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(From McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Albuquerque Journal - Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Byline: Thomas J. Cole
This is one of those good news, bad news columns. First, a walk on the sunny side of the street.
A judge in Santa Fe decided this week that taxpayers don't have to pay to defend former State Investment Officer Gary Bland in a lawsuit brought against him by the State Investment Council, for which Bland used to work.
The lawsuit against Bland and 17 others alleges the SIC and taxpayers were the victims of a pay-to-play scheme in the making of SIC investments during the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson.
Bland wanted a state-provided attorney, citing a law that …