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DA's office fined for missing deadline in murder case

KOB.com Web Staff
October 13, 2017 07:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A judge recently sanctioned the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office for not meeting court-imposed deadlines in a murder case, and the DA's office has appealed a fine handed down.

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The notice of appeal from the office asks the court to reconsider the nearly $1,000 sanction. The appeal is something some say will be more expensive for taxpayers than just paying the fine.

District Court Judge Cindy Leos originally hit the district attorney's office with a $2,400 sanction, formally reprimanding state prosecutor James Grayson for not being diligent in scheduling pretrial interviews in the Christopher Fernandez murder case.

The notice of appeal claims that when the DA's office had not conducted necessary interviews with its own DNA expert, it caused unnecessary delay, motion hearings on discovery issues and extensions of the scheduling order.

Leos reconsidered, withdrew that original sanction of $2,400 and handed down a fine of $50 a day for 15 days. It adds up to $750 sanction.

A public defender said by appealing this case, it will cost taxpayers far more than the $750 it might save the district attorney's office.

The district attorney's office said they are looking into the situation to try and find out exactly what went wrong.

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