Drinking at issue for Pueblo leader's hit-run case
A leader of Pojoaque Pueblo is scheduled to go to trial in January 2010 on hit-and-run charges

Lt. Governor Linda Diaz, 52, is accused of striking Phillip Espinosa, 31, along a highway on the reservation. She allegedly fled the scene and did not report the incident to tribal police until April 5, a day later.

Federal prosecutors want to introduce evidence of Diaz's alcohol consumption even though she isn't facing drunk-driving charges. She allegedly had at least one beer at her tribe's casino and possibly more at a nightclub.

Diaz's attorney, a former federal prosecutor, opposes the introduction of such evidence. But a judge allows he, Sam Winder wants the jury to know that Espinosa, a non-Indian, was also drinking before he died.

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Pojoaque hit-and-run: Motions focus on drinking (The Santa Fe New Mexican 11/4)

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