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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:30 pm | Updated: 8:46 pm, Wed Jul 10, 2013.

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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  • Ginny Hannon posted at 9:56 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    Two words to describe Susan Riedel's commitment to those needing public defenders: STEPHEN SLEVIN, who was abused by the Dona Ana County District Attorney's office under the management of Susana Martinez and her chief deputy, Susan Riedel. Let's not also forget that Chuck Franco was the undersheriff at this time and also shares responsibility for the inhumane way that Stephen Selvin was treated. Read here on CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/07/justice/new-mexico-inmate-settlement

     
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