New Mexicans from three counties, Chaves, Eddy, and Lea, filed citizen grand jury petitions last year against scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s misuse of emergency powers during the pandemic.
After Lujan Grisham, in her official capacity, used taxpayer-funded lawyers demanded in November the New Mexico Supreme Court strike the petitions down, that’s exactly what it did. The Court, which is made up of 4 out of 5 judges appointed by Lujan Grisham, claimed the signatures were invalid. They claimed the Governor’s actions were “lawful, noncriminal” activities.
Justices C. Shannon Bacon, David K. Thomson, Julie J. Vargas, and Briana Zamora were all appointed by Lujan Grisham, with Chief Justice Michael E. Vigil being supported by Lujan Grisham. All these jurists are Democrats.
State Sen. David Gallegos (R-Eunice) said to the Albuquerque Journal following the ruling, “They never touched on any of the real issues in the case.” He continued, “The courts aren’t willing to listen to New Mexicans.”
“There’s a lot of people who are very irritated about where we are.”
During Lujan Grisham’s scandal-ridden tenure, she extended the emergency orders first enacted in March of 2020 more than 30 times.
The Governor’s emergency orders resulted in at least 40% of small businesses in New Mexico closing, long breadlines to get food and basic goods over the holidays due to capacity limits at grocery stores, restaurant and closures, among other measures seen by many New Mexicans as cruel.
It is not immediately clear if the individuals leading the push for the grand juries will appeal the ruling. This article will be updated when more information is available.