ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A committee will have to start all over to find a replacement for Judge Judith Nakamura, who resigned from her seat on the 2nd Judicial District Court to join the New Mexico Supreme Court. She was sworn in during a ceremony Friday.
Gov. Susana Martinez notified judicial selection coordinator Raylene Weis at the University of New Mexico School of Law late Friday that the single name the commission sent up – that of former federal prosecutor and FBI agent Amy Sirignano – is not enough.
So it’s back to the drawing board. The problem is, redoing the process means the vacancy can’t be filled for probably another two months, during a very difficult time as the court strains to get criminal cases to trial under a year-old Supreme Court rule.
The new deadline for applying is 5 p.m. Jan. 7 and interviews will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 14 at the courthouse. The governor has 30 days after that to make an appointment from the list. Applications submitted previously “remain viable,” according to a press release from the law school.