New Mexico Mayor-Elect Seeks Court's Help to Take Office

The mayor-elect of a New Mexico border town is turning to the state Supreme Court to help get him into office.
by | March 29, 2012
 

The mayor-elect of a New Mexico border town is turning to the state Supreme Court to help get him into office.

Daniel Salinas' attorney asked the court Wednesday to direct the 3rd Judicial District Court to revise an order that prevents him from contacting the Sunland Park city clerk.

Under state law, Salinas must be sworn in by April 5 or forfeit the seat. But the city clerk must administer the oath.

Salinas faces extortion charges in an alleged plot to force out another mayoral candidate by threatening to release a video of a topless woman dancing for him.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Salinas' attorney alleges the court order violates his constitutional rights and amounts to the court indirectly interfering with an election.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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