Lady Justice depicts the moral force in judicial systems. Her attributes include a blindfold, a sword and a set of scales that weigh the merits of evidence, for and against, in any given case.
It’s a personification that dates back centuries. The Egyptian Book of the Dead depicts a scene in which a deceased person’s heart is weighed against the feather of truth. The concept was embraced by Greeks and Romans.
But those scales in New Mexico often tilt in favor of criminal defendants on a range of issues, from pretrial detention to the rules governing preliminary hearings to the high premeditation bar for first-degree murder.
We even have a court-established right to privacy in trash placed in an alley Dumpster – meaning police in New Mexico need a search warrant before they can examine the contents. It’s a search-and-seizure protection that goes well beyond that set by the U.S. Supreme Court.