The fight between the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and a state senator is heating up.
Now both want a judge to kick each other off a case involving child solicitation.
Attorney and state Sen. Lisa Torraco is representing Tyler Danzer. In May, Danzer, 27, was indicted on charges of child solicitation and tampering with evidence.
Investigators said he used a Gmail account to send sexually explicit messages to someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl.
The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office claims Torraco told Danzer to close the email account, which the office says destroyed evidence.
Monday in court, Torraco said she was simply advising her client and the motion feels like a stunt.
“I’m surprised the Attorney General has really made such a media circus about this,” she said.
In return, Torraco and her co-counsel filed their own motion with the judge.
“We’re asking that the court remove the AG’s Office,” Liane Kerr said.
Their argument is that the office is trying to bully the court into removing Torraco and can’t try the case fairly.
“We think they have a conflict, so we think the whole AG’s office should hush,” Kerr said.
The judge told both sides she would decide what to do by the end of the week.