New Mexico US Attorney David Iglesias

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Gonzales Faces Senators Scrutiny

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time friend and adviser to the president, is battling for his job as Congress scrutinizes the Justice Department's firing of eight former U.S. attorneys, including Iglesias. Many Democrats in Congress - and more than a half-dozen Republicans - have called for Gonzales to resign over complaints that the administration was improperly applying political considerations to U.S. attorneys around the country. "The best way to put this behind us is your resignation," Sen Tom Coburn of Oklahoma bluntly told Gonzales, in a new Republican call for his resignation.

'Over his head'

Domenici's office has not disputed that the six-term senator complained to Gonzales and Bush about Iglesias. Domenici first recommended Iglesias for the federal prosecutor job in New Mexico in 2001.

"Mr. Iglesias lost the confidence of Sen. Domenici, as I recall, in the fall of 2005, when he called me and said something to the effect that Mr. Iglesias was in over his head and he was concerned that Mr. Iglesias did not have the appropriate personnel to focus on cases like public corruption," Gonzales said.

However, Gonzales said Domenici never pressed for Iglesias' ouster. Domenici's office declined to comment Thursday.

"I don't recall Sen. Domenici ever requesting that Mr. Iglesins be removed, he simply complained about whether Mr. Iglesias was capable Gonzales said.

Although he said he was contacted by both the president and Rove about Iglesias, Gonzales told the panel that he didn't know that Iglesias' name was on the list of attorneys to be fired until it was completed.

Still, "I was not surprised Mr. Iglesias was recommended to me because I had heard concerns about the performance of Mr. Iglesias," Gonzales said.

Gonzales said he recalled speaking to Rove in the fall of 2006 about concerns over voter fraud in three districts - New Mexico, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

He said he believes he spoke to the president about Iglesias on Oct. 11 about the prosecution of voter fraud.

"It appears that Mr. Iglesias was added (to a list of prosecutors to be fired) sometime between October 17 and November 15," Gonzales said.

Iglesias has testified that Domenici called him on or about Oct. 26 and asked him about public corruption cases in New Mexico.

He has also said that Wilson called him on or about Oct. 16 to inquire about "sealed indictments" in public corruption cases.

Iglesias has said his interpretation of the calls was that both "pressured" him to deliver indictments against prominent Democrats before the Nov. 7, 2006 election.

Wilson and Domenici have admitted calling Iglesias but deny exerting pressure on him. At the time of the calls, Wilson was in a close race for her 1st Congressional District seat with then-Democratic state Attorney General Patricia Madrid.

Iglesias did not report the calls to the Justice Department until earlier this year, after it was announced that he was fired due to poor performance.

Iglesias, in a telephone interview Thursday, said he doubted reporting the calls would have saved his job.

"The consensus of my colleagues, which I agree with, is that it would not have made a difference if I had reported it as I should have," Iglesias said. "It would have just been buried."

Absences at Issue

Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, asked Gonzales about a Justice Department email that referred to Iglesias as an absentee landlord.

Iglesias has said he might have been fired because he was out of the office 40 to 45 days per year on Naval Reserve duty.

The federal Office of Special Counsel is investigating whether Iglesias was illegally fired for fulfilling his Reserve duties.

The Journal has requested copies of all of Iglesias' travel and work absences. But Gonzales said Thursday that ~absences did not play into his decision to approve the firing of Iglesias.

"We have, of course, several' other U.S. attorneys who perform military service. I applaud it and support it. It would not be a reason I would ask a United States attorney to leave," Gonzales said.

Albuquerque Journal Friday April 20, 2007

Criminal conduct, all evidence in writing, now involves Metro judge Judith Nakamua, second judicial district DA Kari Brandenburg and attorney general Patricia Madrid.


New Mexico senator Pete Dominici

Judge James A[moco] Parker is seen swearing in Iglesias in 2001.
Iglesias is involved in fraudulent removal of two of our New Mexico paid for 12 person jury trial lawsuits to federal court. See Exhibit I and Exhibit J.

Note lawyer Walz [brother of Albuquerque Journal editor Kent Walz] testifying about the character of Iglesias.
Instead of seeing that our two New Mexico paid for 12 person jury trial breach of contract lawsuits against former second judicial district judge W John Brennan et al went probably to settlement or trial, lawyer Jerry Walz and judges Kenneth G Brown dismiss No. CV 2001 07994 and Robert H Scott dismiss No. CV 2002 3425 in violation of New Mexico court rule.

Matters are are about to get lots worse. Settle quick.

"Retaining legal counsel was viewed as prudent to be prepared for any possible eventuality," Gallegos said Wednesday.

Domenici and Wilson face ethics scrutiny by their peers after Iglesias accused them Tuesday, during Senate and House committee hearings, of calling him in October to inquire about public corruption cases in New Mexico.

Iglesias has said he felt pressured to speed up indictments in an Albuquerque courthouse corruption investigation expected to involve prominent Democrats. The calls came in October, in advance of the Nov. 7 election, in which Wilson faced, a tough challenge from Democrat Patricia Madrid.

Congressional ethics rules allow status inquiries but prohibit the kind of' pressure alleged by Iglesias - and denied by Domenici and Wilson.

The Senate Ethics Committee has signaled it will look into the allegations against Domenici, but Gallegos said the senator had not been notified of any action as of late Wednesday.

It is unclear whether a similar inquiry will be launched by the House Ethics Committee against Wilson, but Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told The Hill newspaper that the panel "has an obligation to look at" a complaint against Wilson.

A public watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, this week called for congressional ethics inquiries into both.

Melanie Sloan, the group's executive director, said she thought Domenici could receive a warning, but didn't anticipate action in the House because it would require a member to file a complaint.

A spokesman for Wilson said Wednesday that she has not retained legal counsel.

Blalack is a partner with O'Melveny & Myers' Washington, D.C., office. According to the firm's Web site, he represents "targets of grand jury, congressional, and regulatory investigations."

Massie Ritsch, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics, said Domenici is allowed to use his campaign .contributions to pay for Blalack's representation.

James Fuller, Domenici's former political director, said he's not surprised his former boss has hired high-dollar legal counsel.

"Pete Domenici has been a senator for 34 years, and he'~ never had an ethical issue arise like this, so he'll get the best counsel he can get," Fuller said.

Local reaction

The sudden political trouble looming over Domenici and Wilson had plenty of New Mexico political figures, including Madrid, talking this week.

Madrid, who lost to Wilson by 862 votes in last fall's congressional race, said the admission by Domenici and Wilson that they made the calls was "shocking" and a "blatant disregard" for ethics rules.

"When a very powerful senator who holds the power to get you fired makes a call like that to you ... absolutely that's pressure," Madrid, the state's former attorney general, said in a telephone interview Monday.

Madrid also said those who were frustrated by the slow pace of corruption indictments in the U.S. Attorney's Office might not understand how hard public malfeasance cases are to prosecute.

Madrid herself was the target of criticism for bringing criminal charges against cooperating witnesses in the federal case against former treasurer Robert Vigil - a move that caused an important prosecution witness to refuse to testify in Vigil's second trial.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White, a Republican Party leader, told the Journal this week that he wasn't surprised to see Iglesias fired for poor job performance.

White said he "heard a lot of talk" about Iglesias being replaced starting shortly after the 2004 election. He also said he wasn't surprised Domenici asked Iglesias what was going on.

"I personally think he was hearing the grumbling," White said of Domenici. "There was a lot of talk and much of it was in the paper, that the corruption case was getting bogged down. People were asking questions about what was going on in U.S. Attorney's Office."

Iglesias criticized

On Tuesday, Iglesias said the calls from Domenici and Wilson were the first complaints he heard about his job performance.

"That was news to me," he said during congressional testimony Tuesday.

Republican lawyer Paul Kennedy, a prominent Albuquerque defense attorney and a former state Supreme Court Justice, said Wednesday that criticism Iglesias "delegated too much authority was~ appropriate."

He also said Iglesias, a President Bush appointee who has called Domenici a mentor, was the "epitome of an ingrate" for attacking the people who fostered him politically and tried, to get him additional resources.

Iglesias has come under tough questioning for not reporting the calls as required by Justice Department regulations. He went public only after he had been told he would be replaced and poor job performance was mentioned.

He has said he felt betrayed by Domenici and Wilson.

Republican attorney Pat Rogers said he met with Iglesias in October to ask about the courthouse investigation because "everyone in the community was asking why Iglesias wasn't moving forward..."

Rogers said Iglesias seemed "out of touch."

The state Democratic Party took aim, issuing a statement that said the incident had exposed the depths of "Wilson's hypocrisy."

"It's a real shame when people who present themselves as honest disgrace their political careers and their constituents by placing partisan gain above ethical performance," said state party Chairman John Wertheim.

He called their "politically motivated intervention into the judicial process a very grave matter."

Brian Sanderoff, a longtime New Mexico political observer, said Wilson, an eight-year congressional veteran, is more likely to take a hard political hit than Domenici, with 34 years in Congress. Both are up for reelection in 2008.

"Domenici has a deeper reservoir of support to draw from," Sanderoff said.

Journal investigative reporter Mike Gallagher contributed to this report.

Albuquerque Journal Thursday March 8, 0007

Arianna Huffington: The Injustice at Justice: The White House's Fingerprints Begin to Show Tuesday March 13, 2007

And, as of this weekend, we're inside the White House now. In an interview with McClatchy Newspapers, Alan Weh, chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, revealed that in 2005 he asked a White House staffer who worked for Karl Rove for help in getting rid of U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, then followed up directly with Rove in 2006. Weh was unhappy that Iglesias refused to rush an investigation of Democratic officials in time for the '06 election.

A fired federal prosecutor told a Senate committee Tuesday that he felt "leaned on" and sickened as Republican Sen. Pete Domenici hung up on him in disgust last fall when told that indictments in a corruption case against Democrats would not be issued before the fall elections.

Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias said today that he declined to talk to U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson about a case aimed at prominent New Mexico Democrats, in part out of concern the information would end up in political ads.

When he was asked to resign a month after the Nov. 7 election, Iglesias told a Senate panel today, he felt betrayed by people he considered political allies and, in Domenici's cae, a mentor.

One of the group, David Iglesias of New Mexico, alleged over the weekend that he had been called by two members of Congress last year, and that both had pressured him to conduct a criminal investigation of Democrats before the 2006 election. The implicaton was clear: because Iglesias rebuffed the lawmakers' suggestion, he was fired.

Look at the evidence against crooked assistant US attorneys Dow and Hoses.

Iglesias is involved in fraudulent removal of two of our New Mexico paid for 12 person jury trial lawsuits to federal court. See Exhibit I and Exhibit J.

We have a criminal government running New Mexico. But the feds like this.

Judge James A[moco] Parker is seen swearing in Iglesias in 2001.

Note lawyer Walz [brother of Albuquerque Journal editor Kent Walz] testifying about the character of Iglesias.

Instead of seeing that our two New Mexico paid for 12 person jury trial breach of contract lawsuits against former second judicial district judge W John Brennan et al went probably to settlement or trial, lawyer Jerry Walz and judges Kenneth G Brown dismiss No. CV 2001 07994 and Robert H Scott dismiss No. CV 2002 3425 in violation of New Mexico court rule.

Matters are are about to get lots worse. Settle quick.

Domenici Admits Making Call, Denies Pressure


2004 and 2005.

At one point, Domenici said, he and his staff asked the Justice Department to see if the office needed more help, "including an infusion of professionals from other districts."

Both Domenici and Iglesias are Republicans, and Domenici recommended Iglesias for the prosecutor's job when he was appointed in 2001.

Domenici chief of staff Steve Bell said Saturday the senator and his office frequently communicated with Iglesias about a range of issues including caseloads, resources and legislative matters.

"My frustration with the U.S. Attorney's Office mounted as we tried to get more resources for it, but public accounts indicated an inability within the office to move more quickly on cases," Domenici said in his statement.

"This ongoing dialogue and experience led me, several months before my call with Mr. Iglesias, to conclude and recommend to the Department of Justice that New Mexico needed a new U.S. Attorney." Iglesias was fired Dec. 7 along with six other U.S. Attorneys. He remained in the job until last Wednesday, when he said during a press conference that his firing was "political."

In comments to national media, he said he felt pressured by calls from two members of Congress inquiring about the investigation. In an interview with National Public Radio, he said he felt "violated" and like a "deer in the headlights."

Iglesias said he didn't report the congressional contacts to the Justice Department in accordance with guidelines.

Statement from Sen. Pete Domenci

I take this opportunity to comment directly on media statements by former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, David Iglesias.

Since my knowledge of his remarks stems only from a variety of media accounts, I have hesitated to respond. Nevertheless, in light of substantial public interest, I have decided to comment.

I called Mr. Iglesias late last year. My call had been preceded by months of extensive media reports about acknowledged investigations into courthouse construction, including public comments from the FBI that it had completed its work months earlier, and a growing number of inquiries from constituents. I asked Mr. Iglesias if he could tell me what was going on in that investigation and give me an idea of what time-frame we were looking at. It was a very brief conversation, which concluded when I was told that the courthouse investigation would be continuing for a lengthy period.

In retrospect, I regret making that call and I apologize. However, at no time in that conversation or any other conversation with Mr. Iglesias did I ever tell him what course of action I thought he should take on any legal matter. I have never pressured him nor threatened him in any way.

I was pleased to recommend to the President of the United States in early 2001 that he nominate Mr. Iglesias as U.S. Attorney for New Mexico. I knew from many discussions with federal law enforcement and judicial officials that the caseload had become extremely heavy within our state.

During the course of the last six years, that already-heavy caseload in our state has been swamped by unresolved new federal cases, especially in the areas of immigration and illegal drugs. I have asked, and my staff has asked, on many occasions whether the federal prosecutors and federal judiciary within our state ha enough resources, I have been repeatedly told that we needed more resources. As a result I have introduced a variety of legislative measures, including new courthouse construction monies, to help alleviate the situation.

My conversations with Mr Iglesias over the years have been almost exclusively about this resource problem and complaints by constituents. He consistently told me that he needed more help, as have many other New Mexicans within the legal community.

My frustration with the U.S. Attorney's office mounted as we tried to get more resources for it, but public accounts indicated an inability within the office to move more quickly on cases. Indeed, in 2004 and 2005 my staff and I expressed my frustration with the U.S. Attorney's office to the Justice Department and asked the Department to see if the New Mexico U.S. Attorney's office needed more help, including perhaps an infusion of professionals from other districts.

This ongoing dialogue and experience led me, several months before my call with Mr. Iglesias, to conclude and recommend to the Department of Justice that New Mexico needed a new United States Attorney.

His comments followed a statement by a Justice Department official who said Iglesias' departure was performance related.

Iglesias and three other fired U.S. attorneys are scheduled to appear before congressional committees next week.

Bell said Domenici's confidence in Iglesias was shaken by several failed prosecutions, including that of alleged arms dealer David Hudak, and the outcome of the prosecution of former state treasurer Robert Vigil, who was indicted on 23 counts but convicted on one count of attempted extortion after two trials.

Vigil was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, but. Bell said there was a widespread perception the U.S. Attorney's Office hadn't handled the case well.

"We had worked closely with him (Iglesias) on any number of issues," Bell said in an interview. "The senator - and for that matter me - never had any reluctance about calling him up."

Bell said Domenici was in contact with Iglesias about border issues, immigration, narcotics, closing legal. loopholes in prosecutions on Indian lands and other matters.

Domenici helped get funding for more prosecutors and a new federal courthouse in Las Cruces but was constantly told more resources were needed, according to Bell.

Bell said he was present when lawyers, retired judges and others expressed frustration about the pace of the courthouse investigation;

The FBI began the investigation in August or September 2005 and had turned over the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office last summer.

Since that time, rumors of pending indictments have been fairly constant. Iglesias said at his farewell press conference that an announcement should be made by the end of March.

Iglesias hasn't publicly identified who called him but said he would "name names" on Tuesday.

Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., was locked in a tight race with then Attorney General Patricia Madrid at the time the telephone calls were made.

Wilson hasn't commented on the matter, calling it a personnel matter.

The Sunday Journal Albuquerque March 4, 2007


Iglesias' Career Punctuated by Drama

Once a darling of GOP heavyweights, the former U.S. Attorney is now at the center of a growing political storm

Copyright © 2007
Albuquerque Journal

By Mike Gallagher
Journal Investigative Reporter

Last Wednesday evening, while the political bombshells he tossed were still exploding around him, former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was feted at a $16-a-head, going-away dinner and roast at El Pinto restaurant.

The heads of federal and local law enforcement agencies were there to present the ousted Republican prosecutor with the inexpensive plaques U.S. Attorneys get when they go out the door.

Presiding U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez, a Clinton appointee, was there to say a few kind words, only hinting at the political ruckus Iglesias had started.

According to attendees, Vazquez said she hoped it wasn't all the liberal ideas she had put to iglesias's head that poisoned the well.

It was a "nice evening" according to one attendee, and it might be Iglesias' last for a while, as he heads deeper into a political storm in Washington, D.C.

Iglesias, a Bush administration political appointee, has said he believes he lost his job because it took too long to bring indictments in a long-running public corruption investigation.

He is expected to testify Tuesday before House and Senate committees, where he says he will "name names."

Iglesias has all but accused New Mexico's Republican senior senator, Pete Domenici, and GOP Congresswoman Heather Wilson of pressuring him to bring the indictments prior to last November's election.

In some interviews, he has declined to say anything that would identify Domenici or Wilson; in others, it is obvious be is referring to them.

Iglesias was asked to resign on Dec. 7, along with six other U.S. attorneys. Four of them have been subpoenaed by Democrats to testify Tuesday.

Iglesias was allowed to stay on the job until Wednesday and didn't raise allegations of being pressured until a Justice Department official said recently that performance issues were involved in his resignation request.

Iglesias has been considerably more forthcoming about his accusations in national media interviews than locally, making his most explosive remarks to McClatchy Newspapers and National Public Radio.

In remarks to KOAT-TV on Thursday, he sounded ready to get on the biggest stage possible.

"The best forum is under oath in front of cameras, in front of a national audience, in front of Democrat and Republican congressmen," he said.

He told the Journal on Friday evening that "the House and Senate committees asked us (Iglesias and three other fired U.S. Attorneys) to stop talking to the media until after we testify."

Wilson's office isn't commenting. Domenici finally addressed the issue on Saturday, saying he called to inquire but didn't pressure Iglesias in any way.

Domenici wasn't up for reelection last year, but Wilson was locked in a tight race with Democrat state Attorney General Patricia Madrid.

Wilson had made Madrid's alleged inaction in the area of public corruption a campaign focus.

There had been numerous news reports dealing with the federal investigation into alleged kickbacks and padded contracts in several public construction projects, including the Metropolitan Court Complex in Albuquerque.

Election observers felt Wilson, who ultimately won reelection by fewer than 1,000 votes, would have benefited from a round of indictments, especially if they involved several prominent Democrats.

The 18-month investigation has yielded no public indictments, but Iglesias said Wednesday that an announcement in the case should be made by the end of March.

Playing coy

Iglesias made sure his explosive claim - that he was fired because he didn't respond to political pressure to bring indictments - was made in the national media.

That story broke nationally while he was defending his staff from what he believed to be criticism from the U.S. Attorney General's Office to a room full of local reporters.

In one national media outlet, he said he felt "pressured." In another, he said he felt "violated."

Other times, he has been coy. During his local press conference Wednesday, he thanked an official at the Department of Justice for giving him an extra 30 days on the job so he could find a new one. Then he criticized the same official for not giving him six months to find a job.

Appointed by President Bush in 2001, Iglesias was looked on with favor by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Ashcroft appointed Iglesias to numerous department committees including a border task force, an Indian crime task force and others.

At one point last week, Iglesias was asked for the high point of his tenure as U.S. Attorney. He responded by describing his travels to Colombia and Mexico. When it became clear the reporter was asking for the high points as a prosecutor, he quickly got back to public corruption prosecutions.

Iglesias told the Journal, "I don't have any media handlers or a script I'm working from."

The perfect resume

In many ways, Iglesias was everything some in the GOP were looking for: Hispanic, evangelical Christian and a Navy veteran with a lengthy resume and a White House fellowship under his belt.

Party leaders didn't think they could have written a better script for a future political leader.

In fact, scripts are part of Iglesias' background.

He was one of several military attorneys who formed the basis for Tom Cruise's role in the movie "A Few Good Men."

Iglesias, who was born in Panama, didn't have anything to do with the movie.

He and other attorneys from the Naval Judge Advocate's Office defended 10 U.S. Marines charged with assaulting another Marine at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

There are a number of differences between the movie and real life, the biggest being that, in the movie, the Marine dies. In real life, the victim survived the hazing.

In real life, and in the movie, the hazing was called a "code red" and the defense was "following orders."

Iglesias did provide technical advice to a 1990s theater production of the play and movie in Albuquerque and is still a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve in the Judge Advocate's office and will be on active duty in April for two weeks.


Based on his resume, good looks and pleasant manner, the Republican Party made Iglesias their candidate for state attorney general in 1998.

Iglesias was a political novice in the race against Madrid, a tough - veteran Democratic politician who was used to campaigning in every small town and tea party across the state.

He lost by four percentage points, but some GOP insiders complained that Madrid simply outworked Igiesias during the campaign.

Until 2004, Iglesias was still one of several Republican officeholders being groomed for elective office.

But a controversy over a voter-registration drive, which saw hundreds of phony voters registered in New Mexico, left some in the party grumbling.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White, a fellow Republican, said he was disappointed in how Iglesias handled an investigation his officers sent to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"There was clearly voter fraud," White said. "We had two 15-year-old brothers who were registered to vote in a fraudulent manner. There were cases like this indicted around the country, but not here."

In an attempt to recover, Iglesias appointed a voting fraud task force and was promptly ripped by one of the appointees in the national press.

Earlier this week, Iglesias said he angered several party leaders when he didn't seek indictments.

"There are people who don't understand what federal law requires," he said.

White said that, as a law enforcement official, he saw Iglesias' predecessor John Kelly more often while on the job.

Iglesias has been criticized for his travels and being out. of the office. He has defended his time serving in the Naval Reserve, and he was a member of several Justice Department committees that took him out of the state.

A 'very stand-up guy'

Friends describe Iglesias as a devoted family man and a person of deep religious faith. He made repeated references to his four daughters and his wife at his press conference last Wednesday. Friends said that comes natural to Iglesias.

"David is a very loyal and ethical person," said Albuquerque attorney Jerry Walz.

"He's demonstrated that over the years."

But Walz said an allegation that Iglesias felt was untrue (that he was fired for his job performance) "didn't give him an alternative but to stand up for himself."

Iglesias worked in Walz's law firm for a year before becoming U.S. Attorney. They have known each other since Iglesias was an assistant city attorney for the City of Albuquerque in the 1990s.

Walz said he was not privy to any of the details of the political controversy in which Iglesias is now embroiled but described him as a "very stand-up guy."

Walz said, "I'm not surprised he would stand up if he felt he was done a wrong.

The Sunday Journal Albuquerque March 4, 2007

U.S. Attorney Plans To Resign

· David Iglesias will leave the position two years early

Copyright C 2006 Albuquerque Journal

By Mike Gallagher
Journal Investigative Reporter

U.S. Attorney David Iglesias will resign in the next few months- more than two years before his appointment expires, an office spokesman confirmed Monday night.

Iglesias, appointed by President Bush in 2001 would normally have served as the state's chief federal lawman until the end of Bush's term in 2008.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Norm Cairns said Iglesias "has had discussions with officials in Washington, D.C. Based on those discussions, he has decided to move on."

Rumors that Iglesias was in trouble with his superiors at the Department of Justice have been circulating for months.

The chief criticism of Iglesias has been that he had not provided enough resources for public corruption investigations. Some of that criticism has come from the political arena and some from the FBI, which has made political corruption its No. 2 priority behind terrorism.

Iglesias' defenders, in private conversations, argued that the federal prosecutors are overwhelmed with immigration and narcotics cases because of the state's southern border with Mexico.

Confirmation of Iglesias' resignation plans comes while the sentencing of former state treasurer Robert Vigil is pending.

Vigil was convicted of one count of attempted extortion and acquitted of 23 counts of racketeering and extortion after a four-week trial in the fall. Vigil's attorney, Sam Bregman, claimed victory after the second trial.

Vigil's first trial on essentially the same charges in the spring ended in a hung jury, with 11 of the jurors voting to convict Vigil on at least some of the charges.

Vigil's predecessor, Michael Montoya, pleaded guilty to one count of extortion in a scheme that netted him millions. Montoya testified against Vigil.

Iglesias' resignation also comes while a second corruption case is in the law enforcement pipeline. That case could be as explosive as the treasurer's Office investigation.

The FBI has been investigating a kickback scheme centered on the construction of the multimillion-dollar state and metro courthouses Downtown.

Last month, Iglesias assigned additional prosecutors to that investigation, which had been in the works since September 2005. The investigation became public last spring when FBI agents began reviewing construction records at the Metropolitan Courthouse.

The pace of that investigation has apparently been point of contention between investigators and Iglesias office.

The FBI confirmed in July that it had sent a case involving the courthouses to the U.S Attorney's Office. Since then indictments have been expected or rumored on a monthly basis.

That investigation arose 'from a civil lawsuit between two partners in an Albuquerque engineering firm that implicated former State Sen. Manny Aragon, D-Albuquerque. Aragon confirmed he was a consultant to the firm for a number of years.

A company affiliated with the engineering firm was involved in the construction of the state District Courthouse. The investigation has apparently spread to include architects, lobbyists, contractors and politicians.

Cairns said he could not comment on any pending cases nor the impact of Iglesias' resignation plans.

"Mr. Iglesias is looking at several job opportunities at this point in time," Cairns said.

Iglesias, 48, ran as the Republican candidate for attorney general in 1998, losing to Democrat Patricia Madrid in the general election. He has served as an assistant attorney general and an assistant city attorney in Albuquerque.

He was the first Hispanic nominated as U.S. attorney in New Mexico since Richard Nixon's administration.

Albuquerque Journal Tuesday December 19, 2006

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defenders who participated in the case that was later turned into the movie.

"There were three separate courts-martial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, back in 1986," says Iglesias. "The movie fairly depicted the hazing incident but they took artistic liberty with the trial, which I fully understand. Nonetheless, this difficult trial turbo-charged my career People still ask me about it"

In another high-profile case as a JAG, David Iglesias once defended flamboyant SEAL team leader and author Dick Marcinko ("Rogue Warrior" book series), who used to make something of a hobby out of demonstrating how porous security was at various "high security" installations.

Marcinko's SEAL teams would pose as terrorists and seemed to enjoy nothing more than embarrassing the base security personnel.

"('Demo') Dick Marcinko was the most colorful character I have ever met. The special ops guys either loved him or hated him. For a junior officer like me to defend a SEAL legend was a true honor," says Iglesias.

Early Years

After graduating from Santa Fe High School in 1976, David Iglesias attended Wheaton College in Illinois before returning to New Mexico for a degree in law. He followed law school with a four-year stint as a JAG at the Pentagon and the Naval Legal Service Office in Washington, D.C.

He also earned a prestigious White House Fellowship, perhaps the nation's pre-eminent bi-partisan leadership program for young professionals, known for notable graduates such as Cohn Powell and former New Mexico Gov. Garrey Carruthers.

"I was a Fellow back in '94-95 office's prosecutions are immigration crimes and drug cases. Living this close to the border has its consequences' says Iglesias.

Commentary on the president's pick for U.S. Attorney in New Mexico has been overwhelmingly positive.

I've worked closely with David both in Navy and in civilian life for 17 years. He has enormous talent and absolute integrity He is visionary, energetic and a true leader in every good sense" said Northeast Heights State Senator and Reserve Rear Admiral Bill Payne.

Bigger Than Guantanamo?

After four years of steady work that generally avoided the public spotlight, Iglesias burst back onto the state and national scene in September with the arrest of New Mexico State Treasurer Robert Vigil, as well as his predecessor Michael Montoya on charges that include extortion and racketeering.

Beyond what's already been published, Iglesias is hesitant to say much more about the pending case or ongoing investigation out of concern for jeopardizing further progress. But one cannot help but get the sense that things have been meticulously examined and carefully considered before such a landmark undertaking was launched.

Though news reports have various Santa Fe veterans commenting about how long they'd known of or suspected corruption in the Treasurer's office, nobody previously had done much to highlight or act on it.

Indeed, Iglesias has even taken the unusual step of running this case solo, rather than in conjunction with the Attorney General's office. Clearly David cannot only 'handle' the truth, he is not afraid to act on it and served as a special assistant for Transportation Secretary Federico Peña," says Iglesias.

Since turning to Navy Reserve status, David Iglesias has served in the Albuquerque city attorney's office, as an assistant attorney general for special prosecutions in Santa Fe, and with the state Risk Management Division as well as the Taxation and Revenue Department.

Iglesias, who is now a captain in the Navy Reserve, briefly returned to active duty in 1999, serving in Bahrain and aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy in the Persian Gulf.

During this time, Iglesias also made a name for himself on a statewide basis in his very close run for Attorney General in 1998 against Patricia Madrid.

"He was an excellent candidate. Very clear on what his message was at all times," says political consultant and Albuquerque Tribune columnist Jeff Gardner whose wife Dayna managed Iglesias' campaign. "He was a solid fundraiser and an exceptionally hard worker."

"David was a very attractive candidate - thoughtful, passionate, articulate," says Albuquerque Senator Mark Boitano. "He was the perfect conservative candidate. I thought he had a better chance than most at becoming just the second Republican Attorney General in recent history in New Mexico."

Current Duties

Following the inauguration of President Bush in 2001, Iglesias was appointed to his present post as U.S. Attorney for New Mexico The job entails prosecuting federal offenses and defending the U.S. government in lawsuits.

He runs an office of about I 50 people. "Ninety percent of my

On Balance and Going Forward

Though prosecuting elected statewide officials under a federal statute that was designed to help prosecutors take on the mafia will no doubt consume his professional attention for some time to come, Iglesias surely has some ideas about where he would like to be professionally down the line. But for now at least, he is holding those cards close to his vest.

"I love being United States Attorney Best job I've ever had," says Iglesias. "It's going to be a very difficult act to follow. We'll have to see where the opportunities are in three years."

Despite a meteoric career and hectic pace, David Iglesias has found a good balance between work and family life. He and his wife Cynthia have four children and are members of Calvary Chapel church.

"I have three priorities in life -faith, family and country," says David, who is the son of a minister father and missionary mother

"During our I 7 years of marriage David and I have learned so much about public service," says Cynthia. "We hope that we have passed on to our children the importance of giving back to your community."

Assuming eventual and satisfactory resolution of the current high-profile cases, Iglesias seems a top prospect for any number of future possibilities.

Aside from questions about what David Iglesias can possibly do for an encore, there also remains one other question: If not Tom Cruise, who should play him in the next Hollywood blockbuster that borrows a chapter from his stellar career? (and no, it won't be Ashton Kutcher!).