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Governor selects three new Metro Court judges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The governor has appointed a public defender, a prosecutor and a litigation attorney to fill three judicial vacancies at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, according to a news release.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham selected Brittany Maldonado Malott, David Murphy and Felicia R. Blea-Rivera from a list of nine candidates submitted to her last month by a judicial nominating commission.

Malott worked most recently as a public defender and she also serves as a supervising attorney in the UNM Criminal Law in Practice Program.

Murphy is an deputy district attorney who has also worked for the Attorney General’s Office prosecuting Medicaid fraud and financial elder abuse.

Blea-Rivera works for the New Mexico Association of Counties and provided legal support to Sandia National Laboratories prior to that.

All three of the new judges attended the University of New Mexico for both their undergraduate and law degrees, according to a press release.

The appointments fill seats previously held by Sharon Walton, Edward Benavidez and Kenny Montoya. Walton retired and Benavidez and Montoya were not retained by voters last year.

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