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Two criminal court judges give up their seats

Judge Charles Brown

Judge Cristina Jaramillo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two criminal court judges in the 2nd Judicial District in Albuquerque have decided not to keep their seats.

Patti Watson, a spokeswoman for the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, said Judge Charles Brown and Judge Cristina Jaramillo have decided to not stand for retention this year.

“It means they elected not to try to keep their seats, i.e., are retiring from those positions,” Watson wrote in an email.

JPEC is a nonpartisan commission that evaluates judges’ performance every six years and recommends whether voters should retain them during the general election.

Neither Brown nor Jaramillo could be reached on Monday.

Brown is the presiding judge of the court’s criminal division; he has served on the bench since 2007, according to the court’s website. Jaramillo was elected to District Court in 2014, before which she was a judge in Metropolitan Court.

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