RUIDOSO – New Mexico’s top judge hopes voters notice a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that offers them a better chance to strike a blow for liberty and justice than any other vote they may cast.
The amendment would let criminal court judges order dangerous defendants held without bond before trial, and make it less likely that low-risk defendants are forced to wait in jail for their trials only because they’re too poor to bond out.
“There is nothing I’ve done or will do on the court that is going to be a more important improvement of justice than getting this amendment passed,” said New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels in an interview here Saturday.
Daniels said he is speaking to as many groups as he can around the state to urge support for the amendment. He plans a major address on the subject next month to the New Mexico Bar Association. He spoke to the News while relaxing Saturday at his second home here.