giuliani tells SFR he too testified before the grand jury yesterday, providing copies of e-mails from Block's account that also claimed the concert had gone down. According to Giuliani, Maez, who now serves as head of elections within the San Miguel County Clerk's office,  also appeared before the grand jury, but Block did not.

The Optic editor says he was told that the jury will deliberate until the second week of April.


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