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‘Judges Must Remain Above the Fray’: Judge Censured for Failing to Recuse From Child Custody Case

“We recognize the challenges faced by district court judges, often presiding over emotionally charged cases involving litigants and lawyers who might challenge their authority, insult their integrity, impugn their good names, and even attempt to bait them into losing control,” the New Mexico Supreme Court said in its censure. “In those instances, district court judges, no matter how egregious the behavior by counsel or clients, must remain above the fray in order to carry out their official duties.”

       

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