- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has reprimanded a state district attorney and a judge for their misuse of subpoena power.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1WX9B6l ) that on Wednesday the court ruled that 8th Judicial District Attorney Donald Gallegos of Taos and former prosecutor Emilio Chavez violated rules of professional procedures.

The disciplinary action stems from 94 subpoenas Chavez issued from 2012 and 2013 without the approval of a judge or grand jury to gather information in criminal investigations. At the time, Chavez was a prosecutor.

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Chavez as an 8th Judicial District Court judge last summer.

The reprimands are deferred and will be withdrawn after one year if the men do not violate the rules of professional conduct during that time.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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