- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque area’s top prosecutor says dozens of criminal cases have been dismissed at least temporarily since new state-mandated deadlines kicked in about a month ago.

According to KOAT-TV (https://goo.gl/CXPJoS ), the 69 dismissed cases cited by Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg include ones against people charged with sex crimes involving children.

Under the state Supreme Court’s rules that so far apply only to Bernalillo County, cases must move through the courts more quickly than has been the case previously. If the cases don’t, they are dismissed, but they can be refiled.

Part of the intent of the rules is to ease jail crowding.

Brandenburg has asked the Legislature for a $2 million increase in her budget to hire additional workers to keep up with the mandates.

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