September 12, 2007

NM: "no skin off my nose"

From the Farmington Daily Times:

District public defender cleared of contempt charge

The county's top public defender, who was jailed for nearly two hours March 16 after Aztec Magistrate Judge Wilma Charley found him in contempt of court, was officially cleared of the conviction. "I am pleased but not surprised by the decision," District Public Defender Christian Hatfield said. "I was doing my job..."

Hatfield said he hopes the court order dispels any fears young attorneys may have in supporting the constitution because they feel threatened. "I hope that (situation) never comes to pass," he said. "Then again, going to jail once in a while is no skin off my nose..."