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The general purpose of the Section shall be the promotion of the objectives of the State Bar of New Mexico within the particular fields designated by the name of this Section. To that end, it shall be the purposes of this Section:

A. To further the ends of justice within the framework of the criminal justice system; and
B. To assist and attempt to improve the level of advocacy in the defense and prosecution of criminal cases.

Criminal Law Section and New Mexico in Focus Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Debate

The Criminal Law Section partnered with New Mexico in Focus to bring members of the legal community and public a free Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Debate on Sept. 15. Gene Grant, host of NMiF, Jeff Proctor, justice correspondent for NMiF, and Martha Burk, contributor to NMiF, will moderated the debate. The debate was live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The entire video is available now.

Candidate Wayne Johnson was unable to attend the debate so he pre-recorded his answers to the same questions.

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The following candidates have confirmed their participation.

• BRIAN COLON                                   
• TIM KELLER                                         
• DAN LEWIS                                         
• AUGUSTUS PEDROTTY                   
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*Candidate Wayne Johnson officially declined because of a zoning meeting he must attend as part of his duties on the County Commission.  New Mexico PBS agreed to record his answers to the same questions.  Those responses will be posted online shortly and included in the NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS excerpts. Candidate Ricardo Chaves did not respond.