TUCUMCARI, N.M. (Albuquerque Journal) — A New Mexico district attorney says he was held in contempt of court after he skipped a hearing to follow COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The Albuquerque Journal reports state District Judge Lisa Riley in Carlsbad held Quay County District Attorney Timothy Rose in contempt when he failed to show up to a case 250 miles away.
Rose had agreed to take on a case in the 5th Judicial District, which prosecutors there were unable to accept because of a conflict of interest.
But Riley denied two requests by Rose to attend the hearing by phone.
She eventually held him in contempt and fined him $250.