- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Republican J. Miles Hanisee gets to keep his seat on the New Mexico Court of Appeals after defeating Democrat Kerry Kiernan.

Hanisee was first appointed to the court by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2011 but was defeated in the general election the following year. He got a second chance at the bench when the governor appointed him to fill a vacancy at the end of 2012.

Hanisee, who received his law degree from Pepperdine University, worked as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade and served as the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights coordinator in New Mexico.

Kiernan, who worked for the Santa Fe public defender’s office before going into private practice, is one of only several attorneys in New Mexico who are certified as appellate practice specialists.

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