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“A series of complicated misunderstandings and a few mistakes” led to a judge’s determination that an embattled Southern New Mexico district attorney earning a six-figure salary was eligible for free legal representation, according to the Law Offices of the Public Defender.
The judge, in a May 1 ruling, found that Francesca Martinez-Estevez is indigent and entitled to have a public defense lawyer represent her as her case makes its way through the appellate process. The story was first reported July 2 by online news site New Mexico In Depth and garnered statewide attention.
The district attorney did not respond to requests for comment by the New Mexico In Depth reporter.