Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Response to Guards' Suit Put on Hold.

Byline: Jennifer Archibeque Journal Staff Writer

Torrance County does not have to immediately answer questions from attorneys representing guards injured in a 1999 Estancia prison riot, a state District Court judge ruled Tuesday.

District Judge Thomas Fitch granted the county a protective order and said county officials do not have to answer questions about the riot until he rules on the county's motion to dismiss the case.

"I will delay response (by the defendants) until I've decided on the motion to dismiss, which I will do quite promptly," Fitch said, adding that he intended to decide whether to dismiss remaining allegations in the case within 10 days. …

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