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Commission recommends 3 lawyers for possible appointment to vacant judgeship

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SOCORRO, New Mexico — A Sierra County prosecutor and two private practice lawyers from Socorro have been recommended to Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a district court judgeship.

A Judicial Nominating Commission last week recommended Jerry Armijo and Katherine Stout Riley of Socorro and Mercedes Murphy of Truth or Consequences.

They were among five applicants for a vacancy caused by the retirement of District Judge Edmund Kase III in the 7th Judicial District.

Murphy has worked in the 7th Judicial District Attorney's Office since 2001, and is deputy district attorney in its Truth or Consequences' office

Armijo has operated his own law practice in Socorro since 1987.

Riley has worked in a private law firm in Socorro since 2005, and from 2002 to 2005 was an assistant district attorney.

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