Attorney chosen for judgeship
New Mexico: Governor Susana Martinez has announced the filling of a vacancy left by the retirement of Judge John W. Pope, who had resigned after his testing positive for alcohol consumption during part of his probation he was required to participate in.
Sanchez was chosen over finalists Walter Hart III and Geoff Nimms, for Governor Martinez's appointment. “Mr. Sanchez’s depth of legal experience will serve him well as a judge for the 13th Judicial District Court. I am confident that he will fairly and impartially uphold the law on behalf of the people of New Mexico,” said Governor Martinez.
As judge, Sanchez will hear family court cases from the counties of Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia, in addition to taking over Judge Violet Otero’s case load while she takes over the position vacated by former Judge John W. Pope.
Sanchez feels his 25 years as an attorney has helped to prepare him to be a family court judge. In his experience, he has learned that it is important to separate court cases from the personal life of a judge and that family court judges must break down cases that are emotional into simple decisions.
In Sanchez's plans as judge, he plans to take, not himself, but his work seriously, and offer residents fair and good judgement. “(I) will be helping people resolve their legal problems. It’s a great responsibility,” he stated.
Sanchez will be sworn in as judge on May 29th, 2012. He will be nominated as the Republican candidate for the judgeship on the November ballot by the New Mexico Republican Central Committee, and will be facing off with the Democrat LaDonna Giron in the general election this coming November 2012.
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