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Supreme Court to decide if judges are subject to public records laws


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The New Mexico Supreme Court will decide whether judges are subject to public record requests in a case associated with a proposed horse slaughterhouse.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1EBK92a) the court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Valley Meat Co., which requested communications and campaign page Facebook messages from State District Judge Matthew Wilson of Santa Fe.

The company is facing a lawsuit from state Attorney General's Office. The office wants horse slaughter permanently blocked.

In January 2014, the judge issued an injunction to block the company's proposed horse slaughter plant.

Lawyers for the company say Wilson exceeded his judicial immunity by asking his wife, a law library worker, to proofread a draft of the injunction.

Attorney Scott Fuqua is representing Wilson. He argued parties in a lawsuit suing the judge for information may result in intimidation and harassment.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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