Judge: Group’s eval­u­a­tions im­pact re­ten­tion

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

AL­BU­QUERQUE — An out­go­ing judge in New Mex­ico said a state-funded com­mis­sion’s un­fa­vor­able eval­u­a­tion of his per­for­mance had a di­rect im­pact on vot­ers’ de­ci­sion to oust him.

The Al­bu­querque Jour­nal re­ported Ber­nalillo County Met­ro­pol­i­tan Court Chief Judge Ed­ward Be­navidez failed to gar­ner the 57 per­cent of votes re­quired to stay on the bench.

Be­navidez said the Ju­di­cial Per­for­mance Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion “med­dled in, in­ter­fered with and ab­so­lutely af­fected” his re­ten­tion elec­tion.

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