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Krebs hires former justice to represent him

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to show an updated job title for Marjori Krebs.

Former University of New Mexico Athletics Director Paul Krebs has retained Albuquerque attorney Paul Kennedy to represent him in his pending criminal case.

Paul Kennedy

Kennedy, who served twice as a justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court, appointed by Gov. Gary Johnson in 2002 and Gov. Susana Martinez in 2012, filed his “entry of appearance” in the case late Friday. The entry of appearance is a document indicating an attorney will represent an individual at a court proceeding.

Kennedy declined to comment for this story.

Krebs was charged last week with fraud, money laundering, evidence tampering, criminal solicitation and making or permitting a false public voucher arising from his alleged role in arranging a 2015 Athletics Department fundraising golfing excursion to Scotland.

Krebs previously was represented by Santa Fe-based attorney Gene Gallegos, a former UNM regent whose firm provides legal counsel in the areas of oil and gas law, and eminent domain litigation.

Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office on Friday filed a request for an initial hearing, AG’s Office spokesman David Carl said in an email.

“The initial hearing should take place within 15 days of that filing,” Carl said. “Pursuant to that request, the court should provide a setting and notice of that setting.”

No hearings were scheduled as of Monday.

Paul Krebs

The complaint alleges that Paul Krebs urged others to destroy public records and that he tried to conceal a $25,000 donation he made in an apparent attempt to quiet criticism over the Scotland trip. He asked his wife, Marjori Krebs, to print and deliver an anonymous letter – signed simply “The Donor” – to the UNM Foundation explaining the donation, the complaint says.

UNM has determined that Marjori Krebs violated no school policies, but it’s unclear whether the Attorney General’s Office is pursuing a case against her. Attorney General Hector Balderas said last week that prosecutors haven’t made a final decision on whether to charge anyone else in the case.

Marjori Krebs serves as an associate professor and elementary education faculty program coordinator for UNM’s College of Education.

“The university looked into whether Professor (Marjori) Krebs had violated any institutional policies,” UNM spokeswoman Cinnamon Blair said in an email. “While no violations were found, she received coaching regarding the applicable policies.”