Gov. Susana Martinez’s choice of a career prosecutor for the new Public Defender Commission is a “slap in the face” to defendants who can’t afford private lawyers, as well as to people who voted for an independent public defender’s office, the president of the state Criminal Defense Lawyers Association said Wednesday.
Susan Riedel, the governor’s choice for the 11-member commission, worked under Martinez when she was the district attorney in Las Cruces. Part of that time, Riedel was chief deputy district attorney. After Martinez became governor, she appointed Riedel to a judge’s post in Doña Ana County. Riedel was defeated when she ran for the judgeship in the last general election.
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