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Ex-Supreme Court justice to represent Youngblood

SANTA FE — Rep. Monica Youngblood has hired former state Supreme Court Justice Paul Kennedy to represent her following her arrested on an aggravated drunken driving charge.

Attorney Paul Kennedy

And Kennedy has come out swinging.

“Just as no one is above the law, no one is below the law,” Kennedy said in a written statement to the Journal. “Ms. Youngblood is entitled to all due process just like every other American.”

He added that he is “amazed at the hysteria surrounding this particular case. Legislators, judges, and even current congressional candidates have DWI arrests, and some have recent convictions on their records. Yet no one is calling for their resignations. The silence is deafening.”

Kennedy, who served in the Marine Corps, is a prominent Albuquerque attorney. He has repeatedly represented Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration.

He has served two stints on the Supreme Court, appointed once by Republican Gov. Gary Johnson and also by Martinez.

Monica Youngblood

Youngblood, a 41-year-old Republican from Albuquerque, was arrested at a sobriety checkpoint earlier this month. She denied drinking but refused to take a breath test.

An officer said he smelled alcohol, that Youngblood’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and that Youngblood performed poorly on a field sobriety test.

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