Supreme Court Denies Salinas' Request to Take Office
POSTED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 10:14pm
New Mexico's highest court deals a blow to Sunland Park Mayor-elect Daniel Salinas.
Salinas tried to get the court to overrule a local judge who barred him from setting foot on city property, but the New Mexico Supreme Court denied the request.
Salina's attorney Josh Spencer asked the state's highest court to change Salina's release restrictions which prohibit Salinas from going on city property so he can be sworn in as mayor.
This could be the end of the road for Salinas because he would need to be sworn in as mayor before Thursday. After Thursday, the city of Sunland Park can appoint a new mayor.
"Mr. Salinas is emotionally drained and he's upset. He was hoping that he could get a favorable discussion, that he could get justice,” said Salina’s attorney Josh Spencer after Tuesday’s ruling.
Spencer says he will file another motion with a Doña Ana County Court as soon as a judge is appointed to the case.
Doña Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando says if Salinas is allowed to enter City Hall, city employees who are acting witnesses in Salina's extortion case might be affraid to come forward.
Orlando says many voters were not aware of allegations against Salinas' when they cast their ballot.
"Mr. Salinas won the election by the absentee and early ballots. So maybe some of those people did not know of the crimes when they were voting," said Orlando.