New Mexico's public defender no longer governor-appointed

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May 30, 2013

New Mexico

By Joel Williams

Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Governor of New Mexico will no longer have the power to appoint the state's Public Defender, which will now be chosen by an eleven-person independent committee. The members of the committee will be appointed by different individuals: three each by the New Mexico Supreme Court's Chief Justice and the Dean of the University of New Mexico's Law School, and four by leaders in the New Mexico State Legislature. This commission is expected to fill the position by mid-October to replace acting Public Defender Ben Bauer.[1]

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