NM Supreme Court opts to ‘admonish’ lawyer

August 23, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has decided to admonish but not suspend a Portales lawyer accused of trying to run down a district judge outside a county courthouse.

The Las [auth] Cruces Sun-News reports ( that justices issued the ruling this week in the case involving Eric Dixon.

He is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted Hartley with a vehicle in April 2011 outside the Curry County Courthouse.

Special prosecutor C. Barry Crutchfield had asked the Supreme Court to suspend Dixon from practicing law for 18 months to two years.

A felony charge of aggravated assault still hangs over Dixon on the allegation that he tried to use his SUV as a weapon against the judge. That case against Dixon has been transferred to Guadalupe County.

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