- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has suspended Aztec Magistrate Court Judge Connie Johnston after she ordered a court clerk who wouldn’t leave her courtroom to be arrested and jailed for contempt.

The Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1lYWeq1) Johnston was suspended Tuesday pending a state Judicial Standards Commission investigation.

Johnston ordered Army Verholst to be held in criminal contempt and jailed for 30 days because she refused to leave her courtroom. The New Mexico Supreme Court reversed the contempt order.

Verholst’s attorney says his client refused to leave because she didn’t want to leave another clerk alone with Johnston, who he says previously threatened another clerk.

Johnston says court clerks have previously filed complaints against her, but all of the complaints have been unfounded. She claims she was being targeted for harassment.


Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com



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