Mayor-elect seeks court’s help to get him in office
LAS CRUCES | The mayor-elect of a New Mexico border town is turning to the state Supreme Court to help get him into office.
Daniel Salinas’ attorney asked the court Wednesday to direct the 3rd Judicial District Court to revise an order that prevents him from contacting the Sunland Park city clerk.
Under state law, Mr. Salinas must be sworn in by April 5 or forfeit the seat. But the city clerk must administer the oath.
Mr. Salinas faces extortion charges in an alleged plot to force out another mayoral candidate by threatening to release a video of a topless woman dancing for him.
The Las Cruces Sun-news reports that Mr. Salinas’ attorney alleges the court order violates his constitutional rights and amounts to the court indirectly interfering with an election. to improve its economy after the ouster of its longtime authoritarian leader last year.
The move, which will require congressional approval, was announced Thursday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has visited Tunisia twice since its revolution sparked the unrest that is now sweeping the Arab world. Mrs. Clinton said the money would go to pay Tunisia’s debt to the World Bank and African Development Bank.
The assistance will come in addition to a loan guarantee agreement that Washington and Tunis are now negotiating that would see the U.S. provide $30 million in collateral to seek hundreds of millions of dollars from international capital markets.