Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Parsons Named New Judge In District Court.

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Retired Judge Richard Parsons was appointed Friday to act as a state District Court judge in the 7th Judicial District while the search for a new judge takes place.

Parsons was appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Judge Neil Mertz on Nov. 30, said Kim Padilla, court administrator for the 7th Judicial District. Parsons will serve until a new judge is appointed by Gov. Gary Johnson early next year.

Parsons will preside over all cases that had been assigned to Mertz except the David Parker Ray sex torture case. That case will most likely go to Mertz's permanent replacement, Padilla said. …

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