SANTA FE, N.M. — A district judge has dismissed a complaint filed by former New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera over a public records dispute with the state attorney general’s office.

Judge Sarah Singleton issued her ruling this week, ending a legal fight that stemmed from a request for public records Herrera had sought about two people she fired while in office in 2010. Those employees later filed whistleblower lawsuits.

Herrera’s complaint accused Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office of violating the Inspection of Public Records Act by missing a deadline for responding to the request.

Herrera’s attorney had accused the office of playing games by contending that it never received emails asking for the information.

The office argued that the attorney had mistyped the email address and the request was never received.

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