- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state District Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit disputing the appointment of District Court Judge Judith Nakamura of Albuquerque to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://goo.gl/YNHmLP ) that District Judge David Thomson ruled on Tuesday that Nakamura’s appointment was constitutional.

Former attorney Stuart Stein, of La Cienega, argued her selection is unconstitutional and that the process was illegally rushed.

Gov. Susana Martinez chose Nakamura, a former chief judge in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson.

Stein argued that starting the process before Bosson’s last day in office violated the state constitution.

Thomson said Stein had raised a good point, but that moving efficiently to replace a judge who has announced his retirement is allowed.


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

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